Call for Papers and Conferences
Association of Black Sociologists will meet in Chicago, IL, August 14-17, 2002 for their annual conference. Theme: “Black Sociology vs. Sociology by Blacks: An Examination of Theoretical and Methodological Paradigms.” The deadline for submitting papers has been extended to March 15, 2002. You may submit an abstract of 100-150 words to Hayward Derrick Horton, at SUNY-Albany, Department of Sociology, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222; e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association for Humanist Sociology. Call for Papers for their 2002 meeting, October 10-13 in Madison, WI. Theme: “Decaying Empire/Exuberant Alternative.” Presentations need not be directly related to the conference theme. Various forms of participation are possible. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2002. Contact: Diane Schaefer, AHS Program Chair, Department of Sociology, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920; (217) 581-7831; fax (217) 581-7067; e-mail email@example.com.
European Science Foundation. Euresco Conferences, Seefeld, Austria, September 21-25, 2002. Theme: “European Societies or European Society?: The Loss of the Social Bond? EuroConference on the Future of Community in Advances Western Societies.” The conference is devoted to exploring the future of solidarity in western societies. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2002. See the Scientific Program and online application at: www.esf.org/euresco/02/sc02026.
European Social Policy Research Network, Annual Conference, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands, August 29-31, 2002. Theme: “Social values, social policies: normative foundations of changing social policies in European countries.” The conference aims at directing attention to the interrelations between changes in social values and social policies, contributing to a wider understanding of the cultural factor in welfare change. Send a title and short abstract (maximum 250 words) and note specifying the organized session (or open session) your paper would fit best, before May 1, 2002 to the conference organizer: Wim van Oorschot, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 901539, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands; 31-13-4662794; fax 31-13-4668068; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and registration online see the conference website http://cwis.kub.nl/~fsw_2/home/worschot/esprn02/index.htm.
European Society of Criminology. Call for papers. Conference 2002, Toledo, Spain, September 5-7, 2002. Theme: “European Criminology: Sharing Borders, Sharing a Discipline.” They welcome you to submit an abstract for either a panel session presentation, an entire panel session (no more than four papers for a 1.5 hour time slot), or a poster presentation. For panel sessions, send a 100 word abstract for each presentation to the appropriate theme chair, see http://www.esc-eurocrim.org/index.html, either by post, fax, or e-mail by May 2, 2002. For poster sessions, send your abstract and details directly to Rosemary Barberet, Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Course Director, MSc in Criminal Justice, Scarman Centre, University of Leicester, The Friars, 154 Upper New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7QA, UK.
Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy and Nature, Society and Thought: A Journal of Dialectical and Historical Materialism (NST). Vietnam Conference/Study Tour, January 9-10, 2003/Conference; January 5-19/Study Tour. Hanoi, SR Vietnam. Theme: “The Global Economy and the National State.” Requests for information on paper submissions and details of the conference/study tour should be directed to NST, University of Minnesota, 116 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455-0112 or e-mail email@example.com.
International Institute of Sociology. 36th World Congress, Beijing, China, July 7-11, 2003. Theme: “Social Change in the Age of Globalization.” The Congress will provide opportunities to all the participants to share ideas and research, to communicate one another, and to establish academic and intellectual relationship for future exchange. For further detailed information contact: Jing Tiankui, Chair, IIS Congress Organizing Committee, c/o Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 5 Jianguomen Nei Dajie, Beijing 100742, P.R. China; 86-10-65138276; fax 86-10-65133870; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loyola University will host a conference on Globalization and Social Justice, May 10-12. This will be a progressive conference embracing a variety of critical, and radical perspectives on globalization. See their webpage: http://www.net4dem.org/mayglobal/mayglobal_001.htm. If you wish to participate and/or organize a session, send an abstract or proposal to: Lauren Langman, Loyola University of Chicago, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Chicago, IL 60626; (773) 508-3463; fax (773) 508-7099; e-mail LLang944@aol.com; cc Carld717@aol. com.
Midwest Popular Culture Association announces its 2002 Conference. This year's conference will be held in Milwaukee, WI, October 4-6, 2002. To submit a proposal for a paper or panel, contact the appropriate Area Chair. Submission deadline is April 30, 2002. Membership is $30/year for faculty and professionals, $20 for students, retirees, and the unemployed. For more information, see their website, http://www.niu.edu/mpca or contact Lori Abels at loriabels@ hotmail.com.
United Nations Association of Cuba (ACNU), the National Association of Cuban Economists and Accountants (ANECC), and The World Economy Research Center (CIEM) extend an invitation to participate in the International Conference. Theme: “The UNO, Civil Society, and the Private Sector”. Havana, Cuba, May 21-24, 2002. Participants can submit their papers and take part in the debates. Papers should be submitted in 8.5” x 11” sheets, original and copy with name(s) of author(s) and country affixed. A one or two page resume of each work should also be submitted before March 30 to apprise participants of the topics to be presented. The complete version must be submitted tbefore April 30, 2002. United Nations Association of Cuba, J and 25 Street, No. 514, Vedado, Havana, Cuba, ZC 10400; (53 7) 32-4723; fax: (53 7) 32-0377; e-mail acnu@ minrex.gov.cu.
University at Buffalo. The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy is sponsoring a Conference on Civil Disabilities, October 18-20, 2002. The conference addresses the need for a broader definition of civil disabilities (beyond the prisoner and the prison) that includes ex-offenders, their families, neighborhoods and communities. Organizers are especially interested in including scholars who may not specialize in the field of criminal justice or prisoners' rights per se but whose work intersects with and/or may be informed by the implications of civil disability upon issues of housing, health, employment, mobility, citizenship, and other aspects of civil society in the UnitedStates and Canada. More information is available at www.law.buffalo.edu/baldycenter/pdfs/callcivdis02.pdf". Send a paper title, abstract, and contact information to Teresa Miller (UB School of Law) at email@example.com or Christopher Mele (Sociology) at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 29, 2002.
University of Wyoming. Student organized conference for student papers, Saturday, April 20, 2002. Awards for top undergraduate and graduate papers will be given. Submit papers to Martha Leighty at email@example.com, or Patricia A. Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 22. Participants will be notified by April 1. Breakfast and lunch provided, and we will make an effort to provide housing with local students.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Research Integrity (ORI). 2nd Research Conference on Research Integrity (RRI) at the William F. Bolger Center for Leadership Development, Potomac, MD, November 16-18, 2002. Abstracts are due April 8, 2002 andwill be peer reviewed. See the ORI website for details on submitting abstracts and conference schedule as it develops at http://ori.dhhs.gov/html/programs/RCRIConf2002.asp or e-mail conference co-chairs, Mary Scheetz at email@example.com or Nick Steneck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal. Call for submissions for a special issue on Unpaid Work. This issue explores a range of perspectives on unpaid work from discussions about what the work involves, reports from activists about what has happened to date and what still needs doing, to analyses of the policy implications of recognizing and valuing unpaid work. See their website for submission guidelines: www.MSVU.ca/atlantis or contact the Atlantis office at the Institute for the Study of Women, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3M 2J6. Submissions should be sent to: Cecily Barrie, Managing Editor, Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, Institute for the Study of Women Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3M 2J6.
Contemporary Justice Review seeks papers in which scholars, activists, and practitioners of justice trace the origins, sources or foundations of their particular justice consciousness -their view of justice. Send an abstract of about 250 words to, Lisa Trubitt, Managing Editor, Criminal Justice Review, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, 135 Western Avenue, DR 22A, Albany, NY 12222; (518) 442-4217; fax (518) 442-5212; email@example.com. Deadline is May 1, 2002.
Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Journal Bisexuality; Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, and Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy. Published by the Haworth Press, welcomes submission of research theory and practice papers dealing with a broad array of topics related to gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender research for its suite of g/l/b/t scholarly periodicals. Contact The Haworth Press, Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904; e-mail getinfo@HaworthPress.com.
Journal of Political and Military Sociology devoted to the political dimension of collective memory. Contributions are sought for a special issue “Beyond Commemoration: The Politics of Collective Memory.” Papers are strongly encouraged to have a global focus and to address contemporary cultural politics. Only full papers should be submitted. Papers should be approximately 25 double- spaced pages, inclusive of notes, tables, and illustrations. The papers should follow the journal's format and style. Hard copies and disk copies should be mailed to: Victor Roudometof, Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Anthropology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by August 2002.
Lived Religion in America. A call for book proposals. Praeger/Greenwood Press has initiated an exciting new book series on Lived Religion in America. The Press is committed to publishing high quality analyses of any aspect of religion or spirituality that sheds light on the diversity of experiences and practices that characterize American religion. Book proposals are invited that focus on either contemporary or historical themes. Direct inquiries and/or proposals to the Series Editor, Michele Dillon, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824; e-mail email@example.com.
Sociological Perspectives. Special issue on Media, Popular Culture, and the Arts. They invite submissions of original empirical, theoretical, or methodological scholarship that advance sociological understanding of media, popular culture, and the arts. Deadline: September 15, 2002. Send six copies to Peter Nardi, Editor, Sociological Perspectives, Department of Sociology, Pitzer College, 1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA, 91711. Check a current issue or the web page www.ucpress.edu/journals/sop/ for additional submission information.
April 10-13, 2002. National Culture-Globalization: Roots and Wings, Sopron, Hungary. The conference is organized by the Faculty of Economics at the University of West Hungary in Sopron. The goal of the conference is to analyze the relationship between globalization and national culture. For more information see the conference website http://relations.ktk.nyme.hu.
April 11-14, 2002. Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA. Academic Conference. Theme: “Crafting Sounds, Creating Meaning: Making Popular Music in the U.S.” Contact Daniel Cavicchi, Project Manager, Education Department; (508) 339-2140; e-mail: DanC@emplive.com.
April 11-14, 2002. Princeton-Northwestern Junior Scholars' Workshop. Theme: “Embedded Enterprise in Comparative Perspective.” See the workshop site http://www.princeton.edu/~embedded/ or e-mail specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 12-14, 2002. Boston University, African American Studies Program, International Conference. Theme: “Blacks and Asians: Encounters through Time and Space.” Contact Ronald K. Richardson, Director, African American Studies, Boston University; (617) 353-2795; e-mail: email@example.com.
April 19-21, 2002. Business History Conference. 2002 Annual Meeting, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE. Theme: “Corporate Governance.” Contact Carol Ressler Lockman, Hagley Center; (302) 658-2400, ext. 243; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.eh.net/bhc/.
April 26-28, 2002. New England American Studies Association (NEASA) 2002 Conference, Boston, MA. Theme: “The Tyranny of Facts: Cultural Institutions and the Authority of Evidence.” Inquiries should be directed to: Lisa MacFarlane, NEASA Program Chair, Department of English, Hamilton Smith Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824; e-mail email@example.com.
May 2-3, 2002. Center for Working Families, the Center for Childhood and Youth Policy, and others at the University of California-Berkeley will sponsor an international, interdisciplinary conference. Theme: “Designing Modern Childhoods: Landscapes, Buildings, and Material Culture.” See http://workingfamilies.berkeley.edu.
May 4-7, 2002. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, 6th Annual Conference, Miami, FL. Theme: “The Partnership as the Leverage Point for Change.” See their website http://futurehealth.ucsf.edu/ccph.html.
May 11-12, 2002. Fourth Biennial Conference of the International Thorstein Veblen Association, New School for Social Research, New York, NY. Contact Michael Hughey; (218) 236-2038; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May 23-24, 2002. Second Annual UK and USA Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Full details for registration and author submission can be found on the University of East London website www.uel.ac.uk/eds.
May 24-26, 2002. Perspectives on Imitation: From Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science, Royaumont Abbey, France. Recent work in the cognitive sciences suggests that imitation may be central to human intelligence, learning, and culture. This work has important implications for philosophy and the social sciences, which in turn may shed light on its significance. This conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum to explore the role of imitation. Deadline, April 1, 2002. Registrations now being accepted. Registration materials available on their website www.imitationconference.org or by request from the administrator at email@example.com.
May 28-30, 2002. Harriet Martineau Sociological Society, Bicentennial Working Seminar, Ambleside, England. To participate, receive a schedule and housing information, propose a paper, or make further inquiry, contact: Michael R. Hill, 2701 Sewell Street, Lincoln, NE 68502; (402) 475-5534; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 30-June 1, 2002. Justice Studies Association 4th Annual Conference, Portland, ME. Theme: “Justice in the Face of Globalization: Implications for Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice Practices.” See www.justicestudies.org.
May 31-June 2, 2002. RadFest 2002: Activists and Academics Working for Progressive Change at the George Williams-Lake Geneva Campus of Aurora University, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change. For more information, including how to register, visit the Havens Center website www.ssc.wisc.edu/havenscenter or contact Patrick Barrett at (608) 262-0854; e-mail email@example.com.
June 7-9, 2002. A conference presented by the University of Alberta and the Banff Television Festival. Theme: “Television in the Digital Environment”. Banff, Alberta, Canada. To receive more information or updates about this conference, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see their website www.conferenceCanada.com. For more information about the Banff Television Festival, see www.btvf.com.
June 11-15, 2002. Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, HI. For additional information, see: http://www.tapacom.net/hcsocial/cfp_ss.htm or contact: Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, 2440 Campus Road #519, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 947-7187; e-mail email@example.com.
June 12-21, 2002. Philanthropy and Liberal Education Seminar. Indiana University, The Center on Philanthropy. For an application, contact Susan Lutz, The Center on Philanthropy, 550 West North Street, Suite 301, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3272; (317) 274-8490; fax (317) 684-8900; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13-15, 2002. Institute of International Business, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden, Identifying Culture Conference. For additional information, contact Lena Zander at lena. email@example.com or visit http://www.iib.edu/Identifyingculture/New_ version/Identifying_culture.htm.
June 25-29, 2002. Global Business and Technology Association. Theme: “Beyond the Boundaries: Challenges of Leadership, Innovation, Integration, and Technology.” Rome, Italy. For more information see http://www.gbata.com/updatejune4. html.
June 26-29, 2002. Head Start's Sixth National Research Conference, “The First Eight Years: Pathways to the Future,” Washington, DC. Registration information is available at http://www.headstartresearchconf.net. For questions regarding registration, contact Bethany Chirco at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 821-3090, ext. 261. For information regarding conference programming, contact Faith Lamb-Parker at email@example.com or (212) 305-4154.
June 30-July 3, 2002. South African Sociological Association (SASA) Congress, East London. Theme: “Citizenship, Living Rights and the Public Intellectual.” All communication and inquiries about the Congress should be addressed to Namhla Zondani, SASA 2002 Congress, Department of Sociology, Rhodes University, P.O. Box 7426, East London 5200, South Africa; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; +27 (0) 43 704 7082; fax +27 (0) 43 704 7112.
Aspen Institute. The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund's William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students. It is given in conjunction with a summer internship program open to members of minority groups based on need and academic excellence. A Scholarship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level, financial need, and time commitment. To apply send a letter of interest, resume, transcript, a letter from the appropriate college or university financial aid officer certifying demonstrated financial need, and two letters of reference to: David Williams, Senior Program Coordinator, Aspen Institute, One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 736-5800; (202) 293-0525; www.nonprofitresearch.org. Application deadline is March 15, 2002.
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). 2003-2004 Fulbright Scholar competition that offers grants in 37 different disciplines and professional fields for faculty and administrators from four-year colleges, graduate institutions, two-year community colleges and minority-serving institutions. For information, contact CIES, 3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009; (202) 686-7877; e-mail email@example.com; www.cies.org.
Ellison Medical Foundation has a funding opportunity in the Life Sciences on Understanding aging and age-related diseases. Letter of intent is due March 13, 2002. For more information contact Richard L. Sprott; (301) 657-1830; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ellison-med.fn.org.
International Research Exchange (IREX) launches new partnerships program in Russia. The program is designed to support social and economic development in the Volga Federal District of the Russian Federation. The Partnerships, Networking, Empowering, and Rollout (PartNER) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is the newest stage in the development of Russian-American partnership projects. For more information on the PartNER program, visit www.irex.org/volgapartner.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program requests proposals to develop, interpret, or substantially advance ideas or knowledge that can improve health or health care policy in the United States. Applications are encouraged from investigators in diverse fields, including economics, sociology, political science, education, anthropology, history, health and social policy, public health, medicine, nursing, genetics, science policy, allied health, law, business, philosophy, ethics, journalism, social work, psychology and the management sciences. Applications also are encouraged from members of minority groups and individuals in non-academic settings such as research firms and policy organizations. The program provides 24-36 month grants of up to $275,000 to approximately 10 investigators each year. Deadline for receipt of letters of intent is April 5, 2002. For the full text of the Call for Applications, 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.”
University of Bremen (Germany). The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) announces 3-year dissertation fellowships commencing Fall 2002. The GSSS, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, is part of an international network of graduate education. The network includes Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, and the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. In Europe, cooperation encompasses a broad range of universities from Oslo to Florence. The curriculum of the GSSS will be supplemented by an international summer school program. For further information see www.gsss.uni-bremen.de.
In the News
Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh, was featured in a Sunday New York Times article about her work on women and hate groups in the Arts section on January 26, 2002.
Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times review, January 29, 2002, on a book by E. Mavis Hetherington on life after divorce.
William H. Frey, University of Michigan, was quoted in the Washington Post, as co-author of a study based on the 2000 Census by the Brookings Institute. The research shows that cities and subburbs are trading places as young singles and “non-families” are taking over outer areas.
Michael Kimmel, SUNY-Stony Brook, had an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Gender, Class, and Terrorism” holds up a gender lens to terrorism.
Jeffrey Ian Ross, University of Baltimore, was: quoted in an article appearing in the New York Times, on the new databases available to criminal investigators in their fight against terrorism, November 22, 2001; a guest on the Marc Steiner show WJHU Radio (Baltimore) in connection with the city's anti-terrorism policies and procedures, November 14, 2001; quoted by Daytona News-Journal, in connection with the implementation of stun guns in Florida police department, November 3, 2001; quoted in the Hartford Courant in connection with the issuance of National ID cards as a way of combating terrorism, October 31, 2001; appeared on WJZ-TV (Baltimore) Channel 13 about credit card use by terrorist in connection with 9/11, October 18, 2001; quoted in the Toronto Sun, about the possibility of terrorist attacks in Toronto, October 7, 2001; interviewed by WJZ-TV (Channel 13) Baltimore, regarding the relationship between Baltimore's crime rate and terrorist crisis management, September 24, 2001; appeared on CFRB Radio (Toronto) with respect to terrorist threats to Canada, September 19, 2001; quoted in an article in the Lewiston Sun Journal, about Maine being a possible terrorist target from terrorists slipping across the border, September 13, 2001; appeared on WJZ -TV (Channel 13) Baltimore in connection with terrorism of 9/11, September 11, 2001; and quoted in a news article on the response to terrorism by the San Antonio Express-News, September 23, 2001.
Juliet Saltman, Emerita, Kent State University, was featured in the September/October 2001 issue of the national housing publication Shelterforce, and also online in the weekly newsletter of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, Vol. 6, No. 27, for her Task Force's recent success in securing a first-time city budget allocation for a Relocation Fund in San Diego, CA. The Relocation Fund will help low and moderate income home seekers move to less concentrated (poverty and/or race) areas by offering moving costs, security deposits, or closing costs, for deconcentration moves. Saltman is the State Coordinator of the Housing Integration Set-Aside (HISA) Task Force, which has lobbied more than eight years for this type of city funding, believed to be the first in the nation.
Anita M. Weiss, University of Oregon, has given more than a hundred public talks and radio and television interviews to numerous local, national and international media outlets regarding Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and the Muslim world since mid-September 2001.
Caught in the Web
Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) and the design team of Index.kz have developed the largest online Russian-Kazakh dictionary, including over 159,000 entries. The website can be found at: www.kz.index.kz. With over 95,000 Russian words and phrases and almost 64,000 corresponding Kazakh words and phrases, this resource promises to be useful for all who are familiar with Russian but also wish to learn some Kazakh. IATP maintains a network of public Internet access sites across Central Asia, strengthening indigenous institutions and providing targeted individual training to U.S. government alumni and other target audiences. IATP is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. For more information on IATP, visit http://www.irex.org/programs/iatp/.
American Sociological Association (ASA). Sociology of Population Section 2002 Student Paper Competition. This award is for the best student paper in Social Demography. It consists of a plaque, cash prize, and support for travel expenses to the ASA 2002 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Send three copies of your paper and the contact information for the registrar of your degree-grantinng university to: Rebecca Clark, Student Paper Award Chair, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8B07, MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510; e-mail email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2002.
Harvard University. The Institute for Government Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government announces the competition for the 2002 Innovations in American Government Awards. It is given annually to programs that serve as examples of creative and effective government at its best. Every level and unit of government-federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial-within the United States is eligible. Defense and international agency innovations are eligible if they include significant domestic policy content. Each applicant will be judged on its novelty, effectiveness, significance, and transferability. The online application, due May 17, 2002, is available at: www.innovations.harvard.edu.
