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     ISSN (Print) 1936-7244 - ISSN (Online) 1937-0245
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [740 journals]   [SJR: 0.109]   [H-I: 2]
  • Sociology at Work: Transforming "Change the World" Ideals into Real-World
           Results
    • Authors: Quartaroli; T. A.
      Pages: 79 - 84
      Abstract: Sociology is often viewed as a change-the-world discipline, and indeed, AACS members and other applied and clinical sociologists continually demonstrate how the practice of sociology—sociology at work—can effect beneficial social change at micro, meso and macro levels. Unfortunately, too many sociology students complete their programs without ever learning how they can use their new knowledge to make a difference, or, worse, to make a living. This address discusses the disconnect between what sociology students learn in school and the real world that awaits them when they graduate, and calls on members to join AACS in working to mentor a new generation into the practice of real-world sociology.
      PubDate: 2014-09-03T22:56:56-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724414539793|hwp:master-id:spjax;1936724414539793
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 2 (2014)
       
  • Inequality, Advocacy, and the Foreclosure Crisis
    • Authors: Squires; G. D.
      Pages: 85 - 95
      Abstract: Inequality has been a critical missing link in most policy debates over the causes and consequences of, and potential responses to, the foreclosure and related economic crises of recent years. This paper examines the impact of various trajectories of inequality on these events, the role of advocacy groups attempting to respond to these challenges, pushback from the industry, and potential next steps for ameliorating the costs. A key finding is that solutions to the nation’s banking crises will require addressing fundamental political forces that created the challenges and persist as ongoing barries to effective resolution.
      PubDate: 2014-09-03T22:56:57-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724413511894|hwp:master-id:spjax;1936724413511894
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 2 (2014)
       
  • If I Had a Hammer
    • Authors: Youngquist; W. A.
      Pages: 96 - 99
      Abstract: Based on my career as a sociologist in TV news, I encourage more collaboration between sociologists and the news media. Sociologists can provide valuable insights to journalists and the news media can provide jobs and a platform for sociologists. The sociological imagination, which Mills said was part of the best journalism, sees the link between biography and history, personal troubles and social issues. If sociologists can get the attention of those in the news media, they can aid in defining the situations of our time. A frame is a definition that a journalist brings to a situation, and which provides the lead for his or her story. Both sociologists and journalists know that situations do not define themselves. Every news story is an act of social reality construction. The sociological imagination provides needed insight and depth when journalists frame news stories. This is where sociologists can have the greatest impact in journalism. The news media are our hammer. We can use it to hammer out justice by framing social issues, relating them to personal troubles (as Mills wanted), and laying the groundwork for action.
      PubDate: 2014-09-03T22:56:57-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724414546735|hwp:master-id:spjax;1936724414546735
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 2 (2014)
       
  • State Systems Change in Prevention Resource Management
    • Authors: Diana, A; Landy, A. L, Flanagan, S.
      Pages: 100 - 112
      Abstract: Federally funded initiatives have provided resources to develop comprehensive substance abuse prevention strategies. Historically, most awards were made directly to communities. Beginning in 1997, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) signaled a new direction. The State Incentive Grant (SIG) program saw grants awarded to states and territories who then distributed money to communities to support prevention program implementation. A primary goal of the SIG program was statewide coordination of prevention service delivery and resource mobilization. Over seven years, 40 states and US territories received SIG awards. The SIG program was based on the assumption that systems change, in the form of improved state-level coordination and resource mobilization, would result in improved community-level prevention and, ultimately, in improved substance use outcomes. Coordination was defined as collaborative efforts of state-level agencies and individuals with control over prevention resources that resulted in a plan for addressing substance use problems and populations at risk. Resource mobilization was defined as the leveraging and/or redirection of resources to support implementation of effective prevention strategies. A cross-site evaluation of the systems changegoals included a content analysis of grantees’ report documents and ratings of grantee accomplishments along a scale of milestones leading to institutionalization. A majority of grantees (68 percent) achieved at least the first milestone in coordination and resource mobilization categories and they achieved more coordination milestones than resource mobilization milestones. Results are discussed in relation to the role of prevention systems change in achieving desired substance use–related outcomes.
      PubDate: 2014-09-03T22:56:57-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724414543689|hwp:master-id:spjax;1936724414543689
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 2 (2014)
       
  • Reinventing Real Estate: The Community Land Trust As a Social Invention in
           Affordable Housing
    • Authors: Meehan; J.
      Pages: 113 - 133
      Abstract: The community land trust (CLT) is a social invention designed to solve several problems in land ownership, from affordability to preservation. This article traces the history of the CLT from concept to implementation, through a network of theorists and activists, and discusses the present extent of CLTs in the United States. It concludes with a case study of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), a community development organization in Boston, that has used the CLT model as part of its holistic strategy to redevelop a neighborhood that has suffered from redlining, arson, and abandonment. DSNI is perhaps the only community organization in the United States to have attained the power of eminent domain to acquire land for housing development.
      PubDate: 2014-09-03T22:56:57-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724413497480|hwp:master-id:spjax;1936724413497480
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 2 (2014)
       
  • An Evaluation of the Impact of a Faith-Based Volunteer Program
    • Authors: Yamada, M; Gutierrez, D.
      Pages: 134 - 148
      Abstract: This paper presents a study undertaken to evaluate the impact of a faith-based volunteer program in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and determine how effectively the program serves to connect volunteers, agencies, and the local community. Organizational factors, such as volunteer training, task preparation, and support within the program, affect levels of volunteers’ performance and satisfaction. Based on the volunteers’ and agencies’ input regarding the faith-based volunteer program, we examine how faith-based volunteers perceived their own experiences related to their host program and to what extent they felt satisfied with their assigned work. We discuss survey and interview findings and suggest the need for further research among volunteer organizations.
      PubDate: 2014-09-03T22:56:57-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724413496780|hwp:master-id:spjax;1936724413496780
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 2 (2014)
       
  • Book Review: Inner Peace--Global Impact: Tibetan Buddhism, Leadership, and
           Work, by Kathryn Goldman Schuyler
    • Authors: Hern; L. S.
      Pages: 149 - 151
      PubDate: 2014-09-03T22:56:57-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724414546734|hwp:master-id:spjax;1936724414546734
      Issue No: Vol. 8, No. 2 (2014)
       
 
 
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