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Rethinking The World is a new regular column by Prakash Kona

The sociology of christmas cards

In this 1971 article from Trans-action (now published as Society) Sheila K. Johnson reflects on the practice of sending and receiving christmas cards, arguing that it is an archetypical case of a phenomenon susceptible to sociological explanation: Anyone who has ever composed a Christmas card… Read More ›

Cyber athletics

The US government now grants “athlete visas” to gamers and competitive gaming is shown on the ESPN channel. This fascinating New Yorker article explores the rise of the ‘cyber athlete’ – read it in full here: “It’s not a sport,”… Read More ›

London in data maps

This great feature on the BBC News website collects 12 data maps which represent different characteristics of London. See the full feature here to explore the maps (the one embedded below shows commuter routes into London) A new collection of data maps of… Read More ›