What Books Inspire You? Pt. 2

Anne Bloomberg Initially, I struggled to come up with five books that inspired my sociological imagination. Then I took a step back and started with a list of my favorite books, the books whose themes have stuck with me. Those books all ended up having something in common with my dissertation– they all explore the […]

What Books Inspire You? Pt. 4

Matthew Braswell When I think about the books that have shaped my sociological imagination, my choices are influenced almost as much by the circumstances in which I encountered the books as by the books themselves. It’s not that these books’ contents are irrelevant or unenlightening; quite the contrary. But just as sociology teaches that we shouldn’t […]

What Books Inspire You?

In August last year, Julia’s Facebook feed was covered by people posting about the books that have “stayed with them.” The trend inspired us here at the 5th Floor to think about the books that have sparked our sociological imaginations over the years. Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing our picks: Sarah Mosseri     […]

Assumptions of Privacy in a Public Life

Another series of hacked celebrity photos were leaked this week, which were quickly shut down. The general consensus is that stealing private photos violates these individuals’ privacy (though this guy disagrees). It seems wrong to take these intimate, private moments and make them publicly available. But what about those moments that reveal unsavory characteristics about […]

Friday Five: Hurdles

Life is full obstacles but the most dangerous are the invisible or unanticipated. This week we explore these hidden barriers and some strategies for overcoming them: It takes more than economic resources to navigate the college admissions process it also takes savvy, check out this piece on UVA alum Jennifer Silva’s research @TheEconomist It seems that youth […]

Friday Five: Good News and Bad News

Is it just me or has this summer been full of bad news? At home and abroad, it seems that there is nothing but bad news getting worse. This week we are going to do our best to off-set the bad news with some good. Let’s start with the bad news: You might be aware […]

Friday Five: More Questions Than Answers

My inbox is starting to fill up, which can only mean one thing– the school year has almost begun. I have lost that confidence that comes at the end of the spring semester. It has been replaced with questions that can not be answered, such as what have you been doing? Where are all those […]

We Had a Hedge Back Home in the Suburbs

Last year I had the opportunity to hear a talk from Alexandra Murphy, a sociology Ph.D. and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center. Her talk was about her dissertation research on the experiences of families living in a poverty in a suburb of Pittsburgh. Her talk was fascinating not merely […]