Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, PhD Candidate Chris Graziul Presents: “Opportunity Constraint and Religious Life”
Please join us this Wednesday, February 4th from 4:30-5:50pm in SS 401 to hear Terry Clark, Professor of Sociology at Chicago, present on his new book ‘Can Tocqueville Karaoke? Also, please find below a message from Professor Clark to the workshop. Food will be provided, we hope to see you there!
Message from Professor Clark:
Theaster Gates is transforming past conceptions of how low income neighborhoods work and can change. He is a charismatic mix that blends analysis that could come from a sociologist (see his TAD UNC lecture) with personal activism (buying a cheap house and filling it with Dr Wax’s records) and singing gospel/blues (with his Black Monks of Mississippi). Featured in the NY Times, New Yorker, Davos, etc.
We are collaborating to try to capture how his magic works in specifics and how elements can be generalized elsewhere, as some elements link to our new book, Can Tocqueville Karaoke?
He has an enthusiastic staff of some 50, about seven of whom we have been collaborating with to date, and who will attend our Workshop on Feb. 4.
We hope to use the session to continue to codify his (and their) magic, think how it links to broader processes social scientists have analyzed, any how we can offer lessons with legs globally.
I was hooked as I listened and kept reading on Youtube and more; just explore a bit for yourself, starting with the links below from Naomi. Do bring any thoughts to the Workshop on how to improve these efforts.
We suggest that those who are ill or want to avoid the cold are welcome to participate in the Workshop via skype. If this is of interest please contact Brian at email@example.com.
7 min. video on Can Tocqueville Karaoke?
Please join the City, Society and Space workshop on Wednesday, January 21st, in SS 401 from 4:30-5:50 to hear Amanda Michelle Jones, PhD Student at SSA present her paper, “Assessing the Invisibility of Homeless Youth”.
The current paper is a beginning exploration of youth’s levels of engagement in and disengagement from society. Guided by stigmatization theory, philosophy of place, exploration consists of content analysis of existing video blogs (vlogs) collected from Invisible People, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that features short videos of people sharing their experiences of homelessness in the hopes of “changing the way we think about people experiencing homelessness” (Invisible People, 2013a). The paper seeks to identify some of youth’s motives for engagement or lack thereof, for example: accessing social services versus bartering on the streets; obtaining traditional employment versus informal means of securing income; or continuing educational pursuits versus train hopping. Particular attention is paid to homeless youth’s efforts to be “seen” versus remain invisible and what that means to the youth, as well as deliberate attempts to make homeless youth invisible. Implications for future research are also discussed.
Food and drink will be provided. We hope to see you there!
Collaboration has been proposed as a possible solution to the resource shortages and inefficiencies plaguing service provision by human service nonprofits (HSNP). Yet research on HSNP collaboration often neglects to discuss the important role of collaboration in expanding advocacy efforts, in addition to improving service provision. In order to be involved in policy advocacy, many HSNPs may collaborate with advocacy organizations, organizations whose primary activity is promoting (or prohibiting) legislative or social change. Collaborations between HSNPs and advocacy organizations have the potential to improve political representation for the marginalized populations yet little is known about the structure and processes behind these relationships. This study seeks to contribute to the burgeoning literature on nonprofit collaboration in an advocacy context, looking at HSNPs in the city of Chicago that may collaborate with one of two advocacy organizations that claim to represent individuals involved in the sex industry. These collaborations are complicated by the fact that the advocacy organizations in question frame the problem in oppositional ways: one advocacy organization proposes to abolish the sex industry while the other advocates decriminalization as a policy alternative. This qualitative study will look at the reasons that lead both sides to collaborate, and detail what these collaborations look like at the ground level. This study will contribute to organizational theory and practice by looking at reasons behind advocacy collaboration and the potential implications for the vulnerable populations represented.
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Please join us TODAY, May 8th (SS 302, 4:00-5:20pm) to hear Alexandra Murphy, postdoctoral fellow at the National Poverty Center at The University of Michigan, present her talk ‘When the Sidewalks End’. An abstract for the presentation and a short bio can be found below.
Food will be provided. Persons requiring special assistance or accommodation should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
The geography of poverty in the U.S. has changed dramatically. For the first time in American history, the suburbs are now home to the greatest share of people living in poverty. To date, we know little about the everyday lives of low income suburban residents or the community context in which they live. To fill this gap,Murphy moved into a Pittsburgh suburb experiencing rising poverty where she conducted 3.5 years of fieldwork among residents, community organizations, and the local government. Her talk “When the Sidewalks End” draws upon this fieldwork to examine how the social lives of low income residents are shaped by a built environment designed for middle class people with cars. She uses cuts to public transportation to illustrate a new form of isolation experienced by low income residents of the suburb and discusses the implications of this isolation for residents, the community, policy, and theories of social isolation that dominate studies of the urban poor.
Alexandra K. Murphy is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University in 2012. Murphy’s research interests include ethnographic methods, urban sociology, poverty and inequality, race, organizations, and social policy. For the last few yearsMurphy has been drawing upon fieldwork methods to examine the everyday lives of poor people living in the suburbs as well as the organizational and political context of the suburbs in which they live. This work has resulted in articles published in City & Community, Sociological Forum, Social Science Quarterly, and The ANNALS. CurrentlyMurphy is drawing upon this fieldwork to write When the Sidewalks End: Poverty in an American Suburb (under contract with Oxford University Press). The book is based on three and a half years living in and studying one Pittsburgh suburb where poverty has been rising. This work has been featured in media outlets like The New York Times, Atlantic Cities,and Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Murphy is also co-editor, with Mitchell Duneier and Philip Kasinitz, of The Urban Ethnography Reader (Oxford University Press 2014).
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