October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the time when everything turns pink! We here at The Social Breakdown wanted to remind everyone with breasts (pssst– we ALL have ‘em!) to do all the needed check ups: self-exams, ultrasounds, and mammograms! Our team has been especially hit hard by breast cancer. So, for us and for you, please get yourself checked out and remind your loved ones to do so, too!
Boobs, moobs, breasts, cancer, health
- Breast cancer is insanely common! There is a 1 in 8 chance that a woman in America will develop breast cancer.
- Here’s how to do a breast self-exam!
Did you know that contemporary and modern art aren’t the same thing? Come learn with us about the contemporary art world, how artists judge and value their own art and creative journey, and how artists represent or negotiate their creative vision. We invited Dr. Hannah Wohl, who recently published Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art is Created and Judged with University of Chicago Press to talk about her ethnographic work with contemporary artists. Dive with us into the art world and maybe spark that creativity to become an artist yourself!
Contemporary Art, Creativity, Popular Culture, Aesthetic Judgments
- Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art Is Created and Judged by Hannah Wohl
- SOC414 – “I just see blue’: What is art? (Guest episode)
- Damien Hirst
- Oscar Murillo
- Jean-Michel Basquiat
- For $84,000, An Artist Returned Two Blank Canvasses Titled ‘Take The Money And Run’
- Gary Alan Fine
- Wendy Griswold
- Katherine Bernhardt
- Contemporary art fairs
- B. Wurtz
- Found objects
- Art Worlds by Howard S. Becker
- Talking Prices: Symbolic Meanings of Prices on the Market for Contemporary Art by Olav Velthuis
- Talking Art: The Culture of Practice and the Practice of Culture in MFA Education by Gary Alan Fine
- Still Life: Ecologies of the Modern Imagination at the Art Museum by Fernando Domínguez Rubio
- Buyers of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Banana Defend the Work as ‘the Unicorn of the Art World,’ Comparing It to Warhol’s Soup Cans
- “Art markets in crisis: how personal bonds and market subcultures mediate the effects of COVID-19” by Larissa Buchholz, Gary Alan Fine, and Hannah Wohl
- NFT art: what is it, how it works and what it means for the creative industry
- #FreeBritney: Understanding the Fan-led Britney Spears Movement
The gang is back! We tackle a foundational topic in sociology: social problems! Social problems relate to numerous other concepts that we’ve discussed – inequality, stratification, the social construction of reality, and all the “-isms.” Social problems are social in their causes, consequences, and solutions and though, social problems are often discussed at the macro societal level, its symptoms often manifest in everyday micro life. Join us as we talk through some big hit social problems – COVID-19, unemployment, crime and deviance, education, racism, ageism, and more!
Social problems, inequality, stratification, theory
- The Social Construction of Reality by Berger and Luckmann (1966)
- We have an episode on it!
- SOC215 – Social Stratification, Capitalism, and Inequality: All the Sad Things
- SOC307 – The Social Construction of Rock n’ Roll
- SOC208 – Left Handed Devils: The Social Construction of Deviance
- SOC315 – The Political Spectacle: Symbols in Politics
- SOC207 – Three Schools of Thought: Conflict Theory, Structural Functionalism, and Symbolic Interactionism
- OnlyFans Reverses Its Decision to Ban Explicit Content
Our first guest of the season is one we’re all fans of: Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza!! Tanya joins us to talk about a new project that explores the gentrification of her hometown located in the outskirts of Washington D.C. How do we measure gentrification? And what markers do local residents perceive as signs of gentrification? (Expensive ramen shops, we’re looking at you!) Join us as we make sense of how structures promote “killing a neighborhood [to] make a profit.”
Gentrification, Culture, Economics, Housing, Neighborhoods
Ellen and Penn got the awesome opportunity to talk with Alan Sytsma at Grub Street about their article on the normalization of violence in kitchens through food media. Their interview is titled, “How Celebrity Chefs Warped Our View of Real-World Restaurant Abuse.” Check it out here!
The pursuit of a college education is often seen as a surefire path to a better life and social mobility. Yet for black families the story is not so straightforward. When selecting a college, black families utilize a number of strategies such as self-censorship while contending with how minority scholarships or enrollment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are perceived. We sit with Dr. Deborwah Faulk, a race scholar, to learn more about the impact of anti-black racism on college selection for black families.
College selection, Black culture, Racism and Anti-Racism, Higher Education
- Black Privilege: Modern Middle-Class Blacks with Credentials and Cash to Spend (Cassi Pittman Claytor)
- Mothering While Black: Boundaries and Burdens of Middle-Class Parenthood (Dawn Marie Dow)
- The Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. Du Bois)
- Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Patricia Hill Collins)
- Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism and other works by Derrick Bell
- Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)
- The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students (Anthony Abraham Jack)
- A Black couple’s home value skyrocketed after a white woman pretended to be the homeowner during an appraisal
‘Watchmen,’ the 1980s comic, has been adapted into a television series on HBO and a film. Which one is better? Brian Brutlag, from the Sociologist’s Dojo, joins our debate and explains how the comic has shaped the imagery and storylines of those that followed. We also discuss how capitalism recycles profitable plotlines and characters and how that cycle influences audiences’ interest. Tune in here and be sure to follow the Sociologist’s Dojo!
Pop culture, Watchmen, Capitalism, Superheroes, Anti-Heroes
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- Watchmen the Comic Book
- Watchmen movie official trailer
- Watchmen TV Show (HBO) official tease
- Ready Player One (novel)
- Before Watchmen comic book series
- Doomsday Clock the comic book limited series
- The History Of Silver Age Comic Books
- What’s The Deal With Comic Book Age Ratings?
- Kick-Ass, the comic book series
- The Boys season 1 trailer
- HBO’s “Watchmen” is great. Its comic creator Alan Moore wants nothing to do with it
- Biden White House Sandbags Staffers, Sidelines Dozens for Pot Use
- Joe Biden trips three times while boarding Air Force One
Violence against women in sports is a common topic in the news nowadays, with allegations of abuse and misconduct coming to light. Criminal and deviant behaviors in sports, from basketball to the NFL, happens more often than you think but what are the consequences of such behaviors? How do the institutions and actors involved respond to allegations? Do allegations of violence against women impact the career trajectory of professional athletes at all? (spoiler: nope). Join us and our guest, Daniel Sailofsky, as we discuss sports and violence, and you can fill your Social Breakdown bingo card slot marked “Capitalism”!
Sports, violence, capitalism, masculinity, celebrity status
Check out Daniel’s work!
- Follow Daniel on twitter!
- Daniel’s co-authored article: “It Will Ruin His Career”: Does Violence Against Women Really Damage the Careers of NBA Players?
- Everything You Need To Know About the Ray Rice Case
- Moneyball trailer
- MLB pitcher Sam Dyson suspended entire 2021 season for domestic violence
- MLB, MLBPA reveal domestic violence policy
- National Football League player conduct policy
- Joint NBA/NBPA policy on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse
- Visuals sealed Adrian Peterson’s fate
- Revisiting Ben Roethlisberger’s Sexual Assault Allegations in the #MeToo Era
- The Last Dance | Netflix
- Friday Night Lights trailer
- Pause, rewind, play: The most epic outbursts of ‘Superbrat’ John McEnroe’s career
- O.J. Simpson trial
- Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women by Benedict
- Michael Messner’s articles related to sociology of sports and masculinity
- The Rites of Men: Manhood, Politics, and the Culture of Sport by Burstyn
- Kristy McCray’s profile and publications
- Nicole Bedera’s twitter
- Free With Your Covid Shot: Beer, Arcade Tokens and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Is the COVID-19 pandemic the death of tourism? Is the Venetian in Vegas authentic? We have a guest episode for you today with Marta Soligo, who will take us on a tour of the sociology of tourism, the creation of culture, celebrity deaths, dark tourism, and much more. Even though tourism may be for leisure and relaxation, it remains one of the largest money making industry for many economies and cultures that have had to turn to commercialization to survive. COVID-19 brings interesting implications with the sudden immobilization of people, but what does the future hold? Join us to learn more!
Tourism, death tourism, celebrity deaths, culture