In an article for Foreign Affairs, Lane Kenworthy of the UCSD Sociology Department writes about The Real American Jobs Crisis. He explains how in the U.S., the employment rate rose steadily throughout the second half of the 20th century which stood out among affluent democracies and prompted the U.S. to be known as “the great American jobs machine’. However, since the start of the 21st century, the employment rate has decreased. In the article, Kenworthy aims to define the problem behind this issue and claims that better family policies can help.
This article is only part two of a two-part series. Read Part two here, which examines the decline in men’s employment in the U.S. since the late 20th century.
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.
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.
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.
Rawan Arar, a graduate student at the sociology department and recipient of one of this year’s FISP awards, had her work “International Solidarity and Ethnic Boundaries: Using the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict to Strengthen Ethno-National Claims in Northern Ireland” published in the journal Nations and Nationalism.
In the article she writes:
This study examines flags, graffiti, murals and political speech on display in Northern Ireland that advocate for either Israelis or Palestinians. Through the concept of ‘borrowed legitimacy’, I acknowledge the strategic use of the ethnic boundary in expressions of international solidarity.
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.
UCSD professor at the sociology department, Lane Kenworthy, has a new article out on contemporary sociology. The piece, titled “Why the Search in Income Inequality?” discusses the rise of the top 1 percent and poses the following questions:
What has caused the surge in top-end income inequality? Is it a product of changes in the economy? Or, as Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal and Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s Winner-Take-All Politics contend, have the key shifts been in America’s politics and policies?
The article is freely accessible on SAGE Journals.
David FitzGerald, Professor at the sociology department of UCSD, along with David Cook Martin, wrote an article concerning Trump’s recent immigration ban. The piece was picked up by both The Conversation and Newsweek. In the article, the authors write:
History shows that humiliating national or religious groups on the world stage by restricting their entry makes it harder to keep our allies. It can create new enemies. This ban may put the United States at risk.
Read Professor FitzGerald’s article online:
“Trump’s Immigration Order is Bad Foreign Policy”
“U.S. History Shows the Folly of Trump’s Immigration Ban“
The Department of Sociology is excited to announce Professor Charlie Thorpe’s latest book: Necroculture, published by Palgrave-Macmillan.
Professor Thorpe announces,
“This is primarily a work of social/cultural theory, drawing on Marx’s metaphor of capital as a vampire, and the idea of capitalism as the domination of living labor by dead labor, as well as on Erich Fromm’s Marxist-psychoanalytic philosophy, in order to analyze contemporary culture. It deals with topics like the zombie in television and film, apocalyptic science fiction, artificial life, climate change and ecological destruction, transhumanism, internet pornography, and the politics of the Tea Party and the gun lobby.”
The book can also be purchased on Amazon. Congratulations Professor Thorpe!