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The Sociology of Selected Monuments in Washington, DC, or Stories Behind the Stones

Like many capital cities, Washington is a city of monuments. Of course, they portray much of our nation's history, but they reveal even more of its sociology.

We might begin our sociological tour with the Library of Congress (Capitol South metro), which offers an embodiment in granite of Social Darwinism. On keystones around the facade of its main ("Jefferson") building are 33 "ethnological heads" that depict the races or stocks of humankind as envisaged in 1897. Nearest to the main entrance on the left are the "highest" types, such as "Blonde European [of] the educated German type, dolichocephalic, or long headed," followed by "Brunette European [of] the Roman type, brachycephalic, or broad-headed" in the words of the official account of 1897. On the right are "Chinese" and "Japanese" and the like. Relegated to the back are such "races" as "Abyssinian," "Malay," "Australian," "Negrito," "Zulu," "Papuan," Soudan Negro," "Akka (Dwarf African Negro)," "Fuegian," and "Botocudo (from South America)."

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  Council Approves First Section Journal: City & Community

At its meeting in January 2000, ASA Council approved the first official ASA section journal, in accordance with the new publications portfolio guidelines. The journal, City & Community, will be sponsored by the ASA Section on Community and Urban Sociology.

City & Community will bring together for the first time major work and research in the areas of urban and community sociology. It will seek to furnish a unified, intelligent, and articulate forum for the study of the city and community.

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  The Spencer Foundation and ASA Join Forces to Look Ahead

On March 1-3, 25 sociologists met in retreat at the Emory Conference Center to examine the body of knowledge in sociology and education and to consider future directions of research. The conference was convened by The Spencer Foundation in cooperation with the American Sociological Association (ASA).

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