A page-6 story in the December 2002 issue of Footnotes (“Early Head Start Yields Positive Results”) misstated the number of years the Health and Human Services Department study had been assessing the Head Start Program. The national assessment was conducted over a seven-year period.
Call for Papers and Conferences
International Visual Sociology Association Conference, July 8-10, 2003, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Theme: “Images of Social Life.” Abstracts by March 1, 2003, to Caroline Knowles, e-mail email@example.com or mail to Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.
Institute for Research on Unlimited Love and the Metanexus Institute conference, May 31-June 5, 2003, Villanova University, Villanova, PA. Theme: “Works of Love: Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Altruism.” Deadline for papers, March 15, 2003. See metanexus.net/conference2003 for more details.
Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. 61st Annual Meeting, a multi-disciplinary conference on Polish, Polish-American, and Polish-Canadian Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, June 6-7, 2003. Theme: “Democracy, Social Cohesion and Ethnic Pluralism.” Deadline for proposals March 1, 2003. Send to Thaddeus V. Gromada, Chair 61st Annual Meeting, PIASA 208 E. 30th Street, New York, NY 10016; fax (843) 768-8387; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.piasa.org.
University of Tampere, Research Institute for Social Sciences and Department of Sociology and Social Psychology, Department of Women Studies. The Second Tampere Conference on Narrative, Tampere, Finland, June 26-28, 2003. Theme: “Narrative, Ideology, and Myth.” Papers that combine theoretical and empirical work on narrative, those that have a genuinely interdisciplinary approach, and papers that try to find narrative forms of theorizing will be particularly welcome. To apply, send a 300- to 350-word abstract (as a message not an attachment) to: Tarja.Aaltonen@uta.fi and Matti.Hyvarinen@vip.fi. Deadline for applications (papers and panels): March 1, 2003. Visit the conference website www.uta.fi/conference/narrative.
ASA Teaching Resource, Syllabi and Instructional Materials for the Sociology of Religion, 4th edition, will be compiled in the spring and summer of 2003. Send an electronic file (in MS Word or RTF format) to the editors: Lutz Kaelber, University of Vermont, Department of Sociology, 31 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05405; e-mail email@example.com; and Doug Cowan, Sociology and Religious Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 204 Haag Hall, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline is June 30, 2003.
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies will publish a thematic volume on “Toward a Culture of Life: Restoring Human Felicity.” See their website JIS3.org for additional information.
Medicalized Masculinities. Empirical and theoretical contributions are
invited for an edited volume on the intersection of medicine, embodiment,
and masculinity, with an emphasis on the social construction and regulation
of masculinity by medicine. Possible foci include (but are not limited to):
the medicalization of male sexuality and emotions, the impact of the
medicalization of the family and care giving on men, masculinity and the new
reproductive technologies, and the medicalization of masculinity across the
life course. Send abstracts by March 15, 2003, to both editors: Dana
Rosenfeld, Colorado College, Department of Sociology, 14 East Cache La
Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; e-mail
email@example.com; and Christopher Faircloth, North
Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, 1601 SW Archer Road,
Gainesville, FL 32608-1197; e-mail Christopher.Fairfirstname.lastname@example.org.
April 11-12, 2003. Communitarian Network will sponsor a conference, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Theme: “The Ways We Celebrate Holidays and Rituals as Seedbeds of Social Values.” Contact Elizabeth Tulis, 2130 H Street, NW, Suite 703, Washington, DC 20052; (202) 994-8167; e-mail email@example.com.
April 11-13, 2003. British Sociological Association (BSA). Annual Conference 2003, University of York. Theme: “Social Futures: Desire, Excess and Waste.” See BSA website www.britsoc.co.uk/bsaweb.php?link_id=14&area=item3.
April 14-16, 2003. Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), Annual Conference, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom. See www.nls.ntu.ac.uk/SLSA2003/Index.htm for additional information.
April 16-19, 2003. Midwest Sociological Society (MSS). Annual Meeting, Chicago Marriott Hotel, Chicago, IL. Theme: “Social and Cultural Dynamics: From Social Relationships through the World System.” Visit themss.org or contact Chris Prendergast, MSS Program Chair, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 23-26, 2003. Polish Asia and Pacific Council Association, World Conference, The Gromada Hotel & Congress Centre, Warsaw, ul. 17 Stycznia 32. Theme: “Dialogue Among Civilizations: The Key to a Safe Future.” Contact the Conference Organization Office: “Dialogue among Civilisations – the Key to a Safe Future” Poland, 00-491 Warsaw, 6 M. Konopnickiej Street; (48 22) 339 06 21, fax (48 22) 339 06 29; and Poland, 05-230 Koby³ka n. Warsaw, 4a Zaciszna St.; (48 22) 799 91 80; e-mail email@example.com.
May 29-31, 2003. Justice Studies Association conference, Albany, NY. Theme: “Through the Prism of Gender and Culture: Social Inequalities and Restorative Justice in the 21st Century.” Contact Dan Okada, JSA 2003 Program Chair, Division of Criminal Justice, California State University-Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819; (916) 278-7510; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 19-20, 2003. City University of London, Educational Development Center, 3rd Annual International Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Holborn London, United Kingdom. See www.city.ac.uk/edc/SoTLConference.htm for additional information.
September 7-12, 2003. World Allergy Organization-IAACI (WAO), 18th biennial Congress, Vancouver, Canada. Contact the WAO Secretariat, 611 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202; (414) 276-1791; fax (414) 276-3349; e-mail email@example.com; worldallergy.org.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Public Policy Fellowships 2003-2004 for Sociologists. For application instructions and further information: AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 326-6700; e-mail science_ firstname.lastname@example.org; fellowships.aaas.org.
