American Sociological Association

Sociology's Greatest Hits of 2017

ASA Releases Top 50 Journal Downloads

From a study of the impact of local nonprofits on crime rates to an account of protesting millennials, in 2017 the most downloaded sociological research published in the American Sociological Association’s journals spanned a wide range of topics and social concerns.  More than 20% of the top 50 articles were actually published in 2017,

Eighty percent of articles in the Top 50 were published before 2017 including the most downloaded article on the list, a 2010 study of the social construction of illness and its policy implications, which contrasts the medical model of disease with the meaning and experience of illness for real individuals in society. One of the oldest article on the list was a study of race and class inequality in U.S. incarceration, first published in 2004 and perhaps charged with new interest by national consideration of criminal justice reform.

ASA’s flagship publication, the American Sociological Review (ASR), published half of the articles on the Top 10 download list. Additionally, three of the Top 10 articles were published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, one in the open-access journal Socius and another in ASA’s public-facing magazine Contexts.

The most downloaded article published in 2017 was “Why Should Women Get Less? Evidence on the Gender Pay Gap from Multifactorial Survey Experiments,” in ASR.  A 2017 study entitled “Into the Red and Back to the Nest? Student Debt, College Completion and Returning to the Parental Home Among Young Adults” was the top-downloaded article in Sociology of Education.  And the most downloaded article in Sociological Theory, first published in 2017, was “Fuck Nuance.” (The article deals with the “nuance traps” that inhibit sociological theory; and speculates that sociological theory may have become more entranced with nuance because there is so much less of it in the world)

Taken together, the top 50 list (below) encompasses a broad range of domestic policy issues in the U.S., from crime and incarceration to LGBTQ rights to economic mobility and inequality.

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American Sociological Association’s Top 50 Downloads of 2017

Total Downloads

Article

10,454

Peter Conrad, Kristin K. Barker

The Social Construction of Illness: Key Insights and Policy Implications

Journal of Health and Social Behavior: Vol. 51, No. 1_suppl, March 2010

7,675

Jo C. Phelan, Bruce G. Link, Parisa Tehranifar

Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Health Inequalities: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Implications

Journal of Health and Social Behavior: Vol. 51, No. 1_suppl, March 2010

6,839

Katrin Auspurg, Thomas Hinz, Carsten Sauer

Why Should Women Get Less? Evidence on the Gender Pay Gap from Multifactorial Survey Experiments

American Sociological Review: Vol. 82, No. 1, February 2017

6,773

Heather McLaughlin, Christopher Uggen, Amy Blackstone

Sexual Harassment, Workplace Authority, and the Paradox of Power

American Sociological Review: Vol. 77, No. 4, August 2012

6,195

Peggy A. Thoits

Stress and Health: Major Findings and Policy Implications

Journal of Health and Social Behavior: Vol. 51, No. 1_suppl, March 2010

5,334

Peter Hart-Brinson

The Social Imagination of Homosexuality and the Rise of Same-sex Marriage in the United States

Socius: Vol. 2, January 2016

5,328

Matthew Desmond, Andrew V. Papachristos, David S. Kirk

Police Violence and Citizen Crime Reporting in the Black Community

American Sociological Review: Vol. 81, No. 5, October 2016

4,969

Rebecca Schuman

The Contemporary American University, In Seven Emails

Contexts: Vol. 15, No. 4, November 2016

4,954

Ruth Milkman

A New Political Generation: Millennials and the Post-2008 Wave of Protest

American Sociological Review: Vol. 82, No. 1, February 2017

4,742

Lauren A. Rivera

Hiring as Cultural Matching the Case of Elite Professional Service Firms

American Sociological Review: Vol. 77, No. 6, December 2012

4,719

Robert J. Sampson

Rethinking Crime and Immigration

Contexts: Vol. 7, No. 1, February 2008

4,676

Lauren A. Rivera

When Two Bodies Are (Not) a Problem: Gender and Relationship Status Discrimination in Academic Hiring

American Sociological Review: Vol. 82, No. 6, December 2017

4,508

Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Paula England, Alison C. K. Fogarty

Accounting for Women’s Orgasm and Sexual Enjoyment in College Hookups and Relationships

American Sociological Review: Vol. 77, No. 3, June 2012

4,491

Lauren A. Rivera, András Tilcsik

Class Advantage, Commitment Penalty he Gendered Effect of Social Class Signals in an Elite Labor Market

American Sociological Review: Vol. 81, No. 6, December 2016

4,420

Patrick Sharkey, Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, Delaram Takyar

Community and the Crime Decline: The Causal Effect of Local Nonprofits on Violent Crime

American Sociological Review: Vol. 82, No. 6, December 2017

4,067

Debra Umberson, Jennifer Karas Montez

Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy

Journal of Health and Social Behavior: Vol. 51, No. 1_suppl, March 2010

4,055

Joseph DiGrazia

The Social Determinants of Conspiratorial Ideation

Socius: Vol. 3, January 2017

3,930

Michael J. Rosenfeld, Reuben J. Thomas

Searching for a Mate the Rise of the Internet as a Social Intermediary

American Sociological Review: Vol. 77, No. 4, August 2012

3,791

Jason N. Houle, Cody Warner

Into the Red and Back to the Nest? Student Debt, College Completion, and Returning to the Parental Home among Young Adults

