Call for Papers
Association of Black Sociologists
33rd Annual Conference, August 13-16, 2003, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.
Theme: "Front-Loading Social Reality: Critical Demography and Black Superiority
in Wealth, Status and Power." Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2003.
Contact: Frank Harold Wilson, ABS 2003 Program Chair, Department of Sociology,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bolton Hall 724, Milwaukee, WI 53211; (414)
Bethlehem Haven of Pittsburgh, Inc.
, an agency providing services for homeless women, is sponsoring a conference,
September 25-26, 2003, Pittsburgh, PA, Omni William Penn Hotel. Theme:
"Solutions that Work." Proposals for presentations are invited. Contact:
Conference on Homelessness: Solutions that Work, c/o Gove Group, 226 Paul
Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211; (412) 431-5087; fax (412) 431-5214; e-mail
Head Start's 7th National Research Conference
, presented by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with Xtria, LLC;
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; and Society for Research
in Child Development to be held June 28-July 1, 2004, in Washington, DC. Theme:
"Promoting Positive Development in Young Children: Designing Strategies That
is available at
. Proposals are due June 27, 2003. More information: Bethany Chirico (
; (703) 821-3090 ext. 261).
, September 24-26, 2003, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Theme:
"International Governance after September 11: Interdependence, Security,
Democracy." Proposals are invited for panels. Deadline: April 30, 2003.
Contact: Alex Warleigh, Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social
Research, Queen's University-Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Ireland; fax +44 2890
272 551; e-mail
University of Alaska-Fairbanks
, Turning Science to the Service of Native Communities Conference, July 13-15,
2003. The focus of the conference will be on integrating behavioral and
hard/environmental science with the goals, needs, cultures, and perspectives of
Native communities. Deadline: May 30, 2003. Contact: Sonya J. Le Febre,
Department of Rangeland Ecosystem Science, College of Natural Resources,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1478; (970) 491-3908; fax
(970) 491-2339; e-mail
University of Wisconsin-Madison
, along with the Environment and Society Research Committee of the
International Sociological Association, will present a symposium on the
"treadmill of production" from October 31 to November 1, 2003. Deadline for
abstracts is May 1, 2003. Notification of acceptance of abstracts and the
preliminary program will be available by May 15, 2003. Contact: Fred Buttel,
Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 1450 Linden Drive,
Madison, WI 53706; (608) 262-7156; e-mail
ASA Teaching Resources Guide
. Submissions are currently being accepted on community-based research as a
pedagogical strategy in sociology. Community-based Research (CBR) is a form of
service-learning that involves students collaborating with community partners
on research projects that address a community-identified need. The authors seek
syllabi of CBR-centered courses, assignment guidelines, project descriptions,
and any other material that might be useful to instructors who wish to
incorporate CBR into their teaching in different courses and at different
levels, including both undergraduate and graduate students. Send materials
electronically to Kerry Strand at
by April 30.
The American Federation of Teachers
(AFT) announces a call for papers to be included in the inaugural issue of
, a new annual higher education journal of the AFT. The AFT represents over
125,000 higher education faculty and professional staff at colleges and
universities around the country, more than any other union.
first issue will focus on how market-oriented academic and managerial policies
affect scholarship and/or teaching being undertaken in various disciplines.
Proposal deadline: May 2, 2003. For a full description of the submission
criteria, go to
. Contact AFT Higher Education staff at (202) 879-4426 or e-mail
Journal of Marriage and Family
will publish a special issue on "International Perspectives on Families and
Social Change." Submissions are invited that address the interface of families
and society. Deadline: August 1, 2003. Contact: Laura A. Sanchez, Guest Editor,
Journal of Marriage and Family
, Department of Sociology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
43403; (419) 372-7252; e-mail
Political Power and Social Theory
is an annual review published by Elsevier Science and is committed to
advancing our interdisciplinary, critical understanding of the linkages between
class relations, political power, and historical development. The journal
welcomes both empirical and theoretical work and is willing to consider papers
of substantial length. Contact: Diane E. Davis, Editor, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave. # 9-521, Cambridge, MA 02139; e-mail
Sociological Studies of Children and Youth
invites submissions for volume 11 to be published in 2004. This volume will
examine children and youth from an international perspective and will include
research on children from all regions of the world. International scholars are
especially encouraged to submit their research findings. Authors should direct
inquiries or submit a draft chapter by June 15, 2003, to: Loretta Bass, Guest
Sociological Studies of Children and Youth
, Department of Sociology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019; (405)
325-3262; fax (405) 325-7825; e-mail
Syllabi and Curriculum for Distance Education and Cross-Campus Exercises
. A new syllabi set volume is currently being prepared concentrating on
distance learning and cross-campus shared research exercises at the
undergraduate level. Both introductory and advanced level course materials are
requested. Distance learning syllabi and curriculum may include: Site-to-site
cable transmission; local access cable transmission; WebCT or other Internet
course offerings. Cross-campus exercises may include any form of shared
communication and cooperative learning between equivalent classes at two
different universities. Please send all submissions electronically to: Meredith
M. Redlin; e-mail
. Syllabi and exercises should be either in Word or Word Perfect format.
Submission deadline is May 15, 2003.
Women's Studies Quarterly
seeks submissions for a special Winter 2004 issue on Women, Crime and the
Criminal Justice System. This issue will focus on women as offenders, victims,
and criminal justice professionals. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2003.
Contact: LaVerne McQuiller Williams, Rochester Institute of Technology,
Department of Criminal Justice, 93 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623;
May 15-18, 2003
The 58th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion
, Nashville, TN. Details about the conference are posted on the AAPOR website
May 22-25, 2003
Global Awareness Society International 12th Annual
, Washington, DC. Theme: "Challenges of Globalization in a Changing World
Order." Contact: James C. Pomfret, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815;
(570) 389-4504; fax (570) 389-3599; e-mail
May 29-31, 2003
Seventh Annual Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and
, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. Barbara Ehrenreich will
present the keynote address. E-mail Jack Santino at
May 30-31, 2003
Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting
, Ann Arbor, MI. Contact: William G. Lockwood, Department of Anthropology,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; (734) 764-7274; fax (734)
. Further details are available at
June 15-18, 2003
U.S. Public Health Service Conference
, Scottsdale, AZ. For more details visit
June 21-26, 2003
European Science Foundation Conference
, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy. Theme: "Building European Citizenship."
Contact: J. Hendekovic, European Science Foundation, EURESCO Unit, 1 quai
Lezay-Marnesia, 67080 Strasbourg Cedex, France; (33-388) 76 71 35; fax (33-388)
36 69 87; e-mail
August 13-16, 2003
Association of Black Sociologists (ABS) 33rd Annual Conference
, Atlanta, GA, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Theme: "Front-Loading Social
Reality: Critical Demography and Black Superiority in Wealth, Status, and
Power." Contact: Frank Harold Wilson, ABS Program Chairperson, Department of
Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201;
fax (414) 229-4266; e-mail
September 13-15, 2003
Young Scientists' Conference
, Warsaw, Poland. Theme: "Open Minds: Europe in Global World-Blending
Differences." Details at
September 18-22, 2003
ECPR 2003 General Conference
, Marburg, Germany. Theme: "Organised Crime, Politics and Civil Society."
Contact: Felia Allum, European Studies and Modern Languages, University of
Bath, Bath, United Kingdom; e-mail
October 15-19, 2003
Second International Conference on Urban Health
, New York City, New York. Contact: Sarah Sisco, Program Manager, Center for
Urban Epidemiologic Studies, New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue,
Room 556, New York, NY 10029; (212) 419-3590; fax (212) 876-6220; e-mail
October 17-19, 2003
Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference
, Minneapolis, MN. Contact: Gary Burns at
October 24-26, 2003
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting
, Norfolk, VA. Contact: Lori B. Beaman, Department of Sociology and
Anthropology, Concordia University, J.W. McConnell Building, Room LB681, 1455
de Maisonneuve Blve. West, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8, Canada; e-mail
November 6-8, 2003
Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences Annual Conference
, Boston, MA. Contact: Mary Rogers, SPHS Program Chair, Diversity Studies,
University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514-5750;
(850) 474-2031; e-mail
. More information at
November 13-15, 2003
, Copenhagen, Denmark. Organized by the Network for European Social Policy
Analysis. Theme: "Changing European Societies: What Is the Role for Social
Policy?" For more information visit
or contact Jon Kvist at
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) announces the availability of FY 2003 funds for a grant program for
Dissertation Awards for Doctoral Candidates for Violence-Related Injury
Prevention Research in Minority Communities. The purpose of this extramural
research training grant program is to attract young scientists to the field of
violence prevention. Approximately $100,000 is expected to be available in FY
2003 to fund approximately five awards for a 12-month budget and project
period. The application deadline is May 8, 2003. Application kits are available
or by contacting the CDC Procurement and Grants Office Technical Information
Management Section (PGO-TIM) at (770) 488-2700. More information is available
Ibis Reproductive Health
has received support for a postdoctoral fellowship program on abortion and
reproductive health for social scientists. The objective of the fellowship is
to cultivate new generations of promising social science researchers who can
link the study of abortion and reproductive health to the intellectual
trajectory of their own disciplines and who can bridge the divide between
research and policy and programs. The fellowship is for two years, renewable
for a third, and support for Fellows' research and travel is available. The
deadline for individual fellowship applications is May 1, 2003. Contact: Sarah
Jane Holcombe, Ibis Reproductive Health, c/o the Center for Reproductive Health
Research and Policy, University of California-San Francisco, 3333 California
Street, Suite 335, San Francisco, CA 94143-0744; (415) 502-4076; fax (415)
National Science Foundation.
Human and Social Dynamics: Special Competition for FY 2003. This special
competition inaugurates the Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) priority area. This
priority area aims to develop and apply multi-scaled, multi-disciplinary
approaches to better understand the causes and ramifications of change and to
increase collective capabilities to anticipate its complex consequences. In
this initial year of a multi-year effort, the following topical areas will be
emphasized (2003 application deadlines are in parentheses): Decision Making
Under Uncertainty (part of the President's Climate Change Research Initiative)
(July 15 for both center grants and developmental proposals); Enhancing Human
Performance (June 11); and Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (June
The Women's Studies Program annually offers Research Associate positions to
scholars researching topics on women or gender issues. Scholars are in
residence for the academic year (or shorter) at Northeastern University in
Boston, Massachusetts. Scholars must have their own financial support, but are
provided with shared office space, library privileges, free computer time on
Northeastern's mainframe, limited support for photocopying, fax and postage
expenses related to research. Scholars may apply by sending a brief statement
of their project, dates of expected residency, and a current curriculum vitae
by May 15, 2003, to: Susan Setta, Director, Women's Studies Program/ 524 HO,
Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.
The Rural Policy Research Institute
(RUPRI) Rural Poverty Research Center is offering up to three fellowships for
the 2003-2004 academic year to support PhD dissertation research addressing the
causes and impacts of poverty in rural areas of the United States or the policy
options that might reduce poverty or its negative impacts. The fellowship is
intended to be the principal source of support for PhD candidates during the
writing of the dissertation. The fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000 for a
12-month period. The application deadline is March 21, 2003. More information
is available at
Social and Demographic Studies of Race and Ethnicity.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Human Genome
Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),
the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse
(NIDA) invite qualified researchers to submit research grant applications on
the demography and social science of race and ethnicity in the United States.
The goal of this program is to encourage research that will improve
understanding of race and ethnicity in social science and demographic research.
In the News
The American Sociological Association
was mentioned in the
on February 10 for its amicus brief in the University of Michigan Supreme
Court case on affirmative action.
Laurence A. Basirico
, Elon University, was quoted in the November 21, 2002,
New York Times
, in the October 25, 2002, American Press, and in the March
on his research on family reunions.
, Queens College,
, City University of New York Graduate Center, and
, University of California-Los Angeles, were quoted in the March 5
New York Times
on income disparities within New York City tracts.
, University of California-Santa Barbara. His data on the number of women
versus men employed by Wal-Mart at different levels was featured in a February
New York Times
article on a discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart accusing it of favoring
men over women in promotions and pay. He was also mentioned in the March 3
Business Week for his involvement as an expert witness in the Wal-Mart
, Illinois State University, wrote a feature article in the March 7
Chronicle of Higher Education
on the characterization of sociologists in novels.
, University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a February 10
article on communications problems within NASA that might have contributed to
the recent Columbia space shuttle disaster.
, Rutgers University, was quoted in news outlets both in the United States and
internationally on catastrophic disasters, bioterror attacks, and public
response to disasters. He was quoted in the
(February 14), United Press International (February 13), Reuters (February 13),
Newhouse News Service (February 13), BBC News (February 14), The Globe and Mail
The Daily Telegraph
(February 27), and the I(March 14). He also wrote an op-ed in the February 20
New York Daily News
on the same topic.
, Virginia Commonwealth University, was interviewed and quoted in an Associated
Press article, published in the February 28 issue of
, and in the
Boston Globe, Seattle Times Intelligencer, USA Today, Washington Post, San
Francisco Chronicle, Newsday
, Salon.com, CNN, and ABC News.
Gili S. Drori
, Stanford University, was interviewed by Moira Gunn on National Public Radio’s
(broadcast on February 4) about her newly published book is co-authored with
John W. Meyer
Francisco O. Ramirez
(Stanford University), and
(University of Minnesota).
, George Washington University, was quoted in the February 28
in an article titled “A Turkish Voice Explains the Islamic Movement.”
Herbert J. Gans
, Columbia University, was quoted in the March 7
New York Times
about the fame surrounding the man arrested in a mall for wearing a “give
peace a chance” T-shirt.
, University of Southern California, was quoted in a February 19
article on the warnings from the Department of Homeland Security to buy duct
tape and plastic sheeting and how it compares to the Cold War era.
, Brown University, was interviewed and quoted in a February 26 United Press
International story about an article he wrote for
magazine on Jewish culture.
, Wellesley College, was quoted in a February 17
article about the Fox TV reality show
and the idea of women marrying for money.
Richard J. Lundman
, Ohio State University, had his research on racial profiling featured in the
“Unconventional Wisdom” column in the February 16
, Kenyon College, was featured in the college’s
where it was mentioned that he won the ASA’s Distinguished Contribution to
, Marquette University (emeritus), was featured in the November/December 2002
about his latest book,
Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Practice and
(The Haworth Press, 2001).
Steven M. Ortiz
, Oregon State University, was interviewed and quoted in the
, October 27, 2002, on the topics of the groupie phenomenon and marital
infidelity in the world of professional sports. He was also interviewed and
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
, February 7, on the topic of NBA groupies. He was interviewed on Australia’s
Radio National program,
The Sports Factor
, for the segment, “Married to the Game,” October 25, 2002. He also did a live
interview on the topic of sport marriages on the
Red Symons Breakfast Program
in Melbourne, Australia, November 6, 2002.
was quoted in the February 18
New York Times
, in the Jane Brody “Health” section, on current controversies surrounding use
of PSA in prostate cancer screening.
, North Carolina State University, was quoted on the topic of parents staying
home to take care of children for a temporary span of time in the March 10
Joseph A. Soares
, Yale University, was quoted in a February 5
article on why Boston’s Government Center is a failure as public space.
, University of Southern California, was quoted in a
San Jose Mercury News
article on February 26 about the tendency of the press to draw copycat
connections between the media and young people when accused of a violent crime.
, University of Minnesota, was cited in a
New York Times
article on December 29, 2002, on the number of U.S. citizens in prison or who
have done time in prison.
, Boston College, was interviewed and quoted for a February 16
article on the insulating foam issue in regards to the Columbia space shuttle
John B. Williamson
, Boston College, was interviewed and quoted for an Associated Press story on
older activists speaking out on issues concerning the elderly. The story was
picked up by the
Fort Worth Star Telegram
(February 19), the Guardian-UK (February 19),
Kansas City Star
(February 19), and
, University of Notre Dame, was quoted in articles on the Catholic priesthood
Allentown (PA) Morning Call
on October 21, 2002, and on faith-based political advocacy in the
Austin American Statesman
on February 3.
, Brooklyn College and CUNY-Graduate Center. The book she co-edited with
After the World Trade Center: Rethinking New York City
(Routledge, 2002), was named one of the best books of 2002 in architecture by
New York Times
. She was quoted in the
in December 30, 2002, on the intergenerational enclave aspects of Gerritsen
Beach, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. She was also one of ten urbanists
interviewed by the
for predictions of what New York City would be like in the next 10 years
Caught in the Web
Child Trends DataBank
. The DataBank is a one-stop-shop for the latest national trends and research
on over 70 key indicators of child and youth well being, with new indicators
added each month. Child Trends is a non-partisan, non-profit research firm in
A new issue of the online journal
IT and Society
(jointly produced by the University of Maryland and Stanford University) can
be found at
The Scholar & Feminist Online
, published by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, is a new breed of
interactive web journal which provides public access to the Barnard Center for
Research on Women’s most innovative programming by posting written transcripts,
audio and visual recordings, and links to relevant intellectual and social
action networks. The journal builds on these programs by publishing related
scholarship and other applicable resources. Increasing access to New York
City-based cultural programming that spans boundaries of discipline, politics,
and artistic medium, S&F Online is free to scholars, artists, students and the
general public. To subscribe, visit
Association for Anthropology and Gerontology
Margaret Clark Award ($500 graduate, $250 undergraduate), honors Dr. Clark's
pioneering work in gerontology and medical anthropology. Unpublished student
papers in all fields are welcome. The relation to lifespan and aging issues
must be discussed. Send three double-spaced copies, abstract, address,
affiliation, phone, and verification of student status. Deadline: May 30.
Contact: Mark Luborsky, Clark Award Chair,
Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, 87 East Ferry, 252 Knapp
Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202; (313) 577-6790; e-mail
Association of Black Sociologists
(ABS) invites submissions for the ABS Undergraduate and Graduate Paper
Competition. Cash awards will be presented to the top three papers submitted to
each of the graduate and undergraduate competitions. Student winners will
present their papers at the ABS Annual Meeting, to be held August 13-16, 2003,
in Atlanta. Papers are due April 21, 2003. Undergraduate papers must be no more
than 20 pages in length. Graduate papers must not exceed 35 pages. Submit six
copies of submissions (indicating graduate or undergraduate status), plus an
abstract of no more than 200 words, to: John B. Diamond, School of Education
and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2115 North Campus Drive, Room 217,
Evanston, IL 60208-2610; e-mail
Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy
(ASCE) Student Prize Committee solicits nominations for the 2002 Best Student
Paper competition. Anyone can nominate papers authored by university
undergraduate and graduate students. The papers should address any topic
related to Cuba's domestic issues, its foreign relations, or Cuba in
comparative perspectives. The Best Student Paper Prize carries a $500-award, an
invitation to present the paper at the ASCE Annual Conference, and subsequent
publication in the
with the appropriate notation. Papers received or postdated by June 7, 2003,
will be considered. The winner of the competition will be announced by July 9.
For further information contact: Enrique S. Pumar, Chair Student Prize
Sociologists for Women in Society
presents an annual award for graduate students and recent PhDs working in the
area of women and paid work-employment and self-employment, informal market
work, or illegal work. The award is supported by a bequest from the family of
the late Cheryl Allyn Miller. The purpose of the award is to recognize a
sociology graduate student or recent doctorate whose research or activism
constitutes an outstanding contribution to the field of women and work. The
award is $500, and will be presented at the banquet at the August SWS meeting.
The winner may present her or his work at the meeting. Fare to the meeting will
be paid by SWS. Applicants must be graduate students or have received their PhD
in 2002 or 2003 and must belong to SWS. Applications must be postmarked by May
15, 2003. Contact: Dana M. Britton, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and
Social Work, Waters Hall 204, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
66506-4003; (785) 532-4968; fax (785) 532-6978; e-mail
National Science Foundation Short Courses for College Teachers
is available at
. These courses provide an excellent way to improve your courses and meet other
participants from many different institutes of higher education from around the
country. Idea sharing is optimal.
Second Annual Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society, and Health
, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, four-week Summer Institute
(July 7-31, 2003) and Practitioner Training (July 7-11, 2003). Join the
nation’s foremost scholars, researchers, community members, and health care
providers who are redefining sexuality research in our time at the second
annual summer institute on sexuality, society, and health in the United States.
For further information call the Summer Institute Office at (415) 405-3572 or
New Academic Programs
University of California-Irvine
is now offering an online master’s degree program in Criminology, Law, and
Society. The first online master’s program in the University of California
system, this fully accredited program is designed for professionals seeking a
graduate degree for career advancement in the areas of law enforcement,
probation, corrections, secret service, investigation, and many other fields.
More information is at learn.uci.edu/mas-cls. Contact Lise White, Educational
Consultant, University of California-Irvine, Criminology, Law and Society;
’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology is starting a new concentration in
Social Justice Analysis. This optional track focuses on the theories and
analysis of structural inequalities through community-based learning. This
concentration is designed to incorporate a student developmental approach to
learning and provide students with academic skills necessary to effect positive
social change. The gateway course to the concentration is “Social Justice
Analysis: Theory and Practice” and the capstone course is “Project D.C.”
More information is at
Members' New Books
, University of Bradford,
, University of California-Santa Barbara, and Priya A. Kurian, editors,
Feminist Futures: Re-imagining Women, Culture and Development
(Zed Press, 2003).
Diane E. Davis
, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and
Anthony W. Pereira
, Tulane University, editors,
Irregular Armed Forces and Their Role in Politics and State Formation
(Cambridge University Press, 2003).
, Universita di Trento (Italy), and
, Stanford University, editors,
Social Movements and Networks
(Oxford University Press, 2003).
, University of California-Santa Barbara, editor,
The Future of Revolutions: Re-thinking Radical Change in the Age of
(Zed Press, 2003).
Sally K. Gallagher
, Oregon State University,
Evangelical Identity and Gendered Family Life
(Rutgers University Press, 2003).
, University of Essex and
, London School of Economics,
Rethinking Corporate Crime,
Michael S. Kimmel
, SUNY-Stony Brook, and
Abby L. Ferber
, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs,
Privilege: A Reader
James R. Lincoln
, University of California-Berkeley, and
Arne L. Kalleberg
, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,
Culture, Control and Commitment: A Study of Work Organization and Work
Attitudes in the United States and Japan
(Percheron Press/Eliot Werner Publications, 2003).
Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences
(Cambridge University Press, 2003).
Alan S. Miller
, Hokkaido University, and
, Louisiana State University,
Nihon: Yoi Shigarami, Warui Shigarami (Japan: Good Bondage, Bad Bondage)
(Nihon Keizai Shimbun Press, 2002).
Jeylan T. Mortimer
, University of Minnesota,
Working and Growing Up in America
(Harvard University Press, 2003).
Lena Wright Myers
, Ohio University,
A Broken Silence: Voices of African American Women in the Academy
(Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003).
, Keene State College,
Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism
(SUNY Press, 2003).
Victor N. Shaw
, California State University-Northridge,
Substance Use and Abuse: Sociological Perspectives
(Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002).
, University of Delaware, was named chair of the National Advisory Board of the
Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.
, University of Kentucky, has been elected to the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Nominations.
James M. Jasper
made his New York debut as a standup comedian in November. Since then, he has
been performing monthly at the Gotham Comedy Club and the Boston Comedy Club in
, Cornell University, spoke on February 14 at the Annual Meeting of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver in a symposium.
He was also awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct
research on peer-enforced norms.
was conferred the rank of Professor Emeritus by the University of Missouri-St.
Louis for his distinguished service since 1970.
, Washington State University, has been selected as a Distinguished Southeast
Asian Science and Policy Fellow at the College of William and Mary and Virginia
Institute of Marine Science. He also has been appointed Guest Professor in the
Dept. of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He will be a
Fellow of the Wageningen Institute of Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK).
Central Archive for Empirical Social Research
, Cologne, Germany, and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn will be
offering an International Seminar on September 1-12, 2003. For registration and
further information contact
International Journal of Comparative Sociology
is seeking an Editor for a term of at least four years. The Editor’s
responsibility is to oversee the selection of Guest Editors and topics and to
establish a steering committee to help select topics, if desired. The Editor
can invite scholars and disseminate a “call for special issues.” Special issues
are about eight to ten articles (including an introduction). Depending on the
length of the special issue, each of the remaining four regular issues contain
about three to five articles that may include research communications (i.e.,
short articles about ongoing research, new studies, and preliminary results),
and book reviews. Stipend will be offered, the amount yet to be determined. We
will also supply a computer and travel grants. Editorial Board can be revised
to help support your efforts. Deadline for submissions is April 31, 2003. More
information about the journal can be found at
. Contact: Shivu Ishwaran, Editor, de Sitter Publications, 374 Woodsworth Rd.,
Willowdale, Ontario M2L 2T6, Canada; e-mail
Journal of Social and Political Thought
Call for Associate Editors.
seeks volunteers to assist for one-year terms, pro bono, with a specified
range of editorial duties.
is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed electronic journal focusing on a wide
range of intersections between theory, politics, culture, and social justice.
Maxine P. Atkinson
is the recipient of the First Year Student Advocate Award at North Carolina
Carol A. Jenkins
, Glendale Community College (Arizona), has been awarded the 2002 Excellence in
Instruction Award by the Rural Sociological Society.
William E. Knox
, emeritus, was honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina
Legal Foundation at the 34th Annual Frank Porter Graham Awards Dinner on
February 8 in Durham, NC.
Lora Bex Lempert
, University of Michigan-Dearborn, received two major awards for leadership on
behalf of women. The Sarah Goddard Power Award from the University of Michigan
Academic Women’s Caucus and the UM-Dearborn’s 25th annual Susan B. Anthony
, SUNY-Albany, was named a finalist for the European Union’s Descartes Prize,
the premier science prize in Europe for her study of women and men in top
economic and political positions in 27 industrialized nations.
Thomas F. Pettigrew
, University of California-Santa Cruz, is one of ten Americans recently named a
New Century Scholar by the U.S. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
, University of New Hampshire, has been awarded the 2003 Lindberg Award for
Outstanding Teacher-Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts.
Jeffrey K. Hadden
, University of Virginia, died on January 26.
Stanford Morris Lyman
, Florida Atlantic University, died on March 8.
Alan S. Miller
, Hokkaido University, Japan, died on January 17.
Robert Alford died of pancreatic cancer on February 14, 2003, just months
before his 75th birthday. There was to be a celebration at his parents’ ranch
in Avery, California, in the Sierras. Bob grew up near here at Angel’s Camp,
the site of the Calaveras jumping frog contests fabled by Mark Twain. Bob loved
to walk the forest paths that radiate out across the property, past the pond
dense with water lilies and an apple orchard with forgotten species of fruit.
The lupine and the Indian paintbrush would have been in bloom. Bob was a huge
man who loped gracefully and could walk for miles. He thought best walking,
which was how we worked out the structure of the
Powers of Theory
(1985), through hours and hours of movement.
Bob was the socialist child of Republican parents who had raised their children
to suspect authority. There was also a leftist heritage. His maternal
grandfather had been a Wobbly, as well as a member of the Salvation Army. In
1951 Bob dropped out of UC-Berkeley, opposed to the McCarthy loyalty oaths, and
went to work and to organize as a member of the Labor Youth League in an
International Harvester truck factory. Robert Blauner was a fellow worker and
cell-member there. After Khrushchev’s “secret” 1956 speech to the 20th Party
Congress leaked out, a speech detailing Stalin’s “crimes,” his incarceration
and execution of spies and enemies who were, in fact, loyal Communists, Alford,
like many others, including Blauner, returned to the university. The state’s
promulgation of information that was, in fact, disinformation, or outright
lies, would later become a theme in his work.
A graduate student of Seymour Martin Lipset, his 1961 doctoral dissertation on
class voting was subsequently published as
Party and Politics
, distinguishing between determinants of the class distinctiveness of parties
and the partisan distinctiveness of a class in Anglo-American democracies. The
young quantitative political sociologist left for the University of Wisconsin,
where, together with Michael Aiken, he led the Social Organization program
until 1974. In this multivariate citadel, a generation of young students fired
by the New Left enabled Bob to return intellectually to the home terrain of his
politics, and indeed to leave behind the econometric rewriting of the social.
In his turn, Alford took his students through a critical re-engagement with the
classic debates with Marxism as the way forward. It was at the seminar table,
through a combination of withering critique and an overwhelming sense of care,
that Bob shaped generations of sociologists who learned from him that a
statement of a problem, the choice of an indicator, the settling on a
particular level of observation, could have fateful consequences. His
objective, as he put it, was “to unpack” a student’s approach to a problem.
Doctoral prospectuses, chapters, seminar papers all merited copious,
typewritten comments. His seminars were always charged, overcrowded zones of
engagement. We all foolishly thought that this was how academic life was lived
everywhere. Teaching for him was a kind of wrestling, a loving combat.
Sometimes after Bob’s “unpacking,” you just wanted to go home and get in bed
for the indefinite future. But you knew he knew you could go farther. And you
did. His students didn’t just admire him; we loved him. In 1997, he was given
the ASA’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.
Bob left Wisconsin to return home to California in 1974, taking on the
direction of the sociology program at the UC-Santa Cruz. In 1975, he published
Health Care Politics: Ideological and Interest Group Barriers to Reform
. In that work he showed the ways in which displays of rationality and rituals
of rationalization were forms of symbolic politics, part of a political process
by which interest groups, organizations and the very structure of the system
blocked substantive reform. The volume won the C. Wright Mills Award.
This work on politics as aesthetics, beautiful form as substitute for
interested transformation, was later followed by work on the politics of
aesthetic production. Music was Bob’s first passion and the piano a life-long
gift, one whose pleasure was later denied him by a congenital ear defect that
steadily rendered him deaf. I think music was, in fact, the template by which
he understood the practice of sociology, the imagination and construction of a
beautiful structure, a disciplined passion, an enchanted reconstruction of the
world. And it was from music that he learned the problematic of technique. A
gifted teenage pianist, he had hitchhiked from Angels Camp to San Francisco
just to hear Arthur Rubinstein play. If you asked him, 40 years later, he would
still talk about Rubinstein’s piano-playing technique. Bob discovered that
concert pianists, as well as other types of musician, often experienced bodily
pains, sometimes quite extreme, indeed even leading to permanent injury. This
pain, however, was not a necessity, but a taken-for-granted cost of an
institutionalized technique. Bob wrote about it with Andras Szanto in “Orpheus
Wounded: The Experience of Pain in the Professional Worlds of the Piano” (1996,
Theory and Society
). He had wanted to write much more, but his own pain at not any longer being
able to hear the music ended that research.
Bob used to take out his dog-eared copy of
The Sociological Imagination
and read passages out loud to me like a catechist. C. Wright Mills had felt
that he arrived when he finally made it to Manhattan. Bob had fallen in love
with New York City as a result of doing research there for his health care
politics book. Like Mills, in 1988 Alford, too, finally made it to Manhattan. A
boy who had grown up in a small town where the cattle ranchers were at the apex
of the social structure of Angels Camp was now a Distinguished Professor of
Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. At CUNY, he spent most of his time
working with students crafting their dissertations. Sociologically speaking,
Bob was a committed Trinitarian. Everything came to him in threes—home domains,
theories, levels of analysis, modes of inquiry, classical theorists, and as it
turned out, academic homes. His last major book,
The Craft of Inquiry: Theories, Methods, Evidence
(1998), an exploration of historical, quantitative and interpretative
modalities, developed out of decades of doing what he did best—working through
the design, the genre, the technique by which one sought to apprehend the
social. Bob was the master of the master class. There are hundreds of scholars
out there whose craft was learned at his table. And for this we give thanks.
