How do you measure ‘the impact of social media’

How do we measure the impact of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on our lives?In the new book, Sociology Graduate Programs, sociologist David W. Weber explores how students and their professors are approaching the social media phenomena.He uses data collected from several hundred sociologists across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.Weber uses data from the 2011 National Survey of […]

‘The End of The ‘Meritocracy’: The End of the ‘Merit’ Sociology Major Job?

The “Meritocracy” is over.This week, the University of Iowa hired two sociology professors to serve as its new head of graduate studies.It is one of the largest hires in the history of the department, which in 2014 became the first university in the nation to hire a white woman to its graduate school.But the hiring was met with backlash.Many critics, […]

How functionalism will be used in sport?

The word “functionalism” is used as a synonym for “selfishness” and “collectivism”, but is not defined as such in the dictionary.The term refers to a group of social scientists and psychologists who believe that humans should behave like machines, and have the ability to learn, adapt and improve.These theorists believe that machines should do all the work, not humans.They see […]

How to Get Away With It: The Case for Pluralism

The story of how the West got to where it is, with a pluralist society, is one that has been thoroughly studied by many scholars.In this new book, Pluralist Theory, historian of the west John McWhorter argues that there was no natural reason for the West to become pluralistic, as it had always been an Anglo-Saxon, Christian civilization.He goes on […]