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Letter from the Chair Graduate Student Published Research Faculty Member in the Spotlight Meet the 2012 Graduate Student Cohort Peter Kollock Memorial Teaching Award Excellence in Teaching Award Travel Study Program, New York Travel Study Program, Puerto Rico Summer Session 2013 Spotlight Sociology Public Lecture Series Noteworthy Achievements & News Publications Spotlight Giving
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Letter from the Chair
Recent Graduate Student Published Research Dear Friends, Sociology is bustling and thriving. After we escaped the budget bullet of Proposition 30, the university and department is back into longterm planning mode. We are in the process of hiring some very exciting scholars. Our graduate students keep doing well on the job market, defying national trends and the trends in the other social sciences. We also plan to revamp our undergraduate curriculum to make it even more accessible for potential majors and remove barriers to graduation.
The department is also continuing its successful alumni panels. We invite 4-5 successful alumni to discuss where a sociology degree has taken them. These panels have been very insightful and well-attended. Because we are such a large major and have successful alumni in business, government, and non-profits, we have been overwhelmed with candidates for these panels. In fact, we now have a list of more than 300 alumni interested in giving a presentation to our students. We are humbled by the tremendous response but please don’t take it personally if it takes a while before we can get you back to campus. To channel some of the incredible enthusiasm, we are starting the “Spotlight on Sociology” lecture series. One of our faculty will offer a public lecture to alumni and friends of the department. Professor Abigail Saguy will give the inaugural lecture on Wednesday March 13. You are all invited. RSVP information is noted later in in this newsletter. Please keep in touch. Best wishes,
Stefan Timmermans Professor and Chair
Michael DeLand, “Basketball in the Key of Law: The Significance of Disputing in Pick-up Basketball,” Forthcoming in the Law & Society Review. This paper examines how disputing practices give meaning and significance to social life. Through ethnographic research at an informal “pick-up” basketball game Michael shows how players dispute over rule violations. By creating and comparing cases, setting precedent, presenting evidence, and proposing compromises players generate a game that feels significant and serious despite the fact that nothing material is on the line. Kjerstin Gruys, “Does this make me look fat? Aesthetic Labor and Fat Talk as Emotional Labor in a Women's Plus-Size Clothing Store,” Social Problems, January 24, 2013. Drawing on participant observation at a women's plus-size clothing store, this article draws on the unique experiences of plus-sized women in their roles as workers, managers, and customers, to examine how mainstream beauty standards, bodyaccepting branding, and customers' diverse feelings rule and shape service interactions. Despite branding that promoted prideful appreciation for “Real” bodies, the influence of these body-accepting discourses were constrained by women's internalization of mainstream fat stigma, resulting in an environment characterized by deep ambivalence toward larger body size. This research offers a more nuanced understanding of the ties between aesthetic labor and emotional labor, while highlighting some of the factors that prevent stigmatized groups from successfully reclaiming status within consumer contexts. Hasan Mahmud, “Enemy or ally: migrants, intermediaries and the state in Bangladeshi migration to Japan and the United States.” MA paper at UCLA, accepted in Migration and Development. This study looks at Bangladeshi migration to Japan and the US and examines the relationships among migrants, agents and the state from the migrant’s perspective. Through ethnographic fieldwork among Bangladeshis in Tokyo and Los Angeles, this study finds that the agents develop migration business out of legal procedures to enter the destination countries and that the agents provide necessary services to both the migrants and the state. Thus, it argues that migration agents' interest is not always incompatible with that of the migrants and the state, but they can be mutual beneficiaries. It also finds that migrants can affect the agents by influencing their business reputation. Thus, it argues that the migrants are not powerless vis-à-vis to the agents, but rather have the ability to hold the agents to business responsibly. Therefore, it urges for re-conceptualizing the relationships among the migrants, agents and the state. continued on next page… 1|Page
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Recent Graduate Student Published Research
Faculty Member in the Spotlight
Chase Wesley Raymond, “Entitlement to Language and Direct Language Contact: Calling 911 without English.” Forthcoming in Language in Society 2014.
