The Society Pages is a web-based project aimed at making sociology more accessible to the public. It contains resources ranging from research that relates to current issues; long-form feature articles that discuss social issues from a scientific perspective, but in language appropriate for laypersons; a page dedicated to sociology in the news; and, last but not least, its community pages.
A full list of the community pages can be found at the bottom of TSP's front page, but many students will get the most use out of Sociological Images, a frequently-updated site with full-length reports on a variety of topics relating to current news, history, research, and popular culture. Sociological Images is particularly helpful for students new to sociology, and provides a great example of how to examine our world through the lens of sociology.
From the Occupational Outlook Handbook: "Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that develop when people interact and work together." In concrete terms, this translates into such tasks as creating original research projects, collecting data, and even advising policymakers on topics like aging, education, poverty, and crime. In other words, the work sociologists do often has real-life effects.
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