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Stephen J. Morewitz published his 12th book, Kidnapping and Violence. New Research and Clinical Perspectives (New York: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2019), which won a San Jose State University Annual Authors and Artist Award. Stephen also published his 13th book, Clinical and Psychological Perspectives on Foul Play (Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2019), which won a San Jose State University Annual SJSU Authors and Artist Award.
John G. Dale, George Mason University, was interviewed by Nick Schifren on the PBS NewsHour discussing the genocide charges against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (the segment on Myanmar begins at 30:40).
Jon Shefner, professor and head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, received the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award. Anyone who has met Shefner knows he is passionate about and committed to advocacy, social justice, and leadership. He is a Fulbright Scholar whose long and remarkable research record in social justice, social movements, globalization, political economy, and green economic development has made him an internationally recognized and trusted scholar in these areas of sociological inquiry.
Since joining the UT faculty in 1999, Shefner has been promoted through the ranks, served as a member of every departmental committee and as a member of the Faculty Senate. He is the founding director of the Global Studies Interdisciplinary Program and helped the Department of Sociology form a new research and teaching area in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Shefner has nurtured the Knoxville region’s green economy through the UT Green Economy Initiative, a combined service and research endeavor that seeks to increase the number of local green jobs as a way to heighten both the quality of life of working people and reverse the deterioration of the environment. He is also one of the most involved faculty members in the United Campus Workers union and helped coordinate a successful two-year campaign against outsourcing facilities workers’ jobs. Shefner’s record is part of a service and social movement career that began in 1983. He always fights for equitable policies at the college and university level and, as many of us have witnessed, is sometimes the lone voice in the room who reminds us of the stakes at the heart of our decision-making.
Kristen Budd, Miami University, OH, is turning traditional classroom group work on its head with a teaching strategy called team-based learning (TBL).
James Thomas, Rutgers University Press, recently published a book Diversity Regimes.
Maria D. Duenas, University of California, Merced, recently published the following article:
Golash-Boza, Tanya, Maria D. Duenas, and Chia Xiong. 2019. “Global Capitalism, White Supremacy, and Patriarchy in Migration Studies.” American Behavioral Scientist, 1-19. doi:10.1177/0002764219842624.
Hugo Ceron-Anaya, Lehigh University, recently published his new book Privilege at Play: Class, Race, Gender and Golf in Mexico.
Hugo Ceron-Anaya, Privilege at Play: Class, Race, Gender and Golf in Mexico, Oxford University Press, 2019.
Privilege at Play is a book about inequalities, social hierarchies, and privilege in contemporary Mexico. Based on ethnographic research conducted in exclusive golf clubs and in-depth interviews with upper-middle and upper-class golfers, as well as working-class employees, the book reverses the discussion of inequalities by focusing on wealth instead of poverty. This study makes use of rich qualitative data to demonstrate how social hierarchies are relations reproduced through a multitude of everyday practices. The vast disparities between club members and workers, for example, are built on traditional class indicators, such as wealth, and, on more subtle expressions of class, such as notions of fashion, sense of humor, perceptions about competition, and everyday oral interactions. The book incorporates race and gender perspectives to the study of inequalities, illustrating the multilayer condition of privilege. Although Mexicans commonly attributed racial relations a marginal part in the reproduction of inequities, the book explains how affluent individuals frequently express racialized ideas to describe and justify the impoverished condition of workers. Privilege at Play demonstrates the necessity, even urgency, to reconsider the role of racial dynamics when studying social inequalities in Mexico. The analysis of gender relations shows how men maintain a dominant position over their fellow female golfers, despite the similar upper-class origins of both male and female club members. Finally, social space plays a central role in the analysis of inequalities. The book argues that the apparent triviality of space makes it a highly effective way to convey social hierarchies and, thus, to reinforce privilege.
Maria Duenas was awarded the National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate California HSI Alliance Fellowship. She also received an Honorable Mention for the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Lastly, she was awarded the Sociology Summer Support Award and the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning Fellowship at the University of California, Merced.
Kristen M. Budd, Miami University, Chairperson, Council of Division Chairs, is the recipient of the 2019 E. Phillip Knox Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes one faculty member who uses creative, innovative and engaging teaching methods at the undergraduate level. Kristen also recently earned her tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. Dr. Budd is active in SSSP where she has held multiple leadership positions, including Chair (2017-2019) of SSSP's Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division. For more information click here.
Leslie, Isaac Sohn. “Queer Farmland: Land Access Strategies for Small-Scale Agriculture.” Society & Natural Resources. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08941920.2018.1561964?journalCode=usnr20.
Jerome Krase, (Brooklyn College CUNY) while on a Fulbright Specialist Assignment on at the Charles University in Prague last June gave an Ernest Gellner Seminar, “Seeing the Image of Cities Change. Again,” sponsored by the Czech Association for Social Anthropology and the Czech Sociological Society. While in Central Europe, he gave a Graduate Visual Sociology Workshop, “Seeing Krakow Change: 1997-2018,” at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Recent publications: Jerome Krase and Judith N. DeSena, 2016/18 Race, Class, and Gentrification in Brooklyn: A View from the Street (2016/8); Jerome Krase and Zdenek Uherek (eds), 2017, Diversity and Local Contexts: Urban Space, Borders and Migration ; Jerome Krase and Kathryn S. Krase, 2018, “Introduction: On Gentrification,”Special Section on Gentrification, Urbanities 8 (2); Jerome Krase and Kathryn S. Krase, 2018, “Undermining Governmental Legitimacy at the Grass Roots: The Role of Failed Promises and Inflated Expectations of Community Accountability,” InLegitimacy: Ethnographic and Theoretical Insights, edited by Italo Pardo and Giulian B. Prato, Palgrave-Macmillan: 169-92; Jerome Krase, 2018, “Ethnography: Bridging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide,” in Placing Urban Anthropology: The Production of Empirically-based Knowledge and its Significance to Society, edited by Giuliana B. Prato, Italo Pardo, Walter Kaltenbacher. Diogenes,Sage.