Chicago vs. Los Angeles
The U.S. Emergency Telephone Number, or “911,” is undoubtedly an English-language-based social institution: Note the opening, “Nine-one-one, what is your emergency?” What happens, then, when a nonEnglish-speaking individual contacts 911? How does this English-language system adapt to non-English situations? Drawing on previous studies of entitlement in interaction, this study analyzes how Callers request a non-English language Call-Taker, as well as how CallTakers’ responses pattern with these requests. Interactions are examined qualitatively as well as quantitatively, calling detailed attention to and explaining contextually the overwhelming preference for English. The institutional exchanges are described as one environment in which ‘direct’ or ‘in-themoment’ (as opposed to prolonged) language contact can occur. The results of this study prove informative not only in terms of how bilingual talk is organized within social institutions, but also more generally with regard to how humans make active use of a wide range of resources in social interaction. Sarah Schlabach, “The Importance of Family, Race, and Gender for Multiracial Adolescent Well-being,” UCLA Master's Paper, February 2013. Close to 50 years after the nation’s last antimiscegenation laws were wiped off the books children of multiracial families still face difficulties in gaining acceptance. Utilizing data from nationally representative longitudinal survey, Sarah’s results suggest that multiracial children are more likely than children from parents of the same race to feel like they don’t fit in and to contemplate suicide. These findings are in particular true for multiracial children with a white father and a minority mother.
Robert Mare What kinds of effects has the great recession had on the cities of Chicago and Los Angeles? How are their patterns of residential mobility and segregation affected, and how do they compare under these conditions?
These are the sorts of questions that distinguished Professor Robert Mare currently examines in his research. Mare has been following up on a study with Robert Samson, noted criminologist and urban sociologist at Harvard University, gathering logical data on children and families in Chicago. In conjunction with the work he has been doing with the Los Angeles Survey of Families and Neighborhoods, Mare and Samson have joined forces to create a comparative survey of Los Angeles and Chicago. The analysis focuses on patterns of residential mobility and segregation, and the ways in which housing choices have been affected by the economic recession. This study is also related to his research of residential segregation, choice, and mobility that he is currently conducting with a collaborative team in Stockholm, Sweden. That report focuses on ethnic segregation in neighborhoods in Sweden as well as some Norwegian cities. Mare states “It is particularly interesting as the traditional homogenous population of Sweden begins to shift with substantial immigration of ethnic groups.” In addition to studying complex urban sociological issues, Mare was commissioned by the UCLA Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations to provide an analysis of the holistic review of the freshman admissions process at UCLA. The study confirmed that UCLA’s process of admission is consistent with institution guidelines, and continues to give the utmost credence to the academic importance of applicants while concurrently considering the complete range of their personal challenges, successes and accomplishments. The survey was both rigorous and detailed, despite being limited to only two years of data (2007 and 2008), said Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, UCLA's associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. Mare regularly teaches undergraduate courses on Social Stratification covering the broad issues of residential segregation and inequality, and graduate courses on specialized statistics in mortality, deaths, fertility and unemployment. This quarter Mare is teaching an undergraduate course (Soc157) on Social Stratification, covering the broad issues of residential segregation and inequality. In addition, he is teaching a graduate course (Soc 213B) on specialized statistics in mortality, deaths, fertility, and unemployment. Alternating years with (Soc 213B), Mare teaches an additional graduate course in social stratification (Soc 239), co-taught with Professor Jennie Brand. More information about Professor Robert Mare may be found on his Sociology profile. Click here to view his profile.
Meet the 2012 Graduate Student Cohort
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Matias Fernandez is originally from Santiago, Chile. He graduated from the Universidad Catolica de Chile with a major and professional title in Sociology with highest honors and a minor in Philosophy. His current interests are in historical and comparative sociology, political sociology, comparative politics, history of political thought, cultural history, Latin American liberalisms and neoliberalisms, and deviant behavior. He enjoys traveling, bicycling, eating, and literature. Megan Fornasar is originally from New York but grew up in The Woodlands, TX. She majored in Sociology at Notre Dame. Megan’s interests are national identity, race and ethnicity, sociology of sport, and political sociology. She is concentrating on the manner in which national identities are constructed and performed in multicultural/multiethnic societies, particularly in statesupported mega-events (like the Olympics). Megan enjoys reading and baking. Rocio Garcia is originally from the Merced area of Central California, but most recently moved from Reno, NV. She was an undergraduate at California State University, Stanislaus where she double majored in The 2012 cohort left to right: sociology and Spanish and minored in English. Here she Peter Catron, Leydy Diossa-Jimenez, Ilan Goldstein, Lina Stepick, John Sullivan, David Schieber, Alexandra Tate, received the Award for Academic Excellence in Spanish, Jessica Huerta, Juan Delgado, Megan Fornasar, Rocio Garcia, Tahseen Shams and Matías Fernández graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the University's highest honor, the J. Burton Vasche Award. Peter Catron originally from New Juan Delgado was born in Cali, Leydy J. Diossa-Jimenez was Rocio was also awarded the 2009 Pacific Sociological Mexico, received a B.A. in