Burt Dit, Graduate Student in Sociology, presents “The Four Domains of Aggression and Violence” at City, Space and Society Workshop January 30th

By , January 27, 2014 1:30 pm

Please join us on Thursday January 29th, in SS 401 from 4:00-5:20, to hear Burt Dit, advanced graduate student in sociology at the University of Chicago, present his paper: “The Four Domains of Aggression and Violence”.

Food and drink will be served.

Bethany Everett, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UIC to present at CSS workshop January 23rd

By , January 20, 2014 12:32 pm

Please join us this Thursday, January 23rd (4:00-5:20pm, SS 401) to hear Bethany Everett, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Illinois at Chicago, present her paper ‘Investigating Pathways to Teenage Pregnancy Among Sexual Minority Adolescents: Stigma Management and the Role of Place‘.  Alida Bouris, assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration, will serve as the discussant.

The abstract is below and her paper is attached. We hope to see you there!

Abstract:Previous research has found that sexual minority youth are more likely to report pregnancies during adolescence compared to their heterosexual counterparts. This paper investigates one mechanism linking sexual minority youth to increased teen pregnancy: attitudes about sex and pregnancy. Using Goffman’s Stigma Management Theory and Wave I of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N=12,983) I employ latent class analysis and OLS regression to investigate both the role of the social environment (e.g. urban, percent college graduates in neighborhood, percent Republican voters) on sexual minority adolescents’ attitudes about sex and pregnancy. Sexual minority girls are more likely to report positive attitudes and diminished negative attitudes about teen pregnancy compared to heterosexual girls. Sexual minority boys report less positive attitudes about sex and pregnancy than heterosexual boys. The results also show that the social environment exerts a strong influence on attitudes about sex and pregnancy and moderates the relationship between sexual minority status and attitudes about sex and pregnancy.

Please contact Theresa Anasti at tanasti@uchicago.edu for an advance copy of the paper.

Jolyon Ticer-Wurr Presents “Linking Routines Beyond Dover: Overcrowding and the Consolidation of a White-Ethnic and Hispanic Mayoral Coalition”

By , January 8, 2014 3:34 pm

Please join us on January 16th from 4:00-5:20 for the first CSS meeting of the quarter!  PhD Candidate Jolyon Ticer-Wurr will present a dissertation chapter entitled: “Linking Routines Beyond Dover: Overcrowding and the Consolidation of a White-Ethnic and Hispanic Mayoral Coalition”.

The meeting will take place in SS 401.  Food will be served.

Schedule for Winter Quarter 2014

By , January 8, 2014 3:19 pm

City, Society and Space Workshop: Winter Quarter 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 4:00-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401

Linking Routines Beyond Dover: Overcrowding and the Consolidation of a White-Ethnic and Hispanic Mayoral Coalition

Jolyon Ticer-Wurr, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

 

Thursday, January 23rd, 4:00-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401

Pathways to Teenage Pregnancy among Sexual Minority Adolescents: Stigma Management and the Role of Place

Bethany Everett, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Thursday, January 30th, 4:00-5:20 Social Science Research Building, Room 401

The Four Domains of Aggression and Violence

Burt Ditkowsky, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

 

Thursday, February 6th, 4:00-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401

TBA

Greg Scott, Professor, Department of Sociology, DePaul University

 

Thursday, February 13th, 4:00-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401

 Repasts: A Life Course Approach to ‘Hunger’ in Later Life

Lauren Pilgrim, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

 

Thursday, February 20th, 4:00-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401

‘Stars’ and the Connectivity of Cultural Industry Worldcities: An Empirical Social Network Analysis of Human Capital Mobility and its Implications for Economic Development

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Associate Professor, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

 

Thursday, February 27th, 4:00-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401

Negotiating the Space Between Avant-garde and “Hip enough”: Businesses and Commercial Gentrification in Wicker Park

Jeffrey Nathaniel Parker, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

 

Thursday, March 6th, 4:00-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401

Bridging at the Boundary: The Cultural Work of Cricket among Jamaican Immigrants in the US

Marcelle Medford-Lee, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

 

Thursday, March 13th, 4:00-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401

TBA

David Schalliol, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago

Please contact Theresa Anasti at tanasti@uchicago.edu if you desire an advanced copy of the paper.  Papers should be received one week prior to the workshop.

Chris Graziul, Doctoral Student in Sociology presents “Social Venues: A New Approach to Social Constraint” (Time change to 3 pm)

By , November 20, 2013 1:28 pm

Please join us at 3 pm (please note time change!) in SS 401 to hear Sociology PhD Candidate Chris Graziul present his work, entitled “Social Venues: A New Approach to Social Constraint.”

Abstract:

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, social network analysis and ecological approaches to
social phenomena experienced a kind of renaissance, with new paradigms solidifying their place in each
area of research. Studies of the formal properties of social networks led to the development of a
sophisticated set of theoretical approaches and empiric tools for exploring network structure (Burt 1980).
A population ecology approach to the study of organizations emerged, revitalizing the study of
organizational ecology (Hannan and Freeman 1977; Carroll 1984). I contend that while these
developments were related, issues concerning the scope of research agendas led to little serious work that
joined these approaches in a coherent way.
Their relationship, and the source of these scope issues, arises from the boundary specification
problem in network analysis (Laumann, Marsden, and Prensky 1983). Combined with an open systems
interpretation of organizations, it suggests that the scope of a unified ecologic and network approach to
social structure is effectively boundless. Through the introduction of geographic location and spaces for
social interaction, an ecology of association proposes a way to limit the scope of such a project, and
therefore allows researchers to study the unique implications of such an analytic synthesis.
This chapter includes four sections. The first outlines the demand for such an expansive
paradigm in both organizational analysis and the study of social networks. Next, an ecology of
association is constructed. In the process I demonstrate that both research paradigms indicate the
importance of spaces for social interaction. Third, I consider several theoretical implications of an
ecology of association. I conclude by considering a few of the limitations of this paradigm.

Please contact Theresa Anasti at tanasti@uchicago.edu for an advance copy of the paper.

Food will be served.

Ron Weitzer, Professor of Sociology to Present “Europe’s Legal Red-Light Districts: Comparing Different Models and Distilling Best Practices” at City, Society and Space Workshop

By , October 16, 2013 10:46 pm

Please join us to hear Ron Weitzer, Professor of Sociology at George Washington University, present his paper “Europe’s  at the Workshop on City, Society and Space, Thursday October 24, 4-5:20, Social Science Research Building, Room SS 401.  Lara Jansen, Department of Sociology, will serve as the discussant after the talk.  Then, we will open for questions and discussion.  Pizza will be served.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

Please email Theresa Anasti at tanasti@uchicago.edu for an advance copy of the paper.

ABSTRACT:

Research on modern red-light districts is deficient. Centered largely on street prostitution zones and nations where prostitution is illegal, this literature gives insufficient attention to settings where red-light districts consist of indoor venues that are legal and regulated by the authorities. Using classic Chicago School writings on vice districts as a point of departure, the paper examines the physical structure and social organization of three red-light zones. The comparative analysis identifies major differences in the social ecology of the settings, which are explained by (1) the distinctive ways in which each municipal government manages its respective red-light district and (2) the contrasting social backgrounds and political capital of the population residing in the vicinity of each district. Policy implications are briefly discussed.

 

Welcome to Autumn Quarter 2013!

By , October 1, 2013 9:01 am

The first event of the Autumn Quarter will be a welcome event on Thursday October 10th, in the Social Sciences Research Building, Room 401 from 4-5:20.  We hope this meeting will allow students and faculty to discuss the direction in which they want to see the workshop go.  All students and faculty are welcome to the meeting, and we also welcome those coming from other academic institutions.  Pizza will be served!  If you have any questions feel free to contact one of the co-coordinators:

Theresa Anasti, SSA PhD Student, tanasti@uchicago.edu

Brian Tuohy, Sociology PhD Student, btuohy@uchicago.edu

Richard Lloyd, Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University presents “The Street, the Row and the Hood: Place and Cultural Production in Music City” on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm in Social Science Research Building, Room 401

By , March 3, 2013 11:20 pm

Please join us to hear Richard Lloyd, Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University (Ph.D University of Chicago, 2002), present at the Workshop on City, Society and Space this Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401.  Jeffrey Parker, Department of Sociology, will serve as the discussant after the talk.  Then, we will open for questions and discussion.

