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Behind the Monuments: Taking a Sociological Look at Life in the Nation's Capital

by Samantha Friedman George Washington University

Many of us know Washington, DC through our stays here as tourists or through our work with federal agencies or think tanks in the area. Washington, DC offers its visitors many attractions museums, monuments, historical sites, art, theater, and fine dining. As sociologists, we turn to the nation's capital to keep up with the changes in the public policies that impact our research, to apply for federal funds to enhance our research, or to gather statistics and data to conduct our research. But what about life in the nation's capital? Should that be of interest to us as sociologists?

Despite the fact that there is not a rich tradition of sociological research on the Washington, DC metropolitan area as there is in let's say Chicago, life in the city of monuments is worth paying attention to as sociologists. While partaking in the ASA annual meeting, focus on Washington, DC as a city rather than as a tourist spot or as a place that houses your favorite governmental agency. There are three themes that characterize life for residents in the area that you will likely notice during your stay.

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