Sociology

  • Cougars: New Sexual Scripts for Older Women

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    Cougars: New Sexual Scripts for Older Women

    Abstract

    Professor Beth Montemurro discusses "cougars" and changing ideas about older women's sexuality. The dominant sexual script in the United States sees older women as asexual. However, acceptance of sexual behavior among this group is growing, partly linked to the alternative script of the "cougar"--and older woman pairing with a younger man.

  • Hip Hop as a Tool of Social Justice

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    Hip Hop as a Tool of Social Justice

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    Interspersed with performances at the Louder Than a Bomb hip hop poetry festival, author and activist Kevin Coval describes the importance of art in changing the world. He traces the history of the hip hop movement back to the 1960s educational failure in the South Bronx. Coval also explains how art empowers youth to see their lives as important and to remake the world.

  • Sociology of Everyday Life

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    Sociology of Everyday Life

    Abstract

    Mass Observation is a British organization that tries to capture the thoughts and opinions of ordinary people across Great Britain. They achieve this by encouraging people to keep a daily diary, recording as little or as much as they want. The diaries are then kept in an archival record.

  • Digital Inequality

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    Digital Inequality

    Abstract

    Dr. Jeffrey Lane breaks the digital divide down into three categories: differential access, differential uses, and differential surveillance. Socioeconomic groups do not have the same access to digital technology, nor do they use it for the same reasons. Certain groups are also watched far more closely online than others are.

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