Frontiers - Society

  • April 2008

    Starting Out Behind

    Sociologist Frank Furstenberg’s new book explores why the topic of teen pregnancy has become so politically powerful — and so misunderstood.

    Sociology professor Frank Furstenberg was three chapters into his latest book when he became bored.

  • March 2008

    Sex, Lies and Urban Fantasy

    David Grazian takes readers on a “sociological tour” of Philadelphia’s nightlife.

    As a graduate student trained in the Chicago School tradition of urban ethnography, David Grazian cut his sociologist’s teeth in the blues clubs of Chicago.

  • March 2008

    Two Societies, Separate and Unequal

    Two Societies, Separate and Unequal

    Forty years ago, in an attempt to deal with a country rocked by racial unrest, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission.

  • March 2008

    Parsing Out Justice

    Graduate student Claire Lim explores differences between the decisions of elected and appointed judges.

     “I just have a lot of passion for doing economic analysis of political matters,” says Claire Lim.

  • February 2008

    The Forgotten History of Civil Rights

    Tom Sugrue talks about his upcoming book, Sweet Land of Liberty.

    While Tom Sugrue, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of History and Sociology, was researching his award-winning book The Origins of the Urban Crisis, he found the inspiration for yet another untold American story.

  • February 2008

    Style in the Dawn of Civilization

    Graduate student Aubrey Baadsgaard studies the role of fashion in ancient Mesopotamia.

    The frenzy caused by New York Fashion Week and red-carpet style at the Oscars may give the impression that contemporary society is particularly clothes-obsessed, but the research of Aubrey Baadsgaard, an anthropology doctoral student at Penn, shows that the concept of fashion is as old as human history itself.

  • January 2008

    Godly Republic

    John DiIulio's new book argues for the middle ground between secular and religious extremes in America's public life.

    Even before his brief stint as “faith czar” in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, John DiIulio, C’80, G’80, was a believer in the power of religion-government partnerships to help solve the nation’s social problems.

  • January 2008

    Virtual Activism

    Grad Student Asks, Can Online Dissent Change Real-World Politics?

    When doctoral student David Faris went to Egypt two summers ago, he was amazed to see the nation’s turbulent reaction to the July 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon.

  • November 2007

    Literature and the Politics of Place in South Africa

    Nelson Mandela was released from prison one week after Rita Barnard, Professor of English and Director of the Women's Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, first visited the Penn campus.

  • November 2007

    Understanding Conflict

    Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director of the Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict, grew up thinking that ethnic conflict came standard with domestic politics. During the childhood years he spent in Nigeria, the Nigerian Civil War began when, in his neighborhood and in his own garden, members of Hausa ethnic group attacked the Igbo people.