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This Week in Sociological Perspective, video
Economists talk money. Politicians talk government. On This Week in Sociological Perspective we talk money, politics, and everything else that makes the world go ‘round, offering insight on society, public affairs, and news of the week. Guest authors join your host, UC-Berkeley Professor Samuel Roundfield Lucas, to transcend the headlines through fascinating research in sociology.

Jun 11, 2021

This week we discuss journalists’ efforts to unionize, multiple logics of practitioner organizing, and the contrasting responses of The New York Times and The Atlantic to the unionization efforts. And, I recently spoke with Dr. Daniel Ramirez, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council, about...


Jun 2, 2021

This week I spoke with Dr. Christine Percheski, Associate Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, about causes and implications of widespread declining birthrates. But first, I recently spoke with Dr. Judith Kas, postdoctoral researcher at the WZB Social Science Center in Berlin, about her recent paper...


May 26, 2021

This week we discuss news reports of pets adopted during the pandemic being returned to shelters. And, I recently spoke with Professor David McElhattan of Purdue University about his recent paper titled “Punitive ambiguity: State-level criminal record data quality in the era of widespread background screening.” The...


May 22, 2021

This week we discuss an EU response to the German Green Party’s proposal to tax kerosene, the basis of jet fuel. And, I recently spoke with Ms. Emily Handsman of Northwestern University about her recent paper titled “From Virtue to Grit: Changes in Character Education Narratives in the U.S. from 1985 to 2016.” The...


May 13, 2021

This week we discuss survey evidence on Americans’ response to the difficulties of 2020. And, I recently spoke with Dr. Yikang Bai of Washington State University, and Professor Jennifer Givens of Utah State University, about their recent paper titled “Ecologically Unequal Exchange of Plastic Waste? A...