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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: 6)
Journal of Chain-computerisation     Open Access  
Journal of Chinese Sociology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Classical Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cognition and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology     Partially Free   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Critical Realism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Culture, Society and Development     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Ecological Anthropology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of European Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Journal of Family Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Family Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Global Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Health and Social Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Historical Pragmatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Historical Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of humanistic counseling     Partially Free   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Humanitarian Engineering     Open Access  
Journal of International and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Islamic Law and Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Mathematical Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Middle East Women's Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Policy History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Politeness Research. Language, Behaviour, Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Political Power     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Prevention & Intervention Community     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Public and Professional Sociology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Social Development in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Social Inclusion     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Social Ontology     Open Access  
Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Sociolinguistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Journal of Victorian Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Journal of Vietnamese Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of World-Systems Research     Open Access  
Judgment and Decision Making     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Jurnal Komunitas     Open Access  
K&K : Kultur og Klasse     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Kamchatka : Revista de análisis cultural     Open Access  
KARSA : Jurnal Sosial dan Budaya Keislaman     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Kultura i Spoleczenstwo     Open Access  
Kultura-Społeczeństwo-Edukacja     Open Access  
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La Nouvelle Revue du Travail     Open Access  
Labirinto     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Laboreal     Open Access  
Landscapes of Violence     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Lengas     Open Access  
Les Cahiers de Framespa     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Life Sciences, Society and Policy     Open Access  
Liinc em Revista     Open Access  
Limes. Cultural Regionalistics     Open Access  
Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure     Hybrid Journal  
London Journal of Canadian Studies     Open Access  
Lutas Sociais     Open Access  
Luxury : History, Culture, Consumption     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Masyarakat : Jurnal Sosiologi     Open Access  
Memorias     Open Access  
Mental Health and Social Inclusion     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Meridians : feminism, race, transnationalism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Metaphor and Symbol     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Metaphor and the Social World     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
methaodos.revista de ciencias sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Michigan Family Review     Open Access  
Michigan Feminist Studies     Open Access  
Middle West Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Miranda     Open Access  
Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica     Open Access  
Moussons : Recherche en Sciences Humaines sur l’Asie du Sud-Est     Open Access  
Narrative Works     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Neuroscience of Decision Making     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
New Zealand Sociology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Nordic Journal of Migration Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Observatorio Laboral Revista Venezolana     Open Access  
OGIRISI : a New Journal of African Studies     Open Access  
Opcion     Open Access  
P3T : Journal of Public Policies and Territory     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Papers. Revista de Sociologia     Open Access  
PArtecipazione e COnflitto     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
People and Place     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
People Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Philosophy & Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Política y sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Porn Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
PRISM : A Journal of Regional Engagement     Open Access  
Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society     Full-text available via subscription  
Profanações     Open Access  
Professions and Professionalism     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Protée     Full-text available via subscription  
Psicologia & Sociedade     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Public Relations Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Punk & Post Punk     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Pyramides     Open Access  
QED : A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking     Full-text available via subscription  
Qualitative Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Race/Ethnicity : Multidisciplinary Global Perspectives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
RASP - Research on Ageing and Social Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Recherches féministes     Full-text available via subscription  
Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Relations : Beyond Anthropocentrism     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Religião e Sociedade     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Research in Organizational Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Research on Emotion in Organizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Review of Japanese Culture and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Review of Sociology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Revista Angolana de Sociologia     Open Access  
Revista Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Regional     Open Access  
Revista Catalana de Sociologia     Open Access  
Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Cl)     Open Access  
Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Revista de História Bilros. História(s), Sociedade(s) e Cultura(s)     Open Access  
Revista de Psicología Social, International Journal of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Revista de Sociologia e Polí­tica     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Revista del CESLA     Open Access  
Revista El Topo     Open Access  
Revista Eletrônica Direito e Sociedade - REDES     Open Access  
Revista Internacional de Organizaciones     Open Access  
Revista Internacional de Sociología     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista Katálysis     Open Access  
Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios sobre Cuerpos, Emociones y Sociedad     Open Access  
Revista Mad. Revista del Magíster en Análisis Sistémico Aplicado a la Sociedad     Open Access  
Revista Mexicana de Sociologí­a     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Revista Movimentos Sociais e Dinâmicas Espaciais     Open Access  
Revista Pós Ciências Sociais     Open Access  
Revista Sinais     Open Access  
Revista TOMO     Open Access  
Revue de la régulation     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revue de Recherche en Civilisation Américaine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revue d’ethnoécologie     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revue Internationale De Securite Sociale     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
RIPS. Revista de Investigaciones Politicas y Sociologicas     Open Access  
Rivista di Sessuologia Clinica     Full-text available via subscription  
Rural China     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Rural Sociology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Salud & Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health     Partially Free   (Followers: 12)
Scientiae Studia     Open Access  
Secuencia     Open Access  
Século XXI – Revista de Ciências Sociais     Open Access  
Seminar : A Journal of Germanic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Senses and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Sexuality Research and Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Sexualization, Media, & Society     Open Access  
Signs and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Social Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Social Change Review     Open Access  
Social Currents     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Social Dynamics: A journal of African studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Social Forces     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51)
Social Inclusion     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Social Networking     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Social Networks     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Social Problems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 54)
Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Social Psychology Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Social Transformations in Chinese Societies     Full-text available via subscription  
Sociální studia / Social Studies     Open Access  
Sociedad y Religión     Open Access  
Sociedade e Cultura     Open Access  
Societal Studies     Open Access  
SocietàMutamentoPolitica     Open Access  
Societies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Society and Culture in South Asia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Society and Mental Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Socio-logos     Open Access  
Sociolinguistic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Sociolinguistica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Sociologia     Open Access  
Sociologia del diritto     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Sociologia del Lavoro     Full-text available via subscription  
Sociologia della Comunicazione     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Sociologia e Politiche Sociali     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale     Full-text available via subscription  
Sociologia Internationalis     Full-text available via subscription  
Sociologia Ruralis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Sociologia urbana e rurale     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas     Open Access  
Sociologias     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Sociológica     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Sociological Focus     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Sociological Forum     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Sociological Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Sociological Methodology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Sociological Methods & Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Sociological Perspectives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)

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  [SJR: 0.975]   [H-I: 42]   [14 followers]  Follow
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   ISSN (Print) 0884-8971 - ISSN (Online) 1573-7861
   Published by John Wiley and Sons Homepage  [1616 journals]
  • Sexual Assault on College Hookups: The Role of Alcohol and Acquaintances
    • Authors: Jessie V. Ford
      Abstract: This article takes a new approach to the study of college sexual assault by conducting an analysis of female students’ most recent “hookup.” By isolating a particular hookup event and examining the features of that event, I am able to examine predictors of sexual assault during hookups. My analysis focuses on the implications of alcohol consumption and knowing a male partner before a hookup, while controlling for multiple individual, school, and situational characteristics, using data from the Online College Social Life Survey collected 2005–2011. In my sample, 2.4% of women experienced sexual assault during their most recent hookup. Results show women do not experience an increased risk of physically forced intercourse until they have consumed nine or more drinks. In addition, women were more likely to report sexual assault during a hookup with a man they did not know well. Together, these findings suggest that men are more likely to assault women who are drunk, possibly because the double standard has made them respect such women less, or because they target women who are likely unable to resist or recall what happened. It also appears that the “in-network stranger” may be the individual most dangerous to women in college hookups.
