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Sociology: Darker Side

Resources in Sociology and interdisciplinary areas to start your research

Societal Issues that make us cringe can be hard to understand, analyze, and explain.

What are the motives behind these undertakings? Mainly power, money, greed, psychological disorders, diseases, or other systematic uprisings? There is an entirely dark underbelly of society that deals in human rights infringements, bombings for hire, public shootings, and instigating a coup or genocide; just to name a few.

How to research these societal themes: Research the political balance over time. Research the social pressures in that part of the world. Research the NGO's in the region and the data they've collected. Research the involvement with other nations. Research the population growth. Research the crime rates, locations, and timing. You can take your topic and detail the problem, but from what circumstances did it arise? 

School Shootings & Gun Violence

Interactive Report 2019: School Shootings - - New York Times

Changing Roles: Fight if You Must - - New York Times


Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade

Examines how politically and ideologically diverse activists joined together to change perceptions and public policies on youth involvement in the sex trade over time, reframing 'juvenile prostitution' of the 1970s as 'commercial sexual exploitation of children' in the 1990s, and then as 'domestic minor sex trafficking' in the 2000s.

Knowing about Genocide

Focusing on Armenians and Turks, he examines strategies of silencing, denial, and acknowledgment in everyday interaction, public rituals, law, and politics. Drawing on interviews, ethnographic accounts, documents, and eyewitness testimony, Savelsberg illuminates the social processes that drive dueling versions of history.

Human Trafficking 

Definition: Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. 

Source: Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign