Breakaway Episode 10 – Girl Power and the Vampire Slayer

Abstract

We’re back with a fun breakaway episode talking about monster artists and girl power! In light of recent revelations about Joss Whedon, we breakdown classic feminist girl power TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Is it really about female empowerment? Or is it just a masculinized vision of femininity? Join us to learn more as we rethink our favorite girl power heroines.

Keywords

Girl power, feminism, popular culture, monster artists

Sources

  1. Joss Whedon’s ‘feminist’ shows all concealed toxic ideas about women

SOC411 – Intro to Disability Studies: Who is deserving of a childhood? (Guest Edition)

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Me Before You? The Fault in Our Stars? Chicken Soup for the Soul? Popular culture representations of disability and the disabled community have shown us the dramatic sides of the disability status. How can we better understand disability? Guest star future-Dr. Hillary Steinberg joins us today to talk about the sociology of disability as well as her working in a children’s hospital. We outline the three conceptual models of disability, critique the popular culture and disability porn representations, and untangle labels such as ‘neurodivergent’ and ‘differently abled’. Join us to learn more about a field of sociology that isn’t often talked about!

Keywords

Disability studies, popular culture, charity, sociology of disability

Sources

Follow our guest, Hillary Steinberg, and her work!

  1. American Disabilities Act (ADA)
  2. The three models of sociology of disability are medical, social, and crip politic.
  3. Feminist, Queer Crip by Alison Kafer 
  4. The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability by Susan Wendell
  5. “Barriers to Cross-state Movement for Disabled People and Their Families: A Social Problem” by Brian R. Grossman 
  6. “Becoming Disabled” by Rosemarie Garland-Thmson
  7. Chicken Soup for the Soul book series
  8. Disability and Society section of the American Sociological Association
  9. About the Institutional Review Board
  10. “People in Places” by Robert Zussman
  11. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  12. ‘I’m not a thing to be pitied’: the disability backlash against Me Before You
  13. RJ Mitte of ‘Breaking Bad’ is Busting Stereotypes About Cerebral Palsy
  14. Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” TV show 
  15. ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ Shows Getting Autism Right On TV Is Actually Pretty Simple
  16. Developmental Disabilities Heighten Risk of Covid Death (NYT)
  17. Dalton Stevens, graduate student at Syracuse University
  18. Jennifer Brooks, graduate student at Syracuse University
  19. Brittney Miles @ Twitter – Sociology of Black Girlhood
  20. The Private Worlds of Dying Children by Myra Bluebond-Langner
  21. Feminist disability scholar, Laura Mauldin
  22. “Race and Disability: From Analogy to Intersectionality” by Angela Frederick and Dara Shifrer
  23. “Life-Course Transitions Among Adolescents With and Without Disabilities: A Longitudinal Examination of Expectations and Outcomes” by Carrie Shandra
  24. “The First Sexual Experience Among Adolescent Girls With and Without Disabilities” by Shandra & Chowdhury
  25. “When Getting a Job Is Mission Impossible” (University of Toronto Magazine) featuring the works of David Pettinicchio and Michelle Lee Maroto
  26. “Barriers to Economic Security: Disability, Employment, and Asset Disparities in Canada”by Maroto and Pettinicchio
  27. “‘Like, Pissing Yourself Is Not a Particularly Attractive Quality, Let’s Be Honest’: Learning to Contain through Youth, Adulthood, Disability and Sexuality” by Kristy Liddiard
  28. The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies
  29. “Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize small amounts of heroin and other street drugs” (CNN)

SOC410 – The Political Economy of the Music Industry (Guest Episode)

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The music industry is a fascinating setting to understand the power of pop culture AND political economy. (Yup, like that Karl Marx kinda of political economy!) So Dr. David Arditi joins us to explore how power and institutions influence the music we listen to, and the art that musicians create. We discuss self-censorship, Soundcloud, commercialization, Bhad Bhabie, and more! Tune in here, and go check out Dr. Arditi’s book ‘Getting Signed: Record Contracts, Musicians, and Power in Society’!

Keywords

Popular culture, music industry, political economy, commercialization

Resources

SOC311 – Intro to Popular Culture: “It’s all about popular”

Abstract

We’re getting light-hearted in these crazy times and introducing you to the sociology of pop culture! In this episode, we use Dr. David Grazian’s work to explore what popular culture is and how it’s different from high culture. Then we make sense of culture’s role in globalization, and show how pop cultural products– like sitcoms, Taylor Swift songs, and anime– can act as forms of soft power. Tune in here to hear Penn and Omar nerd out on the intricacies of Naruto and Studio Ghibli, and to understand just how powerful and important pop culture is to our society!

Keywords

Popular culture, society, music, entertainment, globalization, soft power, anime

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