Boston College, Center for Retirement Research, solicits proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. Deadline, March 14, 2003. Contact Kevin Cahill, (617) 552-1459; e-mail email@example.com; bc.edu/crr.
Foundation for German-American Academic Relations under the trusteeship of the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany seeks proposals from German and/or American social scientists, IR specialists, contemporary historians, political economists and international lawyers. The closing date for the receipt of proposals (in 4 copies) is March 31, 2003. Contact Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany, Postfach 16 44 60, D – 45224 Essen; +49 (02 01) 84 01-193 ext. 150; fax +49 (02 01) 84 01-255; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvard University, School of Public Health, Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, seeks to position minority scientists and policy analysts in roles of leadership, teaching, research, public service, and national health policy. You can download the brochure and application materials from the Division of Public Health’s website www.hsph.harvard.edu/php/. Deadline March 1, 2003. Contact Betty Johnson, Program Administrator, (617) 496-8064; fax (617) 495-8543; e-mail email@example.com.
Institute of Education Sciences (formerly OERI) seeks applications for grants to support education research. Information regarding program and application requirements is contained in the applicable Request for Applications package (RFA), which is available at the following website: ed.gov/offices/IES/funding.html.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is accepting applications for grants to support time-sensitive research projects aimed at curbing alcohol consumption on college campuses. Deadline for letters of intent to apply, March 14, 2003. See grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-03-008.html.
In the News
Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Georgetown University, was featured on National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show, December 3, 2002, for a discussion on the potential impact of a war with Iraq on the Middle East.
Andrew A. Beveridge, Queens College, was quoted in a December 12, 2002, New York Times article on homeowners in Brooklyn and the Bronx paying the highest percentage of their income on their mortgages.
Lee Clarke, Rutgers University, was featured in the November 2002 edition of the French magazine Science Humaines.
Dan Clawson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was quoted on Boston’s Channel 5 News on December 13, 2002, on the FBI presence at the University of Massachusetts.
Peter Dreier, Occidental College, co-authored an editorial with Kelly Canaele, December 23, 2002, published in The Nation, about the Bush administration’s Christmas gifts to wealthy friends and benefactors; and had an article published in the December 4, 2002, issue of In These Times magazine.
Troy Duster, New York University, was quoted in a December 20, 2002, New York Times article on a gene study that identifies five human populations.
Michael Flaherty, Eckerd College, was interviewed about his book, A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time, on National Public Radio’s, Talk of the Nation, which aired on New Year’s Day.
Jason Kaufman, Harvard University, was quoted in a December 3, 2002 story in the New York Times on the debate over exclusionary policies in private clubs such as the Augusta National Golf Club. Kaufman discussed the issue in light of the findings from his recently published book, For the Common Good? American Civic Life and the Golden Age of Fraternity (Oxford, 2002).
During the holidays, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ran a television commercial with the young woman who dives into a pool announcing, “I swim. I study sociology.” The actress is Melody Lombody, Class of ’99, who did both as a sociology major at the University of California-Irvine.
Douglas S. Massey, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in the New York Times, December 22, 2002, in an article looking at segregation in the United States in light of Senator Trent Lott’s resignation as majority leader.
Jill McCorkel, Northern Illinois University, was interviewed on October 31,2002, for a CBS affiliate station (WIFR, Rockford, IL) series on the death penalty moratorium in Illinois. She was also quoted in an article on race, economics, and sentencing appearing in the York Daily Record, December 27, 2002.
Jeylan Mortimer, University of Minnesota, was interviewed on CHQR, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Wisconsin Public Radio. The interviews featured reports of the study group, “Adolescence in the 21st Century: An International Perspective,” supported by the WT Grant Foundation.
Gary Stokley, Louisiana Tech University, was interviewed for an Associated Press piece that appeared on CBS News (December 10, 2002) and on CNN (December 12) about parents of college students becoming too involved in their children’s lives.
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, and Caroline Haythornthwaite, had their book Internet in Everyday Life mentioned on the Reuters technology service December 30, 2002, as a complement to the focus on the Horrigan-Raine Pew study of people’s expectations for the Internet. The story was published in the December 30, 2002, New York Times Business Section.
Caught in the Web
Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Guide to NIH Grants, No. 19 is available at obssr.od.nih.gov/Publications/BSSR-Guide/. Recent publications in the “NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts”; grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/ relevant to Behavioral and Social Science Research. Compiled and Distributed by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; obssr.od.nih.gov.
Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research at the National Institutes of Health is offering a seminar this summer, July 20-August 1, on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions. See obssr.od.nih.gov/Conf_Wkshp/rct/RCT_Info.htm for more information.
Members' New Books
Sing C. Chew, Humboldt State University, and J. David Knottnerus, Oklahoma State University, editors, Structure, Culture and History: Recent Issues in Social Theory (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
John E. Conklin, Tufts University, Why Crime Rates Fell (Allyn and Bacon, 2003).
Irwin Deutscher, University of Akron, Accommodating Diversity: National Policies that Prevent Ethnic Conflict (Lexington Books, 2002).
Gili S. Drori, Stanford University, John W. Meyer, Stanford University, Francisco O. Ramirez, Stanford University, and Evan Schofer, University of Minnesota, Science in the Modern World Polity: Institutionalization and Globalization (Stanford University Press, 2003).
Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University, Democracy and the News (Oxford University Press, 2003).
Craig R. Humphrey, Tammy L. Lewis, and Frederick H. Buttel, editors, Environment, Energy, and Society: Exemplary Works (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2003).
