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Epos : Genealogias, Subjetivaçãoes e Violências     Open Access  
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Estudios Rurales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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European Journal of Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
European Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
European Sociological Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Eutopía - Revista de Desarrollo Económico Territorial     Open Access  
Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Extensão Rural     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Facta Universitatis, Series : Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History     Open Access  
Families, Relationships and Societies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Family & Community History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Family Relations     Partially Free   (Followers: 8)
Fokus pa familien     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Forum Sociológico     Open Access  
Games and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
GEMS : Gender, Education, Music, and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Gender and Behaviour     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Genre & histoire     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Genre, sexualité & société     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Good Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Grounded Theory Review : an International Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Group Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Health Sociology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Health, Culture and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Hispania     Partially Free   (Followers: 4)
Hospitality & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Human and Social Studies : Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Human Architecture : Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Human Factors in Information Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 65)
Human Figurations : Long-term Perspectives on the Human Condition     Open Access  
Humanity & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
IFE Psychologia : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Illawarra Unity - Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Information Technology, Education and Society     Full-text available via subscription  
Information, Communication & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 70)
İnsan & Toplum Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Interfaces Brasil/Canadá     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Area Studies Review     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Applied Sociology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Comparative Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
International Journal of Conflict and Violence     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Developing Societies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Japanese Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Research in Sociology and Social Anthropology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Social Quality     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Sociology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
International Journal of Sociology of Education     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Sustainable Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of the Sociology of Language     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of the Sociology of Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
International Journal of Work Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Political Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
International Review for the Sociology of Sport     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Review of Sociology: Revue Internationale de Sociologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
International Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
International Studies in Sociology of Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
IRIS European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Irish Journal of Sociology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Íslenska Thjodfélagid     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Italian Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal for Islamic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Journal for the Study of Radicalism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of African Studies and Development     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Ayn Rand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Borderlands Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Chain-computerisation     Open Access  
Journal of Chinese Sociology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Classical Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cognition and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology     Partially Free   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Critical Realism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Ecological Anthropology     Open Access  
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)

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Journal Cover   Qualitative Sociology
  [SJR: 0.594]   [H-I: 26]   [35 followers]  Follow
    
   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 1573-7837 - ISSN (Online) 0162-0436
   Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2281 journals]
  • Waithood and Face: Morality and Mobility Among Lower-Class Youth in Iran
    • Abstract: Abstract Studies of marginalized youth in the Islamic Republic of Iran have focused almost exclusively on how structural constraints operate to thwart these young people’s transition to adulthood. There has been comparatively little work that has examined how disadvantaged youth actually cope with precarious structural conditions. The result has been unbalanced hypotheses that argue that youth become stuck in long stretches of time during which they wait with uncertainty for an autonomous life, all the while neglecting the productive micro quests that youth engage in to resolve this uncertainty. The pursuit of face by lower-class youth in Iran speaks to this gap in existing studies. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in two cities in Iran, this study finds that through their engagement in this face system, some young people create an alternative basis of social differentiation to improve their lives. By following the four moral criteria governing face behavior—self-sufficiency, hard work, purity and appearance—these youth are able to accrue moral capital, which subsequently enables them to win incremental gains in the social and economic spheres. These findings have important implications for research on youth mobility in the Middle East.
      PubDate: 2015-07-12
       
  • Winding Down the Workday: Zoning the Evening Hours in Paris, Oslo, and San
           Francisco
    • Abstract: Abstract This article explores the subtle yet far-reaching ways that cultural environments shape the uses of the evening hours among business professionals in three countries. Drawing on interviews with professional men and women living and working in Paris, Oslo, and San Francisco from a spectrum of professional fields and employers, the article explores their evening routines. Three contrasting patterns are identified. Where the early evening hours between 17:00 and 21:00 are concerned, French, Norwegian, and American professionals traverse different cultural terrains. The French professionals and their employers treat this temporal zone as a status-conferring period. Adhering to a transorganizational cultural convention defining the early evening as work time, they use these hours to distinguish themselves as committed practioners of their métier equipped with status and authority. In Norway, comparable professionals approach this period as nonwork time off limits to their employer. Early departures from the office are encouraged and facilitated in the Norwegian workplace. Among the American professionals far less uniformity prevails among the evening routines of respondents working in different organizations and occupations. This variability is explained by the absence of the higher-level temporal conventions present in the two European contexts. In the American setting two deciding factors come into play: the temporal expectations of the professional’s employer and the bargaining power wielded by the individual professional vis-à-vis this employer. These differences between the evening routines of the three groups reflect important cultural differences across countries with broadly similar postindustrial landscapes.
      PubDate: 2015-07-07
       
