Frontiers - Society

  • February 2010

    The Economics of Peer Pressure

    Graduate student Seth Richards uses an economics framework to examine the effects of social norms on teen sexual activity.

    With teen pregnancy rates up for the first time in a decade and the Obama administration eliminating federal funding for abstinence-only sex-education programs, intense debates abound over how to delay and reduce teen sexual activity.

  • January 2010

    Addicted to Mammograms

    Penn professor Robert Aronowitz weighs in on the debate over new breast cancer screening guidelines.

    Last fall, the United St

  • December 2009

    Healing Africa

    Anthropology student looks at women's involvement in spiritual healing.

    When Christy Schuetze joined the Peace Corps in 1998 and set off for Mozambique to teach English, people familiar with Africa warned her: “Be careful, you’ll never come back.”

  • November 2009

    The Obama Presidency: Assessing Year One

    Political Science faculty consider the accomplishments of the Obama administration one year after a history-making election.

    Regardless of their positions on the political spectrum, Obama observers can

  • October 2009

    A New Baby Boom?

    Demographer Hans-Peter Kohler sees a rise in fertility in highly developed countries.

    One of the most established and accepted standards in the social sciences is that human fertility levels tend to decline as countries advance toward higher levels of social and economic development.

  • September 2009

    Next Door But Invisible: The World of Homelessness and Drug Addiction

    Penn medical anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and UC grad student Jeff Schonberg study the lives of homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco.

    For over a decade, medical anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and his grad student Jeff Schonberg studied the lives of homeless heroin addicts as they scrambled to survive on the streets of San Francisco.

  • August 2009

    Therapeutic Benefits and Risks

    Anthropologist Adriana Petryna charts the expansion of the global clinical trials industry.

    In her new book, When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects, Associate Professor of Anthropology Adriana Petryna takes as her subject the recent history and current state of the clinical trials industry.

  • August 2009

    Reality Check for Checklists

    Sociologist Charles Bosk analyzes the effectiveness of checklists in patient safety.

    Can simple solutions ensure the safety of medical procedures? Sociology professor Charles Bosk cautions that the nexus of science, technology and culture in the healthcare setting is anything but simple.

  • July 2009

    The New Entrepreneurs

    Recent College graduate Oscar Benitez sheds light on the economy of Mexican business ownership in South Philadelphia.

    During his sophomore year, Urban Studies major Oscar Benitez, C’09, received a grant from Penn’s Institute for Urban Research to study the domestic economy of a small but growing immigrant Mexican community in Philadelphia.

  • June 2009

    Law and Reconciliation in Rwanda

    Graduate student Kristin Doughty studies how perpetrators and victims coexist in post-genocide Rwanda.

    In the summer of 2004, Kristin Doughty, an anthropology doctoral student in the process of conducting pre-dissertation research, was having lunch with her friend Eugenie in an open-air restaurant in southern Rwanda.