George A. Kourevtaris, Northern Illinois University, Victor Roudometof, Miami University-Ohio, Kleomenis Koutsou-kis, Panteion University-Athens, and Andrew G. Kourvetaris, Columbia University, editors, New Balkans: Disintegration and Reconstruction (Eastern European Monographs, 2002).
Frederique Van de Poel-Knottnerus, Oklahoma State University, and J. David Knottnerus, Oklahoma State University, Literary Narratives on the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century French Elite Educational System: Rituals and Total Institutions (Edwin Mellen Press, 2002).
Laurie Wermuth, California State University-Chico, Global Inequality and Human Needs: Health and Illness in an Increasingly Unequal World (Allyn and Bacon, 2003).
Juan Battle, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, was selected by Arise magazine (October 2002) as one of the top “Ten Black Men Transforming The World.”
Mary C. Brinton, Frank Dobbin, Michele Lamont, Joel M. Podolny, and Robert J. Sampson, were recently hired by Harvard University’s Department of Sociology.
Berry Bryant is the new Academic Director of Social Science and Social Services at Johnson County Community College.
Amy Hubbard is now working as a senior research associate at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships in Washington, DC.
John Michael, retired January 3, 2003, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.
Gene Rosa, Washington State University, was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee to Review the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan.
Zoltan Tarr, spent the winter semester at Miskoic University, Hungary, and presented seminars on Globalization and Race/Ethnicity. He also gave lectures at ELTE, Budapest, on “East-West Responses to 9/11.”
Abbott L. Ferriss was awarded the Emory University 2002-2003 Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Research Fellowship, for study of poverty in the Southeastern States.
Howard Kaplan, Texas A&M University, recently won a Regents Professor award from the University.
Thomas F. Pettigrew, University of California-Santa Cruz, is one of 15 Americans recently named a New Century Scholar by the U.S. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Ruth Murray Brown, Rose State College, died May 2, 2002, after a brief illness.
Ivan Fahs, Wheaton College, died Sunday, January 5, 2003.
Robert Wilson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, emeritus, died December 20, 2002.
B. Meredith Burke
B. Meredith Burke, 55, a California demographer and writer who argued that U.S. immigration policy was the main factor in sharp rises in California’s population and a root cause of environmental degradation, died Dec. 11 in Santa Barbara. Authorities said her death was an apparent suicide.
She was a senior writing fellow for Santa Barbara-based Californians for Population Stabilization, where in her commentaries—published in major newspapers—she campaigned to limit immigration.
Dr. Burke also wrote on women’s rights and public health issues. She co-authored a book on prenatal testing and founded Lariam Action USA, an information service for users of the anti-malaria drug mefloquine.
From the Washington Post January 4, 2003
Lewis S. Feuer
Emeritus ASA member Lewis S. Feuer of Newton, MA, died Sunday, November 24, 2002. He was 89.
A scholar and prolific writer on the psychological roots of European philosophy and modern science, he authored more than 300 articles and 10 books, among them Spinoza and the Rise of Liberalism (1958), The Scientific Intellectual (1963), Einstein and the Generations of Science (1974), and The Conflict of Generations (1969). The latter work was written from his experience as a major faculty figure during the student revolt at Berkeley in 1964.
He also compiled a paperback anthology of the writings of Marx and Engels (1959). This collection, appearing just in advance of the wave of radical student protests that swept the nation in the 1960s, served as a bible for the “New Left.” In addition, Feuer combined his scholarly interest in the philosophical foundations of communism with a passion for Sherlock Holmes in a whimsical but historically accurate novel, The Case of the Revolutionist’s Daughter (1983), in which the famous detective is hired by Karl Marx to investigate the disappearance of his daughter Eleanor, who committed suicide in 1898.
Dr. Feuer was born in a tenement in New York City and grew up in the Lower East Side. He attended City College of New York and was among a group of Jewish students befriended by Eleanor Roosevelt. He received a doctorate degree in philosophy from Harvard in 1935. He was an active member in the Communist Party until leaving it in the wake of the Stalin-Hitler pact in 1938. He held faculty positions at Vassar College (1946 to 1951), University of Vermont (1951 to 1957), University of California-Berkeley (1957 to 1966), University of Toronto (1966 to 1976), and University of Virginia, from which he retired in 1988.
In 1963, he participated in one of the first academic exchanges with the Soviet Union, delivering a series of lectures on Marxism at Moscow University. After his first lecture, all students were banned from his course.
During World War II, Dr. Feuer, served in the infantry in the South Pacific, where he rose to the rank of sergeant, but was subsequently demoted to private after labor-organizing on behalf of native Caledonians. He also participated in the Israeli war of independence of 1948.
He leaves a daughter, Robin Feuer Miller of Newton; and three granddaughters, Abigail, Alexa, and Lulu.
A memorial gathering was held Saturday, November 30, in Nickerson Funeral Home, Wellfleet.
Donations may be made to the Brandeis University Library, Waltham, MA 02454.
Adapted from The Newton Tab newspaper, December 18, 2002.
Tamara K. Hareven
Our collaborator and friend, Tamara K. Hareven, a leading figure in United States and international social history, died on October 18, 2002, at age 65. Hareven, Unidel Professor of Family Studies and History at the University of Delaware since 1988, brought a remarkable range of comprehension of social process, a rare sense of the organization of intellectual inquiry, a persuasive understanding of the depth and complexity of everyday life, and a burning energy to her work that made it possible for her to organize upon American soil a family history enterprise that more nearly resembled a French academic area than the more parochial specimens more common to this country.