  • Mundane Mommies and Doting Daddies: Gendered Parenting and Family Museum
           Visits
    • Abstract: Abstract In this paper I use ethnographic fieldwork conducted at four museum sites to explore gendered parenting in one type of middle- and upper-middle-class public setting. I introduce public parenting as an understudied topic, review literature on family-oriented leisure and consumption, and then frame the study’s methods and goals as they relate to these same themes. Comparing mothers to fathers, I show how fathers typically emphasized playfulness with their children while mothers tended to focus on managing their children’s activities; how fathers were more likely to symbolically indulge their children while mothers were more likely to symbolically deprive them; and how fathers generally romanticized family museum visits by regarding them as special and sentimental while mothers were more apt to rationalize those same visits as ordinary and routine. I discuss three factors which help to explain these patterns: contemporary cultures of motherhood and fatherhood, the structuring of paid and unpaid work, and the distinctive social context represented by family-oriented museums. I conclude by addressing the study’s contributions and implications and suggesting opportunities for future research.
      PubDate: 2015-07-05
       
  • Pathways Through Grief to Hospice Volunteering
    • Abstract: Abstract Most individuals volunteer for hospice following a death in their own life. Many scholars assume that being motivated by past experiences with death means that individuals are seeking out hospice volunteering as a means for working through their own “unresolved” grief. The understanding that grief is a kind of disorder that must be resolved is based on a biomedical model that contradicts much recent theoretical and empirical research. While grief can be incapacitating to individuals, bereavement can also have pro-social and life-affirming dimensions including discovering new meaning in life and developing compassion and a desire and capacity to care for others. The desire to return the care a dying family member received from hospice is frequently cited in the literature, although no study to date has systematically analyzed the diverse ways personal encounters with death bring individuals to volunteer for hospice. Drawing on original in-depth interviews with volunteers from a variety of settings in the United States and Germany, the analysis illuminates three central processes linking experiences with death and grief to the draw to volunteer for hospice: developing and discovering caring capacities and emotional capital, transforming suffering and extending compassion through continuing bonds, and exploring and learning from grief. I draw on psychological, sociological, and philosophical literatures on grief and the self to create a framework for interpreting these findings that grief is not something external and threatening to the self that one must surmount or bring closure to, but instead grieving can fundamentally shape who one is and present opportunities to redefine and expand the self.
      PubDate: 2015-07-01
       
  • Material Evidence and Evidentiary Reasoning
    • PubDate: 2015-06-28
       
  • “Not Your Typical Student”: The Social Construction of the
           “First-Generation” College Student
    • Abstract: Abstract This study challenges the idea that classifying students as first generation is necessarily empowering or helpful for students. The analysis reveals how one college’s discursive construction of the first-generation category benefits the institution at the expense of the students who are classified as such. Using in-depth interviews with staff and first-generation students, along with observation of events aimed at these students, I analyze the discourse about first-generation college students at a selective college and students’ reactions to that discourse. I argue that power operates through the first-generation category by serving the following institutional interests: (1) helping the school to instill a strong sense of institutional identity within first-generation students and (2) providing first-generation students with a hybrid social class identity that discourages them from developing a critical social class awareness. The analysis reveals an institutional discourse about first-generation students that portrays them as academically deficient and in need of cultural transformation. This discourse discourages students from organizing around social class issues by pushing them along an individualist pathway, which is embedded in the meritocratic ideal of individual achievement and neoliberal discouragement of collective class action.
      PubDate: 2015-06-27
       
  • Organizing Documents: Standard Forms, Person Production and Organizational
           Action
    • Abstract: Abstract Using the case of calls-for-help to police and fire communications centers and their incident record forms, we present a detailed investigation of how documents play a constitutive role in formal organizations. We take an ethnomethodologically informed approach to the problem, delineating how standard forms in bureaucracies enable organizational participants to coordinate actions across time and space and, at the same time, produce people who perpetually produce such documents or work from them. We focus in this regard on person description. The call-taker needs to translate the call into preset categories, and thus enlist the citizen in the work of inscribing the incident in the way the form requires, (re)producing certain categorizations of personhood, especially race and sex. In this way, organizational documents and their inscriptions function as a kind of technology of reification for these categories.
      PubDate: 2015-04-17
       
  • Sexual Selves and Sexual Lives
    • PubDate: 2015-04-08
       
  • Group-based Microcredit & Emergent Inequality in Social Capital:
           Why Socio-religious Composition Matters
    • Abstract: Abstract Microcredit groups have a worldwide presence today due to the popularity of microfinance programs as a development intervention. During the period of microcredit’s rise, development discourse and research has also seen increasing attention focused on “social capital.” This paper is an attempt to identify mechanisms linking religious composition of microcredit groups and their social capital, defined in this paper as the capacity for collective action of the kind required for achieving conventional public goods and “participatory public goods” (those general benefits that can be attained solely through voluntary cooperation/ mobilization). This post-factum identification is based on analyzing qualitative data from real-life cases in India of collective action and sanctioning (to protect women) undertaken by Hindu microcredit groups, and the absence of collective action in Muslim microcredit groups. The paper makes a theoretical contribution by furthering our understanding of emergent inequality in social capital, i.e., unevenness in the way social capital resources and benefits accumulate among different communities and groups of people.
      PubDate: 2015-04-08
       
