We review the main distributional effects of the Great Recession and the ways in which those effects have been organized into narratives. The Great Recession may affect poverty, inequality, and other economic and noneconomic outcomes by changing individual-level behavior, encouraging the rise of new social movements or reviving older ones, motivating new economic policy and associated institutional change, or affecting the ideologies and frames through which labor markets and the key forces for economic change are viewed. The amount of sociological research within each of these areas is relatively small (compared with the amount contributed by other disciplines) and has focused disproportionately on monitoring trends or uncovering the causal effects of the Great Recession on individual-level behavior.We review this existing research and point to opportunities for sociologists to better understand how the Great Recession may be changing the economy as well as our narratives about its problems and dysfunctions. With David Grusky. « Read It »
Annual Review of Sociology. 2016. 42:185–215
In the past thirty years, growth in Native American educational attainment has surpassed that of non-Hispanic whites. Despite these gains, poverty has only increased. During this time, several important developments proliferated across Indian country, including gaming and energy projects, expanded social and health services, new forms of tribal governance, and the advent of tribal colleges. This project examines the ways in which changing tribal structures and processes are impacting American Indian well-being. Results suggest that despite educational achievements among American Indians, these gains are not translating into improved wages and currently the biggest driver of Indian poverty is declining employment opportunities. These continued inequalities partially result from continued Indian residential segregation, which not only reduces contact between whites and Indians, but also increases the distance between Indians and the goods, services, and jobs that compose the larger economy. Analyses also examine the extent to which changing tribal structures are improving access to jobs and decreasing reservation poverty.
The course explores the modern social world and current economic, political and social debates. Students will use the foundations of social theory to analyze, discuss, and write well-reasoned arguments addressing large societal changes happening today. Essentially, students will learn to think like sociologists. Topics may include: the problem of social order and the nature of social conflict; capitalism and bureaucracy; the relationship between social structure and politics; the social sources of religion and political ideology; and the evolution of modern societies. (required department course).
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