Call for Papers and Conferences
African American Studies Program at Boston University invites papers for an international conference, April 12-14, 2002 at the University. Theme: “Blacks and Asians: Encounters through Time and Space.” Send 250 word abstract and current curriculum vita to: Ronald K. Richardson, Director, African American Studies, Boston University, 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA 02446; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (copy to HDarodius@aol.com). Deadline: October 15, 2001.
Council for European Studies, invites papers for its 13th International Conference of Europeanists. Theme: “Europe in the New Millennium: Enlarging, Experimenting, Evolving.” Palmer House, Chicago, IL, March 14-16, 2002. Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2001. Send to: Program Committee 2002, Council for European Studies, 420 West 118th Street, Mailcode 2210, New York, NY 10027.
Experience Music Project, a museum devoted to exploring creativity and innovation as expressed through American popular music, announces its first annual academic conference, April 11-14, 2002, Seattle, WA. Theme: “Crafting Sounds, Creating Meaning: Making Popular Music in the U.S.” They invite papers from across all disciplines that address popular music, broadly defined in terms of genre, style, and period. Send proposals by November 15, 2001 to: Daniel Cavicci at DanC@emplive.com or Experience Music Project, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98121.
International Sociological Association. XV ISA World Congress of Sociology, July 7-13, 2002, Brisbane, Australia. Theme: “Participatory Action Research: Methodological Legacies and Challenges.” They invite 200-word abstracts of proposed papers submitted as soon as possible but no later than September 1, 2001 to Nancy Andes, University of Alaska-Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508; (907) 786-1691; fax (907) 786-1426; e-mail email@example.com;
International Sociological Association (ISA) invites papers for a number of Research Committee sessions, including Family Research-RC06, Futures Research-RC07, Participation and Self-Management-RC10, Sociology of Leisure-RC13, Sociology of Communication, Knowledge, and Culture-RC14, Sociology of Health-RC15, Sociology of Religion-RC22, Sociology of Science and Technology-RC23, Sociolinguistics-RC25, Sociotechnics, Sociological Practice-RC26, Social Stratification-RC28, Deviance and Social Control-RC29, Sociology of Work-RC30, Alienation Theory and Research-RC36, Sociology of Agriculture and Food-RC40, Sociology of Population-RC41, Labor Movements-RC44, Clinical Sociology-RC46, Social Classes and Social Movements-RC47, Sociology of Mental Health and Illness-RC49, Sociocybernetics-RC51, Sociology of Childhood-RC53, and Working Group on Famine and Society-WG05. Deadlines range from July 30 to November 30, 2001. For complete information on these and other calls, see the ISA website at http://www.ucm.es/info/isa/.
New England Sociological Association. Fall Conference, November 3, 2001, Western New England College, Springfield, MA. Theme: “Student Ethics: Promoting Value Judgment, Integrity, and Service.” Topics include service learning, campus activism, institutionalization of ethics, student honesty/dishonesty, and building positive classroom dynamics. Visit the conference website at http://web.bryant.edu/~nesa and submit proposals for papers, sessions, roundtable discussions, and other presentations or contact Stephen Lilley, Sociology Program, Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06432-1000; (203) 371-7761; firstname.lastname@example.org by September 14, 2001.
Critical Pedagogy in the Sociology Classroom. Call for syllabi and instructional materials for a new ASA handbook on implementing the critical pedagogical framework into the sociology classroom. Send the following submissions: syllabi (from any course) that reflect the ideals of critical pedagogy; classroom exercises that promote critical pedagogy; assignments and projects for evaluation that encourage problem posing and strive for praxis; bibliographic entries-including Internet sources; and essays (1500 words, including references) that orient readers to the philosophy of critical pedagogy and, if possible, connect this style of teaching to the sociology curriculum. Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2001. Forward a hard copy and a 3-1/2" diskette (preferably in WordPerfect, although MS Word is suitable) to Peter Kaufman, Department of Sociology, JFT 516, SUNY-New Paltz, New Paltz, NY 12561; (845) 257-3503. Send e-mail submissions to email@example.com.
Globalization is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the examination of social, political, economic, and technological globalization. Submit articles on virtually any topic on globalization. Submit articles directly over the internet as e-mail attachments, or mail to: Timothy McGettigan, Editor, Globalization, Department of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado, 2200 Bonforte Boulevard, Pueblo, CO 81001; (719) 549-2416; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; http://globalization.icaap.org.
International Sociology plans a special issue, "Globalization, Gender, and Social Change in the 21st Century", in conjunction with the XV ISA World Congress, July 7-13, Brisbane, Australia. Articles exploring in-depth case studies, ethnographic field research, historical/comparative analyses, and reflective/theoretical think pieces are welcome. Guidelines for contributions are available at www.ucm.es/info/isa/is_guidelines.htm. Submit two copies by June 1, 2002 to: Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Department of Sociology, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, McCabe Hall, Washington, DC 20016; e-mail email@example.com.
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, invites manuscript submissions for a special edition "Sexuality, Law, and Justice." Manuscripts focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered issues in the criminal justice system are especially encouraged. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2001. Send manuscripts to the guest editor: Henry F. Fradella, The College of New Jersey, Department of Law and Justice, P.O. Box 7718, Ewing, NJ 08628; (609) 771-2271; e-mail Fradella@tcnj.edu; http://fradella.intrasun.tcnj.edu/call_for_papers_JCCJ.htm.
Journal of Homosexuality. Special Issue/Anthology invites submissions for a special issue on drag queens also to be reprinted as an anthology volume with Haworth Press. Both empirical investigations and theoretical essays are sought. For more information contact Steve Schacht or Lisa Underwood, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Plattsburgh State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY 12901; (518) 566-6439; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2001.
Research Policy invites papers for a special issue on open source software development to be published in 2003. The aim of this special issue is to both stimulate research on OSS and to provide a progress report for the field. Empirical and Theoretical submissions are invited. Submit papers by December 31, 2001 to: Georg von Krogh, Institute of Management, University of St. Gallen, Dufourstrasse 48, CH-9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.elsevier.nl/homepage/sae/econbase/respol/menu.sht.
