In an article for Foreign Affairs, Lane Kenworthy of the UCSD Sociology Department writes about The Trouble With Male Unemployment. He explains how the employment rate among prime working-age men has been falling fro nearly half a century and described this problem as catastrophic and urgent. In the article, he aims to answer the question what caused the crisis? and claims that benefit-cutting won’t help.
This article is only part one of a two-part series. Read Part two here, which examines the US’ employment performance in recent years.
Prfessor Lane Kenworthy of Sociology was featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Accounts on Economic Sociology and Inequality. The contributions in this issue show the wide variation in the topics addressed in high quality research by Section members. It also brings to attention the outstanding contributions of the Accounts co-editors, who initiated informative interviews with scholars who are breaking new ground in the field of economic sociology.
In the Interview, Lane Kenworthy and David Grusky discuss the topic of policy engagement. Kenworthy describes what it means to him and how he initially got involved. He explains:
My policy engagement has consisted mainly of researching policy-relevant issues and trying to convey my findings to audiences beyond academia. I’ve always been interested in “big” questions, though not always policy-relevant ones. As an undergraduate and in my first two years of graduate school, the kinds of questions that most interested me were: What did the 1960s social movements accomplish? What is the class structure of advanced capitalist societies? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types of capitalism and socialism?
Gershon Shafir of the UCSD Department of Sociology wrote an article published on Forward in which he discusses how the Israeli settler movement isn’t much of a movement. In the article he writes:
“In short, the settlement project has not created the conditions for the annexation of the West Bank to Israel nor made it inevitable. The turn to blunt tools of politics is an indirect admission that the 50 years of colonization have stalled.”
Professor John D. Skrentny of the UCSD Sociology Department wrote an article featured in Fortune about how Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Hurts America’s Universities. In the piece he writes:
“Anyone who visits America’s great research universities can see that science and engineering are global enterprises,”
Skrentny, also co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, argues that the current administration’s efforts to reform immigration will not help in the global competition to attract the world’s top researchers.
The American Sociological Association proudly announced the recipients of the major awards for 2017, one of which was David FizGerald of the Sociology Department for his work Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, which is given for a single book or monograph published in the three preceding calendar years.
The ASA awards are conferred on sociologists for outstanding publications and achievements in the scholarship, teaching, and the practice of sociology. Award recipients are selected by committees appointed by the ASA Committee on Committees and the ASA Council.
All scholars will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Montreal. The Awards Ceremony will immediately precede the formal address of the ASA President Michèle Lamont. All registrants are invited to attend an Honorary Reception immediately following the address to congratulate President Lamont and the award recipients.
An Inside Higher Ed article, “Professors and Politics: What the Research Says“, cites sociologist Amy Binder’s 2012 book “Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives” in a response to the accusation by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that liberal professors forces their views on students.
A Union-Tribune story “UCSD Opening Permanent Downtown Outpost” on the new campus building to open in East Village at Park and Market – the “Innovative Cultural and Education Hub”– includes Keith Pezzoli of Communication and Urban Studies and Planning, Mary Walshok of Extension and Sociology, and Political Science alumnus Christopher Yanov.
David FitzGerald, of Sociology and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, is cited in the Xinhuanet (China) feature titiled “Residents Along U.S.-Mexico Border Shrug Off Trump’s Wall Plan.” FitzGerald also spoke with Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) on sanctuary city policies.
Research by Isaac Martin of the UCSD Sociology Department is cited in the Article “What Drives Population Declines in Some States” featured on Watertown Daily Times. His Research shows that the burden of property taxes prompts some people to move but mostly when coupled with a drop in income.
In his new article “Trump Will Lose America like Pete Wilson Lost California” for The Hill, sociologist John Skrentny, co-director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, says that the processes that turned California blue will occur throughout the rest of the United States. Skrentny went on air with KPCC’s Take Two to discuss his prediction. He was also featured in WalletHub’s recent debate on the U.S.-Mexico wall and in a National Geographic story about the surprising ways science survives travel bans and gag orders.