SOCIOLOGY TOPICS

Here you’ll find a list of spoken word performances sorted by Sociology Topic. Click on any of the Topics to reveal a full list and links of spoken word performances that pertain to that topic.

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CLASS STRATIFICATION AND POVERTY

The Hunger Games (Imani Cezanne) Imani paints a more real account of hunger games. At the intersection of race and class, she reexamines what it means to survive in poverty.

Place Matters (Clint Smith) In discussing the health and education of his lower socio-economic students, Clint Smith examines the implications of urban food deserts.

DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL

People You May Know (Kevin Kantor) This poem is about male rape and the trauma relived by knowing who the rapist is. Also, the poem demonstrates how society contributes to shaming, and blaming of the victim.

cuz he’s Black (Javon Johnson) An uncle teaches his nephew to strong in the face of police, despite a history of violence against Black men.

Mrs. Dahmer (Sierra DeMulder) The mother of the infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, reflects on her son’s deviant behavior.

Spoons (Caroline Harvey) A glimpse into a tragic moment, as recalled by a recovering drug addict.

EDUCATION

What’s Genocide (Carlos Andrés Gómez) When we use censorship in education, it is not what we leave out, but who gets left out.

Education (Joe Limer) Political science professor challenges the business model employed in higher education.

What Teachers Make (Taylor Mali) An elementary school teacher reminds others EXACTLY what he does for a living.

Rigged Game (Dylan Garrity) The impact of No Child Left Behind on English language learners.

Somewhere in America (Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen) Three young women speak on the lack of acknowledgment of controversial topics; those that are often not spoken about for being ‘sensitive’, which affect not only all of society but American youth in particular.

Black Bruins (Sy Stokes) UCLA student explores the effects of racial inequality on campus.

FAMILY

Grandfather (Ayinde Russell) The impact of one’s grandfather, especially during the final days of life, leaves Ayinde Russell to think about the impact of his words, commitment, and legacy.

GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Pretty (Kattie Makkai) How mothers socialize their daughters with the values of “pretty.”

Handshakes (Guante) Handshakes as a performance of masculinity.

Us (T.Miller) Unpacking the objectification of Black women and the violence of perpetuated by Black men, through celebrity and popular culture.

GROUPS, ORGANIZATION, AND INTERACTION

A Letter to Sarah (Jared Singer) Lamenting the loss of a friend who committed suicide.

Unsolicited Advice… (Tonya Ingram) A survival guide for trauma, struggle, and survival for oneself.

Drunk (Thadra Sheridan) The ordinary and extradorinary consequences of alcohol abuse by loved ones.

HEALTH AND MEDICINE

Mental Illness Testifies (Nico Wilkinson) This poem is about how we ascribe mental illness as the reason for mass shootings.

OCD (Neal Hilborn) Neil Hilborn reveals what it is like to be a member of society with OCD, especially when it comes to relationships and breakups.

Delighted (Sonya Renee) An employee at Ann Taylor, overwhelmed by bill collectors and lack of fulfillment in her retail job, battles to maintain her composure while helping a rich customer. However, upon learning of the customer’s cancer, the employee discovers the importance of her role.

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

From Michelle Obama (Imani Cezanne) Michelle Obama explains the historical, social, and personal significance of being “the first Black First Lady” to her daughters.

Why is We Americans (Amiri Baraka) Articulating exploitation, stratification, a call for reparations, and unity through democracy.

POPULATION, URBANIZATION, AND ENVIRONMENT

The Ugly Show (Black Ice) Reflecting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Newer Colossus (Karen Finnyfrock) Classic poem “The New Coloussus” reworked as a critique of hostility towards immigration.

RACE AND ETHNICITY

The Unwritten Letter From My Immigrant Parent (Muna Abdulahi) An immigrant’s experience to motivate the next generation.

Four Lines (Brandon) Brandon expresses the chaos in his identity as he managed to keep his roots over the overwhelming whiteness.

Rekia Boyd (Porsha Olayiwa) The murder of Rekia Boyd was met with relative absence by demonstrators.

American Dreamt (G. Yamazawa, Pages Matam, Clint Smith, and Roscoe Burnems) This poem redefines the American Dream through institutional discrimination faced by immigrants and people of color.

Definition of Privilege (Adam Faulkner) Recalling childhood, Falkner grapples with white privilege and his relationship with Black culture

Home (G Yamazawa) The devastating tsunami in Japan causes G to grapple with his Japanese heritage.

RELIGION

(Your God) (Rudy Francisco) Challenging the use of religion in the production homophobia.

When My Strength Failith (Catalina Ferro) Exploring the functions, the rituals, and the use of the church when it’s doors are closed.

Small Towns (Ollie Renee Schminkey and Kat Fleckenstein) Group piece exploring how religion and place marginalize individuals who oppose the gender binary.

SOCIALIZATION

Shrinking Women (Lily Myers) Citing examples from within her family, Lily speaks about inheriting certain expectations of herself in terms of beauty, weight, and even her right to an opinion.

Beginning, Middle & End (Phil Kaye) A journey through the life-cycle, but not necessarily in chronological order.

Chatty Cathy (Urban Allure) This piece demonstrates male power and dominance, through the creation of the Chatty Cathy doll.

SOCIETY AND CULTURE

John Carlos and Tommie Smith (Ant Black and Tarez Lemmons) Reflecting on the 1968 Black power salute.

Dear Ursula (Melissa May) Praising Ursula and appreciating her body in a fat-shaming society.

Waiting for Someone (Lamar Jorden) A homeless veteran shares the struggle of reintegration into society.

Wile E Coyote (Shane Hawley) Wile E Coyote explains his addiction to chasing the roadrunner.

I am Nerd (Omar Holman) This peace shows us that being labeled a “nerd” isn’t as derogatory as you may think…that maybe we should embrace our geeky side.