September 20-27, 2001, International Sociological Association, Laboratory for PhD students in Sociology. Theme: "Major Theories or Paradigms of Dissertations." Courmayeur, Italy. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
September 26-28, 2001. National Association of Educational Buyers Regional Meeting. Wyndham Franklin Plaza, Philadelphia, PA. See www.udel.edu/purch/NAEB/DePaWV2001.html for updated information.
October 17-21, 2001. Oral History Association, 35th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. Theme: "Bearing Public Witness: Documenting Memories of Struggle and Resistance." Visit the OHA website at www.dickinson.edu/oha.
November 9-10, 2001. University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University's Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) qualitative research conference. Theme: "Early Childhood, Families, and Welfare Reform." For information e-mail PACE123@socrates.berkeley.edu.
November 14-18, 2001. Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, 16th Biennial Conference, Hyatt Regency Riverwalk; San Antonio, TX. See http://www.acsus.org/ for more details.
Alcohol Research Group and the Prevention Research Center offer postdoctoral fellowships through the University of California School of Public Health with sponsorship from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Training is oriented toward applied social science, psychosocial, and epidemiological research (not clinical practice). For information see www.arg.org, for application contact, Erin Riley, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Philosophical Society, Research Programs. All information and forms for all of the Society's programs can be downloaded from their website, www.amphilsoc.org. Click on "Grants" on the homepage. For information about APS click on "About the APS."
Aspen Institute, Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families announces a Small Grants Program competition to fund research to develop and test innovative ways of measuring social capital and community capacity at the community level. We are soliciting applications from researchers, practitioners, and community groups who have research capacity or research partnerships. Copies of the RFP can be printed or downloaded from the Aspen Roundtable web site www.aspenroundtable.org.
International Honors Program. Traveling Faculty in Urban Studies. "Cities of the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics." The International Honors program in cooperation with Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA) offers a series of independent study abroad programs. They seek 3-4 individuals to join an interdisciplinary team of faculty and host city coordinators. More information about IHP is available at www.ihp.edu. Electronic versions of all application materials are preferred.
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), with generous funding from The Starr Foundation, announces the 2002 China Resident Fellows Program (CRF). CRF is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas among scholars. Chosen fellows are awarded grants to conduct advanced research in the social sciences at U.S. host institutions. Application deadline is September 15, 2001. For more detailed program information, application, and complete eligibility requirements, visit: www.irex.org/programs/crfp/. For specific questions, e-mail
email@example.com or call (202) 628-8188.
International Sociological Association. Grants to attend the XV World Congress. ISA and the Local Congress Organizing Committee have made a provision to support invited speakers, session organizers, and paper givers from developing countries. Deadline: November 15, 2001. Send to International Sociological Association, Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, University Complutense, 28223 Madrid, Spain; 34 91 352 76 50; fax; 34 91 352 49 45; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kellogg Institute for International Studies offers Visiting Residential Fellowships at the University of Notre Dame. For information and application forms: http://www.nd.edu/~kellogg/guest.html or write Sharon Schierling, Program Coordinator, Kellogg Institute, 216 Hesburgh Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677; e-mail email@example.com. Deadline: November 2, 2001.
National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study. Applicants should submit the Center's form supported by a curriculum vita, a 1000-word project proposal, and three letters of recommendation. Request application material from: Fellowship Program, National Humanities Center P.O. Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or download the form from www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/.
National Institutes of Health. Program Announcement on "Behavioral, Social, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Research with Diverse Populations" (PA-01-096). The primary focus of the PA is research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and related populations. It is published in the NIH Guide at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files (click on PA-01-096). Researchers are encouraged to submit grant applications in response to the PA. Direct inquiries to Howard Kurtzman or any of the other officials listed as contacts. Howard S. Kurtzman, Behavioral Science Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7217, Bethesda, MD 20892-9651; (301) 443-9400; fax (301) 443-9876; e-mail email@example.com.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization Program is requesting proposals to conduct research and analyses using data sets from the Center for Studying Health System Change's Community Tracking Study and from the Urban Institute's National Survey of America's Families. Researchers from any discipline are eligible to apply. The deadline for proposals in this specified data solicitation is August 31, 2001. For the full text of the Call for Proposals, visit The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Web site, www.rwjf.org. Once at the site, click on "Applying for a Grant," then "Calls for Proposals."
Social Science Research Council. The Abe Fellowship Program supports postdoctoral research on contemporary policy relevant issues. The Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The competition is open to citizens of the U.S. and Japan, as well as to nationals of other countries who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations in American and Japanese research communities. The deadline is September 1 annually. For information contact: Abe Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; (212) 377-2700 ext. 423; fax (212) 377-2727; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.ssrc.org.
Social Science Research Council. Sexuality Research Fellowship Program provides dissertation and postdoctoral support for social and behavioral science research on sexuality. Joint application from fellow applicant and research advisor/associate required. Applications for academic year 2002-03 are due December 15, 2001. For more information write: Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, Social Science Research Council, 810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10019; e-mail email@example.com.
University of Michigan, Research and Training Program on Poverty, the Underclass, and Public Policy offers one- and two-year postdoctoral fellowships to American minority scholars in all the social sciences. Application deadline: January 13, 2002. Contact: Program on Poverty, the Underclass, and Public Policy, 540 East Liberty, Suite 202, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2210. Applications are also available on the web at
U.S. Department of State, The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) announce the Ron Brown Fellowship Program Alumni Small Grants Program. The purpose is to increase the impact of the fellowships in Central and Eastern Europe and further the professional development of the Ron Brown Alumni. Applications are available electronically at www.irex.org/programs/ronbrown/. Deadline: September 14, 2001.
Wesleyan University, Center for the Humanities. Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2002-2003. For information on the criteria of eligibility, the application procedure, and the Center's themes for 2002-2003, send an e-mail inquiry to the Center's secretary B. Keating, firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: November 15, 2001.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Fellowships in the Social Sciences and Humanities 2002-2003. Application deadline: October 1, 2001. For application materials, see www.wilsoncenter.org or write: Scholar Selection and Services Office, Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027; (202) 691-4170; fax (202) 691-4001; e-mail email@example.com.
In the News
Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine, had a letter in the New York Times on May 13, 2001 on the need to recognize that most parental violence at youth soccer games and other competitions is committed by fathers, not mothers.
Frank D. Bean, University of California-Irvine, was cited in the front-page story in the New York Times titled: “A Perilous 4,000-Mile Passage to Work.” The article discusses issues surrounding immigration from Mexico.
