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Rethinking The World is a new regular column by Prakash Kona

The Tyranny of the Forced Smile

An interesting article in the New York Times discusses the mandated enthusiasm which increasingly characterises labour. This can be seen most emphatically in service jobs (e.g. the training required by Pret A Manger and its subsequent monitoring) but it’s also a feature… Read More ›

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 ›