Andrew BurnsLouisiana State University in Shreveport | LSUS · Department of History and Social Sciences
I am researching social control, discourse, and self-concept.
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Andrew Burns currently works at the Department of History and Social Science, Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Andrew's research focuses on symbolic interaction and constructionist insights into deviance within the networks, historical, and community contexts.
Since this year's Valentine's Day falls on a day in which I teach Introductory Sociology, I decided to update my existing mini-lecture so that it can be shared with other introductory-level sociology students. Instructors may add information as needed. When I first created this mini-lecture it fell during a discussion of emotions so my last slide i...
I decided to do a mini-lecture for fun on Valentine's day, in lieu of candy for 200 Introduction to Sociology students. The goal was to subtly reinforce concepts covered in earlier chapters (e.g. cultural diffusion, and multiculturalism) and to cover the sociological conceptions of love separately from later chapters on Sex and Gender. 2022 Update...
Opioid-related overdoses and deaths are currently associated with the habitual use and abuse of opioids used for non-prescribed purposes. An exploratory historical sociological study of New York Times articles is conducted, focusing on articles published between 1851 and 1909, when opioid overdose deaths were often declared suicides. Articles appea...
Apocalyptic Christian viewpoints are regularly promoted through various electronic and social media. One particular belief holds that UFOs and extraterrestrials are fallen angels sent by Satan to deceive non-Christians and turn them away from God. Through covert non-participant observation, a study of the use of social media to promote the aforemen...
Media has the potential to legitimize or spread a belief system to the general public. The 2014 movie Left Behind is an example of a deliberate attempt at promoting the belief system referred to as dispensational premillennialism (DPM), or belief in the imminent rapture of Christians. Producers of Left Behind (2014) sought to promote DPM to the gen...
The purpose of this project is multiple: to merge historical and contemporary opioid and polydrug use in the United States, to consider the interconnected relevance of social structure and social networks in drug use perceptions and experience, and to contextualize the current Opioid Crisis through the lived experiences of current and former opioid and polydrug users. Archival data collection is used to draw connections, and fill in gaps, between different historical drug crises. Focusing on a small town in Northern Ohio, interviews with current and former opioid and polydrug users allow for an in-depth consideration of the lived experiences and perceptions. This is done through contrasting the experiences of locals with non-locals, users with non-users, male and female users, white with non-white, heterosexual with LGBTQ users, etc. to gather an incomplete yet expansive understanding of the state of drug use in America and the differences in social-environmental contexts. The historical and contemporary contexts are considered as interlinked and interrelated. Both contexts are further considered within the larger social structure. As a result, this project must also consider the role that the law and legal changes, and media (including social media) play in co-constructing the current Opioid Crisis.
This research project focuses on anti-establishment worldviews, encompassing perceptions of deviance, power dynamics, and the nature of reality within the context of the "Paranoid Style of American Politics" and the postmodern concept of hyperreality. The goal of this research is to interrogate deviant epistemologies (e.g. conspiracy theories, dispensational premillennialism) through a sociological lens and a symbolic interactionist theoretical framework.
This study reviews relevant literature on various topics related to indoctrination and extremist violence, using a multidisciplinary approach with the goal of developing a concise theory of radicalization to violent extremism (RVE). The combination of Islamic extremism and Right-Wing extremism, their similarities and difference, would allow for a more concise criminological and social psychological understanding of RVE. By addressing universal correlates related to social movements generally, and translating those aspects that are relevant to RVE, greater preventative measures can be taken to prevent radicalization early, or recognize conditions conducive to radicalization. The functional product would be the formulation of a set of universally valid best-practices between seemingly dissimilar social movements. For example, Atran et al. (2016) employ a “devoted actor” thesis in terror cell formation that is akin to Lofland (1965), but with the distinction of creating a smaller group of singularly tasked “devoted actors” rather than a set of “deployable agents” tasked primarily with recruitment. Such a theoretical linkage opens the entire body of literature on religious conversion to weigh in on the topic of RVE. Initial findings regarding RVE will be discussed as they relate to the development of this project.