Colombia, a city often called “the born in Viterbo, Colombia. She Association Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper psychology and masters in branch of heaven” and one of the holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Award for a paper outlining the markers of social sociology from the University of world’s capitals of Salsa. Juan M.A. in Political Sociology from activism. At the University of Nevada, Reno she earned New Mexico. His undergraduate obtained a B.A. and M.A. in the National University of a Master’s degree in sociology. Rocio specializes in thesis addressed patterns of Sociology at the National Colombia. Her previous research Latino/a sociology; race/ethnicity; gender; qualitative unionization among Hispanic University of Colombia. He is focused on the Colombian methods. Her next project will incorporate research that immigrants in the United States. interested in Diaspora to Los Angeles from examines the cultural and racial/ethnic differences His master’s thesis was in historical/comparative sociology, 1960 to 2010; studying the between young professional U.S. born Latinas of Sociology. Peter’s research political and cultural sociology, reasons why Colombians migrate Mexican descent and Black women in their construction interests include international and –somewhat reluctantly– to the US despite significant of the “wife-mother ideal,” juggling their roles as migration, stratification, and labor social theory. Before coming to financial, social and emotional professionals, and future wives and mothers. Rocio says, markets. He became interested in UCLA, Juan worked as an costs. In Colombia, Leydy “I am interested in this research because as higher immigrants in the labor market associate researcher with a worked as a GSI (graduate education grows increasingly diverse, the tension while working in construction and Colombian human rights “think student instructor) teaching between the lack of availability of educated co-ethnics teaching English as a second tank.” His previous research has Social Indicators and research due to the college gender gap, their professional lives, language (ESL) in New Orleans focused on the relationship methods on poverty and and the coercive presence of the cultural ideal of after Hurricane Katrina. There he between social mobilization inequality. Since arriving in the motherhood becomes a zero-sum game for women of was exposed to working conditions processes, collective violence, US, she has worked in a local color, impeding their life satisfaction. I am interested in that immigrants faced and that he and the broader field of non-profit serving the LA furthering the understanding of diversity in the U.S. by did not. This experience motivated contentious politics in Colombia. County Superior Court where exploring the intersections between race/ethnicity, him to continue his education to Juan has had a few publications she helps to facilitate programs gender, and class.” better understand these processes. on the peace movement as well as that aim to reduce criminal Peter’s hobbies include running on the history of the internet in recidivism in the greater Los marathons and skiing. He looks Colombia. Currently, he is Angeles area. Leydy is currently forward to exploring California. interested in cultural and political interested in the political processes of actor dimension of international constitution/de-constitution that migration flows from Latinhelp explain the emergence of America to other parts of the ethnic mobilizations, and the world. She would also like to parallel decline of labor study patterns of intra-regional mobilizations, in Latin America. and transit migration in this When not thinking sociologically context. Leydy, a in third person (which takes most vegan/vegetarian, loves finding of his time), Juan enjoys the and cooking delicious recipes. simple pleasures of life: good food, good conversation, and continued on next page… good company.
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continued from p.3 Ilan Goldstein, from Pacific Palisades, CA, graduated from NYU with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a minor in Chemistry. He is interested in ethnography and conversation analysis in emergency medical settings, specifically pre-hospital care. Ilan played volleyball at NYU. He also plays the trumpet and enjoys anything on two wheels, like motorcycles, road cycling and mountain biking.
David Schieber, from Orland Park, Il., majored in Sociology at Northwestern with a minor in Psychology. He earned Departmental Honors and received the Best Senior Thesis Award. On his current research interests, David says “I'm interested in studying the role economic reasoning plays in driving cultural shifts as well as policy changes. I think people underestimate the role of economic rationale in understanding how and why cultural and policy shifts Jessica Huerta is from San Diego, CA. occur, and I want to better understand She received a B.A. in Sociology, and a this relationship. As an undergraduate, I minor in Psychology, from the studied this topic by looking at the University of California, San Diego continuance and end to alcohol (With Highest Distinction) prohibition in Evanston, Il, and the Her current interests of study are: economic reasoning people used to both Gender, Family, Organizational justify and negate alcohol prohibition in Analysis, Military and Veterans. More Evanston throughout the 20th century.” specifically, Jessica is interested in David is excited to get to know Los examining how gender and family Angeles, and California as a whole. intersect with organizational policies. “Having grown up around Chicago, I'm Her undergraduate honors research thesis still excited seeing mountains in the focused on the conditions where women background while driving to school. In and men are most likely to speak up my free time I enjoy cooking, going to against sex discrimination and sexual restaurants, and eating in general. Now harassment. that I'm in California, I am also making an attempt to be more outdoorsy, with Jessica has served in active duty Air varying degrees of success.” Force and continues to serve in the Air National Guard as an Equal Opportunity Advisor. She occasionally volunteers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jessica and her husband, Eddie, are celebrating the first birthday of their first child at the end of this quarter.