Professor Hareven’s doctoral training was in United States history at Ohio State University, in a period before the “social history revolution” was even in the air. But within a very few years, she had recognized both the currents abroad (the Annales school in France; English economic/social/demographic history) and used her entrepreneurial skills at home (Marxist, populist, and sociological in inspiration), and began to draw these together in a series of conferences, workshops, and edited issues and volumes in the 1970s. Most especially, in 1976, she established the Journal of Family History, under the sponsorship of the National Council on Family Relations. Each of us was drawn into family history from other fledgling U.S. social history fields by her efforts, as were numerous others whose names would be linked with hers throughout her career. For Professor Hareven, the boundary between friendship and mutual intellectual engagement, and alliance within academic politics was permeable in the extreme. Her energy brought resources, prominence, and—often—focus to the field of family history in the United States, and gave it connection with related movements abroad as well.
Her own distinctive intellectual energy produced work deserving (and often accorded) classic status, like her work on the Amoskeag mills of Manchester, NH, (one of the two books in collaboration with her then husband, architect/photographer Randolph Langenbach), in which the relations of the rhythms of factory production and family life were explored. And her enterprise drew forth numerous first-rate collaborations and collective work (rare in the American discipline of history), produced a field, changed outlooks on the scope and to some extent the method of historical thinking, and made an important impress on the discipline of sociology both through its importance to life course studies and in its historicist critique of functionalism of the Parsonian sort and of the unnuanced Marxist variety. But at the same time, her almost frenzied passion to be a productive, influential scholar was sometimes divisive and sometimes distressing to friends who saw academic process in less agonistic terms than she.
For the last decade and more of her life, Professor Hareven involved herself in approximately annual visits to Kyoto, Japan, while deepening her long-term fond and productive ties with Swedish colleagues (in the 1990’s, Professor Hareven was awarded an honorary doctorate at Linskoping University). Her trips to Kyoto sought both supportive friendships and fresh intellectual material, and regularly refreshed Professor Hareven after her always-demanding academic travails. This includes the ethnographic field trips that built toward her final book, The Silk Weavers of Kyoto: Family and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry, which has recently appeared from the University of California Press. Professor Hareven’s Japanese work, remarkable in its ability to address such a nuanced, culturally remote topic as the traditional obi-maker culture within contemporary Japan, demands that we recognize the centrality to her intellectual adventure as to her personal quest in the realms of beauty, loyalty, and the submersion of individualism in larger communal goals.
Professor Hareven, her friends know, was a woman who lived in torment. The only child of a Romanian Jewish physician father and mathematician mother, she fled with her parents to the Ukraine in 1941, and lived there and, after the war ended, in Cyprus as refugees, before emigrating to Palestine shortly before Israel declared its independent existence. Professor Hareven passed into young adulthood as an Israeli, serving in the military and completing college at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She first came to the United States in 1961 as a graduate student in Byzantine History, at the University of Cincinnati, before shifting to recent United States history for her doctorate (her dissertation, an analysis of Eleanor Roosevelt, was shortly published as a book), and being introduced to ideas of the family as subject as a research assistant for a major documentary project, “The Child and the State,” then underway at Ohio State.
With this somewhat middling academic pedigree, and in a history job market that had begun to turn downward, Professor Hareven began her academic career at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), moving shortly to Clark University, and then finally to the University of Delaware, with a prized but secondary list of adjunct and honorary appointments at Harvard, the Sorbonne, and other prestigious institutions. Her love of, and care for, her aging parents never flagged, and was an affirmative duty that, in its clear definition, brought her some peace, along with great concern. Her marriage was childless, and the death in recent years of Professor Hareven’s father and mother left the sad irony that at her own demise, this pioneer of family history was without family in the conventional sense. But in another sense, reflected for instance in her connections in Kyoto, our friend was to the end a strong, original, adaptive woman who created even as she memorialized its cultural roots a family after her own vision.
John Modell and Howard P. Chudacoff, Brown University
Rachel A. Rosenfeld
I will always remember [Rachel’s] Real-ness, her rigorous yet tactful honesty, her spiritual beauty, physical grace and well-bred graciousness with deepest respect, admiration, and love. – David Claris.
Rachel Ann Rosenfeld died on 24 November 2002 at UNC Hospitals, of lung failure resulting from metastatic breast cancer, after a battle of 14 years with the disease. She was 54 years old.
“Rachel Rosenfeld from Arkansas.” The subject of the ethnically puzzling designation was in fact born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 15 November 1948, the first child of Jerome Rosenfeld and Ethel Hanners. Jerry, a bacteriologist, grew up on New York’s East Side, the son of Jewish immigrants from Galicia, Austria (now Poland). Ethel, a psychiatric nurse and later professor of nursing, is of English, Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian, and Native American stock. Somehow from that varied ancestry Rachel inherited light blue eyes, a fair complexion, striking high cheekbones and a reddish tinge in her hair. She moved around with her young professional parents, living part of her early childhood on a farm in Kankakee, Illinois. The family settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Rachel grew up there with two sisters (Deborah and Diana) and two brothers (Peter and George). Rachel attended Hall High School in Little Rock, showing an early aptitude for academic pursuits, which was recognized by many honors, including the National Merit scholarship. She attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Anthropology and Sociology. At Carleton she met and married Bill Egbert. She went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, graduating in 1976 with a PhD in Sociology (with minor in Economics and Statistics). She was a student of Aage Sørensen, with whom she maintained close ties until his death in 2001.
