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There are 13 research areas represented in the Sociology Department, explore interesting topics and information related to these fields:
Have you ever wondered how much gender plays a role in our everyday lives? As a large part of our identity, gender seeps into the economy, institutional inequality, and even the fashion industry. Today more than ever gender roles are being reversed and challenged by the fashion industry as gender becomes more fluid. Even where we decide to buy certain clothes to express ourselves has economic consequences and can be traced through networks from a store in the United States to a mass producing factory to an indigenous group that got the textiles to make garments at the beginning. By using our cultural capital, humans can better express their fluid identities that do not need to be restricted to what society deems “normal.”
Economy and Society
Many individuals in the community of scholars who study entrepreneurship have shifted their attention towards high-technology, venture capital funded, businesses as the objective of research. As a result of this obsession, scholars are not paying attention to other types of businesses that are commonly made by people to the detriment of the us.
Sociology of Family
The family is a complex unit of socialization that is an institution in and of itself. Reflecting on one’s family, there are so many sociological factors including race, ethnicity, culture, income, education, and more that shape children’s futures.
The artists Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur reimagined Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want,” the iconic 1943 ode to American abundance.
Sociology of Education
Have you ever wondered about the implications of your education? Schools are institutions that relate to broader social structures including neighborhoods and family structures. Schooling is also inextricably linked to race and ethnicity, social class, and gender, intersecting between student’s personal experiences and outcomes
Community and Urban Sociology
When you visit a big city do you ever just stop and say hello to the stranger passing by you? Chances are you’re looking straight or staring at your GPS just to get to the right train station or landmark that is most familiar to you. Early concerns of sociology reflect how old norms are slowly becoming unfeasible in large cities as people are growing more and more indifferent towards each other and focused on their own individual lives.
Organizations, Work & Occupations
Have you ever worked as a flight attendant or waiter at a restaurant? Chances are you expect them to constantly be in an upbeat mood and smiling as if everything in the world is fine and would question their ability to do their job if anything deviates from this. Obviously, no one is perfectly happy all of the time, especially these workers who have to face so many different customers on a daily basis. This emotional labor and suppression of feelings during work can actually transform basic human feelings into a commodity and the ultimate commercialization of human feeling, which we often fail to realize ourselves.
“Sincerity” is detrimental to one’s job, until the rules of salesmanship and business become a “genuine” aspect of oneself.
Sociology of Health & Illness
In March of 2020, Cornell and universities and institutions across the globe shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two years later and we are still recovering and facing the detrimental impacts that this disease has intertwined into our everyday lives and futures to come. One result of the pandemic that is less talked about is its effects on mental health. Depression, anxiety, fear, stress, abuse, and more are just a glimpse into the lasting effects that the pandemic has had on our next generation’s mental health.
Benjamin Cornwell: Concept and oversight
Paulina Velazquez Solis: Concept, Installation design and fabrication, digital visual elements, interactivity and Augmented Reality:
Carolyn Chun: Independent Study research and concept
Chukwudumebi Obi: Independent Study research and 3D assets