Tahseen Shams is originally from Bangladesh. She immigrated to Mississippi with her family when she was 19 years old. Tahseen graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in sociology and minor in human rights. For her undergraduate honors thesis, she conducted ethnography of first generation Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in Mississippi. She observed the intersectionality of race, religion, gender and nationality in these people's presentation of self within and outside Bangladeshi and Muslim communities. Tahseen’s current interests of study are international migration, race and ethnicity, and nationalism. She is presently immersed in studying the effects of ongoing political shifts in homeland countries on pan-ethnic identities of Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India in the context of hostile attitudes towards immigrants and Muslims in receiving countries. Her belief is that it is important to study international migration and immigrant identities taking into perspective both sending and receiving political contexts. She would like to understand the effects of ongoing homeland politics on immigrants’ assimilation processes in receiving countries. Tahseen enjoys reading novels and watching movies.
Lina Stepick is originally from Miami, FL. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology Modified with Women and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College with high honors in Sociology and received the Ralph P. Holben Prize in Applied Sociology. She is currently focusing on the study of gentrification and residential displacement in lowincome immigrant neighborhoods and has been working on this topic for the past two years as a Community Organizer in Boyle Heights. When Lina is not studying sociology, she enjoys modern dance, swimming in warm water, leisurely hiking, practicing massage therapy and playing with and training her puppy. John Sullivan, from Saint Paul, MN, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. He is interested in studying residential segregation and demography. John’s hobbies include bicycle riding, attending live music performances, eating food, and camping. Alexandra Tate hails from Providence, Rhode Island. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a minor in French, from Northwestern University where she graduated with honors. She is currently interested in medical sociology, ethnography, conversation analysis, and science and technology studies. For fun, Alexandra enjoys playing in the LA dodge ball league, trying new craft beers and working on jigsaw puzzles.
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2012 Teaching Awards Peter Kollock Memorial Teaching Award The Peter Kollock Memorial Teaching Award was established in 2009 following the untimely death of UCLA Sociology professor Peter Kollock in a tragic accident. Kollock was widely regarded as an exceptional teacher – according to a UCLA Today In Memoriam article he “provided his students with the analytical tools and life wisdom to reach new levels of personal and social understanding.” Professor William Roy, former chair of the department, noted about Professor Kollock that “in addition to his professional achievements, there was the force of his personality – lighting up the room wherever he was – and strength of his character – someone who thought deeply about the nature of life and our place in the universe.” The Sociology department is pleased to continue to honor Peter Kollock’s memory annually by providing the Kollock Teaching Award to an outstanding graduate student instructor. The 2012 recipient was Molly Jacobs
Excellence in Teaching Award The Excellence in Teaching Award is to recognize the outstanding achievement and dedication of the following recipients: Gustav Brown Christina Chin Aaron Crawford Ashley Gromis Antonio Guzman Nicole Iturriaga Laura Orrico Chase Raymond Christopher Rea Patrick Reilly Whitney Richards-Calathes Sarah Schlabach Isaac Speer Danielle Wondra
Summer Travel in New York – Report on 2012
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David Halle Professor of Sociology
toured Columbus Circle, with a tour by Michele Bogart, Professor of Art History and Dept.. Chair, State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her books include The Politics of Urban Beauty, Public Sculpture and the Civic Ideal in New York City, 1890-1930 and Artists, Advertising and the Borders of Art. She was vice-president of the Art Commission of the City of New York from 1999-2003. On the last Thursday we had a farewell breakfast at the house of Elisabeth Tiso, who assists me with the program. Elisabeth's house is in an iconic section of the West Village, next to the High entrance. Turn the page for info on the 2013 New York Travel Study program…
We visited Times Square and attended the Broadway show Spiderman, Turn of the Dark, which is the costliest Broadway show ever. After, we met and talked with the cast. Earlier we visited the nearby New York Times building and were taken on a tour by Senior Editor Connie Rosenblum who talked to us about journalism as she does each year.
