Who is the stereotypical astronaut and why should we care?

Close your eyes and think about an astronaut. What is the image that you see? Chances are, it is a well-built man in a NASA spacesuit, and not a woman. This does not mean that you are a sexist – it simply shows how cultural stereotypes leave an imprint in your brain. Women and men … Continue reading Who is the stereotypical astronaut and why should we care?

My rocket is bigger than yours: outer space as an elite playground

Social inequality and power dynamics are the bread and butter of sociologists. We are trained to spot inequality in any society and to understand its cause and effect. When humans left Earth’s orbit, inequality came with. In this post, I give voice to critical sociologists who have long ditched their rose-colored glasses and observe heavens … Continue reading My rocket is bigger than yours: outer space as an elite playground

Sociology of outer space?

One of my small joys in life is to watch people blink slowly when I tell them that one of my areas of study is sociology of outer space. “Cool” or “Can you really do that?” are the most common responses so far. I agree – it is not something one comes across daily. I … Continue reading Sociology of outer space?