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Tara Kelly

Kjerstin Gruys: Woman Behind The Mirror

HuffingtonPost.com | Tara Kelly | Posted 10.30.2011 | Women

When Kjerstin Gruys got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, the former fashion merchandiser turned sociologist feared she would relapse into an eating ...

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Confidence, Career Certainty Are Keys To Helping Young Adults Find And Keep Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 10.29.2011 | College

NEW YORK -- After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May, Emma Goldstein moved back in with her parents and quickly learned to adj...

My Intellectual Break Up With Malcolm Gladwell

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

I have to wonder how the scholar who once described so aptly the spread of ideas can ignore the broadcast power of modern tools, and the undeniable value these tools bring to growing cultural empathy and geopolitical awareness.

Why Lady Gaga Class Is Not Sexy

Malia Griggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Malia Griggs

I'm four classes into "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame," and what keeps me coming back is the expectation. I don't know where this semester is going and just how Gaga we're going to get. I know something's coming, but what?

Why I Enrolled in "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame"

Malia Griggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Malia Griggs

I first read about my university's "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame" class in The New York Times. Not how I usually find out about my possible electives.

Top 10 Reactions to My Trashwhispering

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Olmsted

The ten most interesting reactions I get in response to my little hobby of picking up litter while walking my dog every morning.

China's Ghost Cities: Satellite Images Of Vacant Chinese Regions

businessinsider.com | Chandni Rathod and Gus Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The hottest market in the hottest economy in the world is Chinese real estate. The big question is how vulnerable is this market to a crash. One red ...

Married, More and Less: Marriage Age At All-Time High

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

We complete the lines for another decade. It's that time again, when the Census Bureau announces the release of data on family and marriage from the ...

Going Gaga

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

The tenure system is founded in academic freedom, allowing instructors to teach subjects without constraint. This begs the question, is Lady Gaga an appropriate topic for a college course?

Educating a Nation: A Job for Real Superheroes (VIDEO)

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steven G. Brant

America needs more Superheroes, because it's going to take a lot of us to keep America from completely going over to the "Darkseid".

Are You Resilient? If So, Encourage Psychological and Social Resilience Wherever You Can

Sanjay Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sanjay Khanna

What kind of person would you need to become, what kind of community would you need to be a part of, and what kind of process would it take to be able to experience a twenty-first century of increasing unpredictability and loss?

Time Check: "Women on Top"

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

When, if ever, did this ship get turned around? After I commented on Time's story about young women earning more than young men, Editor-At-Large Bel...

There Goes the Neighborhood: Which Groups Make Americans Nervous?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

For the most part, I've been pretty lucky when it comes to my neighbors. I've gotten along with the vast majority of them, and I've never had cross-ya...

What Mothers Really Want

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abby L. Ferber

Do we really value mothers in our culture? The answer doesn't lie in the money we spend on cards and gifts, but in the health, safety, and quality of life mothers experience every day of the year.

Adventures in Pornland

Gail Dines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gail Dines

When I started to write Pornland, my first thought was: How can I find the words to describe just how brutal mainstream Internet porn has become?

India's Swift, Strange Social Change (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Patrick Heller was 16 years old, a school boy, when his Swiss parents moved to New Delhi in the late 1970s. India became his school -- his inescapabl...

The Strangest New Teen Trend: Vlog Hauling

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

Their purpose is not entirely clear. For fun? To show off? Regardless, hundreds-- if not thousands-- of these videos have proliferated over YouTube. And the strangest part: people are watching.

Is God A 6'-3" Invisible Rabbit?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Today, encouraged by promise-the-world preachers, we Americans seem increasingly ready to leave our civic duties and personal responsibilities in God's hands.

Cohabitation, divorce?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics has been received as evidence that "cohabitation has little effect on marriage success." O...

More Minority Babies Will Be Born In 2010 Than White Babies, Demographers Predict

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become t...

Religion And The Civic Imagination

The Immanent Frame: blogs.ssrc.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

if there is a benign form of American civil religion in the making, it has been a long time coming....

Pilot Season: Trying to Figure Out TV's Next Big Hit

Annie Stamell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Annie Stamell

Could we have predicted that Glee or Modern Family would be hits? Maybe, maybe not. Do people want to see the macro themes of our culture on TV, or are they just looking for escapism?

Gendering Parenthood Studies

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Who parents "best"? This post follows up on Exemplary parenting, same-sex style. A new review of several dozen parenting studies attempts to assess t...

Parenting Advice: Staying Together For The Kids?

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

When couples aren't getting along, their irritation or anger with each other often spills over into their relationships with their children. They suffer the consequences.

New Required Reading for Dieters

Denise Brodey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Denise Brodey

We are a nation of armchair dieters, who love to curl up with a good dieting guide. What do you consider sane, fresh, new required-diet reading?