Joel Best, University of Delaware-Newark, was on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” June 8, 2001. Theme: “Arguing With Statistics,” the use of statistics in policy debates.
Peter Dreier, University of Oregon, was quoted on the front page of the Los Angeles Times May 21, 2001 on the decreasing number of new homes being built in Southern California.
Gene Rosa, Washington State University, was interviewed by STT, the Finnish News Service and by YLE public radio, on the potential of reviving public acceptance of nuclear power in the United States and on the comparison in public acceptability of the nuclear waste solution in the United States and Finland.
William L. Smith, Georgia Southern University, was interviewed May 21, 2001 by the Savannah Morning News for an article on America’s Changing Families.
Gregory Squires, George Washington University, had his book that he co-authored with Sally O’Connor, Color and Money: Politics and Prospects for Community Reinvestment in Urban America reviewed, in an article in the May 20, 2001 Milwaukee Journal.
William H. Swatos, Executive Director, Sociology of Religion, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times April 20, in an article “Casual Fridays? Make that Sundays.” and in the April 22 “Ypsilanti Press” edition of the Ann Arbor News in an article “Renewed Religious Interest Leads Growth.”
John Talbot, Colby College, was quoted in the May 20, 2001 San Francisco Chronicle as an expert on the coffee industry and coffee farmers.
Verta Taylor and Leila J. Rupp had their research on the way drag performances function as collective action repertoires of the gay and lesbian movement discussed in a feature article in the Sunday, June 3, 2001 edition of the Key West Citizen.
From the on-line Chronicle of Higher Education, May 18, 2001. A glance at the spring issue of “Southern Cultures”: A tribute to John Shelton Reed. Recognized by his peers as one of the most influential living sociologists of the American South, John Reed recently retired from his position as a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Various essays in this tribute “commend, scold, and skewer” the author of such books as Southerners: The Social Psychology of Sectionalism and 1001 Things Everyone Should know about the South. Mr. Reed’s writing is “a splendid montage of absurd anecdotes, crazy people, illogical premises, and ridiculous conclusions, all of which are cited to demonstrate that Southerners are among the world’s sanest people,” says the novelist Doris Betts. David Carlton, an associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University, notes that at a time when traditional ways of thinking about the South had reached a dead end, Mr. Reed’s approach was novel. He understands the concept of region “as a historical and cultural product” with a life of its own, says Mr. Carlton. In an interview for the issue, Mr. Reed is asked whether the regional differences between the South and the rest of the United States are disappearing: “Certainly when it comes to economics they are,” he says. “And for the most part, good riddance. Not too many people are nostalgic about hookworm and pellagra.” The issue is available online through Project Muse, at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_cultures/toc/scu7.1.html.
Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine, received one of three Outstanding Faculty Awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the university.
Stephanie Byrd, New York University, won the Henry A. Murray Dissertation Award granted by the Murray Research Center of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University for her dissertation research: "Individual Constructions of Close Relationships: A Look at Practices, Ideals and Expectations."
Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, won the "Classics of Contemporary Sociology" section award of this year's European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Sciences.
Barry Feld, University of Minnesota Associate Member of the Sociology Faculty and Centennial Professor at the Law School, received the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for his Bad Kids: Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court (Oxford 1999). The award declared the book "an extraordinary contribution to the study of crime and criminal justice."
Charles A. Gallagher, Georgia State University, received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award for 2001.
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Georgia State University, received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award for 2001.
Brian Gifford, New York University, was awarded a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement grant from the Sociology Division for his research project, "Military Participation Ratios in the Advanced Industrial Societies: National Security and the Welfare-State."
Hayward Derrick Horton, State University of New York-Albany, won the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000-2001.
Pamela Irving Jackson, Rhode Island College, won the Paul Maixner Award for Distinguished Teaching, for 2000-2001.
Erin K. Jenne, Stanford University, won the 2001 Seymour Martin Lipset Award for the best comparativist dissertation from the Society for Comparative Research.
Valerie Jenness, University of California-Irvine, was awarded the Pacific Sociological Association's 2001 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award for her work on hate crimes and public policy designed to combat them.
Dean F. Johnson, received a Certificate of Distinguished Service from the University of Maryland University College, European Division, for outstanding contributions to students through 50 terms of dedicated teaching since 1988.
Michelle Lamont, Princeton University, won the 2001 Mattei Dogan Prize, for the best comparativist book of the year from the Society for Comparative Research.
Terri LeMoyne, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, received the National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award for 2001.
Jianhong Liu, Rohde Island College, is an honorary member of the International Advisory Board of the Chinese Society of Juvenile Delinquency Research.
Heather Miller, Pitzer College, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her project in Venezuela. Her thesis research on internal barriers to day laborers' use of health services will be presented at ASA's Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA.
Kent Redding, Indiana University-Bloomington, received the Outstanding Mentor Award of the Sociology Graduate Student Association.
Rob Robinson, Indiana University-Bloomington, received the Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Excellence in and Commitment to Teaching.
Susan Rosenbloom, New York University, won the Adolescent and Youth Dissertation Award granted by the Murray Research Center of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, for her dissertation research: "Fearing Peers and Trusting Friends: How an Urban School Makes, Shapes, and Forsakes Adolescent Friendships."
Paul Ruggerio, Indiana University-Bloomington graduate student, won the North Central Sociological Association's Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award (with Jeni Loftus).
Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania, was named one of 16 Carnegie Scholars to support his project "Civic Horizons: Achieving Democratic Citizenship in Modern America."
Karen Snedker, New York University, was awarded a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement grant from the Sociology Division for her research project, "Explaining the Dynamics of Fear of Crime: Crime, Risk and Social Structure in New York City Neighborhoods."
Jocelyn Viterna, Indiana University-Bloomington graduate student, received the Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Excellence in and Commitment to Teaching.
Martin Weinberg, Indiana University-Bloomington, received a 2001 Trustees Teaching Award.
Heying Jenny Zhan, Georgia State University, received the 2001 Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award from the University of Kansas for the Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Sciences.
Ron Aminzade is the new chair at the University of Minnesota.
Earl Babbie, Chapman University, was appointed the Hazel Pack Marshall-Dr. Sam Lewis Campbell Professor in Behavioral Sciences.