Columbia University, The Center for Children and Families at Teachers Colleges announces the 9th summer fellowship program for doctoral students. “Putting Children First” is a Fellowship Training Program in Child and Family Policy with a developmental perspective, which provides the opportunity to link academic learning across disciplines with interests in social policy. The Application deadline is April 5, 2002. To apply send a two-page statement describing your interests in policy and research, a completed application, a current curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and a self-addressed stamped postcard. For further information, contact: Pia Rebello Britto, Center for Children and Families, Teachers college, Columbia University, Box 39, 525 W. 120th Street, New York, NY 10027; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tc.columbia.edu/centers/ccf/summerfellow.htm
Power, Difference and Identity: The Local and The Global 2002 Summer Institute, Towson University, June 3-7, 2002. Co-sponsored by Howard University's Women's Studies Program and African-American Women's Institute, and the Curriculum Transformation Project, University of Maryland-College Park. Some of the Institute themes include gender, religion and social change in the Middle East; Teaching the intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality; Realities of class: Unveiling class privilege and inequality; The challenges and promises of multicultural education. Enrollment is limited. If no space is available, deposits will be fully refunded. For more information contact: Karen Dugger, Director, National Center for Curriculum Transformation, Towson University; (410) 704-5456 or 5457; fax (410) 704-3469; e-mail email@example.com; www.towson.edu/ncctrw.
Prague Summer Seminar. Soc. 4098 “Women, Work and Family: Is the Czech Republic Different?” (Seminar 17) July 2002. Czech women, like women everywhere, have the predominant responsibility for the family. However, the great majority of Czech women also have combined this with full-time employment. As elsewhere, there is considerable gender inequality not only in family roles but in government posts as well as occupations and earnings. Nonetheless, Czechs claim overall social equality between women and men. Join Marianne Ferber (economist) and Phyllis Raabe (sociologist)-and special local guest lecturers-in a seminar this July in Prague that examines the interesting historical and current economic, social and political developments that have shaped the lives of Czech women and men, and explores the extent to which their situation is similar or different from other European and North American societies. For further information about Prague Summer Seminar #17 go to the University of New Orleans Prague Summer Seminars website: http://www.uno.edu/prague. This Seminar may be taken by students and faculty on a credit or non-credit basis. You also may contact the Seminars Coordinator Bill Lavender at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Seminar Professor Phyllis Raabe at email@example.com.
Members' New Books
Daniel Bell, Emeritus Professor, Harvard University, The Radical Right, 3rd ed. (Transaction Publishers, 2002).
Clifford L. Broman, Michigan State University, V. Lee Hamilton, University of Maryland, and William S. Hoffman, International Union-UAW (Retired), Stress and Distress among the Unemployed (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001).
Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois-Urbana, Reading Race: Hollywood and the Cinema of Racial Violence (London: Sage, 2002).
Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois-Urbana, and Yvonna S. Lincoln (eds.) The Qualitative Inquiry Reader. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2002).
Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois-Urbana, and Yvonna S. Lincoln (eds.) The American Tradition in Qualitative Research, four volumes. (London: Sage, 2002).
Michael R. Hill, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Susan Hoecker-Drysdale, Concordia University (eds.) Harriet Martineau: Theoretical & Methodological Perspectives (Routledge, 2001).
Lori Holyfield, University of Arkansas, Moving up and Out: Poverty, Education, and the Single Parent Family (Temple University Press, 2002).
Robert L. Montgomery, The Lopsided Spread of Christianity (Praeger of Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001).
Eugene A. Rosa, Washington State University, with Carlo C. Jaeger, Ortwin Renn and Thomas Webler, Risk, Uncertainty, and Rational Action (Earthscan Press, 2001).
Victor Roudometof, Miami University (Ohio), Nationalism, Globalization and Orthodoxy: The Social Origins of Ethnic Conflict in the Balkans (Greenwood, 2001).
Nathan Rousseau, Jacksonville University (ed.), Self, Symbols, and Society: Classic Readings in Social Psychology (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
Miri Song, University of Kent, England, with David Parker, Rethinking 'Mixed Race' (Pluto Press, 2001).
James V. Spickard, University of Redlands, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire, Personal Knowledge and Beyond: Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion (New York University Press, 2002).
Lyn Spillman, University of Notre Dame (ed.), Cultural Sociology (Blackwell, 2002).
Ian M Taplin, Wake Forest University, with Douglas S. Fletcher, Understanding Organizational Evolution: Its Impact Upon Management and Performance (Quorum Books/Greenwood Press, 2002).
John Torpey, University of British Columbia, co-editor with Jane Caplan, Documenting Individual Identity: The Development of State Practices in the Modern World (Princeton University Press, 2001).
John C. Weidman, University of Pittsburgh, Darla J. Twale, University of Dayton, and Elizabeth L. Stein, Socialization of Graduate and Professional Students in Higher Education: A Perilous Passage? ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, Vol. 28, No. 3. (Jossey-Bass, 2001).
John C.Weidman, University of Pittsburgh, and Namgi Park (eds.), Higher Education in Korea: Tradition and Adaptation (Falmer Press, 2000).
Anita M. Weiss, University of Oregon, and S. Zulfiqar Gilani (eds.), Power and Civil Society in Pakistan (Oxford University Press, 2001).
David Yamane, University of Notre Dame, Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).
Toby Huff, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Malaya while on Sabbatical leave from July 1 to October 30, 2001. He was there conducting research on Internet development- Malaysia's “Multimedia Super Corridor.”
Daniel Johnson, a sociologist, was appointed president of the University of Toledo July 2001.
Nimfa B. Ogena, Population Institute, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), University of the Philippines (UP) is concurrently the Coordinator for Research, Training and Development of the CSSP-UP. She is the new President of the Philippine Population Association (PPA) for 2002-2003 and is the Section Chair of the Sociology, Social Work and Demography Section, Division VIII (Social Sciences), National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).
Gene Rosa, Washington State University, has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Board on Radioactive Waste Management.
Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) announces the results of its 2001 election. President-elect: Barbara Risman, Deputy Treasurer: Elaine Hall, Awards Committee Chair: Verta Taylor, Discrimination Committee Chair: Charlotte Kunkel, Secretary: Robin Leidner, Membership Committee Chair: Jan Thomas, Publications Committee: Cathy Zimmer, Beth Schneider, Student Representative: Stephanie Nawyn.
Art Alderson, Indiana University, has been awarded an Outstanding Junior Faculty Fellowship.
Vanessa L. Barker, PhD candidate, New York University, has received a grant from the Rockefeller Archive Center to conduct research on the Nelson A. Rockefeller administration.
D. Stanley Eitzen, Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University, was awarded the Career Achievement Award by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. He was also selected to the Council of Fellows of the Text and Academic Authors Association.
Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, was honored January 22 wth one of the Federal Republic of Germany's highest distinction, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit. He was honored for his contributions to the relationship between cultural community and intercultural dialogue.
Jeff Goodwin's book, No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 (Cambridge University Press, 2001), received an Honorable Mention in this year's Mirra Komarovsky Book Award competition of the Eastern Sociological Society.
Barbara C. Karcher, Kennesaw State University, received the Vassilis Economopoulos Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. At the same ceremony, she received the Distinguished Service Award for the College.
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies announces the 2002 Abe Fellows. Amy Borovoy, Prince University; Lee Branstetter, Columbia University; Izumi Hirobe, Nagoya University; Takao Kato, Colgate University; Yoshie Kawade, Tokyo Metropolitan University; Keiko Ko, Mie Univerity; Xiaohua Ma, Osaka University of Education; Patricia Maclachlan, University of Texas; Curtis Milhaupt, Columbia University; Jonathan Morduch, New York University; Hiromi Ono, University of Michigan; Tatsuyoshi Saijo, Osaka University; Eiichi Shindo, University of Tsukuba; Etel Solingen, University of California-Irvine; Kaoru Sugihara, Osaka University; John Walsh, University of Illinois-Chicago; and Daqing Yang, George Washington University. For more information about the Abe Fellows Program, see http://www.ssrc.org/programs/programpage.cgi?90161AB01.
New York University had eight PhD candidates of the Department of Sociology receive Dissertation Improvement Awards from the NSF in 2001. Karen Albright, Vanessa Barker, Stephanie Byrd, Nitsan Chorev, Brian Gifford, Adam Green, Aaron Kupchik, and Karen Snedker were the recipients.
Brian Powell, Indiana University, has been named the first holder of the Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professorship.
Rob Robinson is the recipient of Indiana University's Sylvia Bowman Award for outstanding teaching and has been named the Class of 1964 Chancellor's Professor.
Sheldon Stryker, Indiana University, upon his retirement after more than 50 years on the faculty, had the Sheldon Stryker Seminar Room dedicated in his honor.
Official Reports and Proceedings
Summary of Editorial Activity, January 1- December 31, 2001- (pdf)
American Sociological Review (ASR)
Data on the current state of the ASR are available through the Institute for Scientific Information's Journal Citation Report. The Report calculates the “impact factor” of academic journals in many disciplines; it does so by dividing the number of citations made during a particular year to articles appearing in a given journal during the two previous years by the total number of articles published in that journal in those two years.
Of the 96 sociology journals included in the Report, ASR consistently ranks in first place. For many years, it has been the sociological journal with the highest “impact factor,” and this remained so during the most recent year in the Journal Citation Report, the year 2000. Indeed, in that year, not only did ASR retain its first-place rank, its “impact factor” rose in comparison to what it was in previous years, to a level exceeding that for the top journals in neighboring disciplines, e.g., the American Political Science Review and the American Economic Review.
On the basis of our experiences with the journal during 2001, we are hopeful that ASR will retain this position as a journal that publishes articles with “impact”: articles that are read widely and immediately (and long after their publication as well) and are then used, informing and provoking further thinking and research in sociology and related areas.
For this to happen, we believe, as we have said before, that ASR needs “to display the intellectual vitality of all substantive, theoretical, and methodological areas of sociology and to publish far more than its fair share of the best contemporary work that all these areas have to offer.” By this standard, the evidence from 2001 is encouraging, though we are determined to make further progress along these fronts in the remaining eighteen months of our editorship.
During 2001, ASR published 39 important new articles in areas including: political sociology, stratification, gender, race and ethnicity, social movements, social psychology, family, sexuality, criminology, theory, ethnomethodology, science, culture, religion, and comparative-historical sociology. The methods used in these studies were equally varied, ranging from different types of quantitative analysis to experiments, ethnographic fieldwork, and textual analysis. (The difference between the 47 published manuscripts reported in Table 1 (pdf version) and this figure of 39 new articles is due to eight manuscripts in the categories of comments, replies, and editorials.)
