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  1. Cultural Guides, Cultural Critics: Distrust of Doctors and Social Support during Mental Health Treatment

    Research on relationships and health often interprets culture as the passively transmitted “content” of social ties, an approach that overlooks the influence of cultural resources on relationships themselves. I propose that mental health patients seek social support partly based on cultural resources held by their network members, including members’ medical knowledge and beliefs. I test hypotheses using data from the Indianapolis Network Mental Health Study, an egocentric network survey of new mental health patients (N = 152) and their personal relationships (N = 1,868).
  2. The New Bohemia as Urban Institution

    Bohemia, the colorful intersection of place, lifestyle, and artistic imagination, is rooted in the urban revolutions of 19th century Paris, and has proven to be a durable and transposable tradition of modernity in the nearly two centuries since. We have ideas about what living like an artist in the city should look like, and these in turn continue to powerfully shape what it does look like, culturally and materially. This cultural continuity today interacts with the structural transformation of the US economy and of American cities.

  3. Transporting Urban Inequality Through Public Transit Designs & Systems

    Four large, and often overflowing, dumpsters are situated at one of the more than dozen bus stops at the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Red Line 95th Street/Dan Ryan train station. This station is on the city's far south side and the ridership on the buses that board and disembark there and the train is predominantly minority. On a warm or hot day, the smell of bus engines and dumpster contents fill the waiting areas.

  4. Urban Design in a New Age of Immigration

    Urban planners and designers have a significant role to play in addressing the needs of immigrants. The tools of urban planning—plans, designs, policies, regulations, financing strategies, and participatory methods that support them—have the potential to promote, sustain, or undermine the requirements of a diverse and multicultural city. Attempts to use urban planning and design to support immigrant neighborhoods are challenged by a lack of comprehensive federal immigration reform and the increasing significance of legal status in immigrant lives and communities.

  5. The Black Pacific: Anti-colonial Struggle and Oceanic Connections

    Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Volume 3, Issue 4, Page 582-583, October 2017.
  6. Max Weber’s Disciples: Theorizing the Charismatic Aristocracy

    While several studies have explored the interactional dynamics of charismatic power, most have neglected the role of what Weber termed the charismatic aristocracy. This article revives the classical concept to respond to contemporary calls for performative, follower-centric approaches to charisma. Specifically, the charismatic aristocracy is placed at the center of an analysis of a reiterative moment in charismatization: when influential followers generate content for the emerging charismatic persona.
  7. What’s the Harm? The Coverage of Ethics and Harm Avoidance in Research Methods Textbooks

    Methods textbooks play a role in socializing a new generation of researchers about ethical research. How do undergraduate social research methods textbooks portray harm, its prevalence, and ways to mitigate harm to participants? We conducted a content analysis of ethics chapters in the 18 highest-selling undergraduate textbooks used in sociology research methods courses in the United States and Canada in 2013. We found that experiments are portrayed as the research design most likely to harm participants.
  8. Teaching in Unfamiliar Terrain: Empowering Student and Teacher Learning through a Photography Assignment

    This article addresses a challenge for sociologists who teach at institutions located in unfamiliar cultural contexts through a photo elicitation project to develop students’ sociological imaginations while teaching the instructor about students’ social contexts. In introductory courses, we must present sociology as a field of study that is relevant for students’ lives and teach students to connect their experiences with sociological perspectives.
  9. Virginia is for Lovers

    four essays on the loving v. virginia case, including the “bureaucratic genocide” that narrowed mildred loving’s racial identity, the persistence of racial binaries alongside the rise of intermarriage, and public constructions of memory.

  10. Difficult People: Who Is Perceived to Be Demanding in Personal Networks and Why Are They There?

    Why do people maintain ties with individuals whom they find difficult? Standard network theories imply that such alters are avoided or dropped. Drawing on a survey of over 1,100 diverse respondents who described over 12,000 relationships, we examined which among those ties respondents nominated as a person whom they “sometimes find demanding or difficult.” Those so listed composed about 15 percent of all alters in the network. After holding ego and alter traits constant, close kin, especially women relatives and aging parents, were especially likely to be named as difficult alters.