The 2012 Sociology Dept. summer travel program in New York City, which I direct, met for four weeks starting on June 24, and included 30 students. It was the eighth year of this highly successful program, and registration for the 2013 program is now open. We meet in seminar format Monday through Thursday each week in the mornings, and then in the afternoon go on trips and tours to explore New York City. Last year's trips began with a tour of the West Village, followed the next day by a tour of Chelsea's art gallery district, the largest in the world. On Wednesday we visited the newly opened World Trade Center Memorial. On Thursday evening we saw the Broadway show Spiderman: Turn on the Dark, the most expensively produced show ever. In the afternoon we had toured Times Square, and heard talks from Kate McGrath and Dick Oliver, two New York journalists and talk show hosts.
Week 2 began with a tour of the New York Times, led by Connie Rosenblum, Senior editor and author/editor of New York Stories. The next day we took a boat tour on the Staten Island Ferry. On Wednesday we visited the magnificent Grand Central Station and toured Park Avenue and learned about the Historic Preservation movement in New York. Week 3 began with a talk by Nate Kimball, who is in charge of sustainability for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the bi-state agency that manages New York's ports, airports and tunnels. The next day Merry Clark, a successful journalist, talked to us about the history of journalism in New York. On Wednesday Peter McMullan, Chief Engineer for the High Line, the city's much-admired rail-line now converted to become the most visited park in the city, gave us a tour of the High Line. Jo Hamilton, a UCLA
Sociology graduate student in the 1980s, completed the tour by showing us the Gansevoort Market, which she led the movement to landmark in the 1990s. On Thursday we visited Sotheby's auction house and heard a talk from Andras Szanto, head of their educational program. We visited Harlem at the start of week 4, with a tour led by Camilo Vergara, an internationally celebrated photographer whose work has been widely exhibited, published, and honored. His books include Twin Towers Remembered (2002), Subway Memories (2004), American Ruins (1999), and How the Other Half Worships (2005). He is the recipient of a McArthur Foundation “genius” award. His photographs of Harlem and Camden, New Jersey, can be seen on the web site Invincible Cities. See especially his essay “Harlem, the Unmaking of a Ghetto.” During week 4 we also visited the United Nations and the Museum of Modern Art. We also
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UCLA Sociology Travel Study Program 2013 You can see and register for this year's program at: Cities and Cultures in New York City June 23 - July 20, 2013
UCLA in New York Come join us this summer and explore cutting edge, urban, cultural and political issues, and the trendiest neighborhoods in the country's largest city. See first-hand how a city of 9.2 million goes about its daily life. Visit the brand new World Trade Center memorial site, the new High Line park, and learn about attempts to “green” the city, and its spectacular success in reducing crime. Hear how the “Big Apple” is dealing with its challenges as the largest public school system in the country, and discuss the changing role of museums. View the latest architecture, and visit Chelsea, the largest Contemporary Art gallery district in the world. Learn about the new world of journalism, newspapers, television and magazines. See how the film and television industry and Broadway and today's contemporary theater works, and hear first-hand about the turbulent history of Spiderman, the most expensive Broadway show ever. Visit the United Nations and learn about New York as a global city. The program combines seminars and on-site visits led by some of the major experts in the city, including: Night at Broadway with a Broadway show, dinner & “after-show” private meeting with the actors, led by TV journalist Dick Oliver and Broadway marketing executive Kate McGrath New York Times senior editor, Connie Rosenblum Sotheby's Senior Lecturer, Andras Szanto NYC Art Commissioner, Michele Bogart NYC Landmarks Commissioner, Anthony Tung Singer/Songwriter, Cheryl Engelhardt Chief Engineer of the Highline, Peter Mullan Meat-packing Historic District Co-founder, Jo Hamilton Harlem tour led by McArthur award winning photographer Camilo Vergara. The course meets four days a week at The American Institute of Architecture, in Greenwich Village, one of the trendiest and most exciting parts of New York City. Students live within walking distance in nearby NYU dorms. There are no prerequisites for the course. The program is open to all. You will earn 10 quarter units--Sociology 191NY: Urban and Suburban Sociology and Sociology 191R: Sociology of Culture. Also, you may take an optional course: 4 quarter units Sociology 199: Directed Research
Directed by David Halle, UCLA Department of Sociology. For more program information, please click on the links to the left or visit the Facebook page.
Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For more information on financial aid, click here.
