The Sociology Place is about all things sociology. Here are some of the topics we cover:

The Elite: Definition and Identification

Sociology has long examined the concept of “elite” as a group with disproportionate power in society. In this post, we examine classic and contemporary definitions of the elite and methods…

Quantitative Approaches to Intersectionality: The Small n Problem

A challenge for intersectional survey research is the “Small n Problem”: when there are too few observations in the sample to permit the desired analysis. To perform the multivariate quantitative…

Max Weber’s Theory of Class, Status, and Power

Sociologists love to cite and discuss Max Weber.  Weber wrote a famous essay called, “Class, Status, and Party.” Weber designed the essay to set him apart from Karl Marx, who…

Does Going Abroad Boost Your Income and Help Your Career?

As a small world gets smaller, employers across the US and Europe are looking for that “international experience” element in the resumes of job applicants. Does going abroad, even for…

Sociology and AI Text-to-Image: A Practical Guide

AI text-to-image — where users input textual descriptions into an Artificial Intelligence website or app to generate a unique picture — is a new way for sociologists to understand society…

Some Tips on Finding Research Grants

Tips for researchers to obtain grant funding In addition to the top tips for grant writing, I gathered some tips by Jonathan O’Donnell in a blog post for LSE. With shrinking funding…

Marxist and Neo-Marxist Theories of Social Stratification

Why does social stratification exist? Karl Marx had a Theory Karl Marx, a social and economic thinker in the 19th century, had a theory of how societies are organized and…

Classic Theories of Social Stratification

Why is there inequality in society? Social stratification, and inequality, are fundamental concepts in sociology. We defined stratification as the existence of structured inequalities between social groups on the basis…

Tips for Hybrid and Online Academic Conferences

How does a hybrid or online academic conference work? In an online conference, everyone appears via the internet. Hybrid academic conferences involve two types of participants and attendees: those in-person…

How to Write the Introduction to a Research Article in the Social Sciences

What is an introduction? Empirical research articles in the social sciences require a title, an abstract, and an introduction. Introductions in social science articles are short — perhaps three or…

Sociology Blogs in 2022

What are sociology blogs? Sociology blogs are typically short-form online writing by professional sociologists. Many blogs are about particular topics, such as political inequality, or economic sociology, and so on.…

Mythical Farmers and Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Where are the farmers in Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism? Farming is the US capitalist ideal of a people: morally and spiritually strong, selling the products of…

Intersectionality is Everywhere

Three decades after Kimberle Crenshaw popularized the term “intersectionality,” it has become mainstream. The term is mainstream because it is the truth and because elements of society who are against…

10 Tips for Writing Research Grant Proposals

What are the best practices for writing research grant proposals? To fund their research projects, academics apply for research grants from governments and philanthropies. Research grant writing has become a…

The Concept and Measurement of Power in Intersectionality

The idea of power is inherent to intersectionality. In this post, we discuss how the concept of power is integral to the concept and framework of intersectionality, and how to…

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