Chiquita A. Collins will join the faculty of the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center at the University of Texas-Austin (Fall 2001), upon completing a two-year post-doctoral position as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley.
Richard A. Dello Buono, Dominican University, was named Fulbright Professor in Sociology and History for 2001 at the Universidad de Panamá in Panama City.
Joe Galaskiewicz has joined the Sociology Department at University of Arizona.
David Garland, New York University, was named the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology May 8, 2001.
Cheryl Leggon, Wake Forest University, became director of the Women's Studies Program January 2001. She previously served as a member of the program's steering committee.
Donald W. Light, Princeton University, is spending the summer in London as a visiting professor at City University London, where he is working with a team on organizational change in the National Health Service.
Barry Markovsky is leaving the University of Iowa to become Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina.
Cora Bagley Marrett, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was named chief academic officer of the University of Wisconsin System. The chief academic officer provides leadership in academic policy, works closely with the Board of Regents and with each institution, and serves as the president's deputy. Marrett was on the Madison faculty, 1974-97, in sociology and Afro-American Studies.
Martin Monto was appointed Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Portland. His three-year term began June 1, 2001.
Laura L. O'Toole will join the Department of Sociology at Roanoke College as Associate Professor and Chair in Fall, 2001.
Norah Peters, Arcadia University, is the new Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty Development.
Craig Reinarman was appointed Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of California-Santa Cruz.
Kathrin Zippel, was appointed Assistant Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern University, July 1, 2001.
Caught in the Web
Inro@ds is an on-line, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal produced by graduate students participating in the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Seminar at the University of Minnesota. It explores the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and migration in both historical and contemporary discourses as well as in current local, global, and cyberspace practices. The works received will shape the contents of the journal which plans to include new research, works in progress, a “talk-back” reader response section, announcements, and reviews. See www.inroads.umn.edu.
American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) invites nominations for the Ernest A. Lynton Award for Faculty Professional Service and Academic Outreach. The award will be presented at the AAHE ninth Annual Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards, Tampa, FL. Deadline for Submission: October 30, 2001. For application requirements, contact: New England Resource Center for Higher Education, Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts-Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125-3393; (617) 287-7740; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nerche.org.
Members' New Books
Christine E. Bose, State University of New York-Albany, Women in 1900: Gateway to the Political Economy of the 20th Century (Temple University Press, 2001).
Clifton D. Bryant, Virginia Tech, ed. The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior (Brunner-Routledge, 2001).
Spencer E. Cahill, University of South Florida, Inside Social Life, 3rd ed. (Roxbury, 2001).
J. Kenneth Davidson, Sr., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with Nelwyn B. Moore, Speaking of Sexuality (Roxbury, 2001).
Wilma A. Dunaway, Virginia Tech, Never Safe in a Family Way: Slavery and Emancipation on Small Plantations of the Mountain South, Vol. II (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
David Garland, New York University, Mass Imprisonment: Social Causes and Consequences, an edited collection (Sage, 2001) and a monograph, The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (University of Chicago Press, 2001).
Jeff Goodwin, New York University, No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
Stephen Kalberg, Boston University, has translated and written an introduction to Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, 3rd ed. (Roxbury, 2001). The first new translation in 71 years.
Laura Kramer, Montclair State University, The Sociology of Gender (Roxbury, 2001).
Judith Lorber, Brooklyn College and Graduate School-CUNY, Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics, 2nd ed. (Roxbury, 2001).
Gwen Moore, State University of New York-Albany, with Mino Vianello, University of Rome, eds. Gendering Elites: Economic and Political Leadership in 27 Industrialized Societies (St. Martin's Press, 2000).
Claire M. Renzetti, St. Joseph's University, with Lynne Goodstein, Simmons College, Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice (Roxbury, 2001).
Richard Sobel, Harvard University, The Impact of Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy since Vietnam: Constraining the Colossus (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Dana Vannoy, University of Cincinnati, Gender Mosaics: Social Perspectives (Roxbury, 2001).
Mark R. Warren, Fordham University, Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2001).
National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces the 2001 Taking the Next Step: Technical Assistance Workshop for post doctoral and pre-doctoral students, and other individuals with recent PhDs, MDs or related doctoral degrees who are members of groups under-represented in aging research. Workshop faculty will provide information and technical assistance on applying for funding from NIA. Depending on career stage, participants will make brief research presentations in workshops and receive feedback from peers and NIA staff. The workshop is November 14th and 15th in Chicago, IL, immediately prior to the Gerontological Society of America’s 54th Annual Scientific Meeting. Participation is by competitive application. The applicant may be new to the NIH application process or poised to begin an independent program of research. Investigators who demonstrate a commitment to research careers related to minority aging issues are also encouraged to apply. Applications must be postmarked by August 14, 2001. Additional information about this opportunity is posted on the NIA home page at www.nih.gov/nia/conferences/taw2001.htm or contact Nenomie Palmer at (301) 496-0765; e-mail at email@example.com.
Latin American Migration Project (LAMP) and its Puerto Rico 1998 data set survey conducted in Puerto Rico is available at this time, and can be downloaded from the LAMP website http://www.pop.upenn.edu/lamp.
Post Soviet Armies Newsletter (PSAN) has launched “The Editor’s Note”, a monthly publication at
Good News from Graduations
At Western Maryland College, of the 384 graduating seniors, 80 were sociology majors and another 22 were sociology minors. All from a five-person department!
At University of Oregon, sociology is also among the largest majors. The department holds its own graduation celebration and invited visiting faculty member Peter Dreier to give the commencement address. (See page 11 of this issue for Dreier’s commencement address, reprinted in full..)
Jerome K. Meyers, Yale University, died May 7, 2001.
Mary Gwynne Schmidt, San Diego, CA, died November 27, 2000.
William H. Sewell II, University of Wisconsin-Madison, died June 24, 2001.
Robert N. Stern, Cornell University, died April 21, 2001 in Ithaca, NY.
Christopher Vanderpool, Michigan State University, died June 25, 2001.
Andy B. Anderson
I am saddened to report that my friend and colleague Andy B. Anderson died February 22, 2001, after nine months of courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. Andy was 59 years old. He leaves his wife Carolyn, four daughters, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a legion of friends and former students. Andy was uniquely gifted as an intellectual and teacher, and was also the most universally loved and admired person I have known. He leaves behind a void both deep and wide.