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Summer Travel in San Juan, Puerto Rico – Report on 2012 César Ayala Professor of Sociology
Summer Travel in San Juan, Puerto Rico
UCLA Sociology Travel Study Program 2013
Experience the unique geographic and political location of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Island offers Summer 2012 UCLA Political Science Professor a unique combination of geographic, cultural, and political conditions that place it both “inside” and “outside” the Mark Sawyer and UCLA Sociology Professor César United States. Politically, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory and its currency is the U.S. Ayala bought 50 students from the UC system to dollar. Culturally however, Puerto Rico is very much a Caribbean and Latin American society. While all persons Puerto Rico. This is the second year of the Summer in born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens, islanders nevertheless possess a strong and unique Latin American identity. San Juan program. Students took courses on In this setting, one can simultaneously study issues of political and economic development in Latin America and Sociology of the Caribbean and on the Black the Caribbean, as well as issues of race and ethnicity that are of “domestic” U.S. concern. experience in the Caribbean and Latin America. Students were taken on tours of San Juan, Ponce, and Together with the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics (ISSR), examine social and economic the island of Vieques, which are all related to either development, race and ethnicity, and political and social movements. the history of colonialism or the Black experience and the historical formation of racial categories in the The program is directed by Professor César Ayala of the UCLA Sociology Department and Professor Mark Caribbean. The program has been renewed and we Sawyer of the UCLA Political Science Department. are currently signing students for the summer of 2013. Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For more information on financial aid, click here.
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New! Online Soc 1 Course this Summer Introductory Sociology will be offered through UCLA’s Summer Session C. This very high quality production has been put together under the direction of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. As with all summer session courses, the online Soc 1 is open to anyone. For further information, please visit the UCLA Summer Sessions Online Courses list at: www.online.ucla.edu Specific information about the Soc 1 course may be found by clicking here
Soc 1 Introductory Sociology: Survey of characteristics of social life, process of social interaction, and tools of sociological investigation. Soc M5 Social Organization of Black Communities: analysis and interpretation of social organization of black communities, with focus on origins and development of black communities, competing theories and research findings, defining characteristics and contemporary issues. Soc 20 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods: Introduction to methods used in contemporary sociological research, with focus on issues of research design, data collection, and analysis of data. Soc 101 Development of Sociological Theory: Comparative survey of basic concepts and theories in sociology from 1850 to 1920. Soc 102 Contemporary Sociological Theory: Critical examination of significant theoretical formulations from 1920 to present. Soc 111 Social Networks: analysis of how social networks create social structure, how social actors utilize them, and their unexpected effects. Topics include job search, firm efficiency, and social movements. Visualization programs, computer simulations, and research project. Soc 113 Statistical and Computer Methods for Social Research: Continuation of Statistics 10, covering more advanced statistical techniques such as multiple regression, analysis of
variance, or factor analysis. Content varies. Students learn how to use the computer and write papers analyzing prepared data sets. Soc 132 Social Psychology: Sociological Approaches: Survey of contribution of sociologists to theory and research in social psychology, including theories of social control; conformity and deviation; reference groups; and interaction process. Soc 134 Culture and Personality: theories of relation of variations in personality to culture and group life, in primitive and modern societies, and influence of social role on behavior. Soc M138 Death, Suicide, and Trauma: sociological analysis of incidence of violent death. Suicide is eighth leading cause of death in U.S. and third leading cause for young people aged 15 to 24. Both kinds of violent deaths are often dismissed as extreme psychopathology, reflecting individual mental health issues. Sociologists argue that suicide and homicide are social facts. Suicide and homicide do not occur randomly in society but are stratified according to social factors such as age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and class. Analysis of strength of this sociological argument and evaluation of explanatory potential of different theories to makes sense of violent death, paying particular attention to forensic and medicolegal system to determine suicide and solve homicides. Review of historic and
contemporary studies and homicide have changed, as well as social responses to these phenomena. Soc 145 Sociology of Deviant Behavior: Examination of leading sociological approaches to study of deviation and general survey of major types of deviation in American society. Soc 147A Sociology of Crime: sociological theories of social origins, organization, and meanings of crime and criminal behaviors. Soc M148 Sociology of Mental Illness: Analysis of major sociological and social psychological models of madness. Study of social processes involved in production, recognition, labeling, and treatment of mental illness. Soc 156 Race and Ethnicity in American Life: role of race and ethnicity in the U.S., including interplay between racial and ethnic structures and meanings. Special attention to comparison of African American and European American experiences and to transformation of Asian American and Latino communities and the nation generally, wrought by renewal of mass migration in second half of the 20th century. Soc M162 Sociology of Gender: Examination of processes by which gender is socially constructed. Topics include distinction between biological sex and sociological gender, causes and consequences of gender inequality, and recent changes in gender relations in modern industrial societies
Soc 168 Organizations and Society: Sociological analysis of organizations and their social environment, introduction to basic theories, concepts, methods, and research on behavior of organizations in society. Soc 169 Law and Society: Specific topics may include law in preindustrial and industrialized societies, legalization of contemporary social relations, participants’ experiences of legal processes, lay perceptions of justice, social movements toward equal justice, roles of lawyers and judges, social impact of court decisions. Soc 170 Medical Sociology: Provides majors in Sociology and other social sciences, as well as students preparing for health sciences careers, with understanding of health-seeking behavior and interpersonal and organizational relations that are involved in receipt and delivery of health services. Soc M174 Sociology of Family: theory and research dealing with modern family, its structure, and functions, including historical changes, variant family patterns, family as institution, and influence of contemporary society on family. Soc 182 Political Sociology: Contributions of sociology to study of politics, including analysis of political aspects of social systems, social context of action, and social bases of power.