      PubDate: 2017-03-04T02:40:31.382611-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12335
  • Intersections of Multiple Oppressions: Racism, Sizeism, Ableism, and the
           “Illimitable Etceteras” in Encounters With Law Enforcement,
    • Authors: Jason Whitesel
      Abstract: This think piece on the intersectionality of multiple oppressive markers incorporates critical race feminism, fat studies, body/embodiment studies, and dis/ability studies. It discusses the cases of two African Americans deemed irresolvable nuisances, treated as threats to police, and dealt with, with undue force, resulting in their untimely deaths. Eleanor Bumpurs, 66, was a black female of older age, ample size, with physical and mental disabilities; she was arthritic, fighting off hallucinations, and was economically disadvantaged. Eric Garner, 43, was a black male of ample size, with physical disabilities; he was diabetic, asthmatic, with sleep apnea and a heart condition, all of which made employment difficult for him. Intersectional identities determined what happened when each crossed paths with law enforcement. Intersecting oppressions of racism/classism/fat hatred/ageism/ableism/healthism resulted in the murder of Bumpurs in 1984 and Garner in 2014. Following Garner's execution, police supporters used multiple, intersecting forms of discrimination to sidestep the brutality: “Garner would've died going up a flight of stairs—he died because of preexisting medical conditions.” This article argues that besides perpetuating the long history of portraying African American men as hulking brutes or as genetically inferior, such justifications aim to divert attention away from structural racism, cloaking it in sizeism/ableism/healthism.
      PubDate: 2017-03-04T02:40:26.623229-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12337
  • “The Mommy Deployment”: Military Spouses and Surrogacy in the
           United States
    • Authors: Elizabeth Ziff
      Abstract: This article examines narratives of women who are surrogates and are married to members of the military in the United States. I show how this group of women invoke and transpose their structured military experiences and institutional understandings of sacrifice, duty, and responsibility when constructing their surrogate experience. Using semistructured interviews with 33 military spouses who have been surrogates,​ I trace the parallels they narrate between their role as military spouse and their role as surrogate—with metaphors of deployment, relocation, and the “hurry up and wait” game, in addition to strict daily regimentation. Through this work, I highlight the often-surprising transposition between militarized and surrogacy narratives invoked by surrogates and show how the practice of surrogacy allows them to tap into the narratives they have crafted through their experiences as a spouse to make a difference in the lives of others, contribute financially to their own families, and to gain a sense of importance outside of their everyday roles. The narratives provide for a better understanding of the commercially arranged surrogate experience in the United States and the state-structured military spouse experience by exposing the skills, language, and habits utilized by this group of women.
      PubDate: 2017-03-04T02:40:24.73151-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12336
  • Are They Not Worthy' How Partisan Political Blogs Legitimize the Tea
           Party Movement and Occupy Wall Street
    • Authors: Eulalie Laschever
      Abstract: Social movements struggle to gain acceptance as legitimate actors so that they can raise money, recruit members, and convince politicians to meet their demands. We know little, however, about how this legitimacy is granted by various political authorities, in part because legitimacy is often poorly operationalized. To operationalize legitimacy, I revise Charles Tilly's () classic concept of WUNC displays (i.e., public presentations of worthiness, unity, numbers, commitment) to assess how political authorities legitimize social movements. I analyze original data on the coverage the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street received from 20 elite political blogs during a critical event early in each movement's development. I find that liberal and conservative blogs both use the same aspects of worthiness (and not unity, numbers, or commitment) to endorse their preferred movement but different aspects of unworthiness to denounce the movement they opposed. Conservative outlets were more partisan on both accounts. This suggests that these blogs' shared status as distinctly partisan political outsiders produces a similar, but not identical, relationship with social movements. While both sets of blogs legitimize and delegitimize a movement based on its specific strengths and weaknesses, conservative blogs act more as a partisan bullhorn and liberal blogs act more as a forum for debate.
      PubDate: 2017-02-28T06:06:03.068938-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12334
  • Moral Schemas in Articulation and Intuition: How Religious People Evaluate
           Human Reproductive Genetic Technologies
    • Authors: Elaine Howard Ecklund; Jared L. Peifer, Virginia White, Esther Chan
      Abstract: As new and more effective human reproductive genetic technologies (RGTs) rapidly develop, religious voices remain an important part of public discussion about the moral standing of such technologies. Here, we compare how individuals from different religious traditions evaluate disease RGTs (detecting genetic diseases in vitro) when compared to enhancement RGTs, allowing parents to select features of a child. Findings are gleaned from analysis of 270 interviews with individuals from 23 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious organizations, with supporting data from a national survey of more than 10,000 Americans. We find that respondents engage in clearly defined discursive moral reasoning to evaluate the propriety of disease RGTs while moral intuitions manifest themselves in responses to enhancement RGTs. We argue that schemas provide resources for moral discourses while also shaping moral intuitions expressed through emotions. Our results have implications for how religious people respond to new technologies when their institutional and denominational structures do not have readily discernable moral frameworks to guide responses.
      PubDate: 2017-02-27T00:16:08.145453-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12330
  • Cultural Schemas of Religion, Science, and Law in Talk About Social
    • Authors: Penny Edgell; Kathleen E. Hull
      Abstract: We analyze cultural schemas of religion, science, and law reflected in the way ordinary citizens discuss contemporary social controversies and assess whether these schemas accord with a modernization narrative or whether people's experiences with each of these institutional arenas lead them to adopt realistic or critical schemas not predicted by modernization accounts. Focus group participants in three metropolitan areas were asked to talk about one of three vignettes on faith-based prison ministries, parents’ refusal of medical treatment for a child on religious grounds, or preimplantation genetic diagnosis of human embryos. We find that people's everyday experiences, grounded in specific institutional contexts, produce perceptions of the domains of religion, science, and law that are not fully captured by the modernization account. Further, our findings illustrate that schemas of law, science, and religion are varied and evoked by social context and the specific issues under consideration. Schemas that do not fit the modernization framework provide a way for people to address concerns about power and effectively level the playing field between more and less rationalized social domains. Future research on a broader range of issues is needed to develop a theory of when different schemas of law, science, and religion are activated.
      PubDate: 2017-02-22T01:21:27.059159-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12331
  • Evolving Learning: The Changing Effect of Internet Access on Political
           Knowledge and Engagement (1998–2012)
    • Authors: David S. Morris; Jonathan S. Morris
      Abstract: This study addresses the changing role of Internet usage on the political knowledge and participation gap between individuals of low and high socioeconomic status (SES). Analysis of data collected by the Pew Research Center's Biennial Media Consumption Studies (1998–2012) shows that the percentage of the population that accidentally encounters political information online has risen dramatically. Results show that accidental exposure and SES are positively related to political knowledge, and that accidental exposure reduces the SES knowledge gap. Moreover, accidental exposure appears to be mitigating the SES voting gap at an increasing rate over time.
      PubDate: 2017-02-17T01:55:40.126476-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12333
  • Immigration Attitudes Before and After Tragedy in Copenhagen: The
           Importance of Political Affiliation and Safety Concerns
    • Authors: Kevin T. Smiley; Michael Oluf Emerson, Julie Werner Markussen
      Abstract: This research analyzes attitudes on immigration before and after the February 14–15, 2015 Copenhagen shootings. Little research has been conducted on changes in immigration beliefs pre- and postcrisis events, and, further, this research has not closely considered how political views and safety concerns may operate within immigration beliefs in an additive, interactive, or mediating fashion. Using the 2014 and 2015 Copenhagen Area Surveys, the latter conducted shortly after the February shootings, our findings show that taking the survey either before or after the shootings did not shape immigration policy preferences. Instead, the findings reveal that right-leaning political affiliation and a greater fear of crime are the strongest predictors of anti-immigration attitudes. Implications center on new approaches to understanding societal responses to crisis events.
