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July 22, 2016

Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2016 is now available!

Dear Colleagues,

The Justice 21 Committee of the SSSP is pleased to announce the publication of the volume Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2016, which represents a continuing effort by our professional society to nourish a "public sociology" that will be easily accessible and useful to policy makers, academics, activists, concerned citizens, and students.  It is also a way to give something back to the people and institutions that support our scholarly endeavors.  We hope that you find it helpful in your challenging work of crafting successful solutions to contemporary social problems.  The agenda contains 12 chapters covering a variety of pressing social problems as follows:

  • Campus Sexual Assault: Addressing a Systemic Social Problem in the United States,” Kristen M. Budd, Alana Van Gundy, Glenn W. Muschert, and Rose Marie Ward
  • Missing Rights and Misplaced Justice for Sex Workers in the United States,” Crystal A. Jackson and Jennifer J. Reed
  • Factory Farming: Impacts and Potential Solutions,” Ryan Gunderson, Diana Stuart, and Brian Petersen
  • Solutions to the Social Problem of Food Insecurity in the United States,” Leslie Hossfeld, Brooke Kelly, and Julia Waity
  • After Health Care Reform: Enduring Challenges for Justice in the American Health Care System,” Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda
  • Global Labor Social Justice on University Campuses,” Michelle Christian
  • When Home Disappears: How the Rise in Urban Foreclosures and Evictions Threatens Families,” Obie Clayton and Barbara Harris Combs
  • The Racial Implications of Immigration Policy,” Trenita B. Childers and San Juanita García
  • Gun Violence in the U.S.: Prevalence, Consequences, and Policy Implications,” Kellie R. Lynch, Tony P. Love, and Claire M. Renzetti
  • American Prisons: Consequences of Mass Incarceration,” Alana Van Gundy
  • The Surprising Link between Sustainability and Social Justice,” Amitai Etzioni
  •  “Techno-fallacies in the Search for Solutions to Social Problems,” Gary T. Marx

To access the Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2016, visit:

This project is an effort on the part of scholars to disseminate findings in social problems research as widely as possible, at zero cost of the SSSP.  Net revenue generated by the project goes to support the activities of the SSSP and the Justice 21 Committee, in pursuit of social justice.

We suggest that the volume can be an outstanding and cost-effective source of supplementary readings in many social problems-related courses.  It is the hope of the Justice 21 Committee that all members will enjoy the volume and find it useful.  Please help spread the word regarding the availability of this new volume.


Glenn W. Muschert
SSSP Secretary & Chair, Justice 21 Committee

Also on behalf of the Justice 21 Committee Members:
Brian V. Klocke
Robert Perrucci
Jon Shefner

07/22/2016, 05:41 PM


July 21, 2016

August Issue of Social Problems Now Available!

The August issue is available on our website for all SSSP members. Please visit our website at or follow the members-only link below for complimentary electronic access. All issues from 1953 - current are available.

07/21/2016, 10:05 AM


July 19, 2016

Film Screenings

The Program Committee is proud to feature three film screenings at the 2016 Annual Meeting. The Crucifixion of Colored Town with Fernando M. Perez presents a thought-provoking sociological analysis of mass incarceration, racial identity and politics, and social injustice within the context of Miami's history. Unapologetically Black: Movement for Black Lives Convening with Soraya Soi Fee captures the activities of 1200 attendees from around the world who came together to create a safe space for channeling the energy of the #blacklivesmatter movement. A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path to Demilitarization with Matthew P. Eddy and Michael C. Dreiling on details the events which shook Costa Rica to its foundations, culminating in the 1948 civil war and the decision to abolish the military. For more information, visit

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07/19/2016, 10:53 AM


July 12, 2016

Welcome to Seattle! - A Guide

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!  To help you decide how you would like to spend your time exploring the city, Sarah Diefendorf, Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, put together this guide, which includes some of Seattle’s most well-known and a few more obscure attractions.  The Westin Seattle Hotel is centrally located, making any of these suggestions easy to access using public transit; several are located within a few blocks of the SSSP conference hotel.!/

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07/12/2016, 08:29 AM


July 05, 2016

Accessibility Guidelines

Ensuring that your presentation is accessible allows for the greatest involvement for all participants at the Annual Meeting.  Program participants are reminded to make their presentations accessible.  Here are some helpful Accessibility Guidelines that are important to incorporate into your presentation as well the Accessibility Services available to all conference registrants.

07/05/2016, 08:12 AM