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Stefan Timmermans Chair, Department of Sociology invites you to attend Spotlight Sociology Public Lecture Series: What's Wrong With Fat? featuring: Abigail Saguy, Professor of Sociology, UCLA and author Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5 p.m. Haines Hall 39 The United States, we are told, is facing an obesity epidemic-a “battle of the bulge” of not just national, but global proportions-that requires drastic and immediate action. Experts in the media, medical science, and government alike are scrambling to find answers. What or who is responsible for this fat crisis, and what can we do to stop it? Abigail Saguy argues that these fraught and frantic debates obscure a more important question: How has fatness come to be understood as a public health crisis at all? Why, she asks, has the view of “fat” as a problem-a symptom of immorality, a medical pathology, a public health epidemic-come to dominate more positive framings of weight-as consistent with health, beauty, or a legitimate rights claim-in public discourse? Why are heavy individuals singled out for blame? And what are the consequences of understanding weight in these ways? What's Wrong with Fat? presents each of the various ways in which fat is understood in America today, examining the implications of understanding fatness as a health risk, disease, and epidemic, and revealing why we've come to understand the issue in these terms, despite considerable scientific uncertainty and debate. Saguy shows how debates over the relationship between body size and health risk take place within a larger, though often invisible, contest over whether we should understand fatness as obesity at all. Moreover, she reveals that public discussions of the “obesity crisis” do more harm than good, leading to bullying, weight-based discrimination, and misdiagnoses. Showing that the medical framing of fat is literally making us sick, What's Wrong with Fat? provides a crucial corrective to our society's misplaced obsession with weight.
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Noteworthy Achievements and News in 2012-2013 Faculty Megan Sweeney, UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013
Caitlin Patler, UC MEXUS Fellowship 2013-2014 David Trouille, UC MEXUS Fellowship 2013-2014
Gail Kligman has won multiple awards for her book co-authored by Katherine Verdery, including The Presidential Medal, Silver Cross of Merit, Republic of Poland, 2013. The Association for Slavic, East European, and Euro-Asian Studies (ASEEES) Barbara Jelavich Book Prize, 2012.The ASEEES Davis Center Book Prize 2012. The ASEEES Honorable Mention, Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize 2012. The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Heldt Prize 2012
Ana Muniz, Soros Justice Fellow, Open Society Foundations, 2012
Kjerstin Gruys’ new book, “Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year” In press. The book recently received a coveted “Starred Review” from Publishers Weekly, who described the work as “brave and inspiring” and as “required reading for those women who struggle with bodyMignon Moore, UCLA Undergraduate Mentorship image issues - and even those who don't.” Mirror, Award, 2012 Mirror Off the Wall will hit bookshelves on May 2nd. For more information about the book, click here. Graduate Students Josh Bloom’s book, Black Against Empire, was Hasan Mahmud, Hosei International Scholars recently reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. Fellowship 2013-2014 Reviewer Hector Tobar writes, “There have been at least a half dozen books and films by former Tara McKay, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Panthers, or about them, over the last decade. ‘Black Scholar's in Health Policy Research Program UC Against Empire,’ however, is unique among them in Berkeley/UC San Francisco Postdoctoral the scope and depth of its scholarship.” Fellowship Program 2013-2015
Mike DeLand’s paper, “Basketball in the Key of Law: The Significance of Disputing in Pick-up Basketball,” has been accepted for publication at the Law & Society Review. Oliver Schilke has been awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (Sociology Program) for his project titled, “Organizational Identity and Resistance to Environmental Pressures.” He has also been awarded a travel grant from UCLA’s graduate division for his project “Sources of Alliance Partner Trustworthiness: Reconciling Calculative and Relational Approaches.”