Andy was born in the small town of Artesia, in southeastern New Mexico, and never abandoned his Southwestern accent or attitude. As a high school student, he was a star tackle on the 1957 state champion Artesia Bulldogs football team, a terrific student, and a leader. Andy received his BA from Southern Methodist University in 1963, and then went on to graduate school at Tulane, where he completed his PhD in 1967. His first academic appointment was at Purdue, from 1967 to 1974. During his tenure there, he served as Principal Investigator of the Gary Income Maintenance Experiment and also as Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change. He was Research Director and Senior Scientist for the Manitoba Income Maintenance Experiment from 1975 to 1980. He came to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1974.
Andy excelled as a teacher of statistics, as a scholar, and as a colleague. In 1984, he was given the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teaching Award. Of all his honors and accomplishments, I believe this was the one he valued the most. It was often said that Andy could teach statistics to a post. Students, particularly those who needed to learn statistics, but were fearful of the subject, flocked to his classes. His patience and kindness, his ability to understand what students found difficult, his subversive sense of humor, and his genius for clear communication made him an unparalleled classroom teacher.
Andy wrote extensively in methodology and statistics, with special interest in multidimensional scaling, missing data, and evaluation research. With Peter Rossi and James Wright, he co-edited and wrote much of the Handbook of Survey Research. He published widely in such journals as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, and Social Science Research. Outside his specialization in methods, he wrote on a variety of topics, including environmental equity, development, migration, and deterrence theory. The extraordinary breadth of his intellectual interests became strikingly apparent when, after his death, his wife Carolyn opened his library, inviting friends and colleagues to take some of Andy’s books as mementos. There was a bookcase of works on cognitive and neural science, cosmology and theoretical physics, several shelves of works in the philosophy of science, dozens on number theory and theoretical mathematics, works in history and social theory, and on and on. I flipped through many of these and found every one underlined and annotated, often pungently, in Andy’s hand. He also knew the uniform colors of every division IA and IAA college football team in the country.
For much of the past decade, Andy split his professional time between the University of Massachusetts and the Gallup Organization, where he served as Senior Research Scientist. They quickly recognized his gift for teaching and drafted him as an in-house instructor, who gave frequent seminars and workshops to Gallup statisticians and researchers. He was also the person to whom Gallup people from all over the world came to with seemingly intractable analytical problems. When academic colleagues wondered why a person of his intellectual abilities chose to work with an applied research group like Gallup, his answer was that he loved solving problems, particularly when the outcomes mattered, and Gallup supplied him with intriguing problems to solve. “Don’t tell Gallup”, he said, “but I would solve interesting problems for free.”
Andy was a man of many parts. For years, he was the ringleader and ringmaster of a wildly diverse little group of academics, students, and working people called the North Amherst and Leverett Goatroping Association. Andy was the founder and Boss Goat. He wrote the Goatroper’s surreal articles of confederation and purpose, designed our green corduroy hats, planned group activities of truly unusual sorts, and led us on periodic road trips guaranteed to blow off the academic dust. He was our merry prankster.
From the time that Andy first learned the seriousness of his illness he displayed remarkable courage in the face of death. He said to a number of people that life had been good to him, better than he ever expected or probably deserved. He had a wonderful family, good friends, career success and peace of mind. “It would be small of me”, he said, “to complain about checking out a few years early.” There was nothing small about Andy Anderson. He could not recall the source, but in one of our last conversations Andy said he had read somewhere that people grieve three times at the death of loved ones. They grieve first for the person who died, second for themselves and the loss they face, and third for all of humankind. He also said it is a peculiar and terrible affliction of human beings to be both mortal and self aware, but that he wouldn’t have it any other way. For those of us being dragged kicking into our 50s, or beyond, we know that Andy died far too young. We can take solace, however, in the sure knowledge that he lived his life more fully and completely than most.
For those interested in contributing, the Gallup Organization and Andy’s friends have established the Andy B. Anderson Endowment and Fellowship to support graduate student research. This fellowship is housed within the Social and Demographic Research Institute (SADRI), of the Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Randall Stokes, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
(1907 – 2001)
The death of Marie Jahoda at the age of 94 is more than the loss of an outstanding social psychologist. Her passing reminds one that only few of the intellectually rich and creative generation of refugee scholars are left. Marie, for her friends Mitzi, was never a narrow-minded scholar, solely orientated to climb up Academia’s ladder. She combined a rigorous understanding of doing social research with a passionate devotion to make a contribution for a better world. Her interests were wide ranging in scholarly terms and not confined to intellectual affairs alone. She loved and practiced music, enjoyed hiking in the Austrian Alps, and had a serious interest in jokes, in particular Jewish jokes. Marie Jahoda was born on January 26, 1907, in Vienna. Her father, a salesman, and her mother, a housewife, developed during WWI a strong anti-war attitude. The family lived in Vienna for at least four generations, Jewish by origin but not observant.
After graduating from gymnasium, Marie attended the University of Vienna where she majored in psychology under the joint mentorship of the famous Bühler couple. She was one of the first female students since the Austrian universities opened their doors for women after the collapse of the old regime at the end of WWI. The war and the following revolution politicized Marie and her peers. She joined the Social Democratic students’ organizations where she met her first husband, Paul Lazarsfeld. With him and others, they started doing social research outside the university by creating the Austrian Research Unit for Economic Psychology. The idea was simple: Due to the high rate of unemployment and the rising tide of anti-Semitism, no Jewish socialist student could expect to get an academic job. Lazarsfeld added the idea of earning money out of market research for subsidizing more serious endeavors. They did not have much success in their strive to persuade business people to commission studies but they were tremendously successful with the other side of their activities. During the early 1930s a group of very young researchers from different academic backgrounds researched an unemployed community near Vienna. The Unemployed of Marienthal came out in a German publishing house some weeks after Hitler had taken over power in nearby Germany. Not the best time for receiving academic recognition. (Much later it became a classic and was translated into English, Korean, French, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish.) A year later a coup d’état by the right-wing government brought democracy in Austria to an end. Marie joined the Revolutionary Socialists underground organization and fought against fascism. Two and a half years later she was arrested and spent more than a half-year in prison. In the summer of 1937 she was released on condition of leaving Austria.
