Hot-desking tends to affect different employees differently – it tends to produce winners and losers.
Law enforcement officers move in to verify the identity of people in a field outside the Fort Lauderdale airport after a mass shooting.
New ways of expressing discontent are constantly emerging. Could mass shootings join what sociologist Charles Tilly has dubbed the 'repertoire of contention'?
Our friends may not like when we don’t drink because it reflects their own drinking practices.
If your friends undermine your decision not to drink, don't be offended. They’re probably just dealing with their own insecurity about their drinking.
Many people with cancer feel ashamed and judged by others’ reactions.
People with cancer are exposed to many, often misrepresented, ideas about cancer. These can induce stress and even shame for the sufferer who might feel they've done something wrong.
French painter Paul-Prosper Tillier’s ‘Baigneuses’ (1890).
Most studies on straight girls kissing focus on dorm rooms and dance floors. But one sociologist looks at the development of 'sexual friendships' among women previously ignored like single moms.
Race and perceived beauty are closely intertwined.
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A sociologist wanted to know how simply self-identifying as 'multiracial' – regardless of how you actually looked – would influence your attractiveness.
A student tries to stem her bleeding during clashes at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Protest movements become radicalised by two factors: escalating policing and competitive escalation between political adversaries and other protesting groups.
Brazilian pro skateboarder Luan Olivera performs a switch 360 flip at the Maloof Cup, a skateboarding competition in South Africa.
Can skateboarding – with its anti-establishment ethos and emphasis on individuality – mesh with the corporatized Olympics?
According to a recent poll, 45 percent of Americans believe extraterrestrials have visited the Earth.
Raphael Terra, 'UFO Sunset.'
Whether it's Hillary Clinton's courting the UFO vote or Donald Trump's lending credibility to various conspiracy theories, the "triumph of reason" seems to have gone by the wayside.
Gold miners appear after being trapped underground at a mine in Carltonville, west of Johannesburg. Managing their safety has been a major issue as South Africa has among the deepest and most dangerous mines.
When sociologists, driven by their value commitments, go beyond the relative comfort of the classroom and engage with organisations outside the university, they dirty their hands.
Methylation, an epigenetic marker, at work on a fragment of DNA.
Christoph Bock (Max Planck Institute for Informatics)/wikimedia
Many take for granted that epigenetics will lead to a more inclusive and equal society. But there are signs that quite the opposite could be true.
Why do we trust people with power (other than politicians)?
Rational actor theories suggest the powerless should be reluctant to trust the powerful, but studies show we tend to do just that.
A Grateful Dead fan wears a shirt commemorating the band’s farewell tour.
In the internet era, musical artists freely distribute their songs and encourage fans to attend live shows. The Dead did this for 40 years.
Ever wonder what’s on the mind of the opposite sex?
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Unlike most images and text that appear public spaces, this graffiti is intended for the eyes of the same sex.
Is there more to the concussion crisis than what the science can tell us?
The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served…
The painting of the Sistine Chapel was an exercise in logistics, which can be analysed for insights into who and what was involved in its creation. The same goes for any crime requiring some organisation.
Mention the word “logistics” and most people would probably think of trucks or the shipping of freight at a mundane best. A more textbook definition might be that logistics is the managed movement of resources…
Skinheads are an easy target in the fight against racism.
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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has, over the years, developed a reputation as a hotbed for alternative, edgy, and controversial performance. Graham Main’s Blood Orange is no exception. The play is a seething…
If you lie, I’ll move to another group.
Sebastiaan ter Burg
“Lying is a bad thing – this is what mentors, parents and teachers tell us. But there is no society without lies.” So says…
Whether it’s in a church or at a festival, music can change the way we see the world and shift our behaviour.
You have probably felt the power of music to lift you out of yourself. Perhaps you were in a magnificent cathedral, listening to a choral mass. Maybe you were at a music festival where the music made you…
Climbing the social ladder can be slippery in parts for teenagers.
The stereotype that popular kids don’t get bullied has been busted by a new study that found becoming more popular at school…