Latest Sociology of culture Stories

2014-05-08 09:49:32

Patients from minority ethnic groups in the US may be facing racist attitudes and beliefs that can unintentionally affect their treatment, a review of healthcare providers has found. The world first review explored interpersonal racism perpetrated by healthcare providers, a key driver of racial disparities in health. Interpersonal racism refers to racist interactions between individuals, rather than internalized or systemic or institutional racism. Researchers Ms Mandy Truong and Dr...

2014-03-04 13:42:21

People's racial prejudices are influenced by where they live, reports a new study led by Oxford University psychologists. The researchers found that levels of racial prejudice among white people drop significantly when they live in ethnically mixed communities, even when they do not have direct contact with minorities. Simply seeing white strangers interacting positively with ethnic minorities is enough to reduce racial prejudice. The researchers have called this positive effect...

Social Networks Are Key To Preserving Culture, Sharpening Skills
2013-11-13 18:38:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A study from a team at the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that strong social networks might be the key to raising a smart child. A team writing in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy: Biological Sciences said when people are able to learn from a wider range of teachers, it increases the group’s average skill over successive generations. The study found that population size and social connectedness are crucial for the...

2012-05-15 13:32:45

The mothers of Britain's 'mixed families' are ensuring their children learn about their heritage and culture, according to a development project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). So, even if the child´s father hails from a minority background, it will still be the mother who is responsible for teaching them about the father´s culture. "Whether it's ensuring their children know about the history and culture of their ethnic or religious group, overseeing...

2011-06-29 07:20:00

ATLANTA, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Walk through the mall, a school or a business office today, and in nearly any city in the country, it will be obvious that "we" is getting trickier to define in terms of race, ethnicity and collective identity. Within relationships, cross-cultural is becoming the norm rather than the exception. This shift from a similar-looking status quo to one that incorporates a plethora of faces has been referred to as "multiculturalism," and this typically means...

2010-04-13 11:15:00

Argentinean and Spanish researchers have shown that indigenous societies in Patagonia, the southernmost region of the Earth inhabited by humans over the past 13,000 years, were not static and marginal as had always been thought, but in fact had high levels of social organization. The latest study by this team, published in the journal Arctic Anthropology, breaks down false myths and gives these societies the historic recognition they deserve. "Was Patagonia a desert?" Using this question as...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.