At the age of 31 she arrived as a refugee in London where she lived until the end of WWII, partly active as an exile politician and partly doing research on her own. She did field research in a miner’s community in South Wales but resisted publishing her findings because of the devastating results about a self-help organization run by Quakers. The book appeared in print as late as 1989. In 1945 she went to New York. Her first job was with the American Jewish Committee’s research unit under the directorship of Max Horkheimer, himself a refugee from Germany. She contributed a volume to the five-volume collection, Studies in Prejudice written in collaboration with a psychoanalyst about anti-Semitic attitude expressed during therapeutic conversations. In addition she functioned as a research assistant for the whole project. After this and a short but productive collaboration with Robert K. Merton and her former husband Lazarsfeld at the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University, she got an offer for a chair in social psychology at NYU. During the next ten years she was also director of NYU’s Research Center for Human Relations. At this time there was much interest and effort to establish a kind of sociological social psychology, combining analytical tools from both disciplines and trying to create a version of psychology beyond the lab. “Starting with real problems” was then and later the motto of Marie’s research.
During the 1950s she contributed to the then leading methods textbook, Research Methods in Social Relations, written together with Morton Deutsch and Stuart W. Cook. In addition, she published research papers about the most urging problems of the day: About the consequences of the hysteria provoked by Joseph McCarthy to people who did not have any need to be worried, about blacklisting in the entertainment industry, about prejudices and race relations. Being herself a victim of racial and political oppression and a refugee too, she did not hesitate to challenge the conventional wisdom. Whenever she felt the need to enter the public arena for political reasons she did so. It seems she never made concessions with regard to her career opportunities.
In 1958 she returned to England for private reasons—to marry the Labour MP Austen Albu. After teaching at Brunel College in London, she was headhunted to join the faculty of the newly established University of Sussex in Brighton, where she became the first female chair.
After her retirement in 1972 she started a new period of creative work, partly as a consultant of the Social Policy Research Unit at Sussex, partly as a prolific writer. To mention just a few of her publications: She co-edited a book on the topic of forecasting world futures, wrote books on Freud and the Dilemma of Psychology, and one about Employment and Unemployment, as well as many papers about the consequences of unemployment and the latent functions of work. When the unemployment rates climbed up again in the 1980s she became an authority in unemployment research, some 40 years after her first encounter with the unemployed in Marienthal. In her last years she published a memoir (available only in German) and translated into English love sonnets by Louïze Labé, a 16th-century poet, published together with Rainer Maria Rilke’s German translation.
Jahoda’s accomplishments were honored by the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, and by the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issue. She received honorary degrees from the universities of Leichester and Sussex in England, Stirling in Scotland, Bremen in Germany, Vienna and Linz in Austria.
Marie Jahoda died at her home in Sussex on April 28, 2001. She is survived by her daughter from her first marriage, Lotte Bailyn, professor of management at M.I.T.
Christian Fleck, University of Graz
Clyde V. Kiser
( - 2000)
Clyde Vernon Kiser, 95, died January 25, 2000, at Courtland Terrace. He was a native of Bessemer City, son of the late Augustus Burton and May Carpenter Kiser, husband of the late Dr. Louise Kennedy Kiser, brother of the late Alna L. and Elva E. Kiser, 1925 graduate and mater’s degree in 1927 of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, PhD from Columbia University, 1932, noted population expert, demographer with the Milbank Memorial Fund dedicated to public health, New York City, taught courses at New York University, lived in Princeton, NJ, until retirement to Bessemer City in 1970’s, authored-edited many books on population studies, co-authored books with sister Alna Kiser on Kiser-Carpenter family history, served on board of directors of Gallaudet College, Washington, DC, consultant to various governments around the world on health and demographics, listed in Who’s Who in America for many years, lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church, Bessemer City.
Excerpted from newspaper obituary
Toimi Enoch Kyllonen
Toimi Enoch Kyllonen died on Feb. 9, 2001, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri. He had been retired since 1975 from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he served as an associate professor.
Toimi was born in Chicago to Finnish immigrant parents Andrew and Edla Lammi Kyllonen. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1935 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. This was in the middle of the Great Depression, but Toimi landed a job as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota working on issues in adolescent and adult counseling in a program called “The Study of Problems and Progress of the General College.” As luck would have it, Toimi was asked to fill a teaching gap with one of the introductory sociology courses, which in turn led him to Stephens College, Columbia, MO, where he taught social science courses from 1940–1945.
Toimi returned to the University of Minnesota in 1945 to work on a doctorate in sociology. He finished his course work and returned to Columbia, MO to accept a faculty position in the Department of Sociology, University of Missouri. Toimi completed his dissertation, “The Bad Credit Risk as a Phase of Personal Disorganization” and the degree was awarded in 1950. At Missouri Toimi taught research methodology and industrial sociology courses. His interest in industrial issues led Toimi to do research at A.B. Chance Company, Centralia, MO, and at Bemis Bag Company, St. Louis, MO where he focused on the correlates of union activity. He discovered that the major predictor of union activity was union/management conflict. Toimi’s findings were published in the article, “Social Characteristics of Active Unionists.” (AJS 56, 1951, 528-533.) In 1954, Toimi received a Fulbright to Finland where he continued his study of management/worker interaction in factories there. Later in his career at Missouri, Toimi designed a course in experimental sociology that he hoped would provide introductory–level sociology students with hands-on research experience. Declining health forced his retirement in 1988.
Toimi’s wife of 60 years, Frances Aileen Thompson Kyllonen, Columbia, MO, survives as does a daughter, Julie Francis Kyllonen Rose, Macomb, Ill, and two brothers, Erland R. Kyllonen of Groveland, CA, and Allen Kyllonen, Weirton, WV. Memorials may be sent to the Sociology Development Fund, 109 Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211, or to the First Christian Church, 101 North 10th Street, Columbia, MO 65201.
Richard M. Hessler, University of Missouri-Columbia
Audrey Kittel Meyer
Not long after Audrey was diagnosed with glioblastoma we sat down together to begin writing her obituary. (Our friendship dates back over thirty years.) We didn’t get much past her birth in St. Louis on July 13, 1913 to schoolteacher parents and childhood reminiscences. Now, sadly, after her death on February 2, I must continue alone. Despite the education of her parents, the family income was meager, impelling her mother to take in roomers. Audrey recalled that her first feminist awareness came with the knowledge that as a married woman, her mother was initially barred from teaching in St. Louis. Further, her mother made plain her feeling that she should be paid for her cooking and the time she spent rearing children. Audrey felt that the “status inconsistencies” of her childhood-intellectual but poor parents-contributed to her sociological imagination.