Fran Morente and Gary T. Marx, “I break in order to reveal”. Fran Morente Interview With Gary T. Marx About Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology, Society, forthcoming
Keith Guzik and Gary T. Marx “Politics, Policy and Crime Ethnography” Oxford University Handbook on Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice, forthcoming
Gary T. Marx, “Bentham on Modern Social Control: Prescient, Clairvoyant and More”International Criminal Justice Review, forthcoming
Gary T. Marx, “A less Perfect But Freer Society?” European Data Protection Law Review, vol. 4:44:4 https://edpl.lexxion.eu/current_issue/EDPL
Gary T. Marx, “Inside the Tent: Some Reflections on Working for the 1967 Kerner Commission” longer version of a paper written for R. Shellow, D. Boesel, D. Sears and G.T. Marx, The Harvest of American Racism (University of Michigan Press, 2018)
Pat Gillham and Gary T. Marx, “Changes in the Policing of Civil Disorders Since the Kerner Report: The Police Response to Ferguson, August 2014, and Some Implications for the Twenty-First Century." The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, vol. 4 no. 6, 2018. http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/kerner_changes.html
Gary T. Marx, “Where does the truth lie, or does it? Varieties of Verite." Introduction for Kam C. Wong, Public Order Policing in Hong Kong –The Mongkok Riot, Palgrave, 2018. http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/mkr_foreword.html
Keith Guzik and Gary T. Marx “Global Security Surveillance” (forthcoming) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice) http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/global.html
Gary T. Marx and Keith Guzik “The uncertainty principle Qualification, contingency and fluidity in technology and social control” http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/uncertainty.html
BOOK REVIEW: Jan Goldman and Susan Maret “Intelligence and Information Policy for National Security”. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/rev_goldman_maret.html
Gary T. Marx, “What’s It All About? Reflections on Meaning in a Career” What's It All About? Reflections on Meaning in a Career In R. Darling and P. Stein, Sociological Lives, 2017 http://web.mit.edu/gtmarx/www/whatsit.html
Author: Lauren E. Eastwood
Book: Negotiating the Environment: Civil Society, Globalisation and the UN
Publisher: Routledge Press, UK
Date: November 21, 2018
Blurbs from notable SSSP current members:
A remarkable book. Lauren Eastwood's ethnography of how UN climate and environmental agreements are actually put together in the everyday of arguments, pressures, demonstrations and denials that go into the wording of documents is a powerful story. It is not good news, but I learned in reading what I did not know I did not know. Thank you, Lauren.
- Dorothy E. Smith, Professor Emerita, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Eastwood weaves rich ethnographic data and careful analysis to provide a deep understanding of global policy-making. She takes the reader on a journey into the meeting rooms and hallways of the UN and international climate conferences, through the discursive context and the textual processes that shape global environmental governance. Policy-makers, environmental activists, and anyone else who cares about the present challenges and future of our environment should read this book.
- Nancy Naples, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of
Joachim J. Savelsberg is holding 2018-19 fellowships at the institutes for advanced study of Stellenbosch (STIAS, South Africa) and Paris (IEA, France) to work toward a sociology of genocide knowledge. Publications of 2018 include “Human Rights and Penal Policy” (with Suzy McElrath). Oxford Research Encyclopedia for Criminology and Criminal Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press (online); “Global Human Rights Organizations and National Patterns: Amnesty International's Representations ofDarfur." Societies without Borders 12(2) (online); “Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes: Toward Remedies.” Agenda for Justice: Global Edition, edited by Glenn Muschert et al. Bristol, UK: Policy, pp. 111-120; “Punitive Turn and Justice Cascade: Mutual Inspiration from P&S and Human Rights Literatures.”Punishment & Society 20(1):73–91; “Criminology in the United States: Contexts, Institutions and Knowledge in Flux.” In: The Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Criminology, edited by Ruth Triplett. Routledge, pp. 437-452.
Firuzeh Shokooh Valle accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the Department of Sociology at Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA), and recently published her article, "Moving beyond Co-optation: Gender, Development, and Intimacy" in the Winter 2018 issue of the journal
Kleinknecht, Steve, Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, and Carrie B. Sanders, eds. 2018. The Craft of Qualitative Research. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
An edited collection packed with advice, exercises, and anecdotes, The Craft of Qualitative Research is a practical, introductory guide that will develop students’ skills and confidence in qualitative research. Accessible in style and tone, this text equips students with the tools needed to manage and overcome challenges, emotions, biases, and power dynamics in the field. To encourage experiential learning, 45 concise chapters include real-world examples and practical exercises from scholars and professionals in varying disciplines and stages of career. Each section begins with an editors’ introduction then takes readers through the steps of successful qualitative research: from planning projects ethically and entering the field, to collecting and analyzing data, and lastly, to exiting the field and disseminating findings. Students in research-reliant disciplines, particularly sociology, anthropology, criminology, social work, and health studies, will benefit from this distinctly practical resource.
Leigha Comer (York University) was awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a three-year scholarship based on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and research potential. The award will support Leigha's PhD research, which explores the impacts of policies targeting the "opioid crisis" on people who use prescription opioids to manage their chronic pain. This institutional ethnography will examine a specific policy--Ontario's Patch for Patch Program--and how the policy requires an incredible amount of work on the part of physicians, pharmacists, and patients in order to monitor and control prescription opioid use. Leigha is also interested in how the Patch for Patch Program is part of a wider policy response to opioid use that takes a medico-legal approach to people with chronic pain in the criminalization of their use of opioids.