  • Fighters who Don’t Fight: The Case of Aikido and Somatic Metaphorism
    • Abstract: Abstract Practitioners of martial arts and combat sports are motivated to train their bodies to dispense and manage violence, in part, to prepare for competitions or for “on-the-street” altercations. Fighting practices that prohibit competitions and whose practitioners are unlikely to encounter violence in their everyday lives challenge existing research on the motivations for training one’s body to be “fit to fight.” This article investigates one such fighting practice: aikido. Drawing from in-depth participant observation of the practice and interviews with its mostly white, middle-class practitioners, I show that aikido’s unique bodily deployment, while rarely used in “real” situations, is an effective metaphor for practitioners to make sense of and overcome non-martial challenges in their everyday lives. I call this process “somatic metaphorism” and argue that it helps explain the value of a well-trained body beyond the context of the training center.
      PubDate: 2015-04-08
       
  • People Like Me: Shared Belief, False Consensus, and the Experience of
           Community
    • Abstract: Abstract Contemporary theory on community suggests that disagreement or conflict over foundational beliefs and values greatly decreases the chance that a successful, sustainable community experience will develop. My findings suggest, however, that feelings of community can develop despite incongruous ideologies through the perception of shared beliefs and values. Using an ethnographic case of a voluntary non-profit organization, I demonstrate how three types of mechanisms operate jointly to maintain a community without shared beliefs: environmental mechanisms related to the division of labor, relational mechanisms associated with selective recruitment and homophily, and a cognitive mechanism that produces the feeling of consensus in the absence of objectively shared beliefs. These mechanisms combine to allow a powerful experience of community to flourish in a context where we might expect, based on previous research, no community experience at all. Implications for the study of community, sociology of organizations, and social psychology are discussed.
      PubDate: 2015-03-31
       
  • When Less is More: On Time Work in Long-Distance Relationships
    • Abstract: Abstract Time and temporality are under-researched areas in the sociology of intimate lives. This study therefore explores the aspect of time in long-distance relationships. On the basis of 19 in-depth interviews with individuals from Latvia with long-distance relationship experience, the study aims to examine how long-distance partners attribute meaning to and deal with the time they spend together and the time they spend apart. The theoretical point of departure is the notion of temporality as developed by Mead, which is combined with Flaherty’s concept of “time work,” referring to the actor’s attempts to manipulate her temporal experiences. This study suggests that time work differs among what is here conceptualized as different time-place zones, i.e. states of time and place where, in the dimension of place, the partners are either co-present or apart. Eight time-work strategies are identified in relation to these different time-place zones. It is concluded that time work enables long-distance partners to manage their relationship and to be in control of their subjective experiences of time in the relationship.
      PubDate: 2015-03-29
       
  • The Embodied Mind: Building on Wacquant’s Carnal Sociology
    • Abstract: Abstract This essay responds to Wacquant’s call for a “Carnal Sociology”—an approach best realized through a method Wacquant calls “enactive ethnography.” In this essay, I explore the ways in which certain aspects of Wacquant’s carnal sociology—specifically the sentient, the sedimented and the situated—can enhance our understanding of cognition and meaning-making. I reference an ongoing research project on the deciphering of olfactory messages to make my case.
      PubDate: 2015-01-24
       
  • Visual Micro-Sociology and the Sociology of Flesh and Blood: Comment on
           Wacquant
    • Abstract: Abstract Embodied sociology is compared to the micro-sociology of violence in understanding bodily-emotional-interactional processes in lived time. Besides the phenomenology of the researcher’s own bodily experience, a combination of methods are useful, including emotional expressions and rhythms seen through observation, photos, and videos, and informed interviewing. Combined methods give a larger picture of all the participants on the scene. Viewed more broadly, one of things we find is that embodied actors are not equally skilled, but are situationally stratified by confrontations among persons with differing degrees of competence andincompetence in micro-interactional skills.
      PubDate: 2015-01-24
       
