Urban Poverty and the City

2015 Mar 05

Robert Manduca: Analysis of Activity Space Segregation Using Cell Phone Data

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

William James Hall 450

Urban and Social Processes Workshop presentation by Robert Manduca, Harvard University.

Robert Manduca | rmanduca@g.harvard.edu | www.robertmanduca.com

 Abstract: Few topics in sociology are as well-studied as segregation. But most research has focused on residential segregation, looking at where people live rather than where they spend time during the day. In this paper we use a dataset of cell phone call records to investigate segregation in "activity...

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2015 Apr 30

Camilo Vergara: Urban Social Processes Workshop

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

William James Hall 450

Urban Social Processes Workshop presentation by Camilo Vergara, a sociologically-trained photographer of urban spaces over time. He is a MacArthur Prize Fellow and last year was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama (see http://www.camilojosevergara.com/).

 

After a panel discussion with Camilo Vergara in William James Hall #450 between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m., please join us for a reception on the fourth floor of William James Hall. 

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2015 Jan 29

Urban Social Processes Workshop: Organizational Meeting

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

William James Hall 450

The Urban Social Processes Workshop is a forum to explore the social mechanisms, processes, and structures that occur in and across urban settings and the diverse behaviors that are shaped by spatial inequality.

Interested in presenting this semester?  Or have an idea for a reading session?  Please fill out the following form by January 30th at 5:00 p.m.: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6J5LqhkRPBq5kEJ

Faculty Organizers: Robert Sampson and Mario Small  

Graduate Student Coordinators: ...

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Samson, Frank L., and Lawrence D. Bobo. 2014. “Ethno-Racial Attitudes and Social Inequality”. in The Handbook of the Social Psychology of Inequality, edited by Jane D. McLeod, Edward J. Lawler, and Michael Schwalbe. New York, NY: Springer.
The RISK Study: Long Term Resilience and Recovery from Disasters

The RISK Study: Long Term Resilience and Recovery from Disasters

June 2, 2014

Mary C. Waters (M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology) and Jean Rhodes, (Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts, Boston) have been awarded a three year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research for The RISK study—Resilience in Survivors of Hurricane Katrina. This is a longitudinal study of 1,019 largely female African American poor people in New Orleans. They were part of a study of community college students that began a year before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005. So the study includes two waves of pre-disaster data on physical and mental health, social support, social trust, socioeconomic status and many other indicators.... Read more about The RISK Study: Long Term Resilience and Recovery from Disasters

Mario Small to join Sociology Department

Mario Small to join Sociology Department

March 27, 2014

Mario Small will join the Sociology Department Faculty  on July 1 as the Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology.  Professor Small received his PhD in 2001 from our Department and has taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he has recently been serving as the Dean of the Social Sciences. His research interests include urban poverty, inequality, culture, networks, case study methods and higher education.  He is the author of many publications on these topics including the books, Villa Victoria: The Social Transformation of Social Capital in a...

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Toward a New Science of the City

Toward a New Science of the City

February 18, 2014

In recent years, many public and private institutions in cities have begun to collect large-scale electronic records on a wide range of behaviors and patterns of communication.  The advent of what some call “big data” provides a new set of opportunities to paint a comprehensive picture of cities, which has the potential to transform theoretical models of urban governance and social behavior.

Robert J. Sampson (Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences) is Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Science...

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Boston Reentry Study

Boston Reentry Study

January 27, 2014

Under what conditions will men and women released from prison find work, unite with their families, and desist from crime? As incarceration - concentrated among the most disadvantaged - has climbed to historically high levels, these questions have become basic to understanding contemporary crime and poverty. The Boston Reentry Study, led by Bruce Western (Professor of Sociology and the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy), Anthony Braga (...

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