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Caroline Staudenraus Receives Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship

Sociology major Caroline Staudenraus received a Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship this year for her honor's project, “Academic Preparation, Cosmopolitanism, and Self-Efficacy of Chinese International Students.”

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John Hall's Zygmunt Bauman Remembrance Published

John Hall's Zygmunt Bauman Remembrance Published

An essay by research professor John Hall remembering renowned Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has been published in the latest issue of the French journal Socio.

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Study on Former Foster Youth Published in The American Journal of Cultural Sociology

A paper by sociology doctoral candidate Julianne Smith, “‘I’m Not Gonna Be Another Statistic:’ The Imagined Futures of Former Foster Youth,” appears in the February 2017 issue of The American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

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Study on family instability and health published in Social Science Quarterly

Study on family instability and health published in Social Science Quarterly

New paper by Ethan Evans (Postdoctoral fellow UC Davis Center for Health Policy Research; UC Davis sociology, class of 2016), Bill McCarthy and two colleagues from the University of Victoria (Cecilia Benoit & Mikael Jansson)

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Caitlin Patler Wins Pacific Sociological Association Award

Caitlin Patler Wins Pacific Sociological Association Award

UC Davis Sociology Assistant Professor Caitlin Patler wins Sociological Perspectives Best Article Award.

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Professor Stephanie Mudge wins two major American Sociological Association awards and receives an honorable mention for another

Professor Stephanie Mudge wins two major American Sociological Association awards and receives an honorable mention for another

Professor Mudge's book, Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism (Harvard University Press 2018) won the American Sociological Association's (ASA) Political Sociology section book award, the Barrington-Moore Book Award from the ASA Historical-Comparative section, and an honorable mention for the Viviana Zelizer Award for the ASA, Economic Sociology section book award.

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Ming-Cheng Lo co-authors article published in Theory and Society

Ming-Cheng Lo co-authors article published in Theory and Society

Typhoon Morakot, the deadliest typhoon in recorded history to strike Taiwan, caused catastrophic destruction in the summer of 2009. Amidst the wreckage of their villages, survivors faced the challenge of consolidating communal visions for reconstruction. The grassroots voices of Morakot’s survivors, however, were stifled by heavy-handed state agendas. Some villages succeeded in resisting top-down agendas, eventually consolidating their own visions, but most did not. How can we explain these differences? Our article addresses this question through a three-village comparison.

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Rafi Grosglik co-authors article on food, identity, therapeutic culture, and capitalism

Rafi Grosglik co-authors article on food, identity, therapeutic culture, and capitalism

Although there is burgeoning research on the impact of therapeutic culture in the construction of the individual Self, the ways in which emotional discourse and therapeutic style shape the collective Self have been overlooked. Focusing on the popular reality-television cooking show MasterChef Israel, this article explores the emergence of gastro-emotivism – an interlacing of food with emotions and therapy and a materialization of emotions in the form of food. In MasterChef Israel, gastro-emotivism is used to articulate emotional-therapeutic selves as well as collective belongings and social categories. While recent literature understood the appearance of therapeutic culture in popular media as geared to reshape the individual neoliberal Self, we suggest that gastro-emotivism indicates the expansion of the emotional therapeutic framework in the depiction and construction of collective identities and identifications. We elaborate on the global phenomena of gastro-emotivism and explain its particular Israeli appearance. Emerging from this account is the proliferation of emotional-therapeutic discourse in the Israeli public sphere and its predominance in the ways in which Israelis ‘cook, taste and feel’ their collective affiliations.

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Article by Charlotte Glennie published on City and Community

Article by Charlotte Glennie published on City and Community

How does culture influence the political and economic processes shaping cities? Socially rich but unprofitable land uses, such as community gardens, create a trade-off between maintaining local character and increasing exchange value. As part of the Sociology PhD program, I conducted independent research to better understand how less profitable land uses such as community gardens can prevail in development conflicts. I examined documents and interviewed advocates for Seattle’s P-Patch program, which has secured virtual permanence for its publicly owned garden sites. My historical analysis shows that the P-Patch advocates, endowed with significant cultural capital, appealed to notions of Seattle’s place character and leveraged the city’s legal-policy infrastructure to institutionalize community gardens within Seattle’s urban planning framework. The gardens serve a wide constituency, including many low-income and minority residents, but as neighborhood amenities signifying urban sustainability, they also contribute to gentrification. My findings suggest that residents can leverage culture and local character to protect use value, but equity is far from inherent to this process and therefore requires deliberate consideration.

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Eli Alston-Stepnitz and Angelita Repetto named Mellon Public Scholars

Eli Alston-Stepnitz and Angelita Repetto named Mellon Public Scholars

Eli Alston-Stepnitz and Angelita Repetto have been selected to join the prestigious 2020 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. This competitive program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of addressing and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Participants take part in an interdisciplinary spring seminar and receive a $7,500 fellowship over the summer as they carry out a project in collaboration with their community partners and a faculty member. Congratulations, Eli and Angelita!

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Konrad Franco, Caitlin Patler, and Keramet Reiters Have a New Paper

"Punishing Status and the Punishment Status Quo: Solitary Confinement in U.S. Immigration Detention Facilities, 2013-2017" featured by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists.

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Professor Bruce Haynes interviewed on PBS

Professor Bruce Haynes interviewed on PBS

Professor Bruce Haynes appeared on KVIE television show Studio Sacramento for an episode devoted to the topic of "Race and Injustice in America."

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Professor Orly Clerge wins Mary C. Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture

Professor Orly Clerge wins Mary C. Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture

Orly Clerge wins the Mary C. Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association for her book, "The New Noir: Race, Identity, and Diaspora in Black Suburbia" (UC Press, 2019).

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Sociology Statement Regarding the Murder of George Floyd

The events of the last week demand unequivocal condemnation of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, as well as all incidents of police misuse of violence against Black and brown Americans. Such violence has recurred with frightening regularity throughout US history and is on display again during the current protests.

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Carole Joffe publishes Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America, UC Press

Carole Joffe publishes Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America, UC Press

It seems unthinkable that citizens of one of the most powerful nations in the world must risk their lives and livelihoods in the search for access to necessary health care. And yet it is no surprise that in many places throughout the United States, getting an abortion can be a monumental challenge. Anti-choice politicians and activists have worked tirelessly to impose needless restrictions on this straightforward medical procedure that, at best, delay it and, at worst, create medical risks and deny women their constitutionally protected right to choose.

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Article by Abbey Berghaus published in Sexualities

Article by Abbey Berghaus published in Sexualities

Abbey Berghaus's article titled "Making Visible the Invisible: Bisexual Parents Ponder Coming Out to Their Kids" is published in Sexualities.

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