After a series of office jobs she entered the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1932. According to a short, unpublished autobiography, she found sociology courses “exhilarating” especially in explaining race prejudice. She also valued the perspective she gained from courses in population growth and change, leading to her major in sociology-the only female to do so.
At the University she met four Brooklyn boys who introduced her to Marxism, which illuminated her sociology courses. They formed a “Communist cell”, held meetings and demonstrations, and argued endlessly with the Yipsels. (Young People’s Socialist League). They organized an inter-racial event at the local black Baptist church and heard Communist speakers who urged “self-determination for the Black Belt.”
In her junior year, as a move toward practicality, she added social work as a minor in her program and the following summer did voluntary social work in St. Louis. As a senior she earned “Distinction in Sociology” and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She stayed on at the University of Missouri to pursue an MA, which she obtained in 1938. The main finding of her thesis, based on a survey of the segregated black community of Columbia, was the respondents’ resigned attitude to a life of poverty and hard work, sustained by a religious belief in “pie in the sky.”
After completing the course requirements for a PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, she accepted a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she completed 45 credits in the Professional Graduate School of Social Work, including fieldwork in a social agency, working with emotionally disturbed children and children in foster care.
After a false start she began serious work on a dissertation titled “A Study of the Effects of Industrial Experience on Attitudes of Women toward Marriage and the Family,” taking advantage of the wartime recruitment of women to work in the aircraft factories and the shipyards in and around Seattle. She was in the process of revising her interviewing schedule in the light of a few preliminary interviews, when she was offered an appointment to teach at Mills College in Oakland, California. There, as the only sociologist, she taught a great variety of courses and also became Acting Chair of the Department of Economics and Sociology. And as Assistant Head Resident in one of the dormitories, Audrey enjoyed informal relationships with the students.
While at Mills, Audrey met and married Yale Meyer with whom, she said, she felt “free and happy and wonderful.” (Her first marriage had ended in a friendly divorce.) Yale taught English literature and drama at St. Mary’s College, while Audrey became a “creative homemaker” and the mother of two babies.
In 1954 Audrey moved with her family to New York to satisfy her husband’s wish to work in commercial theater and for the next five years she was employed as a secretary by Columbia University Press. In 1961 Rex Hopper, Chairman of the Sociology Department at Brooklyn College, hired her as a lecturer to teach courses in Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, and the Family. After five years at Brooklyn College she obtained a tenure track position at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she taught for twenty years until her nominal retirement in 1985 as a full professor. She continued to teach part-time, however, until illness forced her to stop.
Not only was she an enormously popular teacher throughout the years, but also an elder stateswoman of the department, called in constantly for counsel and evaluations of the classroom performance of new instructors. During her years at FIT she managed to insert feminist ideas into traditional course offerings, as well as her concerns with population and environmental issues.
Audrey took her calling as a sociologist very seriously and truly believed that a grasp of the sociological approach would help to right the injustices of the world. To this end she spent countless hours working with individual students, invited speakers for the causes she championed, such as officials of the Fortune Society, an organization that helps ex-convicts.
In 1975 she organized a slide show at FIT on the history of the emancipation of women from Mary Wollstonecraft to Bella Abzug, replete with a fashion show and skits by costumed students. In 1985 she conducted a sexual harassment survey. She and her students also tabled for NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the ERA. In later years she innovated a teaching method, which featured group answers to examination questions and submitted a description of it to Teaching Sociology. Aside from teaching, activism generally took precedence over research or writing. Early on she joined NOW and SWS. Together we frequently marched women’s rights as well as with the ACLU against the death penalty. One of our favorite signs read “Post-menopausal women nostalgic for choice.”
In 1985 we both attended and gave papers at the UN Third World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya as delegates of International Women’s Anthropology Conference (IWAC) and published a report in Network News. Audrey spoke on sexual tourism. On our return we submitted a successful application to the UN to obtain NGO status for SWS.
Another signal contribution was her devotion to the New York chapter of SWS. Over the years she was its mainstay, serving variously as secretary, treasurer, hostess, and often as unofficial coordinator, maintaining a mailing list, helping to secure speakers, sending out the notices.
No account of Audrey’s life would be complete without mention of her finally gratified passion for dancing, now in her retirement years not ballet but ballroom. A shelf in her apartment was filled with trophies won in competitions. She felt a day without dancing was a day wasted. Her sociological analysis of ballroom dancing at a recent SWS meeting will not soon be forgotten.
With all her activities she found time to befriend many. Comments on her acts of kindness and thoughtfulness abound. While many mothers complain about their children’s lack of attention, her children sought her company. Audrey lost her husband in 1965. She is survived by her daughter Gretchen Salisbury Weir, her son David Meyer, her son-in-law David Weir, her daughter-in-law Helena Solberg, her niece Jane Rue Adams, great nieces Marnie Jaime and Leslie Adams, and grandchildren Maisie and Gregory Weir, as well as her numerous friends, colleagues, and students.
Helen Mayer Hacker, Emerita Professor of Sociology, Adelphi University
Aage B. Sørensen
Aage Bøttger Sørensen, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, died on April 18, 2001, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, less than a month before his 60th birthday. He had been in poor health since February 2000, after falling on the ice near his home in Cambridge.
Aage was born on May 13, 1941, in Silkeborg, Denmark. Although he lived over half of his life in the United States, he never lost his Danish character, or his Danish accent. He received his master’s degree in Sociology in 1967 from the University of Copenhagen, the first Sociology master’s degree awarded there. James Coleman then invited him to continue his graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a PhD in Social Relations in 1971. From 1971 to 1984, Aage taught at the University of Wisconsin, serving as chair of the Sociology Department from 1979 to 1982. In 1984, he accepted an invitation to join the Sociology Department at Harvard. As chair of that department for the next eight years, he led a substantial renewal of its faculty and programs. From 1994 until his injury, he chaired Harvard’s Joint Doctoral Program in Organizational Behavior. Throughout his academic career, Aage participated actively in European sociology, with extended periods of teaching, study, consulting, and research in Denmark, as well as in Norway, Sweden, and Germany. Among other things, he was instrumental in restructuring the Institute of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, and served for many years on the board of the Danish National Science Foundation.
