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...
October 2010
Philip Smith

Cambridge University Press

Timothy L. Phillips, Ryan D. King Publisher Link >> Has anyone ever pushed in front of you in a queue? Stolen your parking space? Talked on their mobile phone during a film at the cinema? In our everyday lives we all encounter rude and inconsiderate people. This unique book provides the...
September 2010

The Future of Children Volume 20, Number 2, Fall 2010 pp. 157-177 | 10.1353/foc.2010.0006

Bruce Western Publisher Link >> Abstract: Since the mid-1970s the U.S. imprisonment rate has increased roughly fivefold. As Christopher Wildeman and Bruce Western explain, the effects of this sea change in the imprisonment rate—commonly called mass imprisonment or the prison boom—have...
August 2010
Peter Stamatov

American Sociological Review, 75:607-628

Publisher Link >> Considering long-distance advocacy as a distinctive institution of European modernity, the article examines the genesis and history of networks engaged in political action on behalf of distant others. Ever since the beginnings of European expansion overseas in the sixteenth...
June 2010
Deborah Davis

Modern China, Sage

Article >> Privatization of urban housing in China has altered the basic parameters of household dissolution from those that prevailed before 1980. For several reasons, divorce was rare during the Mao years, but one critical barrier was employer control over urban housing. Thirty years later...
June 2010
Marcus Hunter

Sexuality Research & Social Policy 7(2): 81-92.

    Publisher Link >> Abstract: The research on which this study reports was informed by the following questions: Do Black gay men identify more closely with a racial identity or with a sexual identity? What experiences influence the saliency of a racial or sexual identity for Black gay...
April 2010
Marcus Hunter

City & Community 9(2): 165-186

Using data generated from participant observation and semistructured interviews, I consider the ways in which nightlife, or what might be imagined as the nightly round—a process encompassing the social interactions, behaviors, and actions involved in going to, being in, and leaving the club—is...
March 2010
Deborah Davis

Sage Journals, Comparative Political Studies, 43.6: 763-90.

>Publisher Link   Abstract   Village elections in China present scholars with the case of a single-party regime that allows voters to reject candidates regularly. Using a micro survey of 698 voters in 30 rural election districts, the authors demonstrate that when some candidates can lose,...
November 2009
Elijah Anderson

Ethnography, Sage Press, Volume 10, No. 4.

Publisher Link >>   Introduction: The articles collected in this special issue are based on papers presented at the Yale Urban Ethnography Conference, ‘Urban Ethnography: Its Tradi- tions and Its Future’, held at Yale University in the spring of 2008. That conference has grown...
September 2009
Nicholas Christakis

Hachette Digital, Inc.

James H.Fowler Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (January 12, 2011)     Your colleague’s husband’s sister can make you fat, even if you don’t know her. A happy neighbor has more impact on your happiness than a happy spouse. These startling revelations of how much we truly influence...
August 2009
Margarita Mooney

University of California Press in 2009

  Publisher Link >> Based on fieldwork in Haiti and in three cities of the Haitian diaspora–Miami, Montreal, and Paris–this study offers a vivid portrait of the power of faith for immigrants. Drawing on extensive interviews and including rich details of everyday life, Margarita...
May 2009

Demography, May 2009, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 265-280

Publisher Link >> Abstract: Although much research has focused on how imprisonment transforms the life course of disadvantaged black men, researchers have paid little attention to how parental imprisonment alters the social experience of childhood. This article estimates the risk of parental...
March 2009

Cambridge Review of International Affairs 22 (1), pp. 129-145

>Publisher link   Abstract How does order emerge from anarchy? While scholars generally agree that international politics is anarchic, there is much dispute about how anarchy orders relationships. This paper challenges prevailing views by attacking the problem of anarchy from behind. We...
January 2009

The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January 2009 vol. 621 no. 1 221-242

Bruce Western Publisher Link >> Released in 1965, the Moynihan Report traced the severe social and economic distress of poor urban African Americans to high rates of single-parenthood. Against Moynihan’s calls for social investment in poor inner-city communities, politics moved in a...
January 2009

in Religion, Class Coalitions, and Welfare State Regimes, Cambridge University Press

Kees van Kersbergen and Philip Manow (eds.) Publisher Link >> This book radically revises established knowledge in comparative welfare state studies and introduces a new perspective on how religion shaped modern social protection systems. The interplay of societal cleavage structures and...