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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 money, greed, psychological disorders, diseases, or other systematic uprisings? There is an entirely dark underbelly of society that deals in human trafficking, sex trade, bombings for hire, public shootings, high school massacres, and instigating a coup or war; 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 arrive? 

School Shootings & Gun Violence

Interactive Report 2019: School Shootings - - New York Times

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

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

Racial Injustice

Indigenous Awareness

UCI is on located on traditionally shared territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples.