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Japanese Go Gaga with Gyaru

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 […]

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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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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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Can Drugs Make You Smarter?

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? Smart Drugs: An Evolution The term originated in 1990 with John Morgenthaler and Ward Dean, M.D. and their […]

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Beauty Around the World: A Sociological Look at Beauty

Beauty Around the World: A Sociological Look at Beauty

Men and women alike can’t deny how important physical appearance is in everyday life. Beauty is in fact so important to us humans that it is a large contributor to debt, as well as many physical and psychological issues. All across the globe people partake in risky behavior trying to improve their appearance. The irony is that almost none of these practices remain the same around the world—leaving the ever prevalent question: what really is beauty? Socially Constructed Ideals While beauty in itself is natural, the actual beauty ideals each culture holds sacred are what sociologists consider socially constructed. Although […]

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Why Are So Many Americans Behind Bars?

Why Are So Many Americans Behind Bars?

In 2010, 2.27 million Americans were behind bars.  In any given year, close to one percent of Americans are in jails or prisons.  Another five million are on probation or parole.  Most of these are young and male, and a disproportionate number are black or brown.  Our incarceration rates are higher than any other country on the planet.  So, what’s going on? The data might lead us to believe that Americans are just more violent and commit more crimes than the citizens of other countries, but sociologists say this probably isn’t the case.  The tremendous number of people in our […]

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Are You Living or Lusting After the American Dream?

Are You Living or Lusting After the American Dream?

In its broadest interpretation, the American Dream stands for freedom and the opportunity for every individual in America to fulfill all of their life’s ambitions through hard work and endeavor. Throughout the years, there has been development and much debate about what exactly constituted the American Dream but in its purest form, it is only quantifiable by the actual beholder of the dream itself. The American Dream may have grown up around the beliefs of the early settlers and the way they clung to the notion that if they continued to move on throughout the land, they would find a […]

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Social Darwinism

Social Darwinism

One of the most controversial theories in the field of sociology is social Darwinism. The main focus of this theory is the belief that competition between individuals and groups drives the social evolution of societies. The theory of evolution as developed by Charles Darwin was the theory that through competition and survival of the fittest individual organisms change and evolve to ensure their survival. The idea of social Darwinism uses Darwin’s theory to understand the development of particular societies or nations. Upon closer examination, these theories often predate the publication of Darwin’s work “On the Origin of Species” in 1859. […]

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