Jack Goldstone, Elman Family Professor of Public Policy at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, will present a talk on :"Bridging Culture, Economics, Politics, Networks and Agency: Toward a Unified General Theory of the Origins of Modern Economic Growth". Workshop in History, Culture and Society co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology. All are welcome to attend.
This August, Michèle Lamont began a term as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association. This honor came with a number of responsibilities, including organizing the 2017 ASA Annual Meeting. She chose as a theme “Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion across the Globe.” Participants can look forward to plenary sessions on topics such as “Dignity, Morality, and the Bridging of Group Boundaries,” “The Politics of Distribution and Recognition,” “The Pursuit of Inclusion through Law, Policies, and Narratives,” and much more.... Read more about Culture and Inequality through Various Prisms
Orlando Patterson will be awarded the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Book Award from the Cleveland Foundation. Past winners include three writers who went on to win Nobel prizes: Nadine Gordimer, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Toni Morrison.
In recent months, populist politics appealing to deep-seated nationalist sentiments have risen to prominence in American public discourse. This trend has been primarily reflected in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but its echoes can also be found in the rhetoric of other Republican presidential candidates. Political scientists, journalists, and politicians have been caught off guard by this seemingly sudden shift in U.S. political discourse and its resonance with a large plurality of voters in the Republican primary. Yet, similar developments have been unfolding in European politics for over a decade, as evidenced by the rise of the radical right in France, the Netherlands, Greece, and many other EU countries.... Read more about Populist Politics and Nationalist Beliefs in Contemporary Democracies
Between 1989 and 2009, six Latin American nations passed total abortion bans. Women in these countries are now denied abortions under every circumstance, even when a pregnancy may put their lives at risk. In El Salvador, the passage of a total abortion ban was additionally followed by a steep rise in the incarceration of women for the “aggravated homicide” of their “newborns,” often with 30-40 year prison sentences. Pro-life proponents argue vociferously that these extreme incarcerations are appropriate punishments for women who birthed healthy, full term babies and then killed them to avoid their motherly duties. Pro-choice proponents, in contrast, argue that these incarcerated women committed no crime, but rather suffered from poverty, limited medical support, and obstetrical emergencies.... Read more about Salvadoran Mothers Incarcerated for Stillbirths