Rachel, in her own life, faced some of the dilemmas typical in the careers of men and women that she studied in her research. Her first academic position was at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. The commuting marriage with Bill did not survive and the couple separated. At McGill Rachel met François Nielsen. In 1978 she followed François to Chicago, taking a position as Senior Study Director at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). While reluctant at the time to leave McGill and academia, she later realized that her stint at NORC had a silver lining, as it immersed her in major survey research projects. Among the beneficial spin-offs of that experience was her book, Farm Women: Work, Farm, and Family in the United States (University of North Carolina Press, 1985), based on a large study of female farm operators that she conducted at NORC.
In 1981 Rachel rejoined academia to become Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. (This time François followed.) She rose rapidly through the ranks, becoming Professor of Sociology in 1988; in 2002 she was named William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor. She was also a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center (CPC), and held administrative positions including Vice Chair of the Division of Social Sciences (1991-92, 1993-94) and Acting Associate Dean for Programs and Budgets of the College of Arts and Sciences (1991-92). At the time of her death she was Chair of the Department of Sociology (since 2000).
In her research, Rachel was interested in the influence of social stratification on career and job mobility, particularly for women. Her recent research included studies of the U.S. Women’s movement, work histories of women, academic careers, and work-family policies in advanced industrialized countries. She had been working with Heike Trappe (former CPC postdoctoral scholar) on gender inequality in the early work life in the former East and West Germany and in the United States. She had recently begun a new project studying the nursing profession, inspired by the career of her mother, Ethel.
In the course of her highly productive research career she published, in addition to Farm Women (mentioned above), Reconstructing the Academy (Rachel Rosenfeld, editor, with Jean O’Barr and Elizabeth Minnich; University of Chicago Press, 1988). She published numerous articles in books and in professional journals including American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Science, Signs, Social Forces, and Social Science Research.
Rachel received numerous honors and awards including the Sociologists for Women in Society Award for Outstanding Mentoring (1992), and the first Sociology Department Graduate Student Association Award for Excellence in Mentoring (1998). In 1995, Rachel was the first recipient of the Katherine Jocher-Belle Boone Beard Award of the Southern Sociological Society; the award recognizes distinguished scholarly contributions to the understanding of gender in society. She was awarded the Lara G. Hoggard Professorship for outstanding mid-career faculty (1993-99). In 1995-96, she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California, and in fall 1996, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. She was the 1998 Alpha Kappa Delta honor society speaker at Mississippi State University.
Rachel was active in the Southern Sociological Society, serving as Vice President (1997-98), President-elect (2000-01) and President (2001-02). She has also been a deputy editor of the American Sociological Review (1997-99) and at the time of her death was Chair of the Publications Committee of the American Sociological Association.
Rachel did not have children. She balanced career pressures against her relatively weak desire for children of her own, and reckoned that any maternal cravings she had could be satisfied by being a wonderful aunt to her nieces and nephews: Rachel “Shay” Kohls, Nathan Pang, Jessica Kohls, Leah Babb-Rosenfeld, Reid Kohls, and Josh Pang. She later expanded her “collection” by becoming an equally devoted godmother to François’ children, Claire and Sam Nielsen.
Rachel’s death touches an unusually large circle of people because of her special ability to form and maintain deep friendships with many of the women and men she met during her life, including (current and former) students and postdocs, neighbors, and colleagues. Rachel’s talent for friendship was based on her genuine feelings of love and admiration for other people and a truly non-judgmental attitude towards those around her. She was able to discover and appreciate the beauty and qualities in people, and to share her discoveries with others. Rachel habitually said good things about people, behind their back.
Survivors include her parents, Ethel and Jerome Rosenfeld of Chapel Hill, formerly of Greers Ferry, Arkansas; sisters Deborah Kohls of Chapel Hill and Diana Rosenfeld of Cordova, Tennessee; brothers Peter Rosenfeld of Collingsworth, New Jersey and George Rosenfeld of Chapel Hill; nieces and nephews and godchildren mentioned above; her companion, Kirk Denny, and her many friends.
Rachel was buried in the Old Carrboro Cemetery in Carrboro, NC, following a funeral service that took place on November 29 at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church in Durham.
A trust is being established in memory of Rachel through the Department of Sociology at University of North Carolina. If this is your preference, checks may be made out to: Department of Sociology, and mailed to UNC-CH, Department of Sociology, CB# 3120, 155 Hamilton Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3210. Please designate the check for Rachel Rosenfeld Trust.
Rachel’s curriculum vita, pictures, and other documents about her life and work can be viewed on the web at www.unc.edu/depts/soc/web_pages/rfeld.html.
François Nielsen, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Official Reports and Proceedings
Minutes of the Third Meeting of the 2001-2002 Council
August 19, 2002, Chicago, IL
Council Members Present: Richard D. Alba, Elijah Anderson, William T. Bielby, Diane Brown, Michael Burawoy, Linda Burton, Craig Calhoun, Robert D. Crutchfield, Nancy Denton, Paul DiMaggio, Arne L. Kalleberg, Douglas S. Massey, Ross Matsueda, Victor Nee, Barbara Reskin (President), Barbara Risman, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Ivan Szelenyi, Pamela Walters.
Incoming Council Members Present: Esther Ngan-Ling Chow, Jennifer Glass, Deborah K. King, Rhonda F. Levine. These members were observers at this council meeting.
Staff Present: Torrey Androski, Janet Astner, Karen Edwards, Lee Herring, Sally Hillsman, Michael Murphy, Jean H. Shin, Roberta Spalter-Roth.
