Frontiers - Society

  • September 2008

    Optimism and Paranoia

    PIK Professor John Jackson talks about the new reality of race in America.

    In his new book, Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness, Richard Perry University Associate Professor of Communication and Anthropology John L.

  • August 2008

    Luxurious Citizens

    Graduate student Jo Cohen studies the relationship between consumption and citizenship in 19th-century America.

    From “buy American” campaigns to appeals in Chevrolet ads to “refuel Ame

  • August 2008

    Dangerous Passage

    Undergraduate Kojo Minta explores the forces behind human trafficking in Africa.

    Last year, thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa attempted to enter

  • July 2008

    Heredity and Hope

    Ruth Schwartz Cowan’s new book explores the case for genetic screening.

    The mapping of the human genome is said to herald a brighter future for

  • May 2008

    The Dynamics of Violence

    Sociologist Randall Collins argues that violent confrontations go against human hardwiring.

    From genocidal politics half a world away to school shootings in our back

  • April 2008

    Recognizing Pennsylvania's Native American Heritage

    Anthropology major Abby Seldin curates groundbreaking exhibit on Lenape Nation in Pennsylvania.

    Anthropology junior Abby Seldin never dreamed that the independent project she began during her sophomore year would end up defining her Penn experience.

  • April 2008

    Unlocking the Secrets of a ‘Lost’ Mycenaean Port City

    Classics professor Thomas Tartaron explores a Bronze Age harbor to understand the mechanisms of expansion and trade in ancient Greece.

    Some 3,500 years ago on the mainland of Greece, the Mycenaeans began building one of the most powerful state-level societies in the Aegean region. With their rich warrior aristocracy and wide-ranging trade routes, their impact was such that several hundred years after their decline, they became the subjects of Homer’s great epic poems.

  • 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.