Ben Merriman presents Spatial Scales as Social Processes: Propositions for an Ecology of Scales on Tues. Feb. 19, 12:00-1:20, SSR, Room 401

By , February 15, 2013 1:37 pm

Please join us to hear Ben Merriman present at the Workshop on City, Society and Space this Tuesday, February 19, 12:00-1:20, Social Science Research Building, Room 401. He will present for 25 minutes. Anjanette Chan Tack, Department of Sociology, will serve as the discussant. Then, we will open for questions and discussion. Please email akhare@uchicago.edu if you would like a copy of the paper.

Spatial Scales as Social Processes: Propositions for an Ecology of Scales

ABSTRACT:
The concept of scale has been widely employed and hotly debated in the social sciences, and the advent of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial statistics has created a boom in empirical analysis that has, at times, run ahead of underlying theory. This paper offers a perspective on spatial scale that may clarify theoretical problems and aid several lines of empirical research. A spatial scale contiguously covers a relevant physical space, and divides this space into finite units, which are both variable and comparable. This is a restrictive definition of scale that emphasizes the importance of processes of bounding. Spatial scales, while sharing formal properties, are defined by processes that vary in their temporal extension and stability, their degree of institutionalization, and the salience and subjective validity of the scale for persons living within it.

Spatial scales often arise from an ecological process of clustering and constraint. Scales themselves, however, also exist in an abstract ecology of linkages of a kind commonly used to describe professions. Scales emerge and disappear. Scalar processes compete over the regulation of particular spaces. Linkages develop across nested scales containing the same physical space, or between distant local units of a given scale. Studying the organization of a social space, then, must involve historical and comparative investigation of the scalar process that define the space.
Viewing the system of spatial scales as the result of constrained processes may be useful in several ways. It may help integrate novel spatial phenomena arising from globalization within traditional spatial theories. Theorizing underlying scalar processes may improve the specification of quantitative spatial analyses and models, and lend more concrete meaning to the results. An ecological perspective may also produce more robust understandings of regions and cross-regional inequality.

Ben Merriman is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Ben is currently developing a dissertation that examines the growing importance of regions in the US economy after World War II. This project builds upon previous work on the economic and political linkages between the Great Plains and the Midwest, and assigns particular importance to the interactions between processes operating at different spatial scales.

Respectfully,
Amy Khare
Jeffrey Parker
Co-coordinators of the Workshop on City, Society and Space

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 12-1:20 in SS 401 for a presentation by Nora Taplin, Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology

By , February 10, 2013 8:55 am

The Uses of Foursquare: Location-Based Online Social Networking in Both Online and Offline Social Experience

ABSTRACT

New technologies, such as smartphones that contain both GPS and Internet capability, are connecting physical and online social realms. One type of platform that makes use of this connection between physical and virtual social space is the location based social network (LBSN). This paper asks: how do people integrate the use of LBSNs into their online and physical social lives? I use semi-structured involved interviews with users of Foursquare (a popular LBSN) and online social network platform developers to understand this evolving technological space for social interaction. Participants in this study used Foursquare in five main ways gaming, creating a sense of belonging, engaging in conspicuous consumption, arranging in person meetings, and marketing. Foursquare users also differ in the extent to which they engage in passive or directed communication. Studies of traditional online social networks suggest that specific types of computer mediated communication have different implications for mental health.

Nora graduated from Swarthmore College in 2008 with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science. She received my M.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2011 and am currently in the Sociology PhD program there.

Jan Doering will serve as the discussant.

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