1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 2:40 pm in the Lake Erie Room of the Chicago Hilton Hotel on the final day of the 2002 Annual Meeting. President Barbara Reskin welcomed Council members to the final meeting of the 2001-2002 cycle. Newly elected members of Council were introduced and welcomed as observers at this meeting.
2. Minutes of Previous Council Meeting
Minutes of the January 2002 meeting of the ASA Council were distributed at the start of the meeting. At the end of the meeting, President Reskin called for discussion and approval. Two corrections were noted and accepted by the group.
Council voted to approve the Minutes of the January 2002 Council meeting with two corrections: (1) on page 13 in the 3rd full paragraph, delete the word “not”, and (2) on page 3, correct the section membership count to read “19,223” instead of “18,223”.
3. President’s Report
Barbara Reskin provided a report on her year as president and also presented a proposal for Council consideration.
A. Review of Year as President
Reskin reported that while the last year had been challenging personally, professionally the year as ASA President had been extraordinarily fulfilling. The Annual Meeting just concluding was, in her view, an overwhelming success, attributable to the hard working program committee and to Janet Astner and the staff of the Executive Office.
Hardly any complaints were received by officers this year during the meeting. While there was concern going into the meeting about the evolving management/labor dispute at the hotel, the hotel staff was very accommodating and helpful and no problems have been reported.
B. Proposal for a Bridges Task Force
Reskin circulated a three-page proposal from a committee in the early 1990s to increase communications between sociologists and groups that are typically excluded from dominant economic and political institutions, and to aid sociologist in working with and on behalf of such groups. Noting that many people are attracted to sociology as a way of pursuing social justice, she recommended that Council create a new task force to pursue the ideas presented in the original proposal. Such activities help people learn the skills to do good sociology work and to bring those skills to an arena where they can make a difference. Members of Council agreed with the premise of the proposal and recommended that a mission statement be drafted; Reskin agreed to draft such a statement.
Council voted to appoint a task force to review the report of the blue ribbon commission from the early 1990’s and provide recommendations to Council about how to expand upon what has been done since the report of the original commission.
C. Appointment of SSRC Representative
Reskin reported that, in consultation with the Executive Office, she had appointed Troy Duster to serve as the ASA representative to the SSRC. Duster replaces Neal Smelser who had served as ASA’s representative to SSRC.
4. Report of the Secretary
A. Annual Meeting
Secretary Kalleberg reported that 4,780 people had registered for the current Annual Meeting, which was 675 more than in Anaheim and 119 more than the last time ASA was in Chicago in 1999. The record attendance was 4,986 in San Francisco in 1998.
ASA membership stands at 12,294. Kalleberg reported that when the EOB met earlier in the summer there was concern that membership was declining. Since then, however, an aggressive outreach effort on the part of the Executive Office has reversed that trend. The number of new members are up. Membership renewals show both mixed results: renewals of lapsed members are up, as are renewals of members in higher income categories, but renewals by low income members, associate members and student members are down. Some of the decline in renewals at lower income levels can be explained by incomes increasing and members moving into higher income categories. Members of Council commended Executive Office staff for their efforts.
Section memberships are down slightly from one year ago at this time. Currently, the average member holds 2.37 section memberships. Some are concerned that there are too many sections; there is no consensus on this issue, but there is consensus that sections serve an important role. Many sections are thriving and growing nicely, but others are experiencing significant losses. Several sections have fallen below 200 members. Current policy provides that sections below 300 members may be removed, but this policy has never been enforced.
There are currently two Sections-in-Formation working to gain full Section status: Animals and Society, and Ethnomethodology and Conversational Analysis. Sections-in-Formation are given two years in which to recruit at least 300 members. For Animals and Society that two-year period ends on September 30, 2002; Ethnomethodology has another year to go to reach 300 members. At the time of the Council meeting, Animals and Society had 224 members and Ethnomethodology had 135 members.
C. Review of Journal Subscription Data
On the issue of journal subscriptions, Kalleberg reported that ASA is experiencing a decline in the number of institutional subscriptions. However, ASA is doing better than other learned societies on maintaining institutional subscriptions. He noted that the decline is in the number of institution copies ordered, not in the number of individual universities that subscribe. Marketing for institutional subscriptions is handled through brokers rather than by ASA directly; staff is currently looking at ways to increase institutional subscriptions. Institutional subscriptions are a major revenue source, so this decline is a concern.
Kalleberg reported for the Committee on Publications that the quality of Contexts is excellent. Approximately 10% of the current membership subscribes; the journal ranks 5th among ASA journals. One area that has not materialized as well as originally anticipated is institutional subscriptions. There are currently 18 institutional subscriptions while the goal was to have 100 in the first year. This is because libraries tend to wait until a new journal has established a following and because institutional subscriptions for 2002 were ordered before Contexts was published. Institutional subscriptions for 2003 should be a better test of its library market. Council originally approved a maximum investment of $620,000 from the Rose Fund for the development of Contexts, with a goal of the journal being self-sufficient by 2006.
While member subscriptions to Contexts have exceeded projections, one-third of member subscribers have dropped subscriptions to other ASA journals. Kalleberg reported that members are mostly dropping subscriptions to the American Sociological Review and Contemporary Sociology. These declines are countered to some degree by new subscriptions from the 30% of members who previously had no journal with their membership.
Members of Council expressed concern over the subscription situation, noting the long-term decline in subscriptions to core journals that publish research. Alba noted that in 1994, ASR had 8,800 subscribers, but only 6,000 in 2002; and CS had 5,300 subscribers in 1994 but only 3,700 today, a 25% decline. He noted that in future years there will be no pool of non-subscribing members to boost declining subscriptions. He added that ASA should be in the business of publishing original, scholarly research.
