January 2012
Nicholas Christakis

Nature 481(7382): 497-501

C.L. Apicella, F.W. Marlowe, J.H. Fowler Publisher Link >> Social networks show striking structural regularities, and both theory and evidence suggest that networks may have facilitated the development of large-scale cooperation in humans. Here, we characterize the social networks of the...
January 2012


Publisher Link >> What are the logics of pricing, and why do some pricing schemes defy standard economic expectations? What explains the different labor market outcomes of people who receive the same training from the same place and who have similar grades? Why do national governments issue...
January 2012

Social Science Research 41:74-91

Publisher Link >> This article extends research on the consequences of mass imprisonment and the factors shaping population health and health inequalities by considering the associations between imprisonment and population health-measured as life expectancy at birth and the infant mortality...
January 2012
Jeffrey Alexander

Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Publisher Link > Description Iconic Power is a collection of original articles that explores social aspects of the phenomenon of icon. Having experienced the benefits and realized the limitations of so called “linguistic turn,” sociology has recently acknowledged a need to further expand its...
November 2011

Demography 48(4): 1601-1614

Sheldon H. Danziger Publisher Link >> Using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) from 1968 to 2005, we estimate the cumulative probability that young adults in the United States will receive food stamps during adulthood, and examine how that probability varies with an...
November 2011

Criminology & Public Policy, v13 n1: 1053-1061

  Criminologists and politicians walk to the beat of different drummers. The 4-year rhythm of political terms and the 24-hour buzz of the postmodern news cycle disrupt the slow and steady cadence of academic research. Criminologists strive for analytic rigor, sound research design, and...
November 2011

American Journal of Sociology Vol. 117, No. 3, 2011, pp. 808-43

with Leire Salazar Publisher Link >> This article investigates how changes in educational assortative mating affected the growth in earnings inequality among households in the United States between the late 1970s and early 2000s. The authors find that these changes had a small, negative...
November 2011
Jonathan Wyrtzen

International Journal of Middle East Studies, 43, pp. 227-249

  Publisher Link >> Abstract: Colonial state-building in Protectorate Morocco, particularly the total “pacification” of territory and infrastructural development carried out between 1907 and 1934, dramatically transformed the social and political context in which collective identity was...
October 2011
Nicholas Christakis

PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

D.G. Rand, S. Arbesman Publisher Link >> Human populations are both highly cooperative and highly organized. Human interactions are not random but rather are structured in social networks. Importantly, ties in these networks often are dynamic, changing in response to the behavior of one...
September 2011
Ronald Eyerman


Publisher Link >> Political assassinations are always shocking and traumatic; sometimes however they lead to a cultural trauma, that is, a broad public debate about the foundations of collective identity. The theory of cultural trauma is applied in this book to six political assassinations,...
September 2011
Rene Almeling

University of California Press

Publisher Link >> Unimaginable until the twentieth century, the clinical practice of transferring eggs and sperm from body to body is now the basis of a bustling market. In Sex Cells, Rene Almeling provides an inside look at how egg agencies and sperm banks do business. Although both men and...
September 2011

City & Community, v10 n3: 215-240 (lead article)

Chris Smith∗, Mary Scherer∗, and Melissa Fugerio This study examines the relationship between gentrification and neighborhood crime rates by measuring the growth and geographic spread of one of gentrification’s most prominent symbols: coffee shops. The annual counts of neighbourhood coffee shops...
August 2011

Criminology and Public Policy, Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 793–817

Sara Wakefield Publisher Link >> The sevenfold increase in the incarceration rate between the early 1970s and 2010 is implicated in race differences in, among others, health (Massoglia, 2008), marriage rates (Western and Wildeman, 2009), earnings (Western, 2006), and civic engagement (Manza...
July 2011

Stanford University Press

Nina Bandelj Publisher Link >>   Symbolic resources affect social, cultural, and economic development. The value of being “Made in America” or “Made in Italy,” for example, depends not only on the material advantages each place offers but also on the symbolic resources embedded in those...
July 2011
Peter Stamatov

Theory and Society, 40, 2011, 437-473

Publisher Link >> This article examines the formative influence of the organizational field of religion on emerging modern forms of popular political mobilization in Britain and the United States in the early nineteenth century when a transition towards enduring campaigns of extended...