Sociology of Education: Vol. 90, No. 1, January 2017

3,760

Arne L. Kalleberg

Precarious Work, Insecure Workers: Employment Relations in Transition

American Sociological Review: Vol. 74, No. 1, February 2009

3,523

Hyun Sik Kim

Consequences of Parental Divorce for Child Development

American Sociological Review: Vol. 76, No. 3, June 2011

3,489

Becky Pettit, Bruce Western

Mass Imprisonment and the Life Course: Race and Class Inequality in U.S. Incarceration

American Sociological Review: Vol. 69, No. 2, April 2004

3,326

Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Ecstatic Edge of Politics: Sociology and Donald Trump

Contemporary Sociology: Vol. 45, No. 6, November 2016

3,276

Bart Bonikowski, Paul DiMaggio

Varieties of American Popular Nationalism

American Sociological Review: Vol. 81, No. 5, October 2016

3,106

Cynthia Feliciano, Yader R. Lanuza

An Immigrant Paradox? Contextual Attainment and Intergenerational Educational Mobility

American Sociological Review: Vol. 82, No. 1, February 2017

3,084

Peggy A. Thoits

Mechanisms Linking Social Ties and Support to Physical and Mental Health

Journal of Health and Social Behavior: Vol. 52, No. 2, June 2011

3,081

Richard Florida

Cities and the Creative Class

City & Community, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2003

3,054

Miliann Kang, Katherine Jones

Why Do People Get Tattoos?

Contexts: Vol. 6, No. 1, February 2007

2,869

Johanna Bockman

Neoliberalism

Contexts: Vol. 12, No. 3, August 2013

2,861

Richard York, Julius Alexander McGee

Does Renewable Energy Development Decouple Economic Growth from CO2 Emissions?

Socius: Vol. 3, January 2017

2,770

Jeffrey S. Denis

Contact Theory in a Small-Town Settler-Colonial Context the Reproduction of Laissez-Faire Racism in Indigenous-White Canadian Relations

American Sociological Review: Vol. 80, No. 1, February 2015

2,739

Syed Ali

Watching the Ethnographers

Contexts: Vol. 16, No. 4, November 2017

2,662

Lane Kenworthy

Why the Surge in Income Inequality?

Contemporary Sociology: Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2017

2,644

Sarah Brayne

Big Data Surveillance: The Case of Policing

American Sociological Review: Vol. 82, No. 5, October 2017

2,618

Jackelyn Hwang, Robert J. Sampson

Divergent Pathways of Gentrification Racial Inequality and the Social Order of Renewal in Chicago Neighborhoods

American Sociological Review: Vol. 79, No. 4, August 2014

2,541

Cedric Herring

Does Diversity Pay?: Race, Gender, and the Business Case for Diversity

American Sociological Review: Vol. 74, No. 2, April 2009

2,506

Joscha Legewie, Thomas A. DiPrete

School Context and the Gender Gap in Educational Achievement

American Sociological Review: Vol. 77, No. 3, June 2012

2,461

Stefanie Mollborn

Mixed Messages about Teen Sex

Contexts: Vol. 14, No. 1, February 2015

2,449

Kristen Schilt, Laurel Westbrook

Bathroom Battlegrounds and Penis Panics

Contexts: Vol. 14, No. 3, August 2015

2,432

Juliet B. Schor, Edward T. Walker, Caroline W. Lee, Paolo Parigi, Karen Cook

On the Sharing Economy

Contexts: Vol. 14, No. 1, February 2015

2,411

Amanda M. Gengler

Selling Feminism, Consuming Femininity

Contexts: Vol. 10, No. 2, May 2011

2,292

Anna S. Mueller, Seth Abrutyn

Adolescents under Pressure A New Durkheimian Framework for Understanding Adolescent Suicide in a Cohesive Community

American Sociological Review: Vol. 81, No. 5, October 2016

2,245

David R. Williams, Michelle Sternthal

Understanding Racial-ethnic Disparities in Health: Sociological Contributions

Journal of Health and Social Behavior: Vol. 51, No. 1_suppl, March 2010

2,233

Annette Lareau

Cultural Knowledge and Social Inequality

American Sociological Review: Vol. 80, No. 1, February 2015

2,181

Thomas W. Volscho, Nathan J. Kelly

The Rise of the Super-Rich Power Resources, Taxes, Financial Markets, and the Dynamics of the Top 1 Percent, 1949 to 2008

American Sociological Review: Vol. 77, No. 5, October 2012

2,171

Tanya Golash-Boza

A Critical and Comprehensive Sociological Theory of Race and Racism

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2016

2,167

Omar Lizardo

Improving Cultural Analysis Considering Personal Culture in its Declarative and Nondeclarative Modes

American Sociological Review: Vol. 82, No. 1, February 2017

2,161

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Sarah Damaske, Anne E. Lincoln, Virginia Johnston White

Strategies Men Use to Negotiate Family and Science

Socius: Vol. 3, January 2017

2,148

Gabriel Rossman

Glory and Gore

Contexts: Vol. 16, No. 3, August 2017

2,118

Bernice A. Pescosolido

The Public Stigma of Mental Illness What Do We Think; What Do We Know; What Can We Prove?

Journal of Health and Social Behavior: Vol. 54, No. 1, March 2013

   
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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