Several members noted that when Contexts was originally proposed they were assured that member subscription costs were linked to the cost of producing the journal. Since ASR is published six times a year, it may have economies of scale that ASA’s quarterly journals do not. It was suggested that the Executive Office review journal subscription prices and costs.
Calhoun suggested that ASA see if COSSA compiles data for other social science organizations on the cost of journal subscriptions. Hillsman cautioned that this was easier said than done due to the differences among the social science organizations, but agreed that she and publications staff would work on the issue.
Others on Council suggested that the decline in subscriptions for ASR and CS was not a factor of pricing but rather a lack of interest or an overload of information, and that new journals like Contexts met the needs of some members. It was suggested that perhaps the editors of ASR and CS might publish more controversial articles in an effort to re-capture member interest and focus.
Kalleberg thanked Council for the discussion of ASA publications and indicated that the Publications Committee will take up these issues in detail at their next meeting. Calhoun added that any data collected on these issues also needed to come to Council, not just to the Publications Committee. Noting consensus among Council members, Reskin agreed that any data collected would be provided to Council as well as the Committee on Publications.
Council voted (1) to ask the Publications Committee to examine the current pricing of journals to determine whether they are currently priced based on costs, and (2) to request the Publications Committee to consider the impact of Contexts on other ASA journals insofar as it deems appropriate (gathering, for example, information on the number of member subscribers who also subscribe to other ASA journals), and to make recommendations to Council on how to protect the viability of existing ASA journals, if necessary.
5. Executive Officer’s Report
Executive Officer Hillsman reported that diving deeply into a new position is a great way to learn a lot quickly. With only three months on the job prior to the Annual Meeting, there has been a steep learning curve, but one that has been managed effectively with the assistance of elected officers, ASA staff, and others. Previous Executive Officer Levine has been helpful and will continue to be involved in some programs. Staff of the Executive Office has been supportive and helpful in making the transition work. Overall, the transition has gone quite well, but transitions can take as long as six months to a year to fully complete.
The transition of senior staff leadership is always somewhat difficult for any organization, but ASA has faced additional challenges with the departure of several other key people, including the Deputy Executive Director, the Controller, the Membership Director, and the MAP Director. In addition, several staff are new to the organization, including Kevin Brown, Director of Information Services, Michael Murphy, Governance and Sections Coordinator, Lee Herring, Director of Public Policy, Kareem Jenkins, Meeting Services Coordinator, and Torrey Androski, Executive Assistant. Hillsman assured Council that the organization has an energized Executive Office staff with many new ideas that is working hard to make the ASA an even stronger organization.
There are a number of important future directions that the Association will address in the months ahead, including an examination of electronic publishing and an improved web presence for the ASA. Hillsman added that in the months ahead she would be moving to make external contacts with essential outside groups such as COSSA, regional associations, federal agencies, and other learned societies.
B. Annual Meeting
Secretary Kalleberg earlier provided an overview of the annual meeting. Staff has daily been handling situations that inevitably arise with sensitivity and finesse. For the average member, the fact that a labor dispute is happening has almost been invisible in terms of service provided.
C. 2002 Election Update
Election participation has declined a bit over recent years, but the current 30% participation rate is excellent for a professional association. A detailed proposal will be presented at tomorrow’s council meeting to add new electronic features to the ASA election.
D. Department Affiliates
The Department Affiliates program is a core activity of the organization. The staff is pleased to see growth in this area, especially at a time when departments are not flush with money.
E. Member Contributions and Donations
At the time individuals renew their membership in the association they are given the opportunity to make contributions to the organization and specific programs. The number of members who make such contributions is not large but they provide important assets for the organization. The Minority Fellows Program and the American Sociological Foundation continue to receive the largest number of member contributions.
F. Honorary Reception Revenue
A total of 27 departments gave $6,675 for the honorary reception this year; this is down slightly from last year.
G. Participation in the ISA Meeting
ASA was officially well represented at the recent International Sociological Association meeting in Brisbane, Australia with attendance by ASA Secretary Arne Kalleberg, ASA Representative to ISA Doug Kincaid, and Executive Officer Sally Hillsman. In addition, the ASA was able to secure a $33,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support US members’ travel to the meeting. Through a competitive, peer review process, a total of 35 members received some financial assistance to support their trip to the ISA meeting.
6. Committee on Publications
A. Additional Pages for JHSB
The editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior submitted a request to publish an additional 90 pages for a special issue on race and mental health. The estimated cost for an additional 90 pages is approximately $9,830; outside funding of $10,000 is anticipated from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) and its National Institute of Mental Health.
Council voted to approve the request from the editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior for additional pages for a special issue on race and mental health.
B. Copyright Issues
Council considered the issue of copyright laws and their implication for electronic publishing. The Publication Committee reported that current policy is that all electronic and print rights to articles are retained by ASA. Technically, authors are not able to post text of their articles to individual websites or send PDF files to others without violating current copyright policy. The ability to electronically share the text of an article has raised this issue to new levels since anyone can share the texts with many others. Members agreed that this is a troubling issue that places the organization between the desire to share knowledge widely and potential copyright restrictions. In addition, members agreed that Council must keep an eye on preserving revenue streams that support these journals. Following an extensive discussion,
Council voted unanimously to appoint a subcommittee of Council members that also has a member from the EOB, the Publications Committee, and the Executive Office to examine and report on possible actions regarding tensions between open access and copyright protections in light of Association revenue streams. The analysis is to include consideration of electronic dissemination issues related to JSTOR and other arrangements that ASA may enter into. The examination should also assess the prevalence of the posting of material on which ASA holds copyrights to individual websites, and the question of whether any particular policy on this issue would be enforceable. The report will go first to the Publications Committee and then to Council.
