Publications

May 2017
Frederick Wherry

Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Publisher Link The world of money is being transformed as households and organizations face changing economies, and new currencies and payment systems like Bitcoin and Apple Pay gain ground. What is money, and how do we make sense of it? Money Talks is the first book to offer a wide range of...
February 2017
Philip Gorski

Princeton University Press

Publisher link Was the United States founded as a Christian nation or a secular democracy? Neither, argues Philip Gorski in American Covenant. What the founders actually envisioned was a prophetic republic that would weave together the ethical vision of the Hebrew prophets and the Western political...
October 2016
Julia Adams

Parameters/Social Science Research Council

Publisher Link In the academy, Wikipedia increasingly serves as both a default source and an instance of participatory democratic practices. Erik Olin Wright, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and past president of the American Sociological Association, cites Wikipedia...
January 2016
Frederick Wherry

Volumes 1-4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Publisher Link Economics is the nexus and engine that runs society, affecting societal well-being, raising standards of living when economies prosper or lowering citizens through class structures when economies perform poorly. Our society only has to witness the booms and busts of the past decade...
December 2015
Jonathan Wyrtzen

Cornell University Press, 2015

Publisher Link  Abstract How did four and a half decades of European colonial intervention transform Moroccan identity? As elsewhere in North Africa and in the wider developing world, the colonial period in Morocco (1912–1956) established a new type of political field in which notions about and...
December 2015
Julia Adams

Big Data & Society July–December 2015: 1–5

Publisher Link Abstract Wikipedia is an important instance of ‘‘Big Data,’’ both because it shapes people’s frames of reference and because it is a window into the construction—including via crowd-sourcing—of new bodies of knowledge. Based on our own research as well as others’ critical and...
October 2015
Elijah Anderson

The Opinion Pages, The New York Times, October, 2015.

Excerpt The alienation our society has experienced over the past half century of economic and social upheaval has caused many to lose their bearings, even their sense of right and wrong. This reveals itself with distressing regularity when a deranged young man with a high-capacity gun expresses his...
September 2015
Julia Adams

In Emily Erikson (ed.) Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics (Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 29) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 207 - 218

Publisher Abstract The great chartered companies that spearheaded early modern European empire combined economic accumulation and the projection of sovereign power. They operated through networks of geographically dispersed imperial agents, experiencing bottlenecks in the long-distance flow of...
August 2015
Emily Erikson

Social Science History, Vol. 39, No. 2

Publisher Link Abstract Individuals engaged in overseas trade in the early modern period often faced high levels of uncertainty regarding their prospects for trade. One way of managing uncertainty is to gather information from others through social interactions, that is, through social networks....
August 2015
Deborah Davis

Cities 49: 88-97

Abstract Although Durkheim, Simmel, and other early social theorists posited causal links between urban life and individual despair or distrust, most contemporary analyses of subjective well-being attribute variations primarily to individual characteristics. However, China’s recent warp-speed...
August 2015
Rene Almeling

Annual Review of Sociology Vol. 41

Publisher Link Abstract Every human being in every society results from reproduction, and most American men and women will have a child at some point in their lives. Even those who do not want children must contend with strong cultural presumptions around parenthood, and if they are sexually active...
May 2015
Philip Smith

Cambridge University Press

Publisher Link Abstract Climate change is not just a scientific fact, nor merely a social and political problem. It is also a set of stories and characters that amount to a social drama.This drama, as much as hard scientific or political realities, shapes perception of the problem. Drs. Smith and...
March 2015
Justin Farrell

Princeton University Press

*Winner, Outstanding Book Award (American Sociological Association AMSS) “The most original political book of early 2015.” -The Economist This book project is mixed-methods, combining computational social science strategies on large text corpora with traditional qualitative fieldwork. *Winner,...
March 2015
Emily Erikson

Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 29

  Publisher Link Abstract This collection of articles features research one distinct organizational form: the chartered company. Chartered companies were commercial and financial organizations formally recognized by state actors, often possessing monopoly privileges to regions or sectors of trade...
January 2015
Elijah Anderson

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2015, Vol. 1(1) 10–21 © American Sociological Association 2014 DOI: 10.1177/2332649214561306 sre.sagepub.com

Abstract Since the end of the Civil Rights Movement, large numbers of black people have made their way into settings previously occupied only by whites, though their reception has been mixed. Overwhelmingly white neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, restaurants, and other public spaces remain....

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