I'm already missing the in-class discussions.
I'm looking for journal articles to reference, so basically I'm just plugging keywords into databases and hoping for a hit. I came up with what may be the single most inspired piece of sociology research in history:
This article assesses the link between country music and metropolitan suicide rates. Country music is hypothesized to nurture a suicidal mood through its concerns with problems common in the suicidal population, such as marital discord, alcohol abuse, and alienation from work. The results of a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate. The effect is independent of divorce, southernness, poverty, and gun availability. The existence of a country music subculture is thought to reinforce the link between country music and suicide. Our model explains 51% of the variance in urban white suicide rates.
Steven Stack; Jim Gundlach
Social Forces, Vol. 71, No. 1. (Sep., 1992), pp. 211-218.