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   ISSN (Print) 1936-7244 - ISSN (Online) 1937-0245
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [853 journals]
  • Encouraging Inclusiveness in Doing Sociology: Public and Private, Applied
           and Clinical
    • Authors: Kettlitz; R. E.
      Pages: 87 - 89
      Abstract: Presidential Address at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, October 11, 2014.The following address provides my thoughts about how the discipline of sociology could enhance it effectiveness as an agent of positive social change while simultanously increasing its professional legitimacy.
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724416664949
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • The Great Ones All Had Them: The Value of Mentoring for Applied Sociology
    • Authors: Adams; A. T.
      Pages: 90 - 95
      Abstract: Applied sociology has moved slowly in developing the next generation of applied sociologists. A mentoring program geared at shepherding may promote the field and help to retain the next generation of applied sociologists. First, I will list some of the great philosophers, sociologists, and agents of social change and their mentors. Second, I will describe sociologist George Herbert Mead’s social self and link that concept to the significance of storytelling. Third, I will provide a definition of mentoring and describe several types of mentoring models. Fourth, I will summarize results from empirical studies that demonstrate mentoring’s effectiveness. Finally, this address offers a call for action that we create mentoring opportunities, actively recruit new members, and retain current ones.
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724416664383
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Sociology and Social Justice: Confronting Challenges of the
           Twentieth-first Century
    • Authors: Morris; A.
      Pages: 96 - 103
      Abstract: This article addresses the relationship between the discipline of sociology and social change. It argues that sociology, and its professional associations, are challenged to choose between being a progressive force for change or a legitmator of the status quo. The core focus of the article is the argument that the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology has a responsibility to assist in the liberation of the oppressed because of its mission to serve the applied and clinical needs of its constituency.
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724416666307
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Insider/Outsider: The Unique Nature of the Sociological Perspective and
    • Authors: Kersen; T. M.
      Pages: 104 - 112
      Abstract: Sociologists and other social scientists confront a number of trends in American society and even inside the academic world such as anti-intellectualism and a preference for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Often, people in the public have a misperception about what social sciences are and what sociologists do. However, a number of important people such as Martin Luther King offered an explicit vision of the mission for social scientists. That vision entails social scientists as progressive social change agents. Two sociologists who fit that vision are Ernst Borinski and Howard Becker. These public scholars spent a lot of time understanding in-group/out-group dynamics. They also took on the insider/outsider roles to conduct their research and pursue other endeavors. Becker and Borinski and other sociologists were able to show the public why sociology is important in the day-to-day lives of individuals. Drawing on the works of Becker and Borinski, the author offers some suggestions on how to convey insights from the discipline to reporters, writers, and other opinion leaders.
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724415626961
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Frames of Reference: Applying Sociology in Interdisciplinary Medical
    • Authors: Sumerau, J. E; Cragun, D.
      Pages: 113 - 118
      Abstract: Unforeseen obstacles and inefficiencies may arise when medical organizations seek to implement protocols that rely upon cooperation and coordination by clinical practitioners from multiple disciplines, departments, and professional orientations. In this reflection, we discuss some ways in which sociological concepts may be useful in forestalling and mitigating such obstacles and inefficiencies in clinical settings. Echoing recent decisions by professional organizations like the American Medical Association, we use the concept of "framing" to suggest how interdisciplinary medical protocols and policy formulations may benefit greatly from sociological lessons and demonstrate some ways by which the incorporation of sociological insights can facilitate greater communication between varied disciplines and departments seeking shared outcomes. In conclusion, we provide some concrete ways by which interdisciplinary medical programs may benefit from sociological concepts and practices.
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724415625305
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Navigating the Borderland of Scholar Activism: Narrative Practice as
           Applied Sociology in the Movement for Single Payer Health Care Reform
    • Authors: Hern; L. S.
      Pages: 119 - 131
      Abstract: While applied sociology can take on many forms, it has been argued that public sociology is very much connected to the work of social movements. In this paper, I discuss my own scholar activism within the Movement for Single Payer Health Care Reform and its implications for the grassroots mobilization of this movement. This paper is, in part, a response to the call to develop discussions about the applied sociological process to better understand the "specific kinds of engagement" that make up radical public and social change–oriented applied sociology. The role of scholar activist is another avenue through which applied sociologists can better understand the social world and promote positive social change. Scholar activists can work within social movements to build theory about social movement mobilization through an interactive and empowering process that highlights the epistemological authority of movement participants. Scholar activists also act as a medium through which the collective experiences and narratives of social movement actors can be understood and shared with a wider audience. In this paper, I unpack one part of this process by engaging in the practice of reflexivity through which I analyze my role as a scholar activist within the Movement for Single Payer Health Care Reform.
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724415625306
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • The Cost of Recovery: Shifts in Income and Expenses during a Three-phased
           Transition from Sex Work and Addiction to Drug Treatment and Independent
    • Authors: Roddy, J; Draus, P, Asabigi, K.
      Pages: 132 - 146
      Abstract: This paper describes the economic changes experienced by former Detroit sex workers as they progressed through a court-supervised treatment and recovery program. Semistructured interviews were conducted with women during three phases of the program: pretreatment (n = 31), treatment (n = 24), and transitional housing/independence (n = 31). Interviews were also conducted with women who had terminated from the program (n = 8). Sources and levels of income and expenses in each phase were recorded in detail. We found that women earned and spent substantially more money when they actively engaged in street sex work. Legal income remained low after the treatment phase, with only 39 percent of women in the final phase reporting regular work. We conclude that decreased drug expenditures are not enough to offset the decrease in income that accompanies termination of sex work. Policies supporting income, employment, and education for people in transition are recommended.
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724415626491
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Using Excel and Word to Structure Qualitative Data
    • Authors: Ose; S. O.
      Pages: 147 - 162
      Abstract: Applied social science projects that involve many interviews produce a vast amount of data or text that is difficult to structure and analyze systematically. Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software is too advanced and sophisticated when all we want is to sort and structure the text. A new method, using Microsoft Word and Excel, has been developed. The method produces a flexible Word document of interview data separated into logical chapters and subchapters. All text is coded, and the codes correspond with headings in the final document. Systematic manual coding ensures that all the content is coded, not just words or terms that are extracted from the text. After several years of using and refining the method, both in projects with relatively few interviews and in those with more than 100, I believe that the method is efficient when there are four or more interviews. The method is also suitable for coding and structuring answers to open-ended questions in Web-based surveys. The coding may be performed by a supervised research assistant or a multidisciplinary analytical team, depending on the complexity of the problem. The purpose of the method is not to quantify qualitative data but only to sort and structure large amounts of unstructured data. The method consists of 10 steps, screenshots of which are included in the paper.
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724416664948
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book Review: Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authority
    • Authors: Phelps; D. L.
      Pages: 163 - 164
      PubDate: 2016-09-19T02:24:09-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/1936724416664384
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2016)
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