Extended Family Support and Household Balance Sheets

from Pew Charitable Trust Getty Over the course of a lifetime, the family provides a foundation for financial security. Children’s economic well-being is closely tied to their immediate families’ financial success, and as kids grow up and begin forming their own households, extended family—parents, grandparents, siblings, and others—and friends continue to play an important role…

Fashion as a Inescapable Institution…#TheDevilWearsPrada

BY LISA WADE from Pacific Standard One of the more difficult sociological concepts to explain is the social institution. When sociologists talk about institutions they don’t mean hospitals or churches or any of the concrete organizations that easily come to mind, they mean something much bigger and more difficult to pin down. They mean institutionalized…

Do You Have to Learn How to Get High?

BY NATHAN PALMER from Pacific Standard If you stop and think about it, alcohol is just the worst. Almost everyone who drinks has experienced the pain of a mean morning hangover (at least once). Also, the experience of being drunk … why is that enjoyable? When drunk you slur your words, it’s hard to think…

New Jobs: Dude, You Need to Get Into Nursing

BY MARCI COTTINGHAM from Pacific Standard While there has been significant attention to recruiting women into STEM fields, what about the converse—recruiting men to female-dominated fields? My recent article in Gender & Society analyzes the recruitment strategies of key health care players, examining themes of masculinity in text, speech, and images. Some recruitment items, like this early poster from the…