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.

Two talks next week

By , January 31, 2013 2:37 pm

Next week, we are co-sponsoring two lectures with the Urban Network. The first will be a presentation of a paper by James DeFilippis, Associate Professor at Rutgers University entitled:  Questions and Dilemmas of Immigration, Social Justice, and the Right to the City.  