Roger Friedland, Departments of Religious Studies and Sociology, University of
Dafna Nundi Izraeli
Dafna Nundi Izraeli, feminist sociologist and women’s rights and peace
activist, died on February 21, 2003, in Tel Aviv, after fighting a losing
battle with cancer for the past year. She leaves a legacy of warmth and
generosity, political activism, and engaged feminist scholarship.
Izraeli was Professor of Sociology and former Chair of the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv. At the time of her
death, she was Chair of the Graduate Program in Gender Studies and Head of the
Rachel and J.L. Gewurz Center for Research on Gender at Bar Ilan University,
which she endowed in the name of her parents. The Bar Ilan Program, which she
organized, is the only MA/PhD Gender and Women’s Studies program in Israel.
Born in France on September 9, 1937, Izraeli grew up in Montreal, Canada, where
she completed her BA in political science and philosophy and her MSW in social
work, both at McGill University. She continued her graduate studies in
political science and Hebrew history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and
then in sociology and anthropology at Manchester University in England, where
she received her PhD degree in 1972. She spent a post-doctoral year at the
University of California-Berkeley, and was a visiting professor at New York
University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, and the University of
Izraeli published eight books (with colleagues); among them were
The Double Bind: Women in Israel
(Kibbutz Hameuchad, 1982, in Hebrew);
Women’s Worlds: From the New Scholarship
Dual-Earner Families: International Perspectives
Women in Israel
Competitive Frontiers: Women Managers in a Global Economy
, (Blackwell, 1994) and
Sex Gender Politics: Women in Israel
(Kibbutz Hameuchad, 1999, in Hebrew). She was the author of numerous articles
in professional journals and encyclopedias on issues related to gender in
unions, work, family, social policy, and the Israeli military.
At the time of her death, she was on the Advisory Board of
Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series
, and on the editorial boards of
Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, Gender & Society,
Community Work and Family
International Review of Women and Leadership
Izraeli was a long-time member of the American Sociological Association,
Society for the Study of Social Probems, Society for the Psychological Study of
Social Issues, Academy of Management, and Sociologists for Women in Society.
She was on the Executive Board of the Research Committee on Women in Society of
the International Sociological Association and on the Executive Committee of
the Israel Sociological Association, where she was founder and chair of the
Section for Research and Training of Sex Roles. She was a founding member of
the Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies, a member of the Israel
Industrial Relations Association, and the Academic Council of Emek Yezrael
College. She was Co-Chair of the First International Interdisciplinary
Conference on Women, held in Haifa in 1981.
A tireless worker for peace, democracy, and women’s rights in Israel, Izraeli
was a Vice-President of the New Israel Fund, a progressive U.S.-Israeli
organization working for peace and democracy in Israel. Through many projects
and personal contacts, Izraeli was personally and professionally involved in
bringing Palestinian and Jewish women together and in efforts to bring about a
just peace in Israel. She was a founding member of the Israeli Women’s Network,
an activist organization that has been fighting for women’s equality in Israel
since 1985. She was also an active member of U.S./Israel Women-to-Women, an
organization that supports women’s projects in Israel.
In the last 27 years, Izraeli was advisor to many government committees on the
status of women in Israel. In 1976-1978, she was a consultant to the Prime
Minister’s Commission on the Status of Women. At the time of her death, she was
consultant to the subcommittees on the Advancement of Women and Work and on the
Economy in the Knesset Standing Committee on the Status of Women. She was also
a founder and board member of Legal Equity Action for Women in the Workplace.
Izraeli, then Gewurz, married Dove Izraeli in 1960 and emigrated to Israel.
Dove Izraeli was professor of management studies at Tel Aviv University, where
he specialized in marketing and business ethics. He died of a long-term illness
on January 31, 2003. Izraeli is survived by three children, Leora Sharon,
Sharona Wattemberg, and Haim Izraeli; a sister, Gisela Garmaise; two brothers,
Werner and Samuel, 18 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita, Brooklyn College and Graduate School, City
University of New York
Helena Lopata, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago,
died in Wisconsin at the age of 77 on February 12, 2003. She was a faculty
member at Loyola University from 1969 until her retirement in May 1997. Her
husband, Richard Lopata, died in 1994. Her children, Theodora Menasco and
Stefan Lopata and three grandchildren survive her. Until her death she remained
an active member of the department and the profession, teaching, participating
in national and international conferences, and writing.
Helena was born in Poznan, Poland, on October 1, 1925, and lived there until
the age of 15. Her father, Polish sociologist Florian Znaniecki, was in the
United States when the Nazis occupied Poland on September 1, 1939, and, as part
of their campaign to weaken the resistant Polish intelligentsia, sent the
teenage Helena and her mother, Eileen Markley, to a concentration camp. In her
column for “My Turn” (SWS Network News, October 2001) she wrote a compelling
story of this time:
“Upon seeing the cattle cars, mother decided to act. Having been trained as an
American lawyer, she marched to the camp commander demanding to be released.
She claimed American citizenship, which she did not have because she had
married a foreigner before the 1924 act that allowed American women to retain
their citizenship after marrying a national of another country. Speaking
English, she claimed that she had come to Poland to visit her sister and
family. She explained that her sister and her sister’s husband had been killed
by the bombs and that I, the niece, was with her now. She said that she did not
understand what was going on but that she had important friends in America who
could cause trouble. This was before the United States entered the War. The
Commander became frightened and let us go. The Poles standing outside the fence
threw stones as we left, thinking that we had claimed to be “Volksdeutsch” or
Germans, so Mother yelled in Polish (which she was not supposed to know) that
we were Americans. With that, the crowd carried us on their backs to the
streetcar, and we returned safely to Poznan.”
From Poznan, Helena and her mother made their way, with difficulty, through
Austria and Italy to the United States, joining Znaniecki who had accepted a
teaching position at the University of Illinois.
Helena finished high school in Champaign, Illinois, and received bachelor’s and
master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. She received her PhD in 1954
from the University of Chicago, where she studied with Herbert Blumer, Everett
Hughes, and Louis Wirth. From 1965 to 1969 she taught at Roosevelt University
in Chicago. In 1969 she moved to Loyola University, where she chaired the
department from 1970 to 1972 and was Director of the Center for the Comparative
Study of Social Roles from 1972 until her retirement. She was also Visiting
Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Southern California, Minnesota,
Guelph, Victoria, and Boston College.
Helena published 20 books (often with colleagues and graduate students) and
numerous articles. She edited the series, Current Research on Occupations and
Professions (formerly Research on the Interweave of Social Roles) for JAI
Press, which resulted in ten edited volumes. Her articles and book chapters
covered a variety of topics, including social roles, the life course, time,
grief, loneliness, family support networks, and women’s employment. At the time
of her death she was working on a series of papers on “the cosmopolitan
community of scholars,” an interest originating in her own extensive
international connections and experience.
Helena was active in a vast array of professional organizations. During her
career she was elected to the presidencies of several organizations, including
SWS and SSSP, and chaired numerous ASA committees and sections. An
internationalist and world traveler, she was a 30-year member of the
International Sociological Association, and participated actively in its
seminars in family and in its sociology of work and sociology of aging research
Helena drew on and elaborated her father’s theoretical approach to social roles
as comprising “social persons” embedded in “social circles.” In her empirical
work she applied her concept of roles first to the study of housewives and
later to employed women and to widows, showing how expanding and contracting
social circles shaped women’s options in the context of wider societal shifts.
Her portraits of women buffeted by a changing American landscape and, more
recently, by global forces, also show in detail how these women navigated,
improvised, and innovated strategic responses to changing worlds.
Helena was an internationalist long before studying globalization became
important to American sociologists. To those of us who worked alongside her,
Helena was a wonderful colleague and mentor. For many years, faculty and
graduate students made pilgrimages to the Lopata’ s beautiful home on the shore
of Lake Delavan in Wisconsin, where we were treated to lavish Polish meals and
good conversation. Always ready for the next meeting, seminar, dinner, or
party, she lived as well as studied the sociability that enlarges our lives. We
will miss her.
Judith Wittner, Loyola University
Norma Juliet Wikler
Norma Juliet Wikler graduated from the Department of Sociology at the
University of California-Berkeley in 1973.
Norma arrived in Berkeley in the mid-1960s with an undergraduate degree from
the University of Michigan in nursing, which she hated. Having never taken a
sociology course, she plunged into graduate school to study social movements
and social change, inspired especially by Herbert Blumer. Active in the
anti-war movement, Norma wrote her dissertation on “Vietnam and the Veterans’
Consciousness,” with William Kornhauser and Arlie Hochschild as committee
Norma taught at the University of California-Santa Cruz from 1971 to 1990. Her
Up Against the Clock: Career Women Speak on the Choice to Have Children
(1979), and her articles on reproductive technology are still timely.
Combining her sociological skills and activist concerns, she became founding
director from 1980-82 of the National Judicial Education Program on Gender Bias
in the Courts, a project of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and wrote
extensively on women in the courts. She continued speaking, organizing
conferences, and consulting with state task forces after moving to Costa Rica
in 1992 to grow organic pineapples.
Norma was an intense, vital, funny person and a brilliant organizer. She never
flagged in her commitment to the “class struggle.” In 2001 she moved to New
York to search for a place for herself in the cause, but it wasn’t there.
Refusing to compromise, she took her own life on May 27, 2002. A bench in
Central Park is dedicated to her memory. The plaque reads “Norma Juliet Wikler.
Outraged and Outrageous.”
Ruth Dixon-Mueller, University of California-Berkeley
Official Reports and Proceedings
Summary Submission and Acceptance Data for ASA Journals in 2002.
