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

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.

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

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.[/vc_column_text]

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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.

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 mother’s 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

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

 

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

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

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.