      PubDate: 2017-02-13T00:40:42.132783-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12332
  • Anchors, Habitus, and Practices Besieged by War: Women and Gender in the
           Blockade of Leningrad
    • Authors: Jeffrey K. Hass
      Abstract: As war challenges survival and social relations, how do actors alter and adapt dispositions and practices' To explore this question, I investigate women's perceptions of normal relations, practices, status, and gendered self in an intense situation of wartime survival, the Blockade of Leningrad (1941–1944), an 872-day ordeal that demographically feminized the city. Using Blockade diaries for data on everyday life, perceptions, and practices, I show how women's gendered skills and habits of breadseeking and caregiving (finding scarce resources and providing aid) were key to survival and helped elevate their sense of status. Yet this did not entice rethinking “gender.” To explore status elevation and gender entrenchment, I build on Bourdieu's theory of habitus and fields to develop anchors: field entities with valence around which actors orient identities and practices. Anchors provide support for preexisting habitus and practices, and filter perceptions from new positions vis-à-vis fields and concrete relations. Essentialist identities and practices were reinforced through two processes involving anchors. New status was linked to “women's work” that aided survival of anchors (close others, but also factories and the city), reinforcing acceptance of gender positions. Women perceived that challenging gender relations and statuses could risk well-being of anchors, reconstructing gender essentialism.
      PubDate: 2017-01-20T00:10:40.573739-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12329
  • Issue Information
    • Pages: 1 - 3
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T00:21:20.396779-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12311
  • Slum-Lording for Profit
    • Authors: Deirdre Oakley; Clinton Boyd
      Pages: 228 - 232
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T00:21:18.50214-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12324
  • Untangling the Logics of Brutality
    • Authors: Patricia Fernández-Kelly
      Pages: 232 - 237
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T00:21:23.9822-05:00
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12325
  • Climbing Mount Laurel
    • Authors: Christopher Bonastia
      Pages: 237 - 240
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T00:21:18.664602-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12326
  • Policed in the Suburbs
    • Authors: Brenden Beck
      Pages: 240 - 242
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T00:21:18.191148-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12327
  • About the Authors
    • Pages: 243 - 248
      PubDate: 2017-03-01T00:21:20.239934-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12328
  • Issue Information - TOC
    • Pages: 331 - 332
      PubDate: 2017-03-10T09:57:46.565747-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12512
  • Constructing and enacting kinship in sister-to-sister egg donation
           families: a multi-family member interview study
    • Authors: Hanna Van Parys; Veerle Provoost, Kristin Zeiler, Petra De Sutter, Guido Pennings, Ann Buysse
      Abstract: Although intra-familial egg donation has been practiced for more than 15 years in several countries, little is known about family relationships in this family type. Framed within the new kinship studies, this article focuses on the experiential dimension of kinship in sister-to-sister egg donation families: how is kinship ‘unpacked’ and ‘reconstructed’ in this specific family constellation? Qualitative data analysis of interviews with receiving parents, their donating sisters and the donor children revealed six themes: (1) being connected as an extended family; (2) disambiguating motherhood; (3) giving and receiving as structuring processes; (4) acknowledging and managing the ‘special’ link between donor and child; (5) making sense of the union between father and donor; and (6) kinship constructions being challenged. This study showed the complex and continuous balancing of meanings related to the mother-child dyad, the donor-child dyad and the donor-father dyad. What stood out was the complexity of, on the one hand cherishing the genetic link with the child allowed by the sisters’ egg donation, while, on the other, managing the meanings related to this link, by, for instance, acknowledging, downsizing, symbolising, and differentiating it from the mother-child bond.(A Virtual Abstract of this paper can be accessed at:
      PubDate: 2016-12-05T00:52:14.064859-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12533
  • At the margins of biomedicine: the ambiguous position of ‘Registered
           Medical Practitioners’ in rural Indian healthcare
    • Authors: Papreen Nahar; Nanda Kishore Kannuri, Sitamma Mikkilineni, G.V.S. Murthy, Peter Phillimore
      Abstract: This analysis challenges a tendency in public health and the social sciences to associate India's medical pluralism with a distinction between biomedicine, as a homogeneous entity, and its non-biomedical ‘others’. We argue that this overdrawn dichotomy obscures the important part played by ‘informal’ biomedical practice, an issue with salience well beyond India. Based on a qualitative study in rural Andhra Pradesh, South India, we focus on a figure little discussed in the academic literature – the Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) – who occupies a niche in the medical market-place as an informal exponent of biomedical treatment. We explore the significance of these practitioners by tracking diagnosis and treatment of one increasingly prominent medical ‘condition’, namely diabetes. The RMP, who despite the title is rarely registered, sheds light on the supposed formal-informal sector divide in India's healthcare system, and its permeability in practice. We develop our analysis by contrasting two distinctive conceptualisations of ‘informality’ in relation to the state in India – one Sarah Pinto's, the other Ananya Roy's.
      PubDate: 2016-12-02T01:15:36.118992-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12521
  • A day in the life of a Ménière's patient: understanding the lived
           experiences and mental health impacts of Ménière's disease
    • Authors: Sarah L. Bell; Jessica Tyrrell, Cassandra Phoenix
      Abstract: Concepts of social practice are increasingly being used to understand experiences of everyday life, particularly in relation to consumption and healthy lifestyles. This article builds on this in the context of lives disrupted and reshaped by chronic illness. It uses social practice theory to examine the lived experiences of individuals with Ménière's disease; a long-term progressive vestibular disorder, defined by episodes of severe and debilitating vertigo, aural fullness, tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss. Drawing on the findings of 20 in-depth narrative interviews with Ménière's patients, and eight spousal/partner interviews, we explore the impacts of the condition on sensory, temporal, spatial and social dimensions of the body. In doing so, we highlight the intensely embodied sensory and emotional work required to maintain connections between the ‘competences’, ‘materials’ and ‘meanings’ that constitute and sustain the performance of both mundane and meaningful social practices over time. As connections between these elements of social practice are disrupted during more active phases of the condition, affected individuals may be defected from old practices and recruited to new ones, often requiring both time and social support to find meaning or pleasure in these alternative ways of being in the world.
      PubDate: 2016-12-02T01:06:22.53182-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12527
  • Gestating times: Women's accounts of the temporalities of pregnancies that
           end in abortion in England
    • Authors: Siân M. Beynon-Jones
      Abstract: Tensions between the ‘clock time’ of medicine and the embodied times of its subjects are central to feminist writing concerning Western obstetric practice. In this article, I expand the focus of this literature by addressing the temporal dynamics of another site of reproductive healthcare: abortion provision. Echoing obstetric accounts of birth, time in legal, healthcare and social scientific discourse on abortion is routinely conceptualised as a finite resource contained within the pregnant/foetal body, which can be measured using clocks and calendars. I argue that women's interview accounts of their experiences of ending their pregnancies offer opportunities for critical reflection on this characterisation of pregnancy as linear ‘gestational time’. First, participants in this study re-position the significance of gestational time by articulating its embodied meaning. Second, they provide alternative accounts of the temporality of pregnancy as a process which emerges through, and is disrupted by, the dynamics of socio-material relations. The article considers the broader implications of women's accounts of pregnancy times for legal, healthcare and social scientific accounts of ‘later’ abortion.
      PubDate: 2016-12-02T00:32:32.003329-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12522
  • The evolution of weak standards: The case of the Swedish rheumatology
           quality registry
    • Authors: Anna Essén; Michael Sauder
      Abstract: Research in sociology suggests that the effects of standards are not nearly as straightforward or as homogenising as they first appear. The present study extends these insights by demonstrating how even standards designed simply to collect data can produce extensive and unanticipated effects in medical fields as their uses evolve across actors and contexts. We draw on an embedded case study exploring the multifaceted consequences of the use of a practice-driven voluntary documentation standard: the Swedish rheumatology quality registry from 1995–2014. Data collection included document analysis; 100 interviews with specialists, patients and stakeholders in the field; fieldwork; and observations of physician-patient encounters. Our findings show that the scope and influence of the registry increased over time, and that this standard and its evolution contributed to changes in rheumatologist clinical practice, research practice, and governmental practice. These findings suggest that even initially ‘weak’, voluntary forms of standardisation can generate far-reaching and unpredictable consequences for the performance and delivery of care as well as for the development of a medical field. Future work about how standards can contribute both to uniformity and diversity is warranted.