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Publications Spotlight Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening by Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder It has been close to six decades since Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA and more than ten years since the human genome was decoded. Today, through the collection and analysis of a small blood sample, every baby born in the United States is screened for more than fifty genetic disorders. Though the early detection of these abnormalities can potentially save lives, the test also has a high percentage of false positives—inaccurate results that can take a brutal emotional toll on parents before they are corrected. Now some doctors are questioning whether the benefits of these screenings outweigh the stress and pain they sometimes produce. In Saving Babies?, Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder evaluate the consequences and benefits of state-mandated newborn screening—and the larger policy questions they raise about the inherent inequalities in American medical care that limit the effectiveness of this potentially lifesaving technology. Drawing on observations and interviews with families, doctors, and policy actors, Timmermans and Buchbinder have given us the first ethnographic study of how parents and geneticists resolve the many uncertainties in screening newborns. Ideal for scholars of medicine, public health, and public policy, this book is destined to become a classic in its field. Introduction to Mathematical Sociology by Phillip Bonacich and Philip Lu Mathematical models and computer simulations of complex social systems have become everyday tools in sociology. Yet until now, students had no up-to-date textbook from which to learn these techniques. Introduction to Mathematical Sociology fills this gap, providing undergraduates with a comprehensive, selfcontained primer on the mathematical tools and applications that sociologists use to understand social behavior. Phillip Bonacich and Philip Lu cover all the essential mathematics, including linear algebra, graph theory, set theory, game theory, and probability. They show how to apply these mathematical tools to demography; patterns of power, influence, and friendship in social networks; Markov chains; the evolution and stability of cooperation in human groups; chaotic and complex systems; and more. Introduction to Mathematical Sociology also features numerous exercises throughout, and is accompanied by easy-to-use Mathematica-based computer simulations that students can use to examine the effects of changing parameters on model behavior.
Emotion and Reason Mind, brain, and the social domains of work and love by Warren D. TenHouten Although much academic work has been done on the areas of mind, brain, and society, a theoretical synthesis of the three levels of analysis – the biological, the mental, and the social – has not until now been put forward. In Emotion and Reason, Warren TenHouten presents a truly comprehensive classification of the emotions. The book analyzes six key emotions: anger, acceptance, aggressiveness, love, joy and happiness, and anticipation. It places them in historical context, relates them to situations of work and intimacy, and explains their functioning within an individuated, autonomous character structure. Divided into four parts, the book presents a socioevolutionary theory of the emotions – Affect-spectrum Theory (AST), which is based on a synthesis of three models, of the emotions, of social relationships, and of cognition. This book will be of value to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers, with an interest in the sociology of emotions, anthropology of emotions, social psychology, affective neuroscience, political science, behavioral neuroeconomics and philosophy.
Black Against Empire by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr. In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with offices in 68 U.S. cities and powerful allies around the world. Black Against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement, and its disastrous unraveling. Informed by twelve years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power. continued on next page…
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continued from p.12 continued on next page… The Sources of Social Power: Volume 3, Global Empires and Revolution,1890-1945 by Michael Mann Distinguishing four sources of power - ideological, economic, military, and political - this series traces their interrelations throughout human history. This third volume of Michael Mann's analytical history of social power begins with nineteenth century global empires and continues with a global history of the twentieth century up to 1945. Mann focuses on the interrelated development of capitalism, nation-states, and empires. Volume 3 discusses the “Great Divergence” between the fortunes of the West and the rest of the world; the self-destruction of European and Japanese power in two world wars; the Great Depression; the rise of American and Soviet power; the rivalry between capitalism, socialism, and fascism; and the triumph of a reformed and democratic capitalism.
The Sources of Social Power: Volume 4, Globalizations, 1945-2011 by Michael Mann Distinguishing four sources of power - ideological, economic, military, and political - this series traces their interrelations throughout human history. This fourth volume of Michael Mann's analytical history of social power covers the period from 1945 to the present, focusing on the three major pillars of postwar global order: capitalism, the nation-state system, and the sole remaining empire of the world, the United States. In the course of this period, capitalism, nation-states, and empires interacted with one another and were transformed. Mann's key argument is that globalization is not just a single process, because there are globalizations of all four sources of social power, each of which has a different rhythm of development. Topics include the rise and beginnings of decline of the American Empire, the fall or transformation of communism (respectively, the Soviet Union and China), the shift from neo-Keynesianism to neoliberalism, and the three great crises emerging in this period - nuclear weapons, the great recession, and climate change.
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