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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 0160-5976
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [852 journals]
  • Thinking Diversity, Rethinking Diversity
    • Authors: Embrick; D. G.
      Pages: 223 - 228
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616663863
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Is a Rortian Sociology Desirable? Will It Help Us Use Words Like
    • Authors: Hart; R. J.
      Pages: 229 - 241
      Abstract: The philosophy of Richard Rorty provides a useful justification for accepting epistemological diversity in sociology. In his view, intradisciplinary debates about what constitutes sociological knowledge are irresolvable because, at root, they are cultural disputes. But Rorty’s philosophy offers more than an elaborate justification for the status quo. He also provides a compelling rationale for sociologists to write passionately. Beyond simply improving our prose, passionate language may imbue sociological research with moral relevance, at least in Rorty’s terms.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597615591820
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Truth through Fiction: Real-life Differential Privilege Unmasked in Amanda
           Cross Mystery Novels
    • Authors: Keating; B. R.
      Pages: 242 - 253
      Abstract: This qualitative analysis describes the parallels between Carolyn Heilbrun’s nonfiction writing, her Amanda Cross novels, and Heilbrun’s real-life experiences as the first woman tenured at Columbia University amid the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Heilbrun’s nonfiction insightfully deconstructs gender issues in society. She turned to fiction as Amanda Cross, however, to expose the unrelenting differential privilege in the academy. Conflict theory, although not identified as such, permeates her writings, both novels and nonfiction. The underlying theme, differential privilege, is examined through four manifestations: response to war, women’s perspectives on women, the attitudes of the privileged toward others, especially men toward women, and the institutionalized privilege in the highly stratified practice of higher education. These observations remain relevant and applicable for dealing with today’s issues with differential privilege.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597615622233
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • "Our Aim Is to Link Humanity to the Divine": Social Philosophy and Social
           Service of Sri Aurobindo Society
    • Authors: Pandya; S.
      Pages: 254 - 277
      Abstract: This article is based on the fieldwork with Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS), a faith-based organization headquartered in Pondicherry, India. SAS is based on the ideals of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual consort Mirra Alfassa, the Mother. I have focused on the social philosophy and social service of SAS, particularly one of its rural development projects, Sri Aurobindo Rural and Village Action and Movement (SARVAM). I have reviewed the organizational literature, had discussions with sadhaks, the members of the order, and interviewed 396 project beneficiaries. The social philosophy of SAS focuses on transcendence and divinity of human beings. Its social and rural development projects endeavor to translate this philosophy into action. For the beneficiaries, SARVAM fulfills their material and spiritual needs, gives them a feeling of being anchored by SAS, and is thus different from other rural development projects. SAS as a faith-based organization demonstrates how faith shapes civic culture and creates a sociopolitical capital and commitment to the wider community.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597614565697
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Aesthetic as Analysis: Synthesizing Theories of Humor and Disability
           through Stand-up Comedy
    • Authors: Bingham, S. C; Green, S. E.
      Pages: 278 - 305
      Abstract: A wide range of comedians with disabilities has recently been reclaiming the comedy stage as a space in which to contest inequality. The work of disabled comedians highlights the utility of humor as an alternative lens into social life, especially the complexity of the disability experience. Despite the rise of disability humor as a form of activism, scholars have identified disability humor as an undertheorized area. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 10 professional comedians from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, we examine common conceptual ground between humor theory and disability theory—focusing on how humor can function as an epistemological and critical lens for viewing disability in everyday social context. Our analysis suggests that even types of humor that have traditionally been used to demean and disable can be (and are) wielded by people with disabilities, on and off the stage, as both a shield and a sword with which to contest the constraints imposed by an ableist world, while also countering the widespread belief that disability is only and always a personal tragedy.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597615621594
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Local Actors as Global Critics: Examining Salvadorans Transnational
    • Authors: Tejada; K.
      Pages: 306 - 328
      Abstract: Drawing on the experiences of 25 Salvadoran activists in the metro District of Columbia (DC) area, I examine how seasoned activists, or individuals with long-standing organizing experience, maintain critical stances toward their homeland government’s practices while using hostland resources to organize and lessen the impact it has on their compatriots. Building on Vertovec’s notion of the "transnational consciousness," I show seasoned activists use this mind-set to analyze two components of the Salvadoran experience—they see individual remittances creating unnecessary burdens and no political clout for expatriates in El Salvador and are concerned with temporary protected status putting holders in legal limbo in the metro DC area. Understanding this mind-set uncovers the experience of being both "here" and "there" but ultimately leads seasoned activists to become better activists in their evolving organizing work.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597615591681
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • The Gypsy Threat Narrative: Explaining Anti-Roma Attitudes in the European
    • Authors: Loveland, M. T; Popescu, D.
      Pages: 329 - 352
      Abstract: In this study, we analyze European attitudes about the Roma. These attitudes are important because they encourage or impede the full inclusion of the Roma in European society. We articulate what we refer to as the Gypsy Threat Narrative and use it to motivate an empirical analysis of how comfortable Europeans are with Roma neighbors, as expressed in a 2008 Eurobarometer survey. We use mixed ordinary least square regression models to account for the hierarchical data structure, and account for a number of factors previously found to correlate with attitudes about the Roma while reporting new findings grounded in the logic of the Gypsy Threat Narrative. We discuss the implications of our study for research on European ethnic relations and for activists working for greater Roma inclusion.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597615601715
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • You are What You Eat: The Sociology of Food
    • Authors: Hughey; M. W.
      Pages: 353 - 354
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616659720
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Book Reviews: The Gospel of Sustainability: Media, Markets and LOHAS
    • Authors: Godfrey; P.
      Pages: 355 - 356
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597615586621
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Book Review: Eating Together: Food, Friendship, and Inequality
    • Authors: Hughey; A.
      Pages: 357 - 358
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616652641
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Book Review: Bitter Chocolate: Anatomy of an Industry
    • Authors: Tober; T. L.
      Pages: 358 - 360
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597615621595
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Equal Opportunity Racism? Review of Cards Against Humanity, created by
           Josh Dillon, Daniel Dranove, Eli Halpern, Ben Hantoot, David Munk, David
           Pinsof, Max Temkin, and Eliot Weinstein, distributed by Cards Against
           Humanity LLC
    • Authors: Strmic-Pawl, H. V; Wilson, R.-y.
      Pages: 361 - 364
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616653154
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
  • Shoelaces: An Autoethnographic Sketch
    • Authors: Gloviczki; P. J.
      Pages: 365 - 366
      Abstract: In this article, I use an autoethnographic sketch to explore the relationship between interpersonal bonds and identity construction.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T00:24:49-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616633251
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016)
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