      PubDate: 2016-11-23T23:40:24.318603-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12507
  • Assembling activity/setting participation with disabled young people
    • Authors: Barbara E Gibson; Gillian King, Gail Teachman, Bhavnita Mistry, Yani Hamdani
      Abstract: Rehabilitation research investigating activity participation has been largely conducted in a realist tradition that under-theorises the relationship between persons, technologies, and socio-material places. In this Canadian study we used a post-critical approach to explore activity/setting participation with 19 young people aged 14 to 23 years with complex communication and/or mobility impairments. Methods included integrated photo-elicitation, interviews, and participant observations of community-based activities. We present our results using the conceptual lens of assemblages to surface how different combinations of bodies, social meanings, and technologies enabled or constrained particular activities. Assemblages were analysed in terms of how they organised what was possible and practical for participants and their families in different contexts. The results illuminate how young people negotiated activity needs and desires in particular ‘spacings’ each with its own material, temporal, and social constraints and affordances. The focus on assemblages provides a dynamic analysis of how dis/abilities are enacted in and across geotemporal spaces, and avoids a reductive focus on evaluating the accessibility of static environmental features. In doing so the study reveals possible ‘lines of flight’ for healthcare, rehabilitation, and social care practices.
      PubDate: 2016-11-21T01:20:26.257518-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12496
  • What is wrong with ‘being a pill-taker’? The special case
           of statins
    • Authors: Louisa Polak
      Abstract: In an interview study of decision-making about statins, many participants said they took pills regularly, yet described themselves as ‘not really pill-takers’. This paper explores this paradox and its implications. The practice of pill-taking itself can constitute a challenge to the presentation of moral adequacy, beyond the potential for rendering stigmatised illnesses visible. Meeting this challenge involves a complex process of calibrating often-conflicting moral imperatives: to be concerned, but not too concerned, over one's health; to be informed, but not over-informed; and deferential but not over-deferential to medical expertise. This calibration reflects a broader tension between rival tropes: embracing medical progress and resisting medicalisation. Participants who take statins present them as unquestionably necessary; ‘needing’ pills, as opposed to choosing to take them, serves as a defence against the devalued identity of being a pill-taker. However, needing to take statins offers an additional threat to identity, because taking statins is widely perceived to be an alternative strategy to ‘choosing a healthy lifestyle’. This perception underpins a responsibilising health promotion discourse that shapes and complicates the work participants do to avoid presenting themselves as ‘pill-takers’. The salience of this discourse should be acknowledged where discussions of medicalisation use statins as an example.
      PubDate: 2016-11-16T01:05:01.401628-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12509
  • Pitts-Taylor, V. The Brain's Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics.
           Durham and London: Duke University Press. 2016. 192pp. £18.99 (pbk) ISBN
    • Authors: Des Fitzgerald
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T04:32:36.743683-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12499
  • Lupton, D. The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking. Cambridge:
           Polity. 2016. 240pp £15.99 (pbk) £50 (hbk) ISBN 978-1-5095-0059-8.
    • Authors: Dimitra Petrakaki
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T04:11:59.114146-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12495
  • A narrative analysis of the birth stories of early-age mothers
    • Authors: Anna Carson; Cathy Chabot, Devon Greyson, Kate Shannon, Putu Duff, Jean Shoveller
      Abstract: The telling of birth stories (i.e. stories that describe women's experiences of giving birth) is a common and important social practice. Whereas most research on birth narratives reflects the stories of middle-class, ‘adult’ women, we examine how the birth stories told by early-age mothers interconnect with broader narratives regarding social stigma and childbearing at ‘too early’ an age. Drawing on narrative theory, we analyse in-depth interviews with 81 mothers (ages 15–24 years) conducted in Greater Vancouver and Prince George, Canada, in 2014–15. Their accounts of giving birth reveal the central importance of birth narratives in their identity formation as young mothers. Participants’ narratives illuminated the complex interactions among identity formation, social expectations, and negotiations of social and physical spaces as they narrated their experiences of labour and birth. Through the use of narrative inquiry, we examine the ways in which re-telling the experience of giving birth serves to situate young mothers in relation to their past and future selves. These personal stories are also told in relation to a meta-narrative regarding social stigma faced by ‘teenage’ mothers, as well as the public's ‘gaze’ on motherhood in general – even within the labour and delivery room.
      PubDate: 2016-10-28T05:35:54.609791-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12518
  • Ageing, masculinity and Parkinson's disease: Embodied perspectives
    • Authors: Grant Gibson; Ciara Kierans
      Abstract: Parkinson's disease (PD) presents as an illness which predominantly affects older men. However older men's lived experiences of PD, including how they are influenced by age and gender relations has seen little empirical study. Drawing on Watson's male body schema, this paper explores how men engage with masculinities and ageing in order to make sense and meaning from PD. Data is presented from 30 narrative and semi structured interviews with 15 men of various ages who were living with PD. Findings suggest that PD threatens a visceral embodiment located in the body's basic movements and intimate functions; a pragmatic embodiment expressed through men's everyday occupations and an experiential embodiment concerned with emotions and sensations felt within and through the body. In addition, each dimension of men's embodiment also intersected with the ageing process, a process also shaped in turn by broader social and cultural concerns regarding the positions and possibilities of men's lives as they move through the life course. This paper concludes by discussing the implications of gender and ageing in understanding men's experiences of PD
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:21:47.699756-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12508
  • Nanomedicine and personalised medicine: understanding the personalisation
           of health care in the molecular era
    • Authors: Mathieu Noury; José López
      Abstract: Globally supported by public policy and investment, nanomedicine is presented as an ongoing medical revolution that will radically change the practice of health care from diagnostic to therapeutic, and everything in between. One of nanomedicine's major promises is that of personalised medicine, enabling diagnostics and therapeutics tailored to individual needs and developing a truly ‘patient-friendly’ medical approach. Based on qualitative interviews with nanomedicine researchers in Canada, this article explores the emerging concept of personalised medicine as it becomes entangled with nanomedical research. More precisely, drawing on insights from science studies and the sociology of expectations, it analyses researchers’ perceptions of personalised medicine in the cutting edge of current nanomedicine research. Two perceptions of personalisation are identified; a molecular conception of individuality and a technical conception of personalisation. The article concludes by examining the relationship between the two conceptions and contrasts them with the normative reflex of a more expansive conception of personalised medicine.
      PubDate: 2016-10-26T06:21:42.089761-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12502
  • To what extent does diagnosis matter? Dementia diagnosis, trouble
           interpretation and caregiving network dynamics
    • Authors: Baptiste Brossard; Normand Carpentier
      Abstract: Contemporary research into health and mental health treats diagnosis as a central step in understanding illness management and trajectory; consequently, in the last two decades, sociology of diagnosis has attained increasing influence within medical sociology. Deeply embedded in social constructionism, the set of research divides between those who focus on the social and historical construction of diagnoses as categories, and those who see diagnosis as a process. Regarding the latter, this approach explores the constitution of the medical production, highlighting how it constitutes a starting point for entering a ‘sick role’, for being labelled, for naming one's problem and by extension, for framing one's illness narrative.