At the same time, new manuscript submissions arrived from a wide variety of specialty areas. During 2001, the top areas of submission, comprising roughly 50% of total submissions, were (in descending order): (1) race and ethnicity; (2) stratification, social mobility; (3) political sociology; (4) family and marriage; “other” (tie); (6) comparative/historical sociology; (7) sex and gender; (8) economic sociology; (9) demography; (10) education; (11) sociology of culture. A diversity of quantitative and qualitative methods was also evident in these submissions. These are good portents for future issues of the journal, and we hope to see more of all of these kinds of work, as well as work not included in this enumeration.
In the process of evaluating this range of manuscripts, we have been enormously helped this year by our six Deputy Editors, Denise D. Bielby (Santa Barbara), Evelyn Nakano Glenn (Berkeley), Charles N. Halaby (Wisconsin-Madison), Judith A. Howard (Washington), Andrew G. Walder (Stanford), and David L. Weakliem (Connecticut). We also benefited from the hard work of the more than 800 external reviewers in our expanding reviewer pool (the names of these scholars are acknowledged in the December 2001 issue) and by the dedicated efforts of the members of our Editorial Board (listed on the inside cover of each issue).
With the close of 2001, the terms of 17 Board members regrettably came to an end, and we thank them for their years of service to the profession: Art Alderson, Ronald Angel, Rogers Brubaker, Deborah Davis, David Harris, Heather Haveman, Melonie Heron, Barrett Lee, Kevin Leicht, John McCarthy, R.S. Oropesa, Fred Pampel, Michael Schwalbe, Jane Sell, Jay Teachman, Maxine Thompson, and Rhys Williams.
At this time, we also welcome onto the Editorial Board, the following scholars, whose terms run from 2002 to 2004: David Barron (Oxford), Yanjie Bian (Minnesota), Kathleen Blee (Pittsburgh), Peter Callero (Western Oregon), Barbara Entwisle (North Carolina), Valerie Haines (Calgary), John Hall (McGill), Gail Henderson (North Carolina), Alexander Hicks (Emory), Hans Joas (Free University-Berlin), Cathryn Johnson (Emory), Jack Katz (UCLA), Daniel J. Myers (Notre Dame), Mary Pattillo-McCoy (Northwestern), Jennifer Platt (Sussex), Rogelio Saenz (Texas A&M), Herbert L. Smith (Pennsylvania), Sandra S. Smith (NYU), Barrie Thorne (Berkeley), Peter Ubomba-Jaswa (Natal, South Africa), Brian Uzzi (Northwestern), Howard Winant (Temple), and David Yamane (Notre Dame).
As a result of these changes, ASR's 2002 Editorial Board has 62 members, 52% (n=32) of whom are women, 48% (n=30) of whom are men, 29% (n=18) of whom are minority scholars, and 18% (n=11) of whom are from outside the United States. Together, these Board members bring expertise in a wide range of substantive areas and methodological practices; more than a third of them (n=23), for example, are scholars closely familiar either with ethnographic, historical, or textual-analytic methods.
In publicly thanking this broad range of scholars, we also want to express appreciation for the hard day-to-day work of Karen Bloom, our Managing Editor, and Allison Durocher, our tireless Editorial Associate.
ASR considered a total of 598 manuscripts in 2001 (see Table 1), the largest number in the past seven years. Of these manuscripts,103 were already in review when the year began. So, 495 new or revised manuscripts were submitted in 2001; 383 of these were first submissions; 112 were resubmissions. The mean time for an editorial decision time was 11.8 weeks (versus 12.3 weeks in 2000).
In comparison with the previous reporting year, which was also the first full year of our editorship, the percentage of submitted manuscripts rejected at the end of the review process fell very slightly from 70.6 (296/419) in 2000 to 69.7 (355/509) in 2001. The trend was in the same direction with invitations to revise and resubmit: in 2000, such invitations were issued for 19.6% (82/419) of all submissions; for 2001, the figure was 17.5% (89/509). Conversely, the percentage of accepted papers rose from 6.2% (26/419) in 2000 to 8.3% (42/509) in 2001, and we were pleased with the direction of this movement. In both years, the categories “revise and resubmit” and “accept” summed exactly to the same total, 25.8%-which, interestingly, was also the average total for these two categories during the term of the journal's previous editor. At this figure, the journal may be in a steady state, despite annual fluctuations in specific editorial decision categories.
Charles Camic and Franklin Wilson, Editors
Contemporary Sociology (CS)
The editorial office of Contemporary Sociology received 1,282 new books to consider for review in Volume 30. In addition, 154 books were carried over from the previous year. All told the editors examined 1,436 books.
Three goals guided the editorial process for Volume 30: (1) increase the number of books reviewed, (2) feature, using a symposium format, “new” books and at least one “older” book, (3) commission reviews for all the books that received American Sociological Association section awards.
(1) In Volume 30, a total of 544 books were reviewed. This represents an increase of 88 reviews over the prior volume and indicates that the Contemporary Sociology editorial board provided valuable suggestions that helped us achieve the first goal.
(2) Among the symposia published in Volume 30, most featured “new” books, such as Bowling Alone, Fuzzy-Set Social Science, and The Culture of Fear. To launch a new type of symposium, what we call a continuities format, a symposium on an “older” book, Manufacturing Consent, was published.
(3) The editorial office followed the announcements of ASA section awards that appeared in Footnotes and section newsletters. Reviews of a number of the award-winning books that had been announced by August 2001 were published in Volume 30 and all the additional award winning books have been commissioned for review in a subsequent volume.
The editors selected a total of 544 books for reviews in Volume 30. The reviews are organized by twelve categories. A new review category, Education, was initiated with the March issue in response to suggestions made by American Sociological Association members.
With the exception of revised editions, Contemporary Sociology editors attempt to commission reviews for all books that are written or edited by sociologists. In general, the editorial board members suggest potential reviewers each month for the new books that are received.
Editorial and Production Lags
The editorial office, on average, schedules reviews, articles, symposia, and review essays for publication within six weeks after the materials arrive. The journal's managing editor, Barbara Puetz, edits and formats all the work received in preparation for publication. Most contributors send electronic copies of their work. The production lag, eight months, represents the time between receipt of the contributor's materials and the publication date.
Contemporary Sociology appeals to sociologists and social scientists who work in a variety of occupations and settings and has the unique responsibility of providing in-depth, informative reviews and comments on extremely varied literatures. The breakdown of the items published in Volume 30 reflects the unique position of the journal: It contains more than 400 book reviews, 11 review essays, 15 symposium contributions, four articles, and six comments.
Editorial Board Members and Reviewers
The editorial board is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and intellectual interests. It includes 28 women and 27 men. The board helps us achieve the diversity we attempt to reflect in Contemporary Sociology.
JoAnn Miller and Robert Perrucci, Editors
This report will not follow the standard journal report format, because Contexts is organized differently than the other ASA periodicals. In particular, we do not have the same submission and review process as do the journals. I refer new members of the Committee to the 2001 report which covers the special facets of Contexts.
As I write, the proofs for issue #1 are being finalized and will, I expect, appear in ASA members' mailboxes within a few weeks. You will see a publication that looks far different than the typical periodical; it will look like a general-interest magazine but carry out our mission of a “public sociology.” Issue #1 has the following content:
(1) A “Discoveries” section that reports, in short and engaging notes of about 300 words each, on findings from 14 scholarly articles and books;
(2) Five feature articles of about 3000-3500 words, each accompanied by extensive photography. The topics are: Bilingualism among children of immigrants; recent changes in teen sexual practices; explanations for the decline in crime; consequences for children of fathers' absence; experiences with welfare reform;
(3) A photo essay by Douglas Harper on farm families;
(4) A “field note:” a brief, visceral account of an ethnographic experience;
(5) Five reviews of recent (and just-published) books; and
(6) A “personal essay” by former Census director Kenneth Prewitt on politics and the Census.
Issue #2 will include features on racial discrimination in hiring, changes in American religion, cultural tastes, abortion controversies, and how to assess survey reports.
I expect the publicity campaign for the magazine to take off shortly, as well. The ASA and the University of California Press have been trolling for and receiving subscriptions, but I have no numbers on the results so far.
The publication schedule has, unfortunately, slipped by two or so weeks. This can be attributed to some learning experiences in the editorial office, to two turnovers of copy editors hired by UC Press, and to problems in setting the magazine at the typesetting subcontractor. These problems should evaporate as we move into Issue #2 and beyond.
Procedures and Articles in the Pipeline
The procedure for feature articles has evolved somewhat since the last report. (Feature articles are the only ones that could be considered “peer reviewed.”) We begin with brief proposals, either solicited by me or submitted from outside. The proposals are reviewed by consulting editors and in-house editors. I compile the reviews and send back detailed suggestions to the authors (assuming that the idea gets approval). Authors submit a first draft. The editors review that draft and I compile comments to the author for a second draft. (This cycle may be repeated.) The second draft is edited by student editors and myself and (unless unusually well-written) sent back to the authors for revision. If that third draft is acceptable, it is then considered eligible for publication. We decide when an article will be published largely based on what combination of articles will make the strongest issue that we can put together. When an article is slotted, it goes to copy-editing and back to the author a final time.
When I refer to editing, I mean far more-in almost all cases-than copy-editing. It refers sometimes to helping authors restructure entire articles and back-and-forth discussions of substantive points, as well as heavy blue-penciling. And we do it also for book reviews and the other sections of the magazine. We have elaborated this procedure mostly in recognition of how long the distance is between the typical prose of sociologists and what that prose needs to be to engage general readers. (Whether we have successfully closed the distance we'll find out soon enough.)
As of today, we have five feature articles in press, five slotted for issue #2, six ready to go, and roughly 17 somewhere between proposal and third draft (most beyond the first draft).
Other departments are handled differently:
(1) Discoveries” are written by student editors and myself;
(2) “Field Notes,” book reviews, and “Personal Essays” are negotiated between myself and prospective authors;
(3) Photo essays and photo layouts are solicited, evaluated, and edited by our image editor, Jon Wagner of the University of California-Davis (and also head of the International Visual Sociology Association). His work is critical.
The editorial office staff is small. It consists of Scott Savitt, our managing editor, at 50% time; a student assistant editor at 25% time (paid by the Department of Sociology); myself at 50% time (courtesy of the Department of Sociology); and several student editors who volunteer several hours a month. And it includes image editor Jon Wagner's donated time. The frank truth is that this is a small staff to handle the work, especially considering how much repeated and aggressive editing is required.
And I am concerned about image editing. Issue #1 will be exciting, I believe, in large measure because of the exciting-and sociologically provoking-photographs. This is thanks to many hours put in by Jon Wagner; I hope that can be sustained.
