May-June 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 5

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Looking Forward to the 2008 ASA Annual Meeting in Boston

The Sociology of Boston’s Restaurants:
Where Diversity and Good Food Meet

by Jack Levin, Northeastern University

I tend to think about almost everything in terms of food, especially just prior to lunch or dinner when my appetite expands to gargantuan proportions. My wife and I would probably eat dinner out more often if there were more days in the week. Far from alone, there are many middle-class Bostonians for whom restaurants have replaced the dinner table at home.

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Alan Sica to Edit
Contemporary Sociology

Charles Lemert, Wesleyan University

Some among us are fabled for their personal libraries. I know of one who is said to have owned so many books that it was necessary to buttress the foundation of his home to prevent it from crashing under the ever burgeoning weight. This person is widely admired for the work that springs to life from the groaning weight.

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What Skills Do Sociology Majors Learn and What Is the Pathway to Using Them on the Job?

Findings from Wave 2 of ASA’s baccalaureate survey

by Roberta Spalter-Roth and Nicole Van Vooren,
ASA Research and Development Department

ASA has an ongoing research effort, called "What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology," to help assess how satisfied students who major in sociology are with their degree, if they are using skills they learned in college sociology, and if they are in graduate school and/or in the labor force. In 2006, the ASA Research and Development Department initially examined the specific skills learned by a sample of 1,777 U.S. sociology majors who had earned baccalaureate degrees in 2005 (see January 2006 Footnotes, p. 1).

After collecting a second wave of data in 2007 for 778 respondents, we examined the relationship between the skills students reported learning as part of the major and those used on the job. A key finding in this research is that sociology graduates who communicated to employers the skills they learned as undergraduates enhance the likelihood that they will actually use these skills on the job and will have greater job satisfaction than those who do not communicate that they have these skills.

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