      PubDate: 2016-10-22T00:50:22.496374-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12501
  • How adults with a profound intellectual disability engage others in
    • Authors: Charles Antaki; Rebecca J. Crompton, Chris Walton, W.M.L. Finlay
      Abstract: Using video records of everyday life in a residential home, we report on what interactional practices are used by people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities to initiate encounters. There were very few initiations, and all presented difficulties to the interlocutor (support staff; the recording researcher); one (which we call ‘blank recipiency’) gave the interlocutor virtually no information at all on which to base a response. Only when the initiation was of a new phase in an interaction already under way (for example, the initiation of an alternative trajectory of a proposed physical move) was it likely to be successfully sustained. We show how interlocutors responded to initiations verbally, as if to neuro-typical speakers – but inappropriately for people unable to comprehend, or to produce well-fitted next turns. This mis-reliance on ordinary speakers’ conversational practices was one factor that contributed to residents abandoning the interaction in almost all cases. We discuss the dilemma confronting care workers.
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T00:25:24.651085-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12500
  • Knight, K.R. addicted.pregnant.poor. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
           2015. £21 (pbk) ISBN 978-0822359968 £70 (hbk) ISBN 978-0822359531
    • Authors: Narelle Warren
      PubDate: 2016-10-13T00:41:21.806779-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12519
  • Jenkins, J.H. Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental
           Illness. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. 2015. 368pp $29.95
           (pbk) ISBN: 978-0-520287112 $65.00 (hbk) ISBN 978-0-520287099 $29.95 (ebk)
           ISBN: 978-0-520962224
    • Authors: Suzanne Hodge
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T00:55:24.064631-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12494
  • Buchbinder, M. All in Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain. Oakland:
           University of California Press. 2015. 256pp £51.95 (hbk) £24.95 (pbk)
           $34.95 (ebk) ISBN 9780520285224
    • Authors: Tim Rapley
      PubDate: 2016-07-23T01:45:31.833472-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12475
  • Schillmeier, M.Eventful Bodies: The Cosmopolitics of Illness. London:
           Ashgate. 2014. 196pp £95 ISBN 978-1-4094-4982-9 (pbk)
    • Authors: Alexandra Hillman
      PubDate: 2016-07-15T04:05:41.784165-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12474
  • Mayes, C. The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, Ethics and Healthy
           Choices. London and New York: Routledge. 2016. 156pp £90 (hbk) ISBN
    • Authors: Patricia Thille
      PubDate: 2016-06-26T23:35:20.467796-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12468
  • Scull, A. Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the
           Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine. London: Thames &
           Hudson. 2015. 448pp £28.00 (pbk) ISBN 978–0-500–25212–3
    • Authors: Greg Hollin
      PubDate: 2016-06-23T06:35:42.184954-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12471
  • Light, D.W.and Maturo, A.F.Good Pharma: The Public-Health Model of the
           Mario Negri Institute. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. 2015. 288pp £65
           (hbk) £59.50 (ebk) ISBN 978-1-137388339
    • Authors: Shadreck Mwale
      PubDate: 2016-06-23T06:35:41.168592-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12469
  • Mahoney, C. Health, Food and Social Inequality: Critical Perspectives on
           the Supply and Marketing of Food. London and New York: Routledge. 2015.
           275pp £95 (hbk) ISBN 978–1-1388–0129–5
    • Authors: Laura J. Miller
      PubDate: 2016-06-13T00:25:37.298641-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12465
  • Penders, B., Vermeulen, N. and Parker, J. Collaboration Across Health
           Research and Medical Care: Healthy Collaboration. Surrey and Burlington:
           Ashgate. 2015. 230pp. £65 (hbk) ISBN 978-1-4094-6094-7.
    • Authors: Ricardo A. Ayala
      PubDate: 2016-06-13T00:25:28.77594-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12466
  • Murphy, J. Illness or Deviance? Drug Courts, Drug Treatment, and the
           Ambiguity of Addiction. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 2015. 219
           pp $94.50 (cloth) $26.95 (paper) $26.95 (ebk) ISBN 978-1-4399-1022-1
    • Authors: Nicolas Henckes
      PubDate: 2016-05-31T03:40:24.310811-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12444
  • Greenhalgh, S. Fat-Talk Nation: The Human Costs of America's War on Fat.
           New York: Cornell University Press. 2015. 336 pp $26.95 (cloth) $13.77
           (ebk) ISBN 978-0-8014-5395-3
    • Authors: Cat Pausé
      PubDate: 2016-05-02T01:02:29.963022-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12442
  • Roberts, C. Puberty in Crisis: The Sociology of Early Sexual Development.
           Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2015. 300pp £64.99 (hbk) ISBN
    • Authors: Shelda-Jane Smith
      PubDate: 2016-03-26T01:50:44.013349-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12428
  • Shorter, E. What Psychiatry Left out of the DSM-5: Historical Mental
           Disorders Today. London: Routledge. 2015. 188pp £32.99 (pbk) ISBN
    • Authors: Murray K. Simpson
      PubDate: 2016-02-08T04:35:33.781807-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12413
  • Demands and Devotion: Cultural Meanings of Work and Overload Among Women
           Researchers and Professionals in Science and Technology Industries
    • Authors: Mary Blair-Loy; Erin A. Cech
      Pages: 5 - 27
      Abstract: How do cultural meanings influence how people experience work-life demands' Much research, especially quantitative research, on the effects of structural work and family conditions does not account for employees’ cultural beliefs about the meaning of work in their lives. This article uses unique survey data to investigate the effects of employee embrace of elements of the “work devotion schema”—a cultural model that valorizes intense career commitment and organizational dedication—on their sense of “overload,” an experience that includes feeling exhausted and overloaded by all one's roles, net of actual hours on the paid job and family responsibilities. We argue that by cognitively, morally, and emotionally framing work as a valued end, the work devotion schema reduces feelings of overload. Using a case of senior women researchers and professional service providers in science and technology industries, we find that those who embrace work devotion feel less overloaded than those who reject it, net of work and family conditions. However, this effect is curtailed for mothers of young and school-aged children. We end by discussing implications for flexibility stigma and gender inequality.
      PubDate: 2016-10-06T04:58:42.235639-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12315
  • Behind the Myth of the Matriarch and the Flagbearer: How Korean and
           Chinese American Sons and Daughters Negotiate Gender, Family, and Emotions
    • Authors: Angie Y. Chung
      Pages: 28 - 49
      Abstract: While more studies are exploring the ways in which gender structures the family experiences of American-born children of immigrants, there is less attention to how gender shapes later views on ethnicity and culture. Based on interviews with Korean, Chinese, and Taiwanese Americans in the New York–New Jersey metropolitan area, this article examines the different ways second-generation children learn, interpret, and pass on the cultural values and family traditions in their adulthood. Because their family roles center on their roles as leaders and carriers of the family name through male heirs, sons—especially oldest sons—can fulfill their filial obligations through relatively orthodox and nonengaging cultural practices that although restrictive, do not threaten their personal goals and privileged status. However, daughters must negotiate more emotionally burdensome expectations and responsibilities by preserving family honor, acting as family caretakers, and juggling multiple responsibilities; thus, they tend to re-create more subtle, self-empowering, and emotionally engaging ways of interpreting and preserving their parents’ expectations on family culture. I argue that the gendered ways daughters and sons are taught to practice cultural values and protect family honor has significant bearing on their later views on ethnicity and culture but in complex ways that transcend the generational divide.
      PubDate: 2016-10-06T04:59:09.675814-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12316
  • The World Bank, Organized Hypocrisy, and Women's Health: A Cross-National
           Analysis of Maternal Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Authors: Carolyn Coburn; Holly E. Reed, Michael Restivo, John M. Shandra
      Pages: 50 - 71
      Abstract: The theory of organized hypocrisy asserts that an organization depends upon its external environment for both financial support and conferred legitimacy, which can lead to conflicting policy agendas. We apply the theory of organized hypocrisy to World Bank structural adjustment and investment lending for reproductive health, hypothesizing these two lending policies should have differential effects on maternal mortality. We estimate a two-way fixed effects regression model with robust standard errors clustered by country to examine the effect of World Bank reproductive health lending on maternal mortality within sub-Saharan African nations over the period 1990–2010. We find that in every model the coefficients for World Bank structural adjustment lending in the health sector are positive and significant while the coefficients for World Bank investment lending in the reproductive health sector are negative and significant. The findings lend support to the theory that the World Bank is pursuing contradictory agendas, embodied by its lending policies, which can have differential effects on maternal mortality.