The Editorial Board is the same as the one listed in the 2001 report.
The ASA has established a website for Contexts (www.contextsmagazine.org), thanks to Phoebe Stevenson. How much material will be available on the site is yet to be finally settled.
Claude S. Fischer, Editor
Journal of Health and Social Behavior (JHSB)
Overall Operations and Manuscript Flow.
The Journal of Health and Social Behavior (JHSB) published 26 articles, two comments, and one editorial in 2001. The number of new and revised submissions was nearly 25 percent higher in 2001 than in 2000. The Journal functioned efficiently and smoothly in 2001, due primarily to the excellent work of the co-managing editors, Chris McDermott and Heather Harris, and that of the editorial assistants, Jennifer Arbuckle and Moira Lee.
The audience for JHSB is primarily medical sociologists, health psychologists, public health researchers, health policy researchers, gerontologists, family researchers, social psychologists, and psychiatric epidemiologists. Because JHSB publishes research on topics that have to do with aspects of human well being that are of general interest, we are increasing our efforts to get more publicity for JHSB articles. Policy makers and the educated public are two audiences outside the social research community that we are working to reach. Currently the two main things we do are 1) to send advance copies of abstracts of articles to be published to the Center for the Advancement of Health, an organization that sends out press releases on articles of general interest, and 2) to send material on upcoming articles of general interest to ASA for inclusion on the ASA website.
The June 2002 issue of JHSB will include a symposium, “Selecting Outcomes for the Sociology of Mental Health: Issues of Measurement and Dimensionality,” edited by Allan V. Horwitz. This symposium deals with the question of what constitutes the appropriate outcome dimensions for sociologists who do research in mental health. The symposium includes papers dealing with positive mental health, alternative measures of mental health, and the issue of categorical vs. continuous measures of negative mental health.
In 2001, JHSB issued a Call for Papers for a special issue to deal with race, ethnicity, and mental health. This special issue is being edited by David Williams and David Takeuchi. The deadline for submissions was December 31, 2001. Submitted papers are now in review.
No one rotated off of the JHSB Editorial Board in 2001. However, because of an increase in the manuscript flow, and because the size of the JHSB Board was relatively small, the Editor decided to add new members to the Board. The eight new members, whose terms run from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2004, are: Ronald J. Angel (Texas-Austin), Clifford L. Broman (Michigan State), Christopher G. Ellison (Texas-Austin), Susan L. Gore (Massachusetts-Boston), Frederic W. Hafferty (Minnesota-Duluth), Susan J. Roxburgh (Kent State), Teresa L. Scheid (North Carolina-Charlotte), and Maxine S. Thompson (North Carolina State).
The diversity issue at JHSB has three dimensions: (1) the Editorial Board, (2) ad hoc reviewers, and (3) content.
Editorial Board. Of the eight new Editorial Board members for 2002, two are African American and one is Hispanic/Latino. There is an even gender split among new members. The ethnic/racial composition of the 2001 JHSB Editorial Board is: 25 whites, five African Americans, two Asian Americans, and one Hispanic/Latino American. In addition, 16 of the board members are female, and 17 are male.
Ad Hoc Reviewers. The review of manuscripts submitted to JHSB usually requires the use of ad hoc reviewers. The editorial staff faces a continuing problem of recruiting qualified and willing reviewers. To ensure that the editor has input from reviewers who are fully representative of those who have the expertise and experience necessary to review papers that are submitted to JHSB, the editorial staff makes a strong effort to take advantage of the full range of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in medical sociology and the profession generally.
Content. JHSB has a continuing interest in publishing articles that deal with (1) causes and consequences of gender, racial, ethnic, and class inequality in health, medical treatment, and the medical professions and (2) global inequality in health and health care. We are particularly interested in encouraging submissions of papers that deal with the causes, consequences, and theoretical significance of the transformations in the social organization of health care in the U.S. and globally, and how these transformations are influencing inequalities in health and health care.
Current Problems and Issues
A continuing problem is finding reviewers who are competent and willing to review submissions. Usually we can fairly readily identify competent reviewers with the relevant expertise and experience. More difficult is finding such persons who are willing to review. Reviewer fatigue seems to be a serious problem. So that we reduce the probability of sending manuscripts to people who will decline or fail to do a review, we have adopted the practice of sending an e-mail request to potential reviewers. Our analysis suggests that over time this will decrease the average time manuscripts are in review.
For the past year, we have a plan in the works to update our reviewer database by sending e-mail requests to members of Medical and Mental Health sections of ASA asking them to visit our web site and respond to a short web questionnaire and indicate areas in which they are competent to review. Unfortunately, the increase in submissions has kept us so busy with day-to-day operations that the staff was not able to complete this project in 2001. It is still on our agenda.
There was a significant increase in the editorial lag in 2001. This was an increase in the average number of weeks papers were in review from a median of 10.3 weeks to a median of 15.4. This is primarily due to the fact that the number of manuscripts submitted to JHSB increased substantially in 2001, but the rate at which manuscripts moved through our process did not also increase. Dealing with this problem has been the focus of considerable attention in the latter part of 2001 and the beginning of 2002. We have been developing procedures to solve the problem, and the editorial lag for 2002 should be much improved.
Michael D. Hughes, Editor
Rose Series in Sociology
The Rose Series publishes policy-relevant books intended to be accessible to policy makers and journalists as well as to sociologists. Our approach is more similar to Contexts than to ASR; that is, the editors and board actively solicit and commission pieces not yet written. We also, of course, welcome other submissions, either proposals or completed manuscripts.
Most of our submissions are book proposals rather than completed manuscripts; if a proposal is accepted, an author is offered an advance contract and a cash advance. Proposals are typically seven to ten pages setting forth the book's argument, explaining the data on which it will be based, and indicating how the work will contribute to the field. Most, though not all, proposals are accompanied by one or more sample chapters. The editors often work with authors to revise proposals. When a proposal is accepted, a tentative timetable is agreed upon, and we schedule an author visit to Amherst at the University of Massachusetts (or to New York, at the Russell Sage Foundation). That visit takes place when the work is about half or two-thirds complete - a point when enough is done to indicate the general thrust of the project, but when there is still time to revise and benefit from feedback. As with other scholarly books, the completed manuscript is sent to two referees who evaluate the work and provide suggestions for revision.
During the past year, two Rose Series books appeared in print: Making Hate a Crime: From Social Movement to Law Enforcement by Valerie Jenness and Ryken Grattet, and Beyond College for All: Career Paths for the Forgotten Half by James E. Rosenbaum. A third book is now in press: Relational Trust: A Core Resource for School Improvement by Anthony S. Bryk and Barbara Schneider with Julie Reed Kochanek.
The editors, board, and series had an active year; many proposals are in process. Three have completed the process and received contracts. These include Regulating Morality by Choice: Politics and Personal Choice in the Case of Covenant Marriage by Scott L. Feld and Katherine Brown Rosier; The Production of Demographic Knowledge: States, Societies, and Census Taking in Comparative and Historical Perspective by Rebecca Emigh, Dylan Riley, and Patricia Ahmed; and Changing Rhythms of American Family Life by Suzanne Bianchi, John Robinson, and Melissa Milkie.
Beginning in May, Joya Misra and Randall Stokes will replace Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel as rotating Executive Editors.
Robert Zussman, Randall Stokes, Joya Misra, Naomi Gerstel, Dan Clawson, and Douglas Anderton, Rose Series editors; Natasha Sarkisian, Rose Fellow.
Social Psychology Quarterly (SPQ)
This year was my first with full editorial responsibility for Social Psychology Quarterly. I experienced a few organizational problems in setting up and running the SPQ office at Stanford, but I am pleased to say that these have generally not had an impact on the flow of manuscripts through the journal and things are now running smoothly. Early in the year, our exceptionally able Managing Editor, Dr. Kristan Erickson reorganized the production process so that the journal is now reliably coming out on time. Cynthia Brandt took over midyear as Graduate Editorial Assistant and is now handling the day to day flow of manuscripts through the office with efficiency and grace. In the last part of the year, we improved and updated our website and added information on the contents of forthcoming issues. Check it out at www.stanford.edu/group/spq. Dr. Erickson, I regret to say, has decided to leave SPQ due to family responsibilities. However, I am very pleased that another very able person, Dr. Kathy Kuipers, herself a sociological social psychologist, will take over in early 2002 and promises to be an enthusiastic and efficient Managing Editor.
I am happy to report that SPQ continues to be a healthy and vital journal. The previous editors told me that while there are some yearly fluctuations in SPQ's manuscript flow, over a period of time the numbers are fairly stable. My experience in the past year has confirmed this observation. In 2001 the number of papers submitted to the journal that were new submissions rather than resubmissions rebounded from its unusual low in 2000 and constituted 71% of the papers submitted in 2001 compared to about 60% in 2000. The effects of the unusually low number of new submissions in 2000 continued to be felt, however, in an usually low number of manuscripts that carried over from the previous year to be considered in 2001 (36 such carry-overs in 2001 compared to 54 in 2000). As a result, the total number of manuscripts considered in 2001 was somewhat lower than typical (161 in 2001 compared to a more typical 181 in 2000). Since the number of papers submitted in 2001 (125) was virtually identical to the number submitted in 2000 (127), the lower total papers considered is almost entirely due to the reduced number of carry-overs from last year. Given the higher percentage of 2001 submissions that were new submissions, I expect the total number of manuscripts considered to return to typical levels next year. Nevertheless, I will continue to actively encourage more submissions to SPQ to ensure its continuing vitality.
The official acceptance rate for SPQ, which is acceptances as a percentage of all decisions, was 19% in 2001. This compares with 21% in 2000, 16% in 1999 and 18% in 1998. When calculated as a percentage of all final decisions on papers (i.e., accepts/accepts+rejects), however, the acceptance rate in 2001 was 33%. The comparable figure for 2000 was 34%, while in 1999 it was 28% and in 1998 it was 30%.
Time between receipt of a manuscript and an editorial decision in 2001 was 9.5 weeks which is slightly less than in previous years (10.6 weeks in 2000 and 10.3 weeks in 1999). We intentionally increased the production lag in 2001 to about nine months from approximately six months under the previous editors. The previous editors found six months to be an uncomfortably short period that often caused journal issues to come out late. Following their advice, we lengthened the production lag a bit as part of reorganizing the production process to put the issues on schedule.
