Books by Sociology Faculty

bullet Nicholas L. Danigelis with Alfred P. Fengler: This book provides a unique in-depth longitudinal study of a highly successful homesharing program, Vermont's project HOME. The empirical evidence in this book delivers much-needed information to evaluate the impact of these arrangements on program clients and the larger community. Homesharing provides an inexpensive alternative to residential care in nursing homes and other forms of institutionalization, and helps elderly and disabled individuals retain control of their lives.

bullet Alice Fothergill Heads above Water tells the stories of women and their families who survived the Grand Forks, North Dakota, flood of 1997, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. This book describes the challenges women faced and explores the importance of class, race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability in their disaster recovery. The women found themselves face-to-face with social and familial upheaval, emotional and physical trauma, precarious economic and social status, and feelings of loss and violation. physical trauma, precarious economic and social status, and feelings of loss and violation.

Social Vulnerability to Disasters discusses why such vulnerabilities exist, what can be done to foster change, and ultimately, reduce vulnerabilities and build capacity. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to examine historical, geographic, social, and cultural factors and conditions that put people differently at risk before, during, and after disasters. The contributors explore how vulnerable social groups are affected by and cope with hazardous conditions and events. Each chapter provides strategies for community based mitigation by engaging those populations most at risk.

bullet Lutz Kaelber KFA presents new information on the multifaceted topic of the so-called "special children's wards" during World War II in regard to both cultures of commemoration as well as historical research. The topic relates to research on and commemoration of the victims of National Socialism in general, as well as the history of the events and the perpetrators involved in them. The planned volume will appear with Peter Lang Publishing in 2011. It will include about 180 pages and a series of pictures. On the basis of several years of research at various locations, I provides a cornerstone essay on the culture of commemoration in Europe concerning the "special childrens wards." Raimond Reiter presents original research on issues of evidence of intentional killing in the "special children's wards" as well as changes in the landscape of commemoration affecting how victims of National Socialism in psychiatric institutions are remembered.
Schools of Asceticism: Ideology and Organization in Medieval Religious Communities explores how religious ethics (doctrines and other elements of belief structures) and organizational arrangements of religious communities interacted to shape their members' conduct, or how they acted in everyday life. Social class and gender are part of the analysis. The book received the Best Book Award of the Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association in 1999.

The History of Commerical Partnerships in the Middle Ages is a translation of Max Weber's dissertation and first book with the same title.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (PESC) is Max Weber's controversial, multilayered work, consistently ranked as one of the most influential sociological texts ever written. The collective scholarship of this edited volume provides a grand overview of the history, assessment, and implications from a century of reflection on his text. The essays are fresh and interesting, and readily encourage an enlightened, contextual reading of Weber. They affirm the validity of the Weber thesis in supporting a causal connection between ascetic Protestantism emerging from the Reformation and the development of modern rational capitalism--although with many clarifications, several caveats, and one alternative narrative connecting the Reformation to capitalism in Europe. Several essays introduce little-known aspects of Weber's life and scholarship, especially the influence of his 1904 travels in the US. Recommended along with Fritz Ringer's Max Weber: An Intellectual Biography and editor Charles Camic et al.'s Max Weber's Economy and Society: A Critical Companion (2005), this collection reveals the immense sophistication of Weber's work, however incomplete and fragmentary it remains. In addition, while exploring the history of PESC, readers gain an important education in the development of 20th-century sociology in the US.

bullet Nikki Khanna Elected in 2008, Barack Obama made history as the first African American president of the United States. Though recognized as the son of a white Kansas-born mother and a black Kenyan father, the media and public have nonetheless pigeonholed him as black, and he too self-identifies as such. Obama's experience as an American with black and white ancestry, though compelling because of his celebrity, is not unique and raises several questions about the growing number of black-white biracial Americans today: How are they perceived by others with regard to race? How do they tend to identify? And why? Taking a social psychological approach, Biracial in America identifies influencing factors and several underlying processes shaping multidimensional racial identities. This study also investigates the ways in which biracial Americans perform race in their day-to-day lives. One's race isn't simply something that others prescribe onto the individual but something that individuals "do." The strategies and motivations for performing black, white, and biracial identities are explored..

bullet Thomas Macias How much does ethnicity matter to Mexican Americans today, when many marry outside their culture and some can't even stomach menudo? This book addresses that question through a unique blend of quantitative data and firsthand interviews with third-plus-generation Mexican Americans. Latinos are being woven into the fabric of American life, to be sure, but in a way quite distinct from ethnic groups that have come from other parts of the world. By focusing on individuals' feelings regarding acculturation, work experience, and ethnic identity--and incorporating Mexican-Anglo intermarriage statistics--I compare the successes and hardships of Mexican immigrants with those of previous European arrivals. Continual immigration, the growth of the Latino population, and the Chicano Movement have been important factors in shaping the experience of Mexican Americans, and he argues that Mexican American identity is often not merely an "ethnic option" but a necessary response to stereotyping and interactions with Anglo society.