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T04:30:21.559487-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12320
  • The Structure of Perception: How Networks Shape Ideas of Norms
    • Authors: Hana R. Shepherd
      Pages: 72 - 93
      Abstract: Perceptions of the behavior of those around us provide important cues as to what our own behavior should be. However, we know relatively little about the source of these perceptions and how they develop in the course of interaction. This article provides a conceptual framework for the relationship between social network structure and perceptions of descriptive social norms—what other people in a group tend to do. Because networks represent (1) whom group members are exposed to, (2) the amount of exposure group members have to others, and (3) the type of exposure group members have to others, they shape individuals' perceptions of descriptive social norms. The article uses original data from a vegetarian co-op on a university campus as an empirical example of how networks inform perceptions of norms in a group. The evidence demonstrates the utility of a network-based approach to understanding the formation and change of social norms and the accuracy of perceptions of the behavior of others. I argue that the process by which individuals make inferences about group norms differs based on the type of behavior under consideration and the type of relationship between individuals.
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T04:41:50.645323-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12317
  • Civil Society in an Age of Environmental Accountability: How Local
           Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations Reduce U.S. Power Plants’
           Carbon Dioxide Emissions
    • Authors: Don Grant; Ion Bogdan Vasi
      Pages: 94 - 115
      Abstract: Institutional scholars have argued that in the absence of legislation on the issue of climate change, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can help reduce the amount of anthropogenic greenhouse gases being emitted to the environment by disseminating environmental norms. Consistent with this reasoning, they have shown that from the middle of the last century up through the mid-1990s, nations with more memberships in NGOs have tended to have lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the aggregate. Doubts remain, however, about whether NGOs have reduced emissions in the time since and at the level of individual power plants where the lion's share of carbon pollution is emitted. Using plant-specific information on CO2 emissions recently collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, we investigate the effects of local environmental NGOs (ENGOs) on plants’ environmental performance. Consistent with our expectations, we find that local ENGOs not only directly reduce plants’ emissions but indirectly do so by enhancing the effectiveness of subnational climate policies that encourage energy efficiency. We discuss the implications of our findings for research on the decoupling of normative systems, social movements, environmental sociology, and the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan.
      PubDate: 2016-10-06T04:59:13.669589-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12318
  • Narrating Genocide: Time, Memory, and Blame
    • Authors: Hollie Nyseth Brehm; Nicole Fox
      Pages: 116 - 137
      Abstract: More than 20 years have passed since the Rwandan genocide, yet we know little about how Rwandans remember the violence. This article draws upon more than 100 interviews with genocide survivors to assess collective memories of the atrocity. We find that survivors organize their narratives by conceptualizing the genocide as a watershed event that divides time into two distinct eras. When discussing the pregenocide period, survivors focus on macrolevel events and structures, locating blame for the genocide in institutions rather than on Rwandan citizens. By contrast, narratives of life after the genocide focus on perceived progress since 1994. We interpret these findings in light of the state's memory projects, the potential functionality of the memories, and the time needed for collective memories to resonate.
      PubDate: 2016-10-19T02:15:31.092774-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12319
  • The Othering of Muslims: Discourses of Radicalization in the New York
           Times, 1969–2014
    • Authors: Derek M. D. Silva
      Pages: 138 - 161
      Abstract: In this article, I engage with Edward Said's Orientalism and various perspectives within the othering paradigm to analyze the emergence and transformation of radicalization discourses in the news media. Employing discourse analysis of 607 New York Times articles from 1969 to 2014, this article demonstrates that radicalization discourses are not new but are the result of complex sociolinguistic and historical developments that cannot be reduced to dominant contemporary understandings of the concept or to singular events or crises. The news articles were then compared to 850 government documents, speeches, and other official communications. The analysis of the data indicates that media conceptualizations of radicalization, which once denoted political and economic differences, have now shifted to overwhelmingly focus on Islam. As such, radicalization discourse now evokes the construct radicalization as symbolic marker of conflict between the West and the East. I also advanced the established notion that the news media employ strategic discursive strategies that contribute to conceptual distinctions that are used to construct Muslims as an “alien other” to the West.
      PubDate: 2016-10-19T02:15:28.86805-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12321
  • Academic Undermatch: How General and Specific Cultural Capital Structure
    • Authors: Denise Deutschlander
      Pages: 162 - 185
      Abstract: Recent literature has added another dimension to the well-documented patterns of social class inequality in education: academic undermatch. Undermatch (which occurs when students attend institutions of lower selectivity than they are academically qualified to attend) is both widespread and unequal, with students from less advantaged families more likely to undermatch. Although proliferating, the research on undermatch has focused primarily on documenting the extent of, and less on exploring the mechanisms underlying, undermatch. Moreover, this literature has developed largely independent of the sociological research on cultural capital. Therefore, when scholars consider underlying mechanisms, they often focus narrowly on college-specific information, without considering the broader cultural context in which students are embedded. Drawing on the literature on undermatch, as well as the sociological research on cultural capital, I differentiate between general and specific cultural capital. Moreover, instead of simply estimating whether students undermatch or not, I consider different types of undermatch. Results from the Educational Longitudinal Survey reveal that the effects of cultural capital are indeed heterogeneous, both with respect to its relationship to undermatch and its contribution to social class inequality. Findings have important implications for understanding undermatch and the role of cultural capital in reducing and reproducing social inequality.
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T02:30:30.533364-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12322
  • Temporalities of Victimhood: Time in the Study of Postconflict Societies
    • Authors: Natascha Mueller-Hirth
      Pages: 186 - 206
      Abstract: Researchers in peace and conflict studies have rarely explicitly engaged with time and temporality. This article develops a temporal analysis of victimhood in a mature posttransition society, drawing on qualitative research with victims/survivors of gross human rights violations in South Africa. Two decades after the democratic transition, there is a prevalent understanding that it is finally time for victims to “move on.” In contrast to the supposed linear temporality of peace processes, however, the consequences of past violence continue to impact on interviewees’ lives and are exacerbated by contemporary experiences of victimization. I identify several areas of temporal conflicts that characterize postconflict societies: victimhood as temporary/victimhood as continuous; the pace of national reconciliation/the time(s) of individual healing; and the speed of a neoliberal economy/the pace of social transformation. I examine temporal hierarchies that reflect broader socioeconomic marginalization, such as being made to wait for compensation and social pressures of overcoming the past. This temporal analysis of victimhood thus not only highlights the mismatch between victims’ needs and political and cultural expectations of closure, but it also draws attention to the temporality of transitional processes and programs at different social and institutional levels.
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T02:30:15.382483-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12323
  • The U.S. Economic Polity, Social Identity, and International Human Rights
    • Authors: Joshua Curtis
      Pages: 207 - 212
      Abstract: In this essay, I provide some complementary perspectives on certain themes that emerge in Judith Blau's (2016) timely and insightful article, “Human Rights: What the United States Might Learn from the Rest of the World and, Yes, from American Sociology.” In response, I offer some very brief reflections structured through two prisms by which we might think further about the United States and human rights. These perspectives pick up on the core issue of Blau's article, the U.S. rejection of socioeconomic rights, and how this issue in turn relates first to the “social identity” of the United States as a whole, and second to the role of the political economy in states' recognition of human rights.
      PubDate: 2016-08-26T07:00:46.929696-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12300
  • Human Rights and Sociological Duties
    • Authors: Christopher N. J. Roberts
      Pages: 213 - 216
      Abstract: In recent years, scholars from a range of disciplinary orientations have looked to human rights to address an exceedingly complex, and often tragic, array of social problems. Nevertheless, as Judith Blau () and many others have noted, despite the best efforts of dedicated supporters, people still remain separated from their rights. Why has realizing the promise of rights proven to be so elusive, and what can scholars do to help connect people with their rights'
      PubDate: 2016-08-26T07:06:11.017116-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12301
  • If Human Rights Mattered
    • Authors: Rodney D. Coates
      Pages: 217 - 219
      Abstract: This article is a response to Judith Blau's () essay, “Human Rights: What the United States Might Learn from the Rest of the World and, Yes, from American Sociology.” Here, I argue that if human rights mattered, then liberty could be assured. And absent human rights, liberty is a sham.
      PubDate: 2016-08-26T07:10:20.039946-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12302
  • De Jure vs. De Facto Rights: A Response to “Human Rights: What the
           United States Might Learn from the Rest of the World and, Yes, from
           American Sociology”
    • Authors: William T. Armaline; Davita Silfen Glasberg, Bandana Purkayastha
      Pages: 220 - 224
      Abstract: Blau's () argument for a Constitutional Project implies that changes in the U.S. Constitution would ensure fundamental adherence to human rights standards. We disagree with the assumption that legal and institutional instruments are guarantors of human rights practice. Instead, we see rights practices as the function of power struggles that include but go far beyond formal law. Instead, we emphasize an important distinction between de jure human rights instruments and de facto human rights practice, arguing that the focus on de jure instruments and legal discourse misses the significant effect of social movements and direct action that secure rights practice. De jure instruments may codify human rights and enumerate them as important, but they do not carry the authority of enforcement. We argue that the pursuit of human rights must be reframed to include both de jure and de facto human rights terrains. While charitable provisions from generous states can temporarily relieve specific human rights abuses, universal human rights practice requires establishing the fundamental political primacy of the people through the processes of the human rights enterprise.
      PubDate: 2016-08-26T07:15:22.303886-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12303
  • Human Rights Matter
    • Authors: Judith Blau
      Pages: 225 - 227
      Abstract: This article serves as a response to all those who commented on my original essay “Human Rights: What the United States Might Learn from the Rest of the World and, Yes, from American Sociology.”
      PubDate: 2016-08-26T07:20:21.520231-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/socf.12304
  • ‘Sometimes, it's easier to write the prescription’: physician and
           patient accounts of the reluctant medicalisation of sleeplessness
    • Authors: Mairead Eastin Moloney
      Pages: 333 - 348
      Abstract: The medicalisation of sleep is a rich and growing area of sociological interest. Previous research suggests that medicalisation is occurring within the context of physician office visits, but the inner workings remain unclear. This study is the first to provide perspectives on the office visit interaction from both sleepless patients (n = 27) and the physicians (n = 8) who treat them. Analyses of semi-structured qualitative interviews reveal that sleep-related conversations are typically patient-initiated in routine office visits. Physicians and patients conceptualised insomnia as a symptom of another issue (depression), an everyday problem of living (stress) or the result of a natural life process (aging). Lack of sleep was not necessarily linked to daytime impairment. Even though sleep aids were routinely requested and prescribed, patients and physicians consistently expressed attitudes of reluctance toward the use of sedative hypnotics. I call this a case of ‘reluctant medicalisation’ and highlight the liminal space between pathology and normalcy inhabited by patients and physicians. I also build on recent work acknowledging the dynamics between macro and micro levels of medicalisation and illustrate the influence of multilevel ‘engines’ (consumerism, biotechnology, managed care and physicians) in patients’ and physicians’ accounts.A virtual abstract of this paper can be viewed at:
      PubDate: 2016-09-04T21:55:17.901276-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12485
  • The articulation of neoliberalism: narratives of experience of chronic
           illness management in Bulgaria and the UK
    • Authors: Ivaylo Vassilev; Anne Rogers, Elka Todorova, Anne Kennedy, Poli Roukova
      Pages: 349 - 364
      Abstract: The shift from social democratic to a neoliberal consensus in modern welfare capitalist states is characterised by an emphasis on individual responsibility, consumer choice, market rationality and growing social inequalities. There has been little exploration of how neoliberalism has shaped the environment within which chronic illness is experienced and managed. This article explores the different articulations of neoliberalism manifest in the arena of personal illness management in Bulgaria and the UK. People with type 2 diabetes discussed their experiences in terms of struggling with diet, diabetes as a personal failure, integrating illness management and valued activities, and the trustworthiness of the healthcare system. The UK narratives were framed within an individual responsibility discourse while in Bulgaria lack of resources dominated discussions, which were framed as structurally generated and unrelated to individual capabilities and choices. Respondents faced personal management challenges related to consumer and healthcare market failures in both countries. Differences in market regulation and emerging stakeholder and interest coalitions influenced users' expectations and their navigation and adaption to market failures in managing their everyday illnesses. The UK and Bulgarian articulations of neoliberalism can be described differently: the first as a logic of managed choice and the second as a logic of unmanaged consumerism.
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T04:12:08.253534-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12488
  • Nurses and electronic health records in a Canadian hospital: examining the
           social organisation and programmed use of digitised nursing knowledge
    • Authors: Marie L. Campbell; Janet M. Rankin
      Pages: 365 - 379
      Abstract: Institutional ethnography (IE) is used to examine transformations in a professional nurse's work associated with her engagement with a hospital's electronic health record (EHR) which is being updated to integrate professional caregiving and produce more efficient and effective health care. We review in the technical and scholarly literature the practices and promises of information technology and, especially of its applications in health care, finding useful the more critical and analytic perspectives. Among the latter, scholarship on the activities of economising is important to our inquiry into the actual activities that transform ‘things’ (in our case, nursing knowledge and action) into calculable information for objective and financially relevant decision-making. Beginning with an excerpt of observational data, we explicate observed nurse-patient interactions, discovering in them traces of institutional ruling relations that the nurse's activation of the EHR carries into the nursing setting. The EHR, we argue, materialises and generalises the ruling relations across institutionally located caregivers; its authorised information stabilises their knowing and acting, shaping health care towards a calculated effective and efficient form. Participating in the EHR's ruling practices, nurses adopt its ruling standpoint; a transformation that we conclude needs more careful analysis and debate.
      PubDate: 2016-10-10T22:50:25.894228-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12489
  • Public challenge and endorsement of sex category ambiguity in online
           debate: ‘The sooner people stop thinking that gender is a matter of
           choice the better’
    • Authors: Helen Sweeting; Matthew William Maycock, Laura Walker, Kate Hunt
      Pages: 380 - 396
      Abstract: Despite academic feminist debate over several decades, the binary nature of sex as a (perhaps the) primary social classification is often taken for granted, as is the assumption that individuals can be unproblematically assigned a biological sex at birth. This article presents analysis of online debate on the BBC news website in November 2013, comprising 864 readers' responses to an article entitled ‘Germany allows ‘indeterminate’ gender at birth’. It explores how discourse reflecting Western essentialist beliefs about people having one sex or ‘the other’ is maintained in debates conducted in this online public space. Comments were coded thematically and are presented under five sub-headings: overall evaluation of the German law; discussing and disputing statistics and ‘facts’; binary categorisations; religion and politics; and ‘conversations’ and threads. Although for many the mapping of binary sex onto gender was unquestionable, this view was strongly disputed by commentators who questioned the meanings of ‘natural’ and ‘normal’, raised the possibility of removing societal binary male-female distinctions or saw maleness–femaleness as a continuum. While recognising that online commentators are anonymous and can control their self-presentation, this animated discussion suggests that social classifications as male or female, even if questioned, remain fundamental in public debate in the early 21st century.