In this past year, I have had two major goals as editor. First, I have worked to maintain and enhance the diversity of manuscripts SPQ publishes so that it remains a high quality mirror of the full vitality of sociological social psychology. I have been pleased by the rich array of papers we were able to publish in 2001, representing theoretical perspectives and problem areas from social structure and personality, symbolic interaction, and group processes and methodological approaches ranging from survey research to qualitative studies to experiments.
Second, I have sought to enhance the role SPQ plays on the broader stage of social psychology as an intellectual field. The larger field of social psychology is increasingly interdisciplinary and international in focus. SPQ has long been an international journal that receives submissions from around the world and has international members on its Editorial Board. With its distinct focus on the relations between social structures and individuals, the perspective of sociological social psychology has much to offer social psychology in related disciplines and countries. To do so, however, we need to enhance our bridging ties to these other scholars.
As a step in this direction, I am organizing two special issues of SPQ. To address a topic of vital importance in a way that brings together the structural concerns of sociologists with the new work on stereotyping in psychology, I have asked Larry Bobo of Harvard University to edit a special issue of SPQ on Race, Racism, and Discrimination. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2002. For details see the call for papers on SPQ's website, the ASA website, or in recent issues of SPQ. In addition Michael Hogg, a prominent social identity theorist, and I are co-editing a special issue of SPQ on Social Identity Theory: Sociological and Social Psychological Approaches. The purpose of this special issue is to bring sociological social psychology into a mutually fruitful dialog with the increasing influential European tradition of social identity theory. The deadline for submissions to this issue is March 15, 2002. See the call for papers on our website or in recent issues of the journal.
Finally, I would like to thank Kristan Erickson, our outgoing Managing Editor for the first rate job she has done this year. I am grateful as well to Chris Bourg, our first Graduate Editorial Assistant who helped us set up the SPQ office. I would also like to thank the outgoing members of SPQ's Editorial board for their invaluable advice and service. These include Norman T. Feather of Australia, Michael Flaherty, Mary Clare Lennon, Barbara Meeker, Karen Miller-Loessi, Jo Phelan, John Skvoretz, Elaine Wethington, and Toshio Yamagishi of Japan. In addition, I would like to welcome to the Editorial Board Candace Clark, Margaret Foddy of Australia, Karen Heimer, Bruce Link, Brenda Major, Jane McCleod, Terri Orbuch, Jane Sell, Michael Shanahan, and Murray Webster.
Cecilia Ridgeway, Editor
Sociological Methodology (SM)
I am very grateful to the previous editors, Michael Sobel and Mark Becker, for their unbending commitment to scholarly quality of articles published in Sociological Methodology. Without the journal's well-deserved reputation for quality built by Sobel, Becker, and previous editors, it would be impossible for any subsequent editor to attract the first-rate submissions that the journal requires. I am also grateful to Sobel and Becker for their help in making the transition from their offices to mine. They showed me every courtesy and kindness, as did their managing editor, Carson Hicks. They gave me more help than I knew to ask for, and they responded instantly and fully to my every request for information or assistance. They set a high standard indeed for competence and good will. I thank them for their help. In the ASA office, Karen Edwards has cheerfully overlooked my administrative deficiencies and selflessly filled in the gaps left by them. I thank her for her generous, talented, and good-natured help. I give special thanks to Fabio Rojas, who has served as my able, hard-working, tolerant, and generally good-natured and vastly over-qualified managing editor.
I am pleased to report that the 2002 issue of Sociological Methodology-my first as editor-is now on schedule for on-time publication in the summer of 2002, shortly before the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. We have made up the lags that substantially delayed publication of the previous issue. I have sought to make Sociological Methodology the journal of all methodologies that are in-use or of potential use in contemporary sociological research. I believe that articles in the 2002 volume will be first-rate in quality, and their content will be notably diverse, reflecting the wide range of current sociological methods and methodological issues (more on this below).
I received the journal with no backlog of accepted papers. In addition, one paper (and a linked companion paper) that awaited revision and resubmission (R&R) appears to have been abandoned by its author. So it seems that I was given the dubious honor of starting fresh. My goals for the journal have been to publish only papers of the highest quality, and to reflect the full range of methods and methodological issues that contribute, could contribute and should contribute to the sociological research enterprise. Sociological Methodology has a mandate to publish outstanding contributions to all the research methodologies used by sociologists. These include statistical methods for survey data analysis, of course. But they also include observational methods, field methods, historical methods, methods for the analysis of pictures, patterns and written and spoken words; experimental design methods, and so on. No single person can be well-informed about all of these research areas, so three deputy editors have provided the necessary expertise: Robert Emerson, from UCLA, who is widely published on field and observational research methods; Larry Griffin, from Vanderbilt University, who has a long record of outstanding historical research; and Martina Morris, from the University of Washington, who has made numerous important contributions to the statistical analysis of sociological data.
Since I became editor of Sociological Methodology, 49 papers have been submitted. I read every submitted paper at least once. Decisions have been made on 42 of these papers, five are in various stages of the review process, and the remaining two are the apparently-abandoned pair passed on by the previous editors. 10 papers have been accepted for publication. 14 papers have been returned to their authors for revision and resubmission, and 18 have been rejected outright. At first, I sought at least two completed reviews on each submission. It has been extremely difficult to obtain reviews in a timely manner. In one case, a paper on an appropriate topic by an eminent and accomplished author with a long publication record has been sent to eight different reviewers whose own work is directly relevant to the paper in question. Only one of these eight reviewers has reviewed the paper. I have telephoned delinquent reviewers to learn the causes of their tardiness; the consensus seems to be that there is more to gain from writing papers of one's own than from reviewing papers of someone else. Authors have been polite about the delays, but I believe that excessive review times ultimately will discourage high-quality submissions. This is a terrible problem for the discipline, and I understand from other editors that it is widespread. I am now acting more aggressively to remind reviewers and to replace delinquent reviewers with alternates. I have learned a lot about expediting the review process, and papers now move much faster than when I began my term as editor. Papers received now appear to move through the process in two or three months. Papers received early in my term as editor moved much less quickly. Overall, the mean time from receipt to decision is 122.9 days (holidays and weekends included). The median is 118.5.
The 2002 issue of Sociological Methodology contains papers on social network analysis methods, formal logic methods for theory construction, statistical methods for measuring segregation, methods for integrating qualitative methods with quantitative survey research techniques, statistical methods for count data, and a consideration of legal strategies for guaranteeing the privacy of survey and observational research data. Some debate and commentary on these papers is included in the volume.
Please send me your comments, your suggestions, your reviews and, especially, your innovative methods papers.
Ross M. Stolzenberg, Editor
Sociological Theory (ST)
2001 marks my second full year as editor, and I am happy to report that the journal is running smoothly. Also, it now appears that the journal will be able to move to a quarterly format, if final negotiations with the publisher proceed smoothly. I want to thank Felice Levine and the ASA Committee on Publications for their willingness to make this conversion, despite the fact that submissions are still somewhat low for a full quarterly. This year 92 manuscripts were received, plus another eight revise and resubmit papers. Only 79 manuscripts were received last year, and so this new number represents something close to a 20% increase in submissions. I am hopeful that even more manuscripts will come in this year. The current backlog of articles is about one issue, and so, there are opportunities to get articles published quickly. We made 68 editorial decisions (the remainder of the articles are still out for review). 18 were accepted, 10 were given revise and resubmit status, 34 were rejected, and six were sent back to authors because their contents did not match the mission of the journal. Unfortunately, the average time for review jumped to more than ten weeks from around seven; part of this lag time may have been the result of 9-11, but some must be due to our failure to harass reviewers. The acceptance rate for the journal went up to 22% (from 17% last year) which reflects my invitation to the membership that the journal had a short backlog and thus represented a wonderful opportunity to authors.
The nature of articles submitted and published continues to be highly varied, ranging from meta-theoretical exercises through epistemology concerns and history of ideas to efforts at explanation. I have tried to keep a good balance, but I have also achieved one of my goals when I assumed the editorship: to publish more articles that actually engage in explanations of the social universe, broadly defined. I feel that the right balance among the wide array of activity that constitutes theory now exists, and my goal is to keep this balance for the remainder of my term as editor.
I must thank the editorial board, all of whose members have been responsive to my requests for reviews. No new members were added this year because the terms of my first appointments to the board will begin to expire next year. If anyone would like to be on the board, however, please contact me.
In closing, I want to thank, once again, the ASA Publications Committee for allowing the journal to go quarterly. This change will make each issue a bit shorter, but it will allow the journal to come out in a more-timely manner and for authors to see their articles in print three months earlier.
As a final word, let me repeat last year's request for theorists to submit their work to the journal; now that we are likely to move to a quarterly, I hope that submissions will increase so that I can continue to fill the journal's pages with high quality work.
Jonathan H. Turner, Editor
Sociology of Education (SOE)
The total number of new manuscripts submitted during the 2001 calendar year is less than the 2000 number, but more than in 1999, 1998 or 1997. (The 2000 figures were inflated by the many papers submitted for the extra issue described below.) Although new submissions have not increased, there has been an upsurge in the submission of revised manuscripts, which is very heartening. The 42 revised manuscripts submitted is the highest figure recorded over the past five years (and perhaps a bit before that), and represents a 50% increase over the preceding year. Since most accepted manuscripts are drawn from resubmissions, this increase has provided a small cushion in the editorial process.
Much of the credit for the increased manuscript flow goes to Deputy Editor Annette Lareau, who has devoted a significant amount of effort to improving the design of the work of the journal's editorial office. As one example, Annette wrote to all recipients of “R&R” decisions over the past two years to let them know that we hoped that they would resubmit revised versions of their manuscripts. In several cases, authors had given up on a particular manuscript, and receiving this e-mail was a shot in the arm that spurred them to complete the revisions.
Annette is also working to shorten the lag between submission and decision, and has instituted a manual tracking system to accompany Tracker, the manuscript processing software program used by several ASA journals. We have become more aggressive in following up with delinquent reviewers, and the manual tracking system provides more control over monitoring the status of particular manuscripts that we have flagged as needing special attention for one reason or another. Relying on a manual system to supplement Tracker may seem like a step backwards, but there is nothing that we are doing that could not be designed into a manuscript-tracking software product. I continue to look forward to the potential for greater flexibility in the next generation of the software.
Diversity in Sociology of Education
The journal continues to draw a large number of international submissions, and we frequently rely upon international scholars as reviewers. (We have attempted to shorten the turn-around time for the review process by asking authors whose work is to be sent to an international reviewer to e-mail us a blinded manuscript that we can e-mail to the international reviewer.) We also have had a large number of submissions from early-career scholars, including young scholars of color. Although relatively few of these submissions have resulted in publications to date, there are a number that have received encouraging R&R decisions that may lead to publication in the near future.
This year, we were not as successful as we had hoped in recruiting a sizeable number of women and racial/ethnic minorities to the nominees for membership on the SOE Editorial Board. A number of well-qualified scholars declined to serve due to competing commitments. Next year's board will nevertheless be more heterogeneous than last year's, as the outgoing board members are primarily senior scholars, who are disproportionately white and male.
The authors of the articles, essays, and comments published in 2001 included 33 men and 15 women. Eight are domestic members of racial/ethnic minority groups. The composition of the editorial board roughly mirrors the composition of the pool of authors. The 2001 editorial board consisted of 22 members, of whom nine were women, and six members of racial/ethnic minority groups. The number of reviewers increased 15%, from 152 to 175, in the past year. Particularly notable is the 30% increase in the number of women who served as reviewers.
The 2001 extra issue, entitled “Currents of Thought: Sociology of Education at the Dawn of the 21st Century,” was published in October 2001. This issue, underwritten by a grant from the Spencer Foundation, was sent to all subscribers to Sociology of Education at no additional charge. The issue contained nine review essays and four thoughtful comments on the essays. Single copies are still available for purchase, and I state with all modesty that it is a bargain.
With the exception of the extra issue described above, I have avoided special and/or thematic issues, based on the belief that there is interesting work going on in many corners of the field, and that there is little need to emphasize any particular topic through a specialized call for papers. I have relaxed this stance and am using the “bully pulpit” of the editorship of the journal to highlight a topic that I believe warrants more attention than it is currently receiving: the sociology of school and classroom language. One of my persistent concerns about American sociology of education is that it has ceded too much ground to educational psychologists and educational anthropologists, particularly with respect to teaching, learning, and social interactions within schools and classrooms. These social interactions are mediated by the nature of classroom discourse. Pierre Bourdieu and Basil Bernstein are widely regarded as highly influential sociologists who have studied education, but their work on discourse has not really taken hold among U.S. sociologists of education. My hope is that a special issue on the sociology of school and classroom language can demonstrate the value of close study of how children and educators talk to one another in and out of the formal institutional setting of the school.
Donna Eder of Indiana University is the guest editor for the special issue. We advertised the special issue at the 2001 Annual Meeting, and in Footnotes and in the journal, with a tentative deadline for submissions of March 1, 2002. (It is probably not too late to submit a manuscript as you read this!) It is hoped that the special issue could appear as the April 2003 issue of the journal.
Deputy Editor Annette Lareau and editorial assistant Esther Hong have the unenviable task of trying to keep me focused on the most pressing needs of the editorial office at a particular moment in time. I am not sure of the two which is the iron fist and which the velvet glove, but between them they correspond with authors and reviewers in the most diplomatic and persuasive of ways, for which I am most grateful. Annette supports the enterprise in more ways than I can count. I also wish to recognize the outgoing editorial board members who offered helpful advice about manuscripts and the journal overall during the past three years: Charles Bidwell, Donna Eder, Maureen Hallinan, James Hearn, Wendy Luttrell, Mary Haywood Metz, Francisco Ramirez, Stephen Raudenbush, and James Rosenbaum.
Aaron M. Pallas, Editor
This past year we began publication of a series of articles arising from the national conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which was held at James Madison University in July 2000.
We are gratified by the high quality of articles, notes and reviews generated by our contributors and enhanced by our reviewers. This year we will publish the first of two special issue initiatives: “Teaching Sociology with a Purpose: Curriculum Design and Outcomes Assessment,” edited by Dr. Bruce Keith, United States Military Academy. The second special issue will appear in the following year: “Teaching Sociology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Case Studies in Pedagogies,” edited by Dr. John Stanfield, Morehouse University.
This year we considered 182 manuscripts, with a rejection rate of 78 percent (this number excludes the special issue manuscript acceptance rates). This reflects a consistent rate across the past five years. The editorial lag for reviews has dropped to an average of slightly less than seven weeks average turn around. Manuscripts published in the January to October 2001 issues included 19 articles and 18 notes. We also publish approximately a dozen video and book reviews each issue. The average production lag continues to be three months, as all articles or notes accepted are published within the next cycle of the issue. We typically have very little advance material from issue to issue. However, we are beginning to have some hold over from one issue to the next (perhaps four manuscripts), and this will likely expand in the coming 18 months as we cycle in our two special issues. Sixteen manuscripts were rejected by me without sending these out for peer review. I contributed a short piece to a panel and set of printed materials organized by Aaron Pallas, Editor of Sociology of Education, to highlight the reasons why manuscripts are returned to authors. The primary reasons for manuscripts submitted to Teaching Sociology to be rejected without review continue to be an inattention to prior published scholarship, and the omission of systematic information on student learning as a result of the innovations in teaching projects and pedagogical theory described.
The journal continues to draw submissions from authors across a range of institutional types, from early-career scholars, including graduate students, and from scholars of color. Our overall diversity on the Board continues to be strong. We have paid attention to maintaining a gender balance on the board, as well as racial and ethnic diversity and diversity across institutional types. We have the following Associate Editors who completed terms as of December 31, 2001: Carl Bankston, Tulane University; Michael Delucchi, University of Hawaii-West Oahu; Lilli Downes, Hartford Community College; Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado; Yvonne Newsome, Agnes Scott College; Carol Jenkins, Glendale Community College; Carol Thompson, Texas Christian University; Renee White, Central Connecticut State University; Karl Kunkel, Southwest Missouri State University; and Thomas Schmid, Mankato State University.
New (or continuing) Associate Editors whose appointed terms begin January 1, 2002 and end December 31, 2004 are: Jean Shin, Western Maryland University; Julie Harms Cannon, Texas Tech University; Lillie Matesig Downes, Hartford Comm College; Linda Grant, University of Georgia; BarBara Scott, Northeastern Illinois University; Charles Powers, Santa Clara University; Marlynn May, Texas A&M University; Russell Willis, Grambling State University; John Zipp, University of Akron. Many thanks to the associate editors and occasional reviewers who have provided such important feedback to our authors. Their names are published in the October 2001 issue.
This past year we tapped directly into the question of audience by conducting a mail survey of a random sample of Teaching Sociology subscribers. Our Deputy Editor, Dr. Laurie Scheuble, Penn State University, conducted a survey of our readers and we reported detailed findings to the ASA Publications Board and our journal Editorial Board at the 2001 annual conference. A mail survey to four hundred randomly selected individual subscribers resulted in a 57 percent response rate. Respondents ranged from faculty members and instructors at four-year colleges (35%), research universities (25%), comprehensive universities (21%), and community colleges (11%) to readers who are retired or not currently teaching (7%). Our audience rarely includes high school teachers of sociology. These readers ranked the scholarly quality, usefulness of publications, quality of review processes and comparisons to other sociological journals and other teaching journals. Given the change in subscription policies of the ASA, we will be curious how individual and institutional subscribers respond in the future. For more detailed information, contact Dr. Scheuble or Dr. Moore for copies of the report.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the workers who contributed their skills to the journal, including our managing editor, Bennie Shobe who completed his two-year tour of duty and was succeeded this summer by Katherine Acosta; our copy editors Fran DeNisco and Tagi Adams, production editor Jeanine Jewell and publication and website manager, Pauline Pavlakos. A special thanks to Karen Gray Edwards (ASA office), who continues to support our efforts, and to Jane Carey and Boyd Printing for providing outstanding publication services to our readers and to the ASA.
Helen Moore, Editor
Margaret Byrd Rawson, Hood College, died November 25, 2001, in Frederick, MD.
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Some would say it's time for lies and laughter. Another prof has kicked the bucket. But he was more than another. He was super Marty. He brought us more than any lie or wake could exaggerate. We'd say, Marty, how does it all add up? And then you would get Marty at his best. Time to listen, pause, and argue.
Martin Glaberman spent over twenty years doing uncomfortable blue-collar work in Michigan automobile factories. Made ill from that experience, he then devoted the next half of his life to teaching labor history and publishing books, pamphlets, and essays about workers. We learned a lot for he was a fine writer, a smart teacher, and a good listener. And he left us a legacy on the working class.
Eventually Marty was to become a Wayne State University professor and labor social historian, as well as a sociologist with tons of practice. Then he died of a heart attack on December 17, 2001, in near-downtown Detroit. He was 83. Like a lot of us, he has loved the Tigers, the Lions, the Pistons, and the Red Wings. Most importantly, he had spent all of his life in three labor bastions: Brooklyn, Flint, and Detroit. No wonder he was radicalized. He received a BA, at City College of New York and was working on his master's degree in economics at Columbia University in 1940 when he dropped out to work with the Johnson-Forest Tendency; a Marxist organization formed and led by the defiant giant, CLR James. James was to become a Princeton University lecturer, and author of the classic on the Haitian revolution, Black Jacobins. James' energizing West Indian dedication for masses in motion was to become Marty's calling for the global working class.
Tired of the New York scene, as a young man Marty migrated to Babies With Banners CIO Flint during the end of the Great Depression. He stayed there during WWII and beyond to work on the Buick assembly lines. After that stint, he moved a few miles down the highway to labor in auto plants in The Motor City. The work was dirty, debilitating, and alienating. Yet from the Detroit nightmare came crafted portraits of a fine alternative: libertarian socialism.
Marty retired from factory work in the 1960's, not because it is easier to build socialism in one lecture hall than to do so in one union community, but because he was ill and turned off by factory work.
Marty returned to college after more than a short stay in the shop. It was “the 1960's”, and he was to earn his master's degree from a Jesuit school known at the time for its sympathy to the insurgent left-the University of Detroit. Later he obtained his doctorate from Union Graduate School.
Subsequently, he taught classes at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, became a tenured professor in 1981, and eventually lectured on labor history at Wayne State University's College of Lifelong Learning. Marty retired from Wayne State in 1989, but continued to teach part-time and to run Bewick Editions until his death. He published and distributed the works of CLR James. According to Marty's son, Peter, Chicago's Charles H. Kerr Co. plans to publish a collection of Marty's essays in late 2002. Also, shortly before his death, he and Seymour Faber completed Working For Wages: The Roots of Insurgency. It was published by General Hall. It is a crisp book almost as exciting as a predecessor, “Wildcat.” That volume is about workers who by the many thousands turned factories into dens of solidarity from which they often sprang in full gallop to use the wild-cat to close plants for a day or longer. That general wartime disruption irked lots of big-shots, including the heads of so many Detroit union locals.
Read his stuff and note his politics, and you can see how Marty was a scholar, an academic, a union activist, a neighborhood organizer, and a jazz buff. Above all, Marty and his lion-hearted wife, Jessie, worked with block clubs, neighbors, and radical activists like Monthly Review's James Boggs and Grace Lee. It all came together on Detroit's near west side during the 1950's and throughout much of the 1960's. It was a case where local organizers like the Glabermans, Boggs, and Lee wedged their skills into progressive block clubs while taking advantage of the city of Detroit and motivated neighborhood organizers like Mel Ravitz and the Reverend Albert Cleague. .Marty knew how to work with a diverse gang of non-sectarians.
The block and neighborhood clubs had served as more than organizations to apply pressure on school and police authorities, and to jack-up rapacious landlords. With people like Mel Ravitz, as well as city-wide elected, self-defined Marxist Judges like James Del Rio and Justin Ravitz, they called for a qualitatively transformed Detroit. The time was now. Detroit had finally gotten the insurgency that many people had always wanted… Or so it seemed. We had been waiting decades for its landing in the Motor City. Once it had won there, it would spread to Toledo, Cleveland, Chicago, and Flint-if only the racial divisions could be met and defeated. But they seldom were.
Whatever the failure, Marty's message to those of us who had grown up in Detroit but then had moved away to places like St. Louis was clear. All of us had finally gotten the news: A working class divided by race and gender ain't about to triumph whatever the fireworks. What a hangovered revelation.
Marty also took a hard look at another defeat. He was to observe how the Soviet Union had evolved a ruling class whose practices did include the everyday near-pauperization of great numbers of Soviet workers. In the process, Communist elites had set up a new, well-heeled set of white-collar rulers. A form of state capitalism emerged and had to be overthrown. It was, in 1989. Too bad the workers then got traditional capitalism and rampant anomie. In the midst of the post-1989 fiasco, Marty continued to call a spade a spade. So he highlighted the Soviet Experience for what it had become decades earlier, state capitalism. From an early date, the state's red rulers had become state director-capitalists and on occasion red fascists, as during the 1930's purges, whatever the heroics of the Red Army against the Nazi fascists during WWII.
And what can a subordinated working class do with that? Marty once replied, “A lot.” For one thing, they can make the revolution. And they won't have to create a vanguard party to do so. They the workers can spontaneously rise up from their abysmal conditions, overthrow their ruling class, and generate a novel society organized around genuinely democratic labor unions, workers' councils, soviets, and grassroots groups like the Detroit block clubs and the neighborhood councils.
Marty would say it can be done. Let's do it.
John Leggett, Rutgers University; Seymour Faber, University of Windsor; Larry Reynolds, Central Michigan University
Acknowledgments: Peter Glaberman (Marty's son), Julie Ross (of The Detroit Free Press), and the internet.
Alan C. Kerckhoff
Alan C. Kerckhoff, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and former chairman of the Department of Sociology at Duke University, died December 21, 2001, following a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, a son and a daughter, and four grandchildren.
Educated at Kent State, Oberlin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD, 1953), Alan's early appointments in a long and distinguished career included Vanderbilt University and the Office of Social Science Programs of the Air Force before he moved to Duke University in 1958. His tenure at Duke spanned four decades during which he distinguished himself by his devotion to graduate education in sociology, the enhancement of sociology in the South, and the international study of social stratification and education. He achieved his professorship in 1964 and chaired the sociology department at Duke twice (1972-1976 and 1981-1986). His scholarship, which was recognized both nationally and internationally, was confirmed by visiting appointments at Nuffield College, Oxford; the University of Stockholm; a National Science Foundation (NSF) Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of London and at Stanford University.
Alan's service to ASA and to national research organizations was extensive and varied. He served on ASA selection committees for distinguished contributions to scholarship and the Sorokin Award. He also chaired the Sociology of Education Section of ASA. He served nationally as a member of the Advisory Panel, Division of Social Science, NSF, (1964-1966) and chaired the Human Development Study Section of NIH (1978-1980). He was active in serving on editorial boards for major scholarly publications such as ASR and Social Forces and editing ASA's Sociology of Education and the Annual Research in Sociology of Education of JAI Press.
For the last quarter century Alan's research was recognized with persistent funding from the National Science Foundation, and also from the Spencer Foundation. He authored or edited eleven books, mostly on social stratification and education; twenty-four book chapters; and over fifty articles in refereed journals. Three articles were in press at the time of his death.
Alan was one of the world's leading scholars in the comparative study of educational systems and their impact on status attainment in the early life course. Perhaps his most important and sustained contribution was the comparative study of education and social mobility in Britain from which he published articles and books over a period of twenty years. This research earned his becoming a Fellow of the National Academy of Education and a Willard Waller Career Award of the Sociology of Education Section of ASA. He also developed important metrics for comparing educational attainment in industrialized societies.
Ida Harper Simpson recalls Alan's distinctive presidency of the Southern Sociological Society in 1976. Always the scholar, he introduced workshops and didactic seminars on research into the annual meeting. And he countered vigorously the growing congressional criticism of the National Science Foundation at that time. The Society awarded Alan its highest honor, membership in its Roll of Honor, in recognition of his contributions to the Society that always exemplified the highest standards of scholarship.
Behind the scholarship was a man deeply dedicated to graduate education and to his students, recalls Frank Bean, a former student of Alan who is now professor of Sociology at the University of California-Irvine. Alan had just begun a major funded research project shortly before he died, the last of several such awards after he retired. And as always, he made graduate students his colleagues.
Alan always used his research for mentoring, for introducing students to the highest standards of investigative inquiry. He was generous in sharing credit with those who worked with him. And he was always ready to help students in financial or personal difficulties. The successful intellectual and professional careers of many sociologists today owe a great deal to the support Alan gave them as graduate students.
Alan's family has established a memorial fund in his name to support graduate students and young scholars associated with the Research Committee on Social Stratification, ISA. Gifts should be made payable to the Alan C. Kereckhoff Memorial Fund (RC-28) and sent to the Department of Sociology, Box 90088, Duke University, Durham, NC, 27708-0088, USA.
George L. Maddox, Duke University
Hans Sebald, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Arizona State University (ASU), died February 2, 2002 at his home in Gold Canyon, Arizona after a courageous battle with angiosarcoma. He was born February 22, 1929 in Serb, Germany. Sebald came to the United States in 1954 with a scholarship to attend Manchester College in Indiana. Hans received his bachelor's degree cum laude in 1958 from Manchester College and attended Ohio State University where he earned his master's degree the following year and the doctorate degree in 1963. Sebald taught at ASU from 1963 to 1992, becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1968.
He taught courses in the sociology of youth and social psychology as well as conducting research in a variety of subjects. He had an extensive publication record in the study of adolescence. Hans has written scholarly books and articles for numerous journals. Among his books is the text, Adolescence: A Sociological Analysis, 1968, a book for the layperson. His Momism: The Silent Disease of America, 1976, had a Dutch edition in 1979 and a Greek edition in 1990. He also wrote scholarly books on witchcraft, the first being the 1978 Witchcraft: The Heritage of a Heresy.
Hans loved the outdoors, especially hiking in the mountains and deserts of Arizona. He was a conservationist, animal lover, and a world traveler. Examples of the latter are: in 1961 he held the LISLE fellowship for International Studies, Jamaica, West Indies; in 1970 he received an ASU grant to participate at the World Congress in Varna, Bulgaria; and during many summers Sebald did research on witchcraft in Bavaria, where a grandmother had been a practicing witch.
Although Hans retired in 1992, he remained active as a scholar, publishing his last scholarly book on witchcraft in 1995. He then dedicated himself to writing an historical novel based on witch persecutions in 17th century Germany. Those of us who have known and worked with Hans will miss him. Hans is survived by his wife, Karen, and her three sons as well as his siblings and cousins in Germany.
Richard Nagasawa and Laura Johnson Lindstrom, Arizona State University
Robert Bruce Wiegand
Robert Bruce Wiegand died January 26, 2002, in Madison, WI, after a courageous struggle with brain cancer. He was 48. Wiegand was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on Sept. 14, 1953, and attended local schools. He earned a black belt in judo, and won a judo scholarship to Slippery Rock College in Pennsylvania, where he was captain of the judo team throughout his undergraduate years.
A first-generation college student, he majored in sociology. He was a gifted songwriter and guitarist, and he loved music. He decided to go to Vanderbilt University for his PhD in part so that he could immerse himself in the Nashville music scene. His PhD in sociology was awarded in 1984, based on his research into the shadow economy in the United States. He became an expert on white-collar crime in the U.S., Australia, Malaysia, and Belize, particularly tax avoidance, smuggling, and the relation between ethnicity and crime. He also did research on homelessness, living with the homeless for a full year on the streets of Nashville. He was the author of four books and numerous articles. His books included a textbook on criminal justice research methods, a study of tax avoidance in Australia, an exploration of the underground economy in the United States, and a critique of the privatization by the IRS of taxpayer services. His findings were noted in newspapers ranging from the Boston Globe to the Los Angeles Times.
A dedicated traveler, he visited 50 countries, and taught in Australia, Malaysia, and Belize. He became a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1990, a position he held at the time of his death. Proud of his working-class roots, he chose to teach at UW-Whitewater (UW) in part because of his commitment to working with first-generation college students. At UW-Whitewater he taught introductory sociology and courses on white-collar crime, criminology, third world sociology, social change, juvenile delinquency, crime, justice, and human rights. He was also active in the McNair Minority Scholars Program.
He was a lifelong musician, and he cared deeply about social justice. Bruce Wiegand was a man who knew no strangers, a person who made friends with everyone he met, notable for his warmth, kindness, humor, musical gifts, creative cooking, and love of family. His close friends knew him as unfailingly generous, kind, loyal, and non-judgmental. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Hutchinson, his children, Jasmine and Teddy Hutchinson, his parents, and a brother. Memorial donations may be made to the Columbia Support Network, P.O. Box 1505, Madison, WI 53701 or to the “Dr. Bruce Wiegand Study Abroad Scholarship,” UW-Whitewater Foundation, 800 West Main, Whitewater, WI 53190.
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Urban Institute announces new Research Program on Youth Justice. The new program will identify and evaluate strategies for reducing youth crime, enhancing youth development, and strengthening communities. It seeks to help policymakers and community leaders develop and test more effective, research-based strategies for combating youth crime and encouraging positive youth development. For more information about the program, contact: Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.urban.org.
Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review has released a special issue (Winter 2001, 62:4) entitled “Religion and Globalization at the Turn of the Millennium,” featuring Dr. Jose Casanova, New School for Social Research, as guest editor. The timely arrival of this publication challenges scholars to consider the role of religion in understanding emerging world events. Subscriptions for Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, are included with membership in the Association for the Sociology of Religion, www.sociologyofreligion.com.