SAGE Sociology

Author Eran Shor discuss his article, "A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News," which was co-authored by Arnout van de Rijt, Alex Miltsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena, and was published in the October 2015 issue of American Sociological Review.



In the early twenty-first century, women continue to receive substantially less media coverage than men, despite women’s much increased participation in public life. Media scholars argue that actors in news organizations skew news coverage in favor of men and male-related topics. However, no previous study has systematically examined whether such media bias exists beyond gender ratio imbalances in coverage that merely mirror societal-level structural and occupational gender inequalities. Using novel longitudinal data, we empirically isolate media-level factors and examine their effects on women’s coverage rates in hundreds of newspapers. We find that societal-level inequalities are the dominant determinants of continued gender differences in coverage. The media focuses nearly exclusively on the highest strata of occupational and social hierarchies, in which women’s representation has remained poor. We also find that women receive greater exposure in newspaper sections led by female editors, as well as in newspapers whose editorial boards have higher female representation. However, these differences appear to be mostly correlational, as women’s coverage rates do not noticeably improve when male editors are replaced by female editors in a given newspaper.


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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Lisa Jean Moore discusses her paper “A Day at the Beach: Rising Sea Levels, Horseshoe Crabs, and Traffic Jams”, with Sarah Neal, Editor of Sociology. Posted October 2015.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 7:23am EDT

Maryam Griffin examines transportation politics and the Freedom Rides in Palestine in the context of a strategic shift in which Palestinian resistance has de-prioritised leader-centered negotiations in favour of grassroots mobilisation that directly appeals to international civil society.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 7:40am EDT

Robbie McVeigh argues that, with demographic change in Northern Ireland, racist violence has become one of the principal manifestations of unionist unease. The state's reaction to racism has been to tolerate a level of acceptable violence. People of colour and migrant workers in NI, he argues, have been 'living the peace process in reverse'.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 7:26am EDT

Victoria Brittain considers the legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa's struggle against the ecological destruction of his homelands wrought by Shell.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 7:01am EDT

Eddie Bruce-Jones speaks about police brutality against non-white Germans, examining a series of controversial deaths in custody and arguing for the need to identify patterns of institutional racism. Posted September 2015.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 6:43am EDT

Interview with A. Sivanandan by Avery Gordon for the 2013 Historical Materialism conference. Posted September 2015.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 6:12am EDT

Ann Oakley discusses her paper “Interviewing Women Again: Power, Time and the Gift”, with Kath Woodward, Editor of Sociology. Posted September 2015.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 5:18am EDT

Author Jen-Hao Chen discusses his article "Marriage, Relationship Quality, and Sleep among U.S. Older Adults," which was coauthored with Linda J. Waite, and Diane S. Lauderdale, and appears in the September 2015 of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.



Sleep is a restorative behavior essential for health. Poor sleep has been linked to adverse health outcomes among older adults; however, we know little about the social processes that affect sleep. Using innovative actigraphy data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (N = 727), we considered the role of marriage, positive marital relationship support, and negative marital relationship strain on older adults’ (ages 62–90) self-reported and actigraph-measured sleep characteristics. We found that married older adults had better actigraph-estimated but not self-reported sleep characteristics than the unmarried. However, among the married, those who reported more negative aspects of their marital relationship reported more insomnia symptoms, with the association reduced when psychosocial characteristics were added to the model. The married who reported more positive aspects of their marital relationship showed better actigraph-estimated sleep characteristics; taking characteristics of the physical and mental health and home environment into account reduced this association.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

Author Elnur Gajiev discusses his poem, "Men of Mountains," which was published in the August 2015 issue of Humanity & Society.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT