Comparative Sociology and Social Change

Research in this cluster examines the causes and consequences of cross-national, cross-cultural variations in social processes.  Comparative scholars at Harvard analyze a wide array of topics, including political institutions, civil society, cultural repertoires, labor markets, welfare systems, inequality, knowledge, violence, global and regional integration, and economic development.

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Faculty Spotlight: The Rise of Non-Normative Households in South Korea

November 1, 2019

The dramatic transformation of family patterns in advanced capitalist societies has received much attention in both academia and the popular press. News coverage of family change in East Asia, especially, is fueling alarm and anxiety with frequent stories about how low-fertility rates are contributing to rapidly aging populations, an unsustainable trend given the fragility of pension programs specifically, and welfare systems generally.... Read more about Faculty Spotlight: The Rise of Non-Normative Households in South Korea

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Faculty Spotlight: Labor Contention in China’s Changing Economy

July 31, 2019

Although traditionally known as “the world’s factory,” China’s economy has changed immensely in recent years. According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, the number of jobs in the manufacturing sector has been declining since 2012, whereas jobs in the service sector have been increasing. As the country’s economy and primary industries have changed, so too have its labor conflicts. Ya-Wen Lei, Assistant Professor of Sociology, investigates the labor organizing of drivers for China’s fast-growing food-delivery platforms.... Read more about Faculty Spotlight: Labor Contention in China’s Changing Economy

Jason Beckfield signs books at launch of Political Sociology and the People's Health, held October 23, 2018 at the Harvard University Center for Population and Development Studies

Faculty Spotlight: Launching Political Sociology and the People's Health

December 4, 2018
A social epidemiologist looks at health inequalities in terms of the upstream factors that produced them. A political sociologist sees these same inequalities as products of institutions that unequally allocate power and social goods. Sociology Chair Jason Beckfield's new book asks an important question: can the two talk to one another? ... Read more about Faculty Spotlight: Launching Political Sociology and the People's Health
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