Japanese Go Gaga with Gyaru
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Japanese Go Gaga with Gyaru

Gyaru, translated in English as “gal,” first hit the Japanese scene in the 1970s. It stems from the jeans brand “gurls” that featured the motto: “I can’t live without men.” Today the word remains focused on the fashion conscious, yet more so used to denote individuals who are uninterested in marriage or work. The premise is that those in the gyaru subculture are more devoted to their looks than their futures. Yet as a subculture, as sociologists we can determine that there is a cultural significance more so than a fashion statement involved with gyaru. Gyaru Fashion Those dressed in […]

Hacker Subculture 2.0
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Hacker Subculture 2.0

Whenever someone mentions the word “hacker” it’s in a negative light. Hackers are most often associated with breaking into someone’s online accounts and causing mayhem. However, in the hacker subculture, just as with most groups, some of the members have good intentions. In the world of hackers, many hackers are simply interested in stretching their programming abilities as they promote equality online. Hackers are Born In the 1960s, before personal computers and Apple were all the rage, the hacker subculture was initiated. Early members of this subculture were also involved in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Artificial Intelligence Laboratory […]

Can Drugs Make You Smarter?
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Can Drugs Make You Smarter?

A new type of drug is on the streets, this one called nootropics. Haven't heard of them? Nootropics are also known as smart drugs, brain steroids or memory enhancers. Whereas some medicine provides remedy or relief from infection or pain, smart drugs play a role in helping to enhance the natural skills of individuals, particularly students or those interested in being able to think and act clearer, quicker and more efficiently. Yet the question remains: do smart drugs actually make people smarter?

Sociology.com offers Email Addresses and Sub-domains
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Sociology.com offers Email Addresses and Sub-domains

For the first time, Sociology.com is releasing a limited number of  @sociology.com email addresses to our readers. Examples: katie@sociology.com, simon.jackson@sociology.com and so on.. Through AKU, students, graduates and those passionate about sociology will be able to distinguish themselves from their peers who may still be using Gmail, Yahoo or other generic emails, to advance their career opportunities or online profile with an email address that speaks wonders about you and really means something when you network. How would a yourname@sociology.com look on your CV? Here is what you need to know about getting your own FREE @sociology.com email. FREE to […]

Understanding Bullying in Schools
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Understanding Bullying in Schools

Bullying is one of the most notable social problems seen today in the American school system. However, bullying and intimidation occurs in most cultures around the world. Bullying comes from the need to feel powerful in a powerless situation. In order to be a bully, an individual perpetuates violence either in threats or actions in a social situation. Schools are increasingly becoming a hotbed for bullying resulting in children being victimized. Using sociology we can find a solution to this issue. Who is Being Bullied? Social demographics show that victims run the gamut in social groups. Anyone from any socio-economic […]

Ravers, Kandi Kids and PLUR

Ravers, Kandi Kids and PLUR

Raves, first used to describe wild parties by beatniks and bohemians in 1950s London, continues to nod toward unrestrained parties and lifestyles. Individuals who are involved in the rave subculture are called ravers, a term that also described Keith Moon of The Who and Steve Marriott of The Small Faces, both mod rock bands in London during the 1960s. By the 1980s, rave subculture modernized with the times to include music parties featuring high speed dance music, aka techno and acid house. These underground parties began in Chicago, but the idea of secret dance parties featuring psychedelic fashion and electronic […]

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Japanese Lolitas

Japanese Lolitas

When you hear the term “Lolita,” the first thing that comes to most minds is the Russian novel, “Lolita,” by Vladimir Nabokov. In this novel, a literature professor in his late 30s, has hebephile, which is related to a sexual desire to individuals due to their age-related and youthful physiological appearance. In the story the professor, Humbert, becomes sexually involved with a 12-year-old named Delores Haze, after becoming her stepfather. The name “Lolita” is the nickname that Humbert has reserved for Delores. The Lolita Look In Japan there is a Lolita subculture that seemingly stems from this story. However, for […]