bullet Eleanor Miller Using information garnered from life histories and interviews with 64 female street hustlers in Milwaukee, she vividly describes a female underclass recruited to the world of the street for a substantial period of their lives. Street Woman offers a challenging alternative to recent sociological studies that view the 'women's movement' as directly linked to the increasing participation of women in property crime. Miller shows that this increase in crime is a response to sustained poverty. Thus, many sociologists are out of touch with the typical female criminal in this country on both a demographic and personal level. 'Typical' female hustlers, as their own words poignantly reveal, are young, poor minority women who have limited education and skills and who also have several children of their own. They adopt characteristic interpersonal relationships and familial forms that insure their survival but which leave the youngsters at greater risk of being recruited to street life. Street Woman is a work of great importance to sociologists and criminologists alike, both in its ramifications for public policy and its explicit implications for further research.
The Worth of Women's Work integrates findings from qualitative studies of women's work experiences in 13 occupations. The methods for gathering the data include participant observation, unstructured interviews, analysis of diaries, and review of historical documents. These methodologies permit unanticipated patterns to emerge from the data. Hence, this book not only presents new insights into women's work experiences, but simultaneously takes a much-needed step in developing a framework for integrating qualitative research.

bullet Beth Mintz How can being closeted or out affect the personal and professional life of a lesbian in academia? Lesbians in Academia, a collection of over thirty personal narratives, explores what it's like to be a lesbian working in a college or university setting. Along with the stories are in-depth analyses of the narratives by other academics. Issues such as race, class and age and how these factors distinguish each individual's "place" in the academy are examined. The contributors have written from a wide range of experiences-- different degrees of outness, various academic disciplines, many geographic locations, and several types of academic settings.

Through an intensive study of interlocking corporate directorates, the authors show that for the first time in American history the loan making and stock purchasing and selling powers are concentrated in the same hands: the leadership of major financial firms. Their detailed descriptions of corporate case histories include the forced ouster of Howard Hughes from TWA in the late fifties as a result of lenders' pressure; the collapse of Chrysler in the late seventies owing to banks' refusal to provide further capital infusions; and the very different "rescues" of Pan American Airlines and Braniff Airlines by bank intervention in the seventies.

bullet Thomas Streeter The Net Effect is about America's romance with computer communication looks at the internet, not as harbinger of the future or the next big thing, but as an expression of the times. Streeter demonstrates that our ideas about what connected computers are for have been in constant flux since their invention. In the 1950s they were imagined as the means for fighting nuclear wars, in the 1960s as systems for bringing mathematical certainty to the messy complexity of social life, in the 1970s as countercultural playgrounds, in the 1980s as an icon for what's good about free markets, in the 1990s as a new frontier to be conquered and, by the late 1990s, as the transcendence of markets in an anarchist open source utopia.

Howard Dean's campaign for president changed the way in which campaigns are run today. With an unlikely collection of highly talented and motivated staffers drawn from a variety of backgrounds, the Dean campaign transformed the way in which money was raised and supporters galvanized by using the Internet. Surprisingly, many of the campaign staff members were neither computer whizzes nor practiced political operatives, even though that is how some of them are identified today. This book allows key individuals in the campaign the chance to tell their stories with an eye to documenting the Internet campaign revolution and providing lessons to future campaigns. Howard Dean's inspirational statement of what it took for his campaign to get as far as it did mousepads, shoe leather, and hope holds great wisdom for anyone campaigning today, especially the 2008 presidential candidates. Includes an interview with Howard Dean and additional contributions by Jerome Armstrong, Larry Biddle, Manuel Castells, Bobby Clark, Zack Exley, Matthew Gross, Aldon Hynes, Joshua Koenig, Nicco Mele, Amanda Michel, Kelly Nuxoll, Pam Paul, Araba Sey, Michael Silberman.

In this interdisciplinary study of the laws and policies associated with commercial radio and television, Selling the Air:A Critique of the Policy of Commercial Broadcasting in the United States reverses the usual take on broadcasting and markets by showing that government regulation creates rather than intervenes in the market. Analyzing the processes by which commercial media are organized, Streeter asks how it is possible to take the practice of broadcasting--the reproduction of disembodied sounds and pictures for dissemination to vast unseen audiences--and constitute it as something that can be bought, owned, and sold.