  • For a Sociology of Flesh and Blood
    • Abstract: Abstract This article elaborates the social ontology and methodology of carnal sociology as a distinctive mode of social inquiry eschewing the spectatorial posture to grasp action-in-the-making, in the wake of debates triggered by my apprenticeship-based study of boxing as a plebeian bodily craft. First I critique the notions of (dualist) agent, (externalist) structure, and (mentalist) knowledge prevalent in the contemporary social sciences and sketch an alternative conception of the social animal, not just as wielder of symbols, but as sensate, suffering, skilled, sedimented, and situated creature of flesh and blood. I spotlight the primacy of embodied practical knowledge arising out of and continuously enmeshed in webs of action and consider what modes of inquiry are suited to deploying and mining this incarnate conception of the agent. I argue that enactive ethnography, the brand of immersive fieldwork based on “performing the phenomenon,” is a fruitful path toward capturing the cognitive, conative, and cathectic schemata (habitus) that generate the practices and underlie the cosmos under investigation. But it takes social spunk and persistence to reap the rewards of “observant participation” and achieve social competency (as distinct from empirical saturation). In closing, I return to Bourdieu’s dialogue with Pascal to consider the special difficulty and urgency of capturing the “spirit of acuteness” that animates such competency but vanishes from normal sociological accounts.
      PubDate: 2015-01-24
       
  • Urban American Indian Identity: Negotiating Indianness in Northeast Ohio
    • Abstract: Abstract The number of people identifying as American Indian has increased exponentially in recent decades and the largest increases have occurred in non-reservation environments. Demographic research shows that “new” Indians, or people who did not previously identify as Indians, have contributed to this growth, but little is known about the experience of Indian identity for this segment of the population. My research draws on 39 interviews and 2 ½ years of field work in two Northeast Ohio pan-Indian communities, one comprised primarily of “new” Indians who are reclaiming Indian identities, and one comprised primarily of “old” Indians who relocated from reservation environments to the urban sphere. I explore how these distinct pathways to urban Indian identity—reclamation and relocation—manifest in different experiences for Northeast Ohio Indians. My comparative analysis reveals that both reclaimers and relocators find it difficult to assert American Indian identities in interactions with Northeast Ohio residents. Accomplishing “Indianness” in personal and public realms is particularly challenging for reclaimers, however, because they lack tangible evidence (e.g., brown skin, government issued identification cards) to support their Indian identity claims.
      PubDate: 2014-12-28
       
  • A Feminist Carnal Sociology?: Embodiment in Sociology, Feminism, and
           Naturalized Philosophy
    • Abstract: Abstract Wacquant’s vision of carnal sociology and enactive ethnography draws heavily from embodied mind theories in neurocognitive science and philosophy of mind. However, it also resonates with feminist epistemologies, such as sociologist Dorothy Smith's view that sociology should begin with and from the body. While both carnal sociology and the neurocognitive traditions it draws from ignore decades of feminist contributions to embodied epistemologies, I argue that feminist thought has much to contribute to materially grounded accounts of corporeal knowledge. Attention to feminist thought should also help enactive ethnographers consider the limits to the method, and the ethical and political complexities of embodied, situated knowledge.
      PubDate: 2014-12-27
       
  • The Global Pigeon . By Jerolmack Colin, 2013. Chicago & London:
           University of Chicago Press. 2013. ISBN: 9780226002088 288 pp.
    • PubDate: 2014-12-27
       
  • The Need for More “Carnal”
    • Abstract: Abstract Loïc Wacquant’s provocative call for a flesh and blood sociology holds promise for ethnographers willing to engage their bodies while doing research. Specifically, it allows ethnographies to experience the same bodily and emotional sensations as their study participants, which then improves their understanding of how bodily crafts inform human life. However, a “carnal” approach may encounter three obstacles: first, mainstream researchers who are trained in traditional observational methods and writing; second, the time, effort, and thought needed to methodologically link the researcher’s body to the research; and third, the fear of ethnographers wanting to avoid being labeled as “narcissistic” and “unscientific.”
      PubDate: 2014-12-20
       
  • Evoking Equanimity: Silent Interaction Rituals in Vipassana Meditation
           Retreats
    • Abstract: Abstract Studies on the benefits of meditation show that the practice reduces stress and helps achieve a feeling of equanimity and peacefulness. These studies have tended to view meditation as an individual endeavor; however, many people learn to practice meditation in a group. Drawing on literature that connects the self, emotional experience and social interaction, I suggest that meditation-based equanimity is not only a psychological state but also a social attitude that is cultivated and learned in a unique silent interaction order. Based on participant observation and in-depth interviews with participants in vipassana meditation retreats in Israel and the United States, I analyze instances of silent social interaction that take place in meditation centers. The analysis reveals a sociological understanding of equanimity as a sociality of “non-engagement” which serves as a grey zone between full engagement and complete disengagement. As I show, participants in meditation retreats go through a gradual process of learning how to be with others while not directly attending to them. This form of being together allows for the emergence of silent social attunement that facilitates equanimity. Participants purposely cultivate and perform equanimity with and for others, but eventually it takes over the self, leading to an experience of self-transformation.
      PubDate: 2014-12-19
       
 
 
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