Book and Media Highlights

Each month I will select and share below a Book or Video that I feel are strong contributions to scholarship of Sociology and related fields, with special attention to Gender and Sexualities. I aim to select work that is accessible for the public and any level of scholar!

October 2020
The Tragedy of the Droids in Star Wars By: Popculture Detective

September 2020
Netflix’s Documentary: “Disclosure”

August 2020
Book: The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date, By Ellen Lamont, Published by: University of California Press, 2020.

Excerpt of my review: Firmly rooted in the study of gender, masculinities, sexualities, and culture, Ellen Lamont’s The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date provides an innovative perspective on the link between modern dating and a stalled gender revolution. Based on 105 in-depth interviews with college-educated heterosexual (62%), and LGBQ (38%) young adults about courtship, Lamont investigates how beliefs in gender difference persist and undermine modern goals of equality.
Full Book Review forthcoming in Men and Masculinities

July 2020
Book: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, By: Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors, Published by: St. Martin’s Press 2018.

June 2020
Netflix’s Documentary: “13th”

May 2020
Book: The Fire Next Time, By: James Baldwin, 1963.

April 2020
Sexual Assault of men Played for Laughs Part 1 – Male Perpetrators & Sexual Assault of Men Played for Laughs – Part 2 Female Perpetrator, By Pop Culture Detective

March 2020
Book: Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, By: C. J. Pascoe, Published by: University of California Press, 2007.

February 2020
Book: Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret, By: Leila Rupp and Verta Taylor, Published By: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

January 2020
Book: Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights, By: Lisa Hajjar. Published by: Routledge, 2013.

December 2019
Book: American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, By: Lisa Wade, Published by WW Norton & Company, 2017.

November 2019
The Complicity of Geek Masculinity By: Pop Culture Detective (Jonathan McIntosh)

October 2019
The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander By: Pop Culture Detective (Jonathan McIntosh)

September 2019
The Case Against The Jedi Order By: Pop Culture Detective (Jonathan McIntosh)

August 2019
Wall-E As Sociological Storytelling, By: Pop Culture Detective (Jonathan McIntosh)

July 2019
Abduction as Romance, By: Pop Culture Detective (Jonathan McIntosh)

June 2019
Book: Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men, By: Jane Ward, Published by: NYU Press, 2015.

May 2019
Book: McAdam, Doug. 1998. Freedom Summer. New York: Oxford University Press.

April 2019
Book: Frenemies: Feminists, Conservatives, and Sexual Violence By: Nancy Whittier, Published by: Oxford University Press, 2018.

March 2019
Book: Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago, By Jason Orne, Published by: The University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Excerpt of my review: “To stay gay, Boystown becomes less queer” (p.12). What is it like to exist in the periphery and watch everything around you change? What does it mean to be “queer” in a world becoming more “gay”? Boystown by Jason Orne claims to be “a book about sex” (p.9), but this complex and explicit ethnography is about much more than the role of sex or sexualities in Chicago nightlife. This is a book about community, inequality, and the ways queer sexualities struggle to survive the increasing assimilation of gays into the mainstream.
Full Book Review Forthcoming in Contexts Spring 2021 Issue

February 2019
Born Sexy Yesterday, By: Pop Culture Detective (Jonathan McIntosh)

January 2019
Book: Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, By Deborah Miranda, Published by Heyday, 2013.


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