7. Update on ASA Task Forces
A. Task Force on Articulation of Sociology in Two- and Four-Year Colleges
Kate Berheide joined Council to discuss the work of the Task Force on the Articulation of Sociology in Two- and Four-Year Colleges. She noted that the issue was one about which she previously knew very little, but with the changing demographics of the American population, people are moving around more and spending longer pursuing their educations than previous generations. The issue of students transferring to 4-year schools is a complicated issue because it is entwined with state and county-level politics.
Berheide called the attention of Council to page 4 of the written report which summarized three patterns found during the Task Force review. Following that summary, page 5 of the report included a series of bulleted recommendations. Roberta Spalter-Roth, staff to the Task Force, added that the recommendations listed were ones the Task Force felt were important to this issue.
Reskin commented that Council approval of the report today would mean dissemination of the report. Others were less clear on whether accepting the report included accepting all of the task force recommendations. Some urged caution, suggesting Council accept the report and acknowledge the work and contributions made by the Task Force, but not accept all the recommendations without further review, including linking the report with that of the Task Force on the Major.
Council voted (1) to accept the report of the Task Force on Articulation of Sociology in 2- and 4-Year Colleges and to distribute the report as outlined by the task force, (2) to thank the Task Force and Carla Howery and to commend them all for their efforts, and (3) to set up a sub-committee on Council members (two people) to look at the recommendations from the Task Force on Articulation of Sociology along with Executive Office staff, and to return to Council at the winter 2003 meeting with recommendations on any follow-up that is necessary.
B. Task Force on a Statement on Race
Reskin reported that the report of the Task Force on a Statement on Race had been accepted earlier by Council by mail ballot to allow for dissemination at a press conference during the Annual Meeting.
Council voted to thank the members of the Task Force on a Statement on Race and ASA Staff Liaison Roberta Spalter-Roth for their hard work in producing the statement on race.
C. Task Force on an Advanced Placement Course in Sociology
The Task Force on an Advanced Placement Course in Sociology reported that Sociology is disadvantaged by lack of understanding among high school students about what sociology is. As a result, high school students enter college with less understanding of sociology as a career option than they have about some other areas of study.
Members of the Task Force are working to design a state of the art advanced placement course. The Task Force has drafted a curriculum outline and narrative and has spent as much time as possible in open forums and workshops with teachers.
The original schedule for the Task Force required adjustment. As originally conceived, the Task Force was to have a two year life, but members of the Task Force asked for a one year extension, through August 2003, to adequately finish their assigned task. The Task Force plans to apply to NSF for a grant to bring in a curriculum specialist to develop the curriculum. Based on initial inquiries, NSF seems sympathetic to this type of request. In addition, the Task Force will work on recruiting sites for a demonstration project of the course in September 2003, and other sites to offer the new course in 2004-2005.
Members of Council agreed that this was important to Sociology since students gravitate to majors where they have some experience from high school.
Council voted (1) to extend the tenure of the Task Force on an Advanced Placement Course in Sociology by one year with a final report anticipated at the August 2003 meeting, (2) to work with the task force to seek outside funding, perhaps from NSF, to support temporary engagement of a curriculum specialist for this project, and (3) to approve the recommendation of the task force to offer a high school affiliate relationship with ASA for $45, to include Contexts and Teaching Sociology, and use of member prices on other publications and services.
D. Task Force on the Implications of Assessing Faculty Productivity and Teaching Effectiveness
The Task Force on the Implications of Assessing Faculty Productivity and Teaching Effectiveness provided a written update to Council and asked for an extension of their original tenure.
Council voted to extend the tenure of the Task Force on the Implications of Assessing Faculty Productivity and Teaching Effectiveness by one year with the anticipation of receiving a draft report at the January 2003 meeting. The task force is asked to clearly define what material in their report they would like to see published as a journal article. ASA staff should look closely at the recommendations before Council gets the report.
E. Task Force on Undergraduate Sociology Major
Council received a progress report on the ongoing work of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Sociology Major. The task force is writing a report that is revisiting issues raised in the 1991 report on Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major that they expect to publish following Council approval. Members of the Task Force held an open forum earlier during this meeting to collect member input. Much of the work is done but the final report is not yet finished.
8. MOST Conference and Report
Copies of the MOST final report, Promoting Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education through Department Change, were distributed to members but the lack of time prevented a discussion of this item.
9. Centennial Planning
The planned discussion of the ASA’s centennial year (2005) was postponed until the Council meeting the next day.
A. Final 2001 Financial Reports and Audit
Secretary Kalleberg presented the results of the audit of 2001 financial records. ASA ended 2001 with a $33,000 deficit, taking into account losses on ASA’s long-term investments, which was less than the approved deficit of $59,000. The audit report indicates that the organization is functioning well financially.
B. Analysis of Investment Performance
Secretary Kalleberg reported that the ASA lost money on long-term investments in 2002, along with almost every other investor in the financial markets. The EOB met with the association’s investment advisor on July 30th. The association currently has a growth strategy for investments as opposed to a value strategy. This strategy is sound, but has not been as effective over the last few years with the markets in decline.
Council voted to accept the report from the ASA investment advisor, noting that cautious income projections should continue to be included in future reports.
Reskin thanked the outgoing members of Council for their service. Members of Council gave Reskin a round of applause for her leadership over the last year. With no additional business for consideration, the meeting was adjourned at 6:18 pm.