Publications

June 2011
Julia Adams

Social Science History, vol. 35 #1, pp. 1-17

Introduction As agents, we all act on behalf of others and of our own accord: these are socially and historically interrelated orientations to action in contemporary America. But as chains of accountability erode at work and in the economy, as layers of aides and representatives proliferate in...
June 2011
Immanuel Wallerstein

University of California Press

Immanuel Wallerstein’s highly influential, multi-volume opus, The Modern World-System, is one of this century’s greatest works of social science. An innovative, panoramic reinterpretation of global history, it traces the emergence and development of the modern world from the sixteenth...
June 2011
Shai Dromi

In: Narrating Trauma: On the Impact of Collective Suffering. Edited by Ron Eyerman, Jeffrey C. Alexander and Elizabeth Breese, 107-132. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers 2011

Publisher link>> Description:  The legendary status of the Holocaust as a sacred evil has inspired international human rights law, new restrictions on national sovereignty, and newly powerful moral strictures against ethnic and racial cleansing. Yet, even as this markedly universalizing...
June 2011
Jonathan Wyrtzen

Trajectories, Spring 2011, Vol. 22

Publisher Link >>   Excerpt: I have been ensconced this academic year in a small town nestled in the cedar forests of Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains finishing a book manuscript. The book explores how European colonial intervention remapped the political ecosystem of North Africa in the...
June 2011
Ronald Eyerman, Jeffrey Alexander

Paradigm Publishers

Elizabeth Butler Breese Publisher Link >> In case studies that examine wrenching historical and contemporary crises across five continents, cultural sociologists analyze the contingencies of trauma construction and their fateful social impact. How do some events get coded as traumatic and...
May 2011
Jeffrey Alexander

Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher Link > Jeffrey C. Alexander examines what was new about Egypt’s Spring revolution. Why was it so compelling to watch, and what made it so effective and does it have implications for democratic movements internationally. Using international news reports and translations of the...
May 2011
Jeffrey Alexander, Philip Smith

Palgrave Connect

Publisher Link > Theorist Clifford Geertz’s influence extends far beyond anthropology. Indeed the case could be made that he has been abandoned by anthropology and that his legacy has been transferred to a more diffuse community of scholars interested in interpretation. This volume...
April 2011
Christopher Wildeman

JAMA 305:1708-1709

Emily A. Wang Publisher Link >> ABSTRACT: Incarceration is associated with poor health and high costs. Given the dramatic growth in the criminal justice system’s population and associated expenses, inclusion of questions related to incarceration in national health data sets could...
March 2011
Elijah Anderson

W.W. Norton & Company

  Publisher Link >> Following his award-winning work on inner-city violence, Code of the Street, sociologist Elijah Anderson introduces the concept of the “cosmopolitan canopy”—the urban island of civility that exists amidst the ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves where segregation is the...
January 2011
Nicholas Christakis

PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

J.H. Fowler, J.E. Settle Publisher Link >> It is well known that humans tend to associate with other humans who have similar characteristics, but it is unclear whether this tendency has consequences for the distribution of genotypes in a population. Although geneticists have shown that...
January 2011

University of Chicago Press

Publisher Link >>   How does a so-called bad neighborhood go about changing its reputation? Is it simply a matter of improving material conditions or picking the savviest marketing strategy? What kind of role can or should the arts play in that process? Does gentrification always entail a...
January 2011
Christopher Wildeman

Social Forces 89:285-310, University of North Carolina Press, Oxford Journal

Publisher Link >> This study extends research on the consequences of mass imprisonment and the causes of children’s behavioral problems by considering the effects of paternal incarceration on children’s physical aggression at age 5 using data from the Fragile Families and Child...
January 2011
Andrew Papachristos

American Journal of Sociology, v166 n4: 1190-1233

Kirk, David S. Sociologists have given considerable attention to identifying the neighborhood-level social-interactional mechanisms that influence outcomes such as crime, educational attainment, and health. Yet, cultural mechanisms are often overlooked in quantitative studies of neighborhood...
December 2010
Deborah Davis

in China’s Emerging Middle Class; Beyond Economic Transformation, edited by Cheng Li (Washington DC; Brookings Institute):157-178.

>Publisher Link   Publisher Comments: The rapid emergence and explosive growth of China’s middle class have enormous consequences for that nation’s domestic future, for the global economy, and for the whole world. In China’s Emerging Middle Class, noted scholar Cheng Li and a...
October 2010
Jeffrey Alexander

Oxford University Press

Contemporary observers of politics in America often reduce democracy to demography. Whatever portion of the vote not explained by the class, gender, race, and religious differences of voters is attributed to the candidates’ positions on the issues of the day. But are these the only–or even...

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