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Good Sport

Good Sport

January 1, 2008

Listening to a lecture by Professor Michael Messner, students learn there is more to sports than winning and losing. The playing field also presents an important reflection on society. For more than 20 years, Messner, a…

Blooms of Diversity

Blooms of Diversity

May 1, 2007

On the first day of Hernan Ramirez’s field research into the workplace culture of immigrant gardeners, an enraged Westwood homeowner stormed from his house, unleashed a litany of expletives and threatened to sue. His…

Why Do the Young Become Homicidal?

Why Do the Young Become Homicidal?

March 7, 2007

Blaming violent video games for violent kids is nothing new. In 1999, the culprit was the first-person shooter game Doom and the tragedy was Columbine. But holding video games responsible for violent youth ignores the fact…

Gaining a Political Voice Via Religion

Gaining a Political Voice Via Religion

February 1, 2007

When millions moved out of the shadows and marched for immigrant rights last year, the nation was shocked that these people of little means from different countries could organize so effectively. But USC College sociology…

Here’s Something to Chew On

Here’s Something to Chew On

December 21, 2006

Barry Glassner has added a new word to the old adage, “You are what you eat.” After five years of research into the food consumption habits of our nation, the professor of sociology in USC College said Americans…

Feminism’s Loose Ends

Feminism’s Loose Ends

December 1, 2005

Streisand Professor explores paradoxes of women’s lives By Katherine Yungmee Kim December 2005 Scholar Sharon Hays explores “the unfinished business of feminism.” The culture, gender and family…

Good Intentions Are Not Always Enough

Good Intentions Are Not Always Enough

October 6, 2005

More than compassion is required when it comes to the effectiveness of faith-based efforts with those in need, says a USC College sociology professor. By Usha Sutliff Faith-based efforts to help people in need will not…

Matt Leinart,  In His Own Words

Matt Leinart, In His Own Words

February 1, 2005

Sure, he can throw a ball, but did you know he’s a sociologist too? He has led the Trojans to a 25-1 record since starting as USC’s quarterback his sophomore year in 2003. In those 26 games at USC, the…

Community in Los Angeles?

Community in Los Angeles?

September 1, 2004

USC College Sociologist Paul Lichterman explores American civic lifeBy Kaitlin Solimine September 2004 The widespread belief that increased participation in civic groups will lead to a more democratic and engaged society…