American Sociological Review
During 2002, ASR published 39 articles and 3 comment/reply exchanges. The
articles reported significant new research in many of the areas of the
discipline. These included: economic and political sociology, race and
ethnicity, gender, criminology, social movements, theory, culture, religion,
organizations, stratification, family, childhood, mental health, demography,
and comparative-historical sociology. The methods used in these articles were
highly varied. Slightly more than one-fourth of published articles in 2002 were
based, for example, on non-quantitative methods (ethnography, textual analysis,
archival research), the same fraction at which non-quantitative manuscripts
The most recent data available (January 2003) from the Institute for Scientific
Information’s Journal Citation Report indicates that
retained its first place position, among 93 sociology journals worldwide, in
terms of “impact.” (A journal’s impact is calculated by dividing the number of
current  journal citations to articles published in the focal journal
during the two previous years by the total number of articles published in the
focal journal in those two years.) By this measure,
also outscored its “sister” journals in neighboring disciplines (viz., the
American Political Science Review
American Economic Review
Also during 2002, five recent
articles won Best Article Prizes from sections of the American Sociological
Association. We congratulate the award winners: Judith Stacey and Timothy
Biblarz for “(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?” (Sex and
Gender Section); Susan Eckstein for “Community as Gift-Giving: Collective Roots
of Volunteerism” (Park Award, Section of Community and Urban Sociology);
Vincent Roscignio and William Danaher for “Radio and the Mobilization of
Textile Workers in the South” (Sociology of Culture Section); Evan Schofer and
Marion Fourcade-Gourinchas for “The Structural Contexts of Civic Engagement:
National Polities and Individual Association Membership” (Political Sociology
Section); and Brian Uzzi for “Embeddedness in the Making of Financial Capital”
(Scott Award, Section on Organizations, Occupations and Work). Peter Stamatov
was also honored (with the Bendix Award from the Section on Comparative and
Historical Sociology) for his paper on the political uses of Giuseppe Verdi’s
operas in the 1840s, a revision of which subsequently appeared in ASR. This
number of awards, we are pleased to say, is twice the number of section prizes
received by any other journal.
The manuscripts submitted to
in 2002 were as varied as those published. In descending order, the top dozen
areas of submission (making up slightly more than half of the submission pool)
were: race and ethnicity, stratification, political sociology,
comparative-historical sociology, family and marriage, economy and society,
demography, social movements, sex and gender, and sociology of culture. This
range of topics portends well for breadth of content in future issues of the
In evaluating manuscripts submitted to
, we have been enormously helped, again this year, by our indefatigable Deputy
Editors: Denise D. Bielby (Santa Barbara), Evelyn Nakano Glenn
(California-Berkeley), Charles N. Halaby (Wisconsin-Madison), Judith A. Howard
(Washington), Andrew G. Walder (Stanford), and David L. Weakliem (Connecticut).
We also benefited from the advice of more than 750 external peer reviewers,
including the hardworking members of our Editorial Board. (For a list of all
reviewers, see ASR, December 2002, Volume 67, pages 925-929.)
With the close of 2002, the terms of 20 Board members came to an end, and we
thank them for their three years of excellent service to the profession:
Richard Biernacki (San Diego), York Bradshaw (Memphis), John S. Butler
(Texas-Austin), Stephen Chiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Marjorie
DeVault (Syracuse), Frank Dobbin (Princeton), Lauren Edelman, (Berkeley),
Kathryn Edin (Northwestern), Patricia Fernandez-Kelly (Princeton), Kenneth
Ferraro (Purdue), Renata Forste (Brigham Young), Jan Hoem (Max Planck
Institute), Pamela Jackson (Indiana), Elizabeth Jelin (Buenos Aires), Kelly
Moore (Barnard), Silvia Pedraza (Michigan), Arthur Sakamoto (Texas-Austin), Gay
Seidman (Wisconsin-Madison), Marilyn Whalen (Xerox Palo Alto Research Center),
and David R. Williams (Michigan). We also thank Jennifer Glass (Iowa), whose
election to Council required her early departure from the Board.
At this time, we welcome onto the Editorial Board the following scholars, whose
terms run from 2003 to 2005: Neuma Aguiar (Federal University of Minas Gerias,
Brazil), Olga Amsterdamska (Amsterdam), Sharyn Roach Anleu (Flinders), Richard
Breen (Oxford), Robert Crutchfield (Washington), Theodore Gerber (Arizona),
Phillip Gorski (Wisconsin-Madison), Ching-Kwan Lee (Michigan), Orville Lee (New
School), Michael Lovaglia (Iowa), Jeff Manza (Northwestern), Cecilia Menjívar
(Arizona State), Leslie McCall (Rutgers), Debra Minkoff (Washington), Eliza
Pavalko (Indiana), Townsand Price-Spatlen (Ohio State), Zhenchau Qian (Ohio
State), Shulamit Reinharz (Brandeis), Lala Carr Steelman (South Carolina),
Xiaohe Xu (Mississippi State), and Ezra Zuckerman (MIT).
As a result of these changes,
2003 Editorial Board has 62 members: 52 percent (N = 32) are men, 48 percent
(N = 30) are women, 29 percent (N = 18) are minority scholars, and 23 percent
(N = 14) reside outside the United States. Together, these Board members bring
expertise in a wide range of substantive areas and methodological practices; 42
percent of them (N = 26), for example, are scholars closely familiar either
with ethnographic, historical, or textual-analytic methods.
In thanking all these scholars, we also want to express appreciation for the
excellent day-to-day work of Karen Bloom, our Managing Editor, and Jacolyn
Hudson, our new Editorial Associate.
considered a total of 574 manuscripts in 2002 (see
). Of these manuscripts, 86 were already in review when the year began, so, 488
new or revised manuscripts were submitted in 2002. Of these, 387 were first
submissions and 101 were resubmissions. The mean number of weeks for an
editorial decision was 13.3.
As to the disposition of manuscripts, the breakdown for 2002 was as follows: We
rejected 70.4 percent ([304 + 25]/467) of submitted papers; we issued “revise
and resubmit” invitations to 13.4 percent (63/467) of manuscripts; we accepted
10.7 percent (50/467) of submissions. These percentages are close to those we
previously reported for 2001, with a slight increase in the percentage of
accepted manuscripts, and a slight fall in the “revise and resubmit” figure.
Despite minor fluctuations, the figures for 2002 thus differ little from those
Charles Camic and Franklin D. Wilson, Editors
The editorial office of
received 1,520 new books to consider for review in Volume 31. All the new
books were sent directly by the publishers to the Purdue office, or indirectly
through the ASA office. A total of 95 books were carried over from the previous
year. The editors examined 1,615 books for consideration in 2002.
Several goals guided the editorial process for Volume 31: (1) increase the
number of new book reviewers and contributors, (2) publish a continuities
symposium, (3) publish a symposium on a major collection of new books, and (4)
publish a symposium on transnational issues.
(1) We cannot accurately count the number of first-time contributors to
. Nonetheless, we estimate that at least one-quarter of the reviews published
in Volume 31 were written by scholars who had not previously prepared materials
for the journal. In addition, in the January issue we featured an essay that is
co-authored by a senior sociologist and her graduate student.
(2) Most of the featured essays and symposia materials featured new books. We
published a continuities symposium on
The Behavior of Law
in the November issue. Eight contributors participated. The symposium was
organized by Allan Horwitz, an editorial board member.
(3) The September issue featured a symposium, organized by the editors, on The
Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality. A cluster of six books, discussing the
findings from a major research initiative that was co-sponsored by the Ford
Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, was the basis for the symposium.
(4) The editors invited Myra Marx Ferree to organize a symposium on German
feminist politics. Seven contributors prepared work that appeared in the
January 2003 issue of
On July 17, 2002, The Report of the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons in Sociology was submitted to the ASA
Council. The Report suggested that Contemporary Sociology feature an essay on
the state of LGBT studies. The editors have invited the Committee to suggest
contributions for near-future issues, including a symposium; and have asked for
recommendations for editorial board members.
The editors selected a total of 482 reviews to publish in Volume 31. This
number, smaller than the corresponding number for Volume 30, is due to a larger
number of pages devoted to essays and symposium materials.
The editors attempted to commission reviews for all new books received that are
authored or edited by sociologists. Revised editions were not reviewed. In
addition, at least 30 books were summarized in the “Take Note” section of each
issue. The “Take Note” section is intended to bring to the reader’s attention
new books in fields related to sociology and the work of sociologists. The
editorial assistants, Lorrell Kilpatrick and Brian Ruby, are PhD students in
sociology at Purdue University. They prepared the “Take Note” summaries for
Editorial and Production Lags
On average, a seven-week editorial lag applies to Volume 31 materials. This
represents the time between receipt of materials and a publication schedule.
The journal’s managing editor, Barbara Puetz, edits and formats all the work
received (including the “Take Note” summaries) in preparation for publication.
The production lag, eight months, represents the time between receipt of the
materials and the publication date.
In Volume 31, 11 review essays and 13 contributions to symposia were published.
A total of 465 book reviews were published.
Editorial Board Members and Reviewers
The current editorial board includes 18 men and 18 women. The editorial board
members are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and intellectual interests.
They are especially helpful in their suggestions for potential reviewers.
JoAnn Miller and Robert Perrucci, Editors
is the ASA magazine devoted to bringing sociology to the widest possible
public. It appears to be doing well. Subscriptions are, I understand, ahead of
projections; the magazine has been picked up by newsstand distributors as of
issue 1:4; several of our articles have gotten media attention and/or have been
reprinted; and informal word is that many instructors are using our articles in
their classes. In this report, I will review how we work and a few matters that
may be of interest to the committee.
As of issue 2:1, each issue of
will have the following departments: Letters to the Editor, feature articles,
photo essay, “From the Polls” (a summary report on recent surveys concerning a
specific subject—the death penalty, for starters), “Field Note” (a simulated
extract from field-workers’ first-hand experiences), book reviews, “Revision”
(a new department—before and after images of social change), and a personal
essay (a social scientist reflects on experiences in the public arena – in the
Spring issue, a long essay by Saad Ibrahim).
For 2003, the magazine underwent a minor design change: Design Site, the
subcontractor for the University of California Press (which publishes
on ASA’s behalf), developed a style for the two new departments and modified a
few others to make their looks slightly more distinct.
’ editorial office runs differently than do those of the other ASA journals.
We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts for our features section—five articles
of about 3000-3500 words, plus illustrations. Instead, we accept and solicit
approximately one-page proposals for feature articles. The proposals are
reviewed by a few consulting editors and, if approved, sent back with
substantial suggestions to direct the writing. First drafts get the same
intense treatment. Second drafts are heavily edited in house. Three other text
sections of the magazine—book reviews, field notes, and personal essays—are
reviewed and edited only in house. Field notes and personal essays usually
appear only after considerable back-and-forth with authors; that is
occasionally true of book reviews, also. Two additional text
sections—Discoveries and From the Polls—are written in house. Contributions to
the two image sections—photo essays and Revisions—are received or solicited by
the Image Editor, Jon Wagner.
Our office structure includes myself as executive editor, a half-time managing
editor, Scott Savitt; a quarter-time graduate assistant editor paid by
UC-Berkeley; and several Berkeley graduate student volunteer editors. The
volunteers are absolutely critical in reviewing and editing. Our assistant
editor, Jennifer Utrata, who has been remarkably energetic, creative, and
responsible, will be leaving to do her dissertation research in March and Aliya
Saperstein will take her place. (Jon Wagner’s image operation is described
First, feature articles: In 2002, the number of (plausible) unsolicited
proposals were few. This surprised me. I expected a reasonable flow after the
first couple issues of
, but it did not develop. (On the other hand, we are asking busy sociologists
to write something additional to—and different from—their usual prose and for
no pay.) Consequently, much of my time is spent developing ideas, contacting
plausible authors, discussing possibilities with them, moving on to others if
need be, repeated communication, getting, and then reshaping proposals. The
proportion of initial ideas that have become or are on their way to being
realized is perhaps 65 percent; the proportion of authors contacted who end up
sending us a proposal is perhaps 20 to 30 percent. It would be far better—for
the workflow, but even more for the diversity of our topics—if more unsolicited
proposals came in. (Early indications suggest that this might be starting in
As of November 25, 2002, we had: 9 feature articles in press for the February
and May 2003, issues; 13-18 proposals for feature articles under development; 7
proposals under editorial review; 9 first drafts awaited; 1 second draft
awaited; 1 translation awaited.
Book reviews are, of course, solicited, as have been all the personal essays.
The latter have also required a good deal of suasion. We have gotten about half
of our field notes unsolicited (but most also take considerable revision).
This hybrid format—presenting academic work in a popular magazine format—is a
challenge. Few sociologists write with the structure, or the style, or the
vocabulary needed to reach a general audience and, therefore, substantial
editing and rewriting are required. (Optimally, we would have a professional
social science journalist available to revise articles rather than relying on a
sociologist and sociology graduate students.) Also, few sociologists are
attuned to the scheduling demands of magazine work and so much time is spent
The Discoveries section—short items on recent research—is, we hear, quite
popular. We also think that Discoveries has served to publicize our sociology
journals. Only some sociology articles have findings that would be appreciated
and understood by lay readers; finding those and then “translating” the
material is a major task of the student editors and myself.
All this notwithstanding, our operations have gotten smoother as we have learnt
what works and what does not. A better arrangement would probably be to have a
separate editor handle book reviews and yet a third to handle the non-feature
articles. Ultimately, however, there can be only so much efficiency in an
operation that depends as greatly as we do on volunteer contributors and
Production: From Editorial Office to End Product
The innovations and the learning required both on our side and on that of the
University of California Press and its subcontractor, Design Site, led to
several stumbles in the first year. We’ve had problems with late changes,
scheduling, copy-editing, photograph arrangements, consistency in style,
printers’ procedures, web site, publicity, and so on. It looks like we’ve
gotten through the growth pangs and now have a system that works pretty well.
Our managing editor, Scott Savitt, has been in the middle of this operation,
making sure that in the end it succeeded and that we have gotten better
The images in
are critical to its success and are essentially a separate—and largely a
volunteer—operation, subject only to the executive editor’s approval and
editing. Jon Wagner, of UC-Davis, aided by a work-study graduate student paid
for by UC-Davis and a few undergraduates, finds or creates the images to
accompany Discoveries and the feature articles, as well as to produce the Photo
Essay and the new image feature, Revision. Finding images to match text
involves searching databases and putting out the call to amateur, professional
and sociologist photographers. Getting permissions to use photographs is
another hurdle, especially given that we must ask their owners to donate them
gratis. (Recently, the ASA has allowed us $500 per issue to pay for processing
and shipping images; that has made the work notably easier.) As in other
aspects of the magazine, we—the designer, UC Press, the printer, and us—had to
learn by some trial and error how to get the workflow set up and the quality
raised. Early issues had problems in matters such as captions, cropping, and
inking, but it appears that, with issue 1:4, we have successfully settled
Wagner points out that a few uncertainties remain. He’d like to get more of the
images onto our ASA web site, perhaps on a distinct page, and also mount a set
of guidelines for photo submission. The question of redistribution of the
images for teaching use of our articles remains open. And Wagner has uncovered
a set of general copyright/fair use concerns that apply not just to
but to any scholarship that employs images.
My term as editor ends on the last day of 2004. A new editor will be selected
in early 2004.
Claude S. Fischer, Editor
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Overall Operations and Manuscript Flow
Journal of Health and Social Behavior (JHSB)
published 28 articles and 2 comments in 2002. The number of new and revised
submissions was nearly 27 percent higher in 2002 than in 2001. This increase is
slightly higher than the increase we experienced in 2001. Overall, we are
processing significantly more manuscripts than was typical for
in years past. At the same time, the
did not function as smoothly as it did in the previous year. This was due
primarily to the fact that we had a complete turnover of office personnel in
the spring of 2002. The combined problems of increased manuscript load and the
restructuring of office operations resulted in an increase in the length of
time papers have been in review and in delays in publication of the September
and December 2002 issues.
The audience for
is primarily medical sociologists, health psychologists, public health
researchers, health policy researchers, gerontologists, family researchers,
social psychologists, and psychiatric epidemiologists. Because
publishes research on topics that have to do with aspects of human well-being
that are of general interest, we have increased our efforts to get more
articles. Policy makers and the educated public are audiences outside the
social research community that we are working to reach. Two procedures that we
have in place to deal with this 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.
(1) The June 2002 issue of
was a special issue on measurement in mental health research edited by Allan
V. Horwitz on “Selecting Outcomes for the Sociology of Mental Health: Issues of
Measurement and Dimensionality.” This special issue dealt with the question of
what constitutes the appropriate outcome dimensions for sociologists who do
research in mental health. Papers included in the issue focused on positive
mental health, alternative measures of mental health, and the question of
categorical vs. continuous measures of negative mental health.
(2) The September 2003 issue of
will be a special issue on Race and Mental Health edited by David Williams and
David Takeuchi. A call for papers for this issue was publicized in 2001. This
will be both a special issue and an expanded issue that will be approximately
double the size of a usual issue. The extra pages are being paid for by two
small grants from the National Institutes of Health.
(3) In 2004,
will publish an extra issue on “Health and Health Care in the U.S.: Origins
and Dynamics,” and funded by a grant of $25,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation to the ASA. This extra issue will examine current theoretical and
empirical knowledge on the social organization of health care in the United
States. The primary goal of this issue is to provide theoretical and conceptual
focus and direction to research on the social organization of health care. The
articles are being selected for their potential to guide future research and
policy efforts by building on, and furthering, the contributions that medical
sociology has made both to the discipline of sociology and to the larger
network of academic, clinical, and governmental institutions that serve the
While there has been much empirical and policy research in these areas, a
broader contemporary theoretical understanding of social and structural
processes in health care is lacking. This extra issue will be an opportunity
for sociologists to creatively synthesize ongoing developments in health status
and health care, using both their own and others’ empirical research, as well
as analytic and interpretive approaches to these problems.
Planning for this extra issue has been ongoing for the past two years.
Discussions have occurred with the ASA executive office and among members of
ASA Publications Committee, the JHSB Editorial Board, and at ASA Annual
Meetings among Council members and other members of the ASA Medical Sociology
Section. After much discussion, Donald W. Light of the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey agreed to organize the extra issue and to serve as
its editor. Light recruited a co-editor, Ivy Lynn Bourgeault from the
University of Western Ontario. With the
editor, Light developed a set of specific topics and a list of leading
researchers and theorists in medical sociology to be invited to submit papers.
In addition, Light and Bourgeault, with the help of the
editorial office, developed a list of appropriate reviewers. Review procedures
follow standard practice for ASA journals. The extra issue editors will make
decisions on acceptance or rejection of papers and will forward those decisions
in the form of recommendations to the
editor, who will have final decision-making responsibility.
Eight members of the
Editorial Board rotated off the board in 2002: Christine Himes (Syracuse),
Donald W. Light (UMDNJ), Richard Rogers (Colorado), Sarah Rosenfield (Rutgers),
David Takeuchi (Washington), Peggy Thoits (Vanderbilt), Heather A. Turner (New
Hampshire), and Mark VanLandingham (Texas – Medical Branch). These retiring
Editorial Board members deserve our gratitude for their extraordinary service
and commitment to the Journal. Eight new board members were added. These new
members, whose terms began as of January 1, 2003, are David M. Almeida
(Arizona), Chloe Bird (Rand Corporation), Phil Brown (Brown), Kenneth F.
Ferraro (Purdue), Jo C. Phelan (Columbia), Elaine Wethington (Cornell), Helen
Raskin White (Rutgers), and Kristi Williams (Ohio State).
The diversity issue at
has three dimensions: (1) the Editorial Board, (2) ad hoc reviewers, and (3)
The ethnic/racial composition of the 2003
Editorial Board is: 25 whites, 5 African Americans, and 1 Asian American and 1
Hispanic/Latino American. In addition, 17 of the board members are female, and
15 are male.
Ad Hoc Reviewers.
The review of manuscripts submitted to
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
, 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
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 United
States and globally, and how these transformations are influencing inequalities
in health and health care.
Current Problems and Issues
As was the case in 2001, a continuing problem in 2002 was finding competent and
willing reviewers. 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. To reduce the probability of sending manuscripts to people who will
decline or fail to do a review, we send email requests to potential reviewers
before assigning reviews. This procedure has increased the rate of return of
reviews by reviewers. However, the procedure has not eliminated the problem of
reviewers committing to do a review and failing to send one in.
There are two other problems in the operation of the
. First, there have been delays in publication of the September and December
2002 issues. Second, our editorial lag is longer than it should be. Though we
did begin focusing attention on addressing this latter problem in the final
months of 2001 (as noted in our 2001 report), the figure for 2002 does not
indicate improvement. In fact, the editorial lag worsened somewhat. As noted in
the opening paragraph above, the main reasons for these two problems are (1)
the increased load of manuscripts, and (2) the complete turnover of staff
during 2002. We are continuing to work on restructuring editorial operations
and on developing procedures to solve these problems.
Michael D. Hughes, Editor
Rose Series in Sociology
Since the beginning of 2002, we have received and reviewed 25 manuscripts and
proposals, and reviewed six other manuscripts and proposals carried over from
2001. Of these, we have given three advance contracts (Frank Furstenberg, Julie
Kmec, and Mary Fischer’s
Setting Out: Establishing Success in Early Adulthood Among Urban Youth
; Arne Kalleberg’s
Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs: Changing Work and Workers in America
; Madonna Harrington-Meyer and Pamela Herd’s
Retrenching Welfare, Entrenching Inequality: Gender, Race and Old Age in the
). In addition, we have requested five revise-and-resubmits, we have rejected
16, and we are currently reviewing one more. We currently anticipate another 20
submissions (based on our discussions with potential authors), and are actively
in discussion with more than 25 other potential authors.
This year, Anthony S. Bryk, Barbara Schneider, and Julie Reed Kochanek’s
Relational Trust in the Chicago School System
was published (in time for the ASA 2002 meetings), and Frank D. Bean and
The New American Immigrants
is now in process at the Russell Sage Foundation. In addition to the books
listed above, the current editors have signed contracts for Suzanne Bianchi,
John Robinson, and Melissa Milkie’s
Changing Rhythms of American Family Life
, Rebecca Emigh, Dylan Riley, and Patricia Ahmed’s
The Production of Demographic Knowledge,
and Scott Feld and Katherine Brown Rosier’s
Regulating Morality by Choice
. This year, we had the first of our meetings with authors who are partway
through their manuscripts. We brought Feld and Rosier and Emigh, Riley, and
Ahmed to Amherst to meet with us. We also have meetings scheduled during the
spring with Bianchi, Robinson, and Milkie and with Melissa Hardy and Lawrence
Hazelrigg, whose manuscript
Pension Puzzles: Questions of Principle and Principal
was accepted by the previous editor. We feel that our meetings with authors
have been quite successful in moving manuscripts along in effective ways.
We have undertaken a variety of efforts to generate high quality manuscripts
and proposals. To identify authors and topics that might be suitable for the
Rose Series, we have reviewed all the major journals in sociology, consulted
lists of major grants awarded, and worked with our editorial board. While these
efforts have yielded a number of potentially promising submissions, maintaining
a steady flow of quality proposals and manuscripts remains a challenge. We are
working to publicize the ASA Rose Series through such means as notices in
, and a poster and mailing to approximately 500 departments around the country.
We will, of course, continue to utilize the many connections of our fine
We also have reorganized our editorial board, with a goal of having 30 members
all serving three-year terms, with 10 outgoing and 10 incoming members each
year. This has meant adding a number of new members this year. Overall, our
editorial board has a highly representative gender, racial and ethnic
composition, and we will continue to ensure that it remains so.
Randall Stokes and Joya Misra (rotating Executive Editors with Doug Anderton,
Dan Clawson, Naomi Gerstel, Robert Zussman, Editors); Jeffrey Beemer, Rose
Social Psychology Quarterly
The past year was a very busy one for
. We had two special issues in preparation, one on
Race, Racism, and Discrimination
and one on
Sociological and Social Psychological Approaches to Social Identity Theory
. Both special issues drew an excellent response from scholars and we are
excited about the way their contents are shaping up.
The special issue on
Race, Racism, and Discrimination
is being edited by Lawrence Bobo, with a goal of giving us a profile of the
vital new social psychological scholarship on race. As a sign of the pent up
demand for more focused attention to work in this area, especially under the
direction of an expert like Larry Bobo, the special issue drew a massive
response to its June 2002 deadline, receiving a total of 40 manuscripts. The
exceptionally large number of submissions created some coordination problems,
both for the
office and for the special issue editor, and created more delays in processing
the manuscripts than we like. We all worked hard to resolve these problems,
however, and the issue is now in the final stages of the editorial process. It
will appear in December 2003, and promises to be an exceptionally interesting
The goal of the special issue on
Social Identity Theory
is to bring sociological social psychology into a mutually fruitful dialog with
the increasingly influential European tradition of social identity theory.
Social identity theory has had an impact on a number of sociological fields
such as social movements and organizational behavior. Michael Hogg and I are
co-editing the issue to combine sociological and social identity perspectives.
Hogg is a prominent, British trained social identity theorist who is now at the
University of Queensland in Australia. A total of 23 manuscripts were submitted
for the issue in March 2002. The issue is now complete and in production. It
will appear in June 2003.
As both a side effect of the special issues and a sign of the journal’s
handled a substantially increased volume of manuscripts in 2002. We considered
223 papers in 2002, compared to 161 in 2001 and 181 in 2000. Of these, 175 were
submitted in 2002 rather than carried over from a previous year and 77% of the
2002 submissions were new papers rather than revisions. This is considerably
more typical rate of about 125 submissions in a year, about 65-70% of which
are typically first submissions (in 2001 and 2000 there were 125 and 127
Special issues always attract a certain number of papers that would come to the
journal anyway but are simply directed to a special issue once it is announced.
One of the goals of special issues, however, is to reach beyond the normal pool
of submissions to attract papers from authors who might not normally think to
. Considering the increase in manuscripts attracted to the journal in 2002, the
special issues seemed to have served their purposes in this regard. Broadening
the pool of social psychological scholarship that
considers can only strengthen its quality and value for its readership.
The official acceptance rate for
, which is acceptances as a percentage of all decisions, was 13% in 2002. This
is a little lower than is typical and may partly reflect the wider range of
papers that were considered in 2002 due to the special issues. In recent years
’s acceptance rate has generally been in the 16-20% range and is likely to
return to that level in 2003. When calculated as a percentage of all final
decisions on papers (i.e., accepts /accepts+rejects), the acceptance rate in
2002 was 19%. The comparable figure for 2001 was 33%, in 2000, 34% and in 1999
it was 28%.
The downside of
’s increased manuscript flow for 2002 is that it put an unusually heavy demand
on the editorial process and the
office. The large number of papers submitted for the special issues
substantially increased coordination tasks with editors and the time it took to
secure reviews from a broader than usual pool of reviewers. As a result, the
median time lag between first submission of a paper and an editorial decision
was an unacceptable 17.4 weeks in 2002. This compares with 9.5 weeks in 2001
and 10.6 weeks in 2000. I apologize to authors who were inconvenienced by
delayed decisions. With the special issues now largely complete, the editorial
backlog has been eliminated and
review process has returned to a more typical time length of about 10 weeks.
Despite an unusual year in other respects, however, the time from acceptance of
a paper to publication in 2002 remained at a typical duration of 8 months,
which compares with 9 months in 2001 and 6 months in 2000.
Finally, I would like to thank a number of people who made the production of
possible in 2002. The efforts of Kathy Kuipers, our Managing Editor, have been
invaluable in such a busy year. I am grateful as well to
former Graduate Editorial Assistant, Cynthia Brandt, who worked so ably on the
journal from 2001 until mid-2002.
was very fortunate to have Justine Tinkler join us as Graduate Editorial
Assistant after Brandt’s departure. I would also like to thank the outgoing
Editorial board for their generous advice and service. These include Diane
Felmlee, John Heritage, Ross Matsueda, Elizabeth Menaghan, Phyllis Moen, Gary
Oates, Robert Roberts, and Dawn Robinson. In addition, I would like to welcome
to the Editorial Board Rebecca Erickson, Richard Felson, Pamela Braboy Jackson,
Melissa Milkie, Timothy Owens, Sarah Rosenfield, Michael Schwalbe, Shane Thye,
and David Williams.
Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Editor
This report addresses three questions: In what direction am I taking
? How do I decide which papers to accept and which to reject? And, What
now face? In addition, this report makes public my apology to the deputy
for the production error that caused their names to be omitted from the 2002
volume of the journal. These editors are Robert Emerson, Larry Griffin, and
Martina Morris. I am grateful to all of them for their contribution, and I am
deeply embarrassed by this error.
Insofar as the editor of an official journal of the ASA should give that
journal any direction at all, I think that the direction should be to demand
quality and to encourage diversity and creativity. Paying and pleading are the
traditional means of getting researchers to do things. Poor
penurious position precludes the possibility of paying, so pleading persists
as the primary procedure for prompting people to produce publishable papers. I
beg every sociologist who listens to me, and many who do not, to write papers
about ways to improve the methods used to do the kind of research that they do.
If the research that they do is published in sociological journals, then the
methods that they use to do it are sociological methods, as far as I am
concerned. Articles about those methods belong in
. The 2002 issue of
included articles on topics including legal issues in the protection of human
subjects, the measurement of segregation, logical methods for theory
construction, network analysis, and methods for combining qualitative and
quantitative research methods. I am pleased by the breadth of topics examined
in the 2002 issue, and I want to increase that breadth. I want to keep
publishing first-rate papers on all of these topics, and more.
I am very much aware of and supportive of the idea that
belongs to the discipline, rather than to the editor. I seek advice and I take
the advice that I get, so long as that advice is soundly argued on the basis of
evidence and logic. And my own opinion is just one opinion too, and subject to
the same standards as any other opinion, as far as I am concerned. Further, I
am very much aware that editors come and go pretty fast; they seem to last as
long as a nice shirt, but not as long as a nice necktie. If the journal is to
have an existence that transcends its editor of the moment, then each editor
must consider what previous editors would have done. As a result, I take some
papers that I don’t like, I don’t take some papers that I do like, and I take
the blame for everything that anybody else dislikes.
Among the many challenges that every journal faces, I think that
now faces three that are worthy of note. First, the journal still lacks a
publication backlog. The absence of a backlog is very nice for authors, because
it puts their papers into print just a few months after they are accepted for
publication. But backlog is the buffer that keeps editors and publishers calm
as publication deadlines draw near. It is a more anxious editorial life without
a backlog. The editor of
want a less anxious editorial life. Second, tardy reviews are the scourge of
all refereed journals, including
. The problem is not reviewers who take extra time to do their reviews, nor is
it those who promptly decline our requests to review submitted papers. Rather,
the problem is the reviewer who neither declines the request to review, nor
writes the review. Third, I am sorry to report an incident in which a person
whose work was criticized in a forthcoming paper in
attempted by unusual means to delay or abort the publication of that paper.
Scholarship and science advance by debate and criticism. My own personal view
is that our claims to scholarship and science cannot stand if we tolerate
efforts to silence critics by tampering with the normal editorial processes of
academic and scientific journals.
In closing, I want to stress that
is the journal of all the methodologies of sociology. Your editor seeks to
publish excellent contributions on each and every one of those diverse research
Ross M. Stolzenberg, Editor
This year has been highlighted by the move to a quarterly format that will
allow for the more rapid flow of manuscripts into press. This format will also
enable me to occasionally produce special issues on a topic. Two such issues
are in the works. At present, I have a reasonable queue of articles, but I am
anxious to increase the rate of submissions. With more submissions, I can make
the case to the Publications Committee for more pages. Without a substantial
increase in submissions, the journal will receive the same number of total
pages that it did when only three issues were published each year.
Last year, we had 94 articles submitted, with an acceptance rate of 23%. Both
of these figures are about the same as in 2001. Thus, the number of submissions
is not increasing, a fact which signals that there are opportunities to publish
. I continue to get a wide variety of articles, but most could be grouped under
the label of meta-theory—that is, commentary on existing theories. It would be
nice if more explanatory articles—broadly conceived—were submitted, but it may
be the case that the vast majority of those who identify with theory are
engaged in meta-theorizing.
Both the managing editor and the first group of members on the editorial board
have moved on. I want to thank David Boyns who was the managing editor from the
moment that I took over the journal; he did a wonderful job and is now in a
tenure tract faculty position. The new managing editor, Christopher Schmidt,
comes with considerable experience, having been the managing editor of
. My first editorial board has been very responsive; and I want to thank Robert
Antonio Albert Bergesen, Janet Chafez, Gary Alan Fine, Douglas Heckathorn,
Karin Knorr-Cetina, Michele Lamont, Charles Lemert, Alexandra Maryanski,
Cecilia Rigeway, George Ritzer, Bryan Turner, Walter Wallace, and Morris
Zelditch. In particular Robert Antonio and Charles Lemert should be commended
for staying on for a full second term. Michele Dillon continues on the board,
and the new members of the board are Jeffrey Alexander, Paul Colomy, Neil
Gross, Christine Williams, Jennifer Earl, and Guillermina Jasso.
All in all, the journal is doing well. If another 30 or so submissions come in,
I hope to increase the number of pages, which in turn will allow for more
special issues, debate and commentary, and symposia.
Jonathan Turner, Editor
Sociology of Education
2002 was a year of transition for
Sociology of Education
. The outgoing editorial team of Aaron Pallas and Annette Lareau continued to
accept new submissions through July 1 and invited resubmissions through
mid-September. Submissions after those dates were directed to incoming editor
Karl Alexander and his two Deputy Editors, Linda Grant and Suet-ling Pong. The
editorial office at Teachers College remained active throughout the year
processing resubmissions, but most journal activities followed the manuscript
flow south to Johns Hopkins. The transition, from our perspective, has gone
smoothly; we hope others have not been inconvenienced by it.
This report covers the combined activity of the two offices. That is to say, it
covers the entire year.
The total number of manuscripts submitted during the 2002 calendar year is 150.
This total represents a 22% increase over 2001, and exceeds the annual totals
going back to 1997. Just under 80% of the 2002 submissions (N=119) were
processed under the outgoing editor. Sixty-four of the 119 were invited
resubmissions. That is an unusually large number (e.g., the total for 2001 was
42), but it is likely the impending editorial transition played a role. As
mentioned, the outgoing editor agreed to complete the processing of invited
resubmissions received by September 15, thereby achieving a consistent
editorial perspective. A special mailing was sent out to that effect and the
numbers suggest that many authors availed themselves of the opportunity. Most
accepted manuscripts are drawn from resubmissions, and this is reflected in the
2002 acceptance figures: 36 resubmitted manuscripts either accepted outright or
accepted pending minor revisions. This compares with a 2001 total of 31. (Keep
in mind that most conditional accepts show up again as accepts when the minor
revisions are complete. We will not be publishing 31 or 36 manuscripts in a
year)] That, combined with the Special issue set aside, means there is an
exceptionally large backlog of accepted manuscripts. These will carry over into
2003, and possibly 2004. Realizing this, the outgoing and ingoing editors
together requested from the Publications Committee a one-time increase in the
journal’s page allocation. We are pleased to report that ASA Council, upon the
Publication Committee’s recommendation, has added 30 pages to SOE’s 2003
The 2002 editorial board consisted of 22 members, of whom 9 were women, and 6
members of racial/ethnic minority groups. The composition of the Board was more
diverse this year than last, and the five new Editorial Board appointments made
by the incoming editorial team for 2003 will continue this pattern. They are
Ann Ferguson, Bradley Levinson, Meredith Phillips, Tony Tam, and Min Zhou—we
welcome their involvement with the journal. The new Board members enhance
diversity not just in demographic terms (Ferguson being Afro-Caribbean, Tam
Asian, and Zhou Asian American), but also in terms of research methodologies
(Ferguson and Levinson do mainly qualitative research) and in terms of the
journal’s geographic reach (Tam being based in Taiwan).
Sociology of Education
needs to be welcoming of all styles of scholarship and open to diverse
theoretical perspectives. Whether that has always been the case is impossible
to say, but clearly the journal was not always perceived in that light. The
outgoing editorial team was committed to diversity in the journal’s operations
and publications; so too is the new editorial leadership. It is reflected in
who they are, in their own research styles, in their new Board appointments,
and they intend for it to be apparent in all aspects of the journal’s
A special issue is in preparation on the sociology of school and classroom
language, an initiative undertaken by outgoing Editor Pallas. His hope is that
a special issue on the sociology of school and classroom language will
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.
Manuscripts for the special issue were solicited at the 2001 Annual Meeting, in
Footnotes, and in the journal. This issue is scheduled to appear as the July
2003 issue of the journal.
Perspectives on Critical Issues
Most of what is published in Sociology of Education is culled from unsolicited
submissions. That is as it should be; that is as it always will be. But the
journal also should be forward-looking and proactive in agenda setting. Often
that happens though special issues, such as the one on classroom discourse
scheduled to appear this year. Occasionally it happens through commentaries and
think pieces. As examples, some of you will recall the exchanges on educational
tracking and school choice that have appeared in the past in SOE. Starting in
2003, and with the Publications Committee’s blessing, Alexander, Grant and Pong
will be introducing a regular feature of commentaries. Entitled “Perspectives
on Critical Issues,” these will be brief (on the order of 6 journal pages)
solicited think pieces on topics deemed timely and relevant (though invited,
they will be subject to review). Usually there will be two commentaries,
preferably articulating different points of view. They will be written in
parallel, not as point–counterpoint statements and not in reaction to a
published article. Grant and Pong, together with volunteers from the Editorial
Board, are heading up this initiative. The first Perspectives topic will deal
with gender in the schools; the second likely some aspect of immigration. The
plan is to publish Perspectives feature pieces in every other issue, but for
this first year of the experiment they are targeted for the July and October
issues. We welcome your ideas for Perspectives topics and authors.
As outgoing editor, Pallas is indebted to his Deputy Editor Annette Lareau and
editorial assistant Esther Hong. Alexander’s list is a bit longer, and at the
very top are his immediate predecessors Aaron Pallas and Annette Lareau. Well
before July 1, he was bombarding them with questions and seemingly endless
calls for help. They are passing along a journal in good health and they have
gone well beyond the call of duty in helping make the transition both seamless
and painless. Both of us thank Karen Edwards, the ASA publications director,
and Wendy Almeleh, Pallas’ managing editor, who will be continuing her good
work with the journal. They’ve been absolutely terrific!
Next, looking inward, Linda Grant and Suet-ling Pong responded enthusiastically
to Alexander’s invitation to join him as the journal’s Deputy Editors. The
three of them are scattered about, with Grant at Georgia and Pong up the road
from Hopkins at Penn State, but e-mail, conference calls and the like make it
all quite manageable. They’ve helped time and again when Alexander has been
stymied for reviewers, given him counsel on particularly tough decisions,
helped on outreach, and have taken the lead on the “Perspectives” initiative.
The three of them are working hard and well together, and even managing to have
a bit of fun in the process.
Alexander’s most immediate support circle of course is located at his home
base. Anna Stoll is doing the day-to-day work of the journal as his Editorial
Assistant. Stoll and Alexander have been working together 16 years on
Alexander’s research project, the Beginning School Study. Never one to shy away
from a challenge, Stoll welcomed the invitation to work on the journal. She
manages the data base that tracks the flow of manuscripts, maintains the
journal’s physical files, oversees its budget and expenses, does most of the
correspondence and, perhaps most importantly, rides herd on Alexander to do
what he’s supposed to do—he would be lost without her.
Thanks also are due Alexander’s Department Chair, Andy Cherlin, for granting
him course relief, making it possible for Alexander to entertain the
editorship. There also are two graduate student helpers to be acknowledged.
Angela Estacion and YingYi Ma are volunteering their time to help with two
self-study type projects: one is to compile a database as an aid in identifying
external reviewers; the other will scrutinize the Journal’s winnowing or
gatekeeping process by monitoring the flow of manuscripts—how do published
articles compare with what comes in? They plan to examine, for example,
manuscript content (e.g., topical focus, research approach, subject population,
geographic coverage) and author characteristics (demographics, institutional
affiliation, professional rank). These projects are just germinating at the
moment, but if all goes well next year they will be in full bloom and there
will be more to report.
Aaron M. Pallas, Editor, and Karl Alexander, Editor-Elect
The journal continues to gradually increase the number and quality of
manuscripts submitted each year. Dr. Laurie Scheuble has sustained a high level
of book, film and video reviews that have benefitted our readership as well.
This fall the Publications Committee initiated the process for recruiting and
recommending a new editor, who should be on board by July 2003 and whose first
issue will appear in January 2004. We do not yet know the new editor’s
identity, but we were pleased with the quality of applications that would be
forwarded to Council. The momentum behind the scholarship of teaching and
learning in the ASA ensures a bright future for the journal.
In the summer, we received a concern from an author regarding plagiarism from
the literature review of an article published earlier in
. The author did not want to file a formal grievance with the ASA Committee on
Professional Ethics, but sought guidance in responding to the current
author(s). After discussions with the Journal Board in August, we notified the
current author(s) of those specific manuscript elements and the ASA
Professional Ethics code and asked for a statement acknowledging (1) the
authorship process, which resulted in the plagiarized materials, and (2) the
steps that would be taken in classroom and professional development activities
within the department to ensure against future incidents in the professional
writing process. The current author(s) responded and identified current and
revised future practices for ensuring that all sociologists and in-training
sociologist would have appropriate guidance and materials. The editorial
comments in the upcoming issue of Teaching Sociology will emphasize the
teaching and learning dimensions of these ethical issues.
We are supporting “guest editorships” of two issues (not budgeted as additional
issues of the journal) or sections of journal issues. The first of these is
“Teaching Sociology with a Purpose: Issues in Curriculum Design and Outcomes
Assessment,” edited by Bruce Keith, Assistant Dean for Academic Assessment at
the United States Military Academy, West Point. This issue appeared in October
2002. The second of these is “Case Studies and Pedagogies at Historically Black
Colleges and Universities,” edited by John Stanfield II, Professor of Sociology
at the University of Indiana and the recent recipient of the career distinction
award from the Association of Black Sociologists. This issue is projected to be
published in October 2003.
The series of working papers from the July, 2000 national conference at James
Madison University on Sociology and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
continue to be published in this journal, three of these appearing in the
current volume year. I anticipate a total of five papers from this series.
Ms. Katherine Acosta completed the first year of her two-year assignment as
Managing Editor and attended the ASA meetings this past August to meet the
Board and participate in discussion of the direction of the journal. Kathy is
an ABD sociology graduate student whose dissertation work focuses on minority
women’s health care alternatives in the wake of reduced insurance coverage due
to changing family and work situations. Kathy was also a participant in the ASA
Preparing Future Faculty initiative.
Helen Moore, Editor