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Omorashi: The Urine Report

Omorashi: The Urine Report

A fetish subculture that began in Japan, omorashi involves being sexually aroused either because you have a full bladder or because you are watching someone who has a full bladder. Often mistakenly referred to as a urine fetish called urolagnia in countries outside of Japan, omorashi is not the same thing as panty wetting. Omorashi is literally translated as “leaking” and comes from the derivative meaning “to wet oneself.” What is Taboo? Sociologists define taboo as an action that is strongly prohibitive according to behaviors of ordinary individuals. Taboos are often associated with the sacred and supernatural. Individuals involved in […]

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Reggae Loving Skinheads

Reggae Loving Skinheads

Skinheads started out in the 1960s as a group of reggae loving youth in London, England who were focused on fashion rather than fascism. Compared to the skinheads of the 21st century, who are most commonly perceived as anti-Semitic neofascists, extreme right-wing nationalists or white supremacists, you’ll find their origins to be quite shocking. How did a subculture that originally included a group predominantly of African or Jamaican descent, also referred to as Black Britons, be known to hate those within their own origins? Style Savvy Skinheads In the 1960s, skinheads were a youth subculture that was distinctive in their […]

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The Social Role of Vampires in Mainstream Society

The Social Role of Vampires in Mainstream Society

For anyone on Team Edward or whom wishes they could live in Mystic Falls with the Salvatore brothers, you might not be so shocked to learn that vampires really do exist. A vampire subculture exists with a wide range of vampire folk including those who adore fictional vampires to those who think they themselves are actually vampires. Additionally, those who support a vampire lifestyle are often associated with other subcultures including otherkin communities and role playing groups. In understanding the various elements associated with vampire subculture as sociologists, we can see the function of this group in mainstream society. Giving […]

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Otherkin—Fairies, Elves and Dragons, Oh My!

Otherkin—Fairies, Elves and Dragons, Oh My!

Otherkin sounds like a term designated for people who are related distantly, possibly friends who consider themselves family members. This could not be further from the truth. Otherkin refers to a social community of people who believe that they are not completely human. Some believe that they have the spirit of another entity, while others believe that their body is that of a non-human. As defined by the Middle English Dictionary, otherkin is used as an adjective to describe someone who is “a different or an additional kind of, other kinds of.” As one of the world’s most unique subcultures, […]

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Rockabilly: More Than a Fashion Statement?

Rockabilly: More Than a Fashion Statement?

James Dean, Elvis Presley, the movie Grease—what is the one thing they have in common? The rockabilly style, signature of icons and rebels of the 1950s. Today, 60 years later, the rockabilly style and swagger remains as a subculture. In fact, this subculture is recently experiencing a revival in Japan and Germany. Take a look around you, and you’ll even see rockabilly style in the mainstream, i.e. motorcycle style fashion jackets and leather pants. Yet rockabilly is much more than a fashion statement for those in support of this subculture group; it’s a lifestyle complete with mores, values and cultural […]

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Getting a Ph.D. in Sociology

Getting a Ph.D. in Sociology

Earning a doctorate degree in sociology opens the doors to a wealth of career paths. For instance if you want to become a college professor or to lead a sociological research team, a Ph.D. in sociology is essential for success. When earning a doctorate in sociology you will continue your studies in human behavior, which most likely began during your undergraduate or graduate school education. You will study behaviors on a scale of relations from interpersonal micro level interactions to macro level institutional systems. However, with a Ph.D. you will focus on a specific project for your doctoral dissertation. Get […]

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How to Review a Movie Using Sociology

How to Review a Movie Using Sociology

Analyzing movies from a sociological perspective involves focusing on the social roles and cultural aspects. You can look at anything constructed by humans including history, religion, art, sexual morality and fear. A sociological review might also discuss a film from the screenwriter or director’s perspective, as well as at the audience’s reaction to the film. By applying sociological theory to themes in the movie you can reflect on how the movie relates to true or perceived social behavior. First Step: Focus on Sociological Theory Think of which of the three main sociological theories best relate to the movie. Does the […]

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