Aage was a creative, forceful, and opinionated scholar, and hence an influential intellectual presence. In his research on stratification and inequality, he stressed the development of explicit dynamic models to account for observed patterns of education, career, and labor market outcomes; he frowned on linear regression equations with long lists of independent variables on the grounds that the implicit theories underlying them are implausible. He drew on the theoretical literatures of both sociology and economics to develop a path breaking set of concepts, mathematical models, and methodological techniques. In so doing, he tackled the study of phenomena as diverse as rates of learning in elementary school reading groups and promotion patterns in large industrial corporations. He demonstrated how such attainments reflect not only individual resources and effort, but also the opportunities and constraints of the organizational structures within which individuals act. In his last work, Aage ambitiously sought to re-formulate all class analysis, grounding the concept of exploitation on what he considered to be an economically acceptable theory of rent-based inequality. While developing these ideas, he authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and co-authored or co-edited five books.
Impressive as his scholarly and administrative contributions to sociology were, Aage also made vital pedagogical contributions to the discipline through mentoring an unusually large number of graduate students, most of who hold academic posts at universities throughout the world. As an advisor, he pushed his students very hard, always challenging them to think better and express themselves more clearly. He held students to high standards, never willing to offer faint praise that is expedient but of little practical use. Since he also thought sociology should be fun, though, Aage’s critical comments were usually spiced generously with good humor and exuberant laughter. He enjoyed giving unsolicited advice, insisting that he was “always right”–and many times he was. Because Aage gave so much time to his students, few of them languished in their doctoral studies. In regular meetings, often weekly, he methodically moved them toward completion of their dissertations, demanding chapters at regular intervals. Aage’s loyalty to his students was reflected in continued mentoring, both professional and intellectual, throughout their careers. He will be sorely missed by the many who were privileged to work with him.
In the months after his accident, first while he was hospitalized and later while he was at home, crowds of current and former students from around the world wrote and visited Aage, expressing their loyalty, affection, and gratitude. In early April, Aage’s accomplishments in graduate education were honored by an “Excellence in Mentoring Award” presented by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. In his memory, the Department of Sociology at Harvard and Research Committee 28 (Social Stratification and Mobility) of the International Sociological Association have established memorial funds for graduate students.
Family was always important to Aage, and their loss is greatest–especially because they are professional sociologists as well as kin. Among Aage’s survivors are his wife, Annemette, Director of the Henry A. Murray Research Center at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; his son, Jesper, Associate Professor in the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; his daughter-in-law, Patricia Chang, Associate Research Professor of Sociology and Assistant Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College; and his grandchildren, Nikolaj, Benjamin, and Chloe, who are old enough to have been enchanted by their “farfar”, but not yet old enough to be sociologists.
At the 2001 ASA meetings, we will miss Aage’s distinctive laughter, sociability, and pointed questions. His intellectual contributions to sociology will be remembered at a special session sponsored by the Section on Methodology, to be held on Sunday, August 19.
Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Peter V. Marsden, Harvard University; Stephen L. Morgan, Harvard University; John Myles, Florida State University; Rachel A. Rosenfeld, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Philip Taietz died in Sarasota, FL at the age of 89. He was born in Lithuania in an era when national borders in that region shifted frequently and some records give his native country as Poland. As a consequence of this instability, his family emigrated to the U.S., several members at a time. As part of this exodus, Philip and his mother arrived in New York City in 1921 and managed to find a family contact despite no knowledge of English.
Taietz did graduate work at the New York School of Social Work (1937-39) and began his career as a social worker and continued until 1946. He was appointed to the Cornell faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Rural Sociology in 1946 specializing in social gerontology in rural areas. He received his PhD from Cornell in 1951 and was advanced to Associate Professor in 1952 and to Professor in 1963, holding that post until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1976.
He initiated one of the early courses at Cornell in the sociology of aging, along with courses on community and public policy toward older people. He also offered a course on work and society and another on social work and social welfare. Through his teaching and his supervision of graduate students, he influenced the life work of many persons who went on to outstanding careers.
Taietz’s research in aging and retirement, community, and occupations gave him national and international recognition. In 1957-58 he was a Fulbright Research Scholar in the Netherlands where he established professional connections that he continued all his life. He was a visiting professor at the Andus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California (1975), a visiting fellow at the Australian National University (1980), and at the Fondation Nationale de Gérontologie in Paris (1984 and 1987). Some of these contacts were initiated after his formal retirement from teaching, but never a retirement from intellectual inquiry. For example, in Paris he conducted research on American expatriates, sometimes working in his favorite second language. He continued to teach a course in The Sociology of Aging in Cornell University Summer Session for many years after his retirement. Even in 1990, Dr. Taietz and Dr. Nina Glasgow, in collaboration with the American Association of Retired Persons, conducted a national conference on successful aging.
Most of Taietz’s writing concerned aging and social welfare, but occasionally he produced little gems such as his article on “Conflicting Group Norms and the ‘Third Person’ in the Interview” (American Journal of Sociology, July 1962). This article reported a quantitative analysis of the effect that another person in the room has on a respondent. Only someone who was a close observer of micro interactions could have teased out these patterns. He also participated in an excellent study of the differentiation of health services across New York State. This study, conducted with Professor Dan E. Moore, was significant because it documented the close relationship between community size and complexity and the presence of increasingly complex medical services.
Professional society memberships included the American Sociological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the Rural Sociological Society, and the New York Association of Gerontological Society Educators, for which he served as president, 1980-81. So far as we know, he attended every Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association after he became a member.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Miriam, a daughter Elizabeth McSorley of Dublin, CA and a stepson James Lawson who lives in Rochester, NY. He has a surviving brother who resides in Yonkers, NY. There are numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren for whom the Taietz family served as models for their many years.
Philip Taietz was a genial person, quick with puns and wry comments, and a source of much laughter. His wide circle of friends stretched across the social sciences and he contributed to the integration of these sometimes-divergent groups.
Eugene C. Erickson, Olaf F. Larson and Frank W. Young, Cornell University