Frontiers - Society

  • 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.

  • 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.