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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.

Aug 6, 2022

This week we discuss national implications of some of the characteristics advertised as amenities on Airbnb. But first, I recently spoke with Nicolo Pinchak of Ohio State University about his recent paper titled “Paws on the Street: Neighborhood-Level Concentration of Households with Dogs and Urban Crime.” The...


Jul 17, 2022

This week we discuss social multipliers of an emerging threat to billions of people. But first, I recently spoke with Dr. Jacqui Frost, a postdoctoral scholar at Rice University who is moving soon to a faculty position at Purdue University, about her recent paper titled “Ritualizing Nonreligion: Cultivating Rational...


Jul 10, 2022

This week we discuss the industrialization of migration across the southern border of the United States. But first, I recently spoke with Niccolò Armandola of the University of Zurich about his recent paper titled “Rebel without a Cause: The Effects of Social Origins and Disposable Income on Rule Violations.” The...


Jun 30, 2022

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court released several decisions, many of them major decisions in their domain and beyond. This week I spoke with Professor Mary Rose of the University of Texas-Austin about three of those Supreme Court decisions: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, New York State Rifle and Pistol...


Jun 26, 2022

This week we discuss the increasing trend of teachers leaving teaching. And, I recently spoke with Professor Joseph Dippong of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, about his recent paper titled “Vocal Accommodation and Perceptions of Speakers’ Prestige and Dominance.” The paper is to be published in...