The series finale of Parks and Recreation aired just a week ago, but comedian Aziz Ansari is already busy with new projects. His second Netflix stand-up comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, premieres Friday, and his upcoming book Modern Romance, an academic study of modern romance peppered with his brand of humor, hits shelves June 16.

So this won’t be a celebrity memoir.

Right. It ended up being a sociology book that has my sense of humor, but it also has some academic heft to it. I wrote it with this sociologist, Eric Klinenberg, and he helped me design this huge research project that we did. We interviewed hundreds of people all across the world — we went to Tokyo and Paris and Wichita to really get a wide scope. We also interviewed all sorts of academics. The resulting book is really unique. I can’t think of any book I would really compare it to.

Aziz Ansari on His New Book and How Texting is Ruining Our Relationships

hey sociology buffs

can u help me real quick?

my sociology assignment says to “describe how social problems can be socially and subjectively constructed” (regarding an article on how black men are viewed as criminals in society) 

i don’t really know what “socially and subjectively constructed” means

5 Reasons Far Rockaway Gentrified, And You Didn’t Notice

The question remains though, why Far Rockaway? Other neighborhoods that experienced gentrification since the 1990’s were typically much closer to Midtown, arguably the City’s Central Business District. Comparatively, Rockaway is pretty much riding the City’s southeastern limits. But the neighborhood has some unique qualities that make it a ripe magnet for college grads looking for an urban getaway. That, and the 2008 Financial Crisis helped push the latest round of gentrification along in this and other parts of Queens….

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So in Australia

Aboriginal Australians get handouts. Like, more money from the government if they’re unemployed, health care benefits (because their life expectancy is lower than whities by a decade), special scholarships and stuff like that.
You get these things if you have a parent that’s Aboriginal, or your grandparents…you get these handouts even if you’re only 1/14th Aboriginal.

My questions are:
1. How do Aboriginal Australians feel about “white” Aboriginals (Australians who are 1/14th Aboriginal) getting freebies and handouts?
2. How do white Australians feel about 1/14th Aboriginals getting freebies and handouts?

We see the universe the way it is because we exist.
— 

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

In the last few months, I have been reading and watching a lot on space and the history of our universe. I am not smart enough to understand all the science behind some of the topics, but I am finding new inspirations and ways of thinking about things. Mainly, how small and insignificant we really are, and that maybe some of the things we think are important, are maybe not all that important after all.

Wanna know why so many people hate social media?

Social capital is a term in sociology which refers to benefits/expected benefits one can gain from ones social circles. Similar to monetary capital, social capital often can be used to gain more social capital and imbalances in capital are often correlated with economic imbalance. An example of this is most country clubs, country clubs connect other wealthy people with each other which opens up opportunity for advancement.

Means of attaining social capital in western culture in the past was mainly reserved for the privileged, but with social media social capital has become much more attainable to those who have talent, creativity, merit, etc.

This is threatening to many because it takes away some of the privilege from those whose social capital is based not on their deserving but their means.