Sociological Ruminations

A blog about non-fiction books that address societal issues and problems

18 Books Every White Ally Should Read

I noticed this reading list of books about race (“18 Books Every White Ally Should Read”) on the Define American Facebook page: (1) Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

“A New Day Dawns” by Nikky Finney

The following poem (“A New Day Dawns” by Nikky Finney) appeared on the front cover of a South Carolina newspaper and describes the removal of the confederate flag. It is the pearl blue … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Charleston Syllabus

The following reading list is available on the website of the African American Intellectual History Society. Although it is not meant to be exhaustive, it should help all of us become … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ferguson, Missouri and Racism Without Racists

A year ago I read a book by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva called Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America.  This was assigned reading in a … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Ferguson Syllabus: A Reading List on Racial Injustice

I noticed that a group called Sociologists for Justice has formed in response to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Their website says: We are an independent collective of sociologists … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Prison Baby: A Memoir by Deborah Jiang Stein

Book Review: Prison Baby: A Memoir (Beacon Press, 2014) by Deborah Jiang Stein Written in the form of a novel, Prison Baby is an autobiography that tells the life story of Deborah Jiang … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rape New York, a Memoir by Jana Leo

* A home located on a cul-de-sac with very few routes leading to a main road has fewer “get-aways” for a burglar and may therefore hold less appeal. * As … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · Leave a comment