      PubDate: 2016-11-16T01:15:36.398474-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12490
  • Death in the clinic: women's perceptions and experiences of discarding
           supernumerary IVF embryos
    • Authors: Sheryl Lacey
      Pages: 397 - 411
      Abstract: Perspectives on the status of human embryos and whether they should be discarded differ globally. Some countries protect embryos in law while in other countries embryos ‘die’ or ‘succumb’ in assisted reproductive technology clinics on a daily basis. This study analyses interview data drawn from a larger qualitative study conducted in South Australia from 2004–2007. 21 women and 12 of 21 partners were interviewed about the decision they made to discard their embryos. The analysis reported here sought to examine the ways in which women constructed and experienced the decision to discard embryos. The article highlights the ways in which embryo discard is a contested discursive space. Embryo death is sequestered through their confinement in the laboratory and their invisibility to the naked eye. The clinic treated embryo discard as disposal of biological waste and failed to acknowledge the meaning of the event. By contrast women experienced emotional bereavement described as similar to early pregnancy loss, and described experiences of attachment and grief. For sensitive and compassionate care these differences in perceptions of embryo discard need to be addressed.
      PubDate: 2016-10-22T00:30:20.763666-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12497
  • Complete tooth loss as status passage
    • Authors: Barry John Gibson; Philip V. Sussex, Ruth P. Fitzgerald, William Murray Thomson
      Pages: 412 - 427
      Abstract: The aim of this article is to add to the literature on the sociology of oral health and dentistry by presenting the relevance of status passage to the study of complete tooth loss. The article reports on an analysis of data taken from participants residing in the Nelson region of New Zealand. In total the data include interviews from 20 participants, all of whom had their remaining natural teeth removed before 1960. In total, 12 women and eight men were interviewed. All were from a European background with an age range of 71 to 101 years. Following a narrative approach, participants were interviewed on the nature of the social factors that resulted in complete tooth loss by starting with their family history and then focusing on the factors and events leading up to their total tooth loss. Data were analysed using the methods and techniques of grounded theory. This article provides an outline of the importance of scheduling, prescribing, social factors, ‘compound awareness contexts’ and reversibility to the status passage into complete tooth loss. We conclude by arguing that the theory of status passage may enable a detailed analysis of the ‘time-space extensionality’ of trajectories into complete tooth loss.
      PubDate: 2016-10-10T23:20:39.95145-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12492
  • Unmasking the enterprising nurse: migrant care workers and the discursive
           mobilisation of productive professionals
    • Authors: Antero Olakivi
      Pages: 428 - 442
      Abstract: Public care work organisations in Northern Europe often seek to increase their economic efficiency in ways that care workers criticise for reducing both their professional autonomy and the quality of care. Recently, the ideal of ‘enterprising nursing’ has emerged as a political belief according to which economic efficiency, care workers' autonomy and the quality of care can be improved in tandem by cultivating care workers' agential abilities. This article examines the reception of this belief among migrant care workers in Finland. Drawing on research interviews, the analysis demonstrates how migrant care workers may have difficulties in aligning themselves with the enterprising ideals but also in protesting them. Ethnicity, and the status of a migrant, can offer resources for both constructing enterprising subjectivities and reframing care workers' agency, and their organisational environment, in more critical terms.
      PubDate: 2016-09-09T03:51:09.624962-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12493
  • Enabling and controlling parenthood in publicly provided maternity
           healthcare: becoming a parent in Finland
    • Authors: Riikka Homanen
      Pages: 443 - 457
      Abstract: This article discusses practices of parental support in the maternity healthcare provided by the welfare state. Drawing on ethnographic material from clinics in Finland, I discuss maternity healthcare practices and processes as the specific contexts of subjectification to parenthood in the Nordic welfare state. The analysis shows that in both nurses’ (work) experience-based knowledge and population-statistical knowledge, parental competence is achieved largely through the ‘natural’ process of experiencing pregnant life. Care practices can be seen as enabling parenthood through respect for this process. Clinics encourage parents-to-be to self-reflect and be self-reliant. Emphasis on self-reflection and self-reliance has previously been interpreted as the state adoption of therapy culture, and as a response to market demands for the welfare state to offer to and require of its citizens more autonomy and choice. I argue, however, that the parental subject emerging from the practices of this welfare service cannot be reduced to a neoliberal reflexive individual for whom parenthood is an individual project and who is to blame for individual shortcomings. Equally, they are no mere disciplined product of governmentality being pushed to conform to an idealised parent figure derived from collective ideas of good parenthood.
      PubDate: 2016-10-22T00:15:22.190347-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12491
  • Between stigma and pink positivity: women's perceptions of social
           interactions during and after breast cancer treatment
    • Authors: Diane Trusson; Alison Pilnick
      Pages: 458 - 473
      Abstract: This study explores women's perceptions of social interaction during and after their treatment for early stage breast cancer. An analysis of interviews with 24 women between 6 months and 29 years post-diagnosis reveals that interactions can be influenced by conflicting public discourses surrounding breast cancer. For example, there is the continuing association of cancer with death and the resulting potential for a stigmatised identity. In contrast is the ultra-positive discourse around cancer survivorship, with breast cancer in particular being associated with pink campaigning and a push towards positive thinking. Participants described managing conversations during treatment; sometimes playing down their private suffering and presenting a positive (public) image rather than risk alienating support. After treatment they were encouraged to move on and get back to ‘normal’. While other breast cancer patients and survivors were often good sources of support, there was also a danger of assuming that all experiences would be the same. We present data to illustrate that women often present public accounts that are driven by an expectation of positivity and fear of stigmatisation at all stages of breast cancer treatment and beyond.
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T01:15:35.978057-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12486
  • Changing tastes: learning hunger and fullness after gastric bypass surgery
    • Authors: Line Hillersdal; Bodil J. Christensen, Lotte Holm
      Pages: 474 - 487
      Abstract: Gastric bypass surgery is a specific medical technology that alters the body in ways that force patients to fundamentally change their eating habits. When patients enrol for surgery, they enter a learning process, encountering new and at times contested ways of sensing their bodies, tasting, and experiencing hunger and fullness. In this paper, we explore how patients begin to eat again after gastric bypass surgery. The empirical data used here are drawn from a Danish fieldwork study of individuals undergoing obesity surgery. The material presented shows how the patients used instructions on how to eat. We explore the ways in which diverse new experiences and practices of hunger and fullness are part of the process of undergoing surgery for severe obesity. New sensory experiences lead to uncertainty; as a result, patients practice what we term mimetic eating, which reflects a ‘sensory displacement’ and hence a rupture in the person's sense of self and social relations. We suggest that eating should be conceptualised as a practice that extends beyond the boundaries of our bodies and into diverse realms of relations and practices, and that changing the way we eat also changes the fundamentally embodied experience of who we are.
      PubDate: 2016-11-05T01:15:47.238767-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12504
  • Towards a Sociology of Cancer Caregiving
    • Authors: Amy Halls
      Pages: 489 - 490
      PubDate: 2016-03-26T01:51:05.71965-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12425
  • Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life
    • Authors: Erica Borgstrom
      Pages: 490 - 491
      PubDate: 2016-03-28T04:26:22.323959-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12429
  • Rethinking Old Age: Theorising the Fourth Age
    • Authors: Annelieke Driessen
      Pages: 491 - 492
      PubDate: 2016-04-25T05:00:42.051986-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12440
  • Beard, R.L.Living with Alzheimer's: Managing Memory Loss, Identity, and
           Illness. New York: New York University Press. 2016. 336pp $89 (cloth) $30
           (pbk) $26.43 (ebk) ISBN 978-1-4798-8980-8
    • Authors: Matthew Lariviere
      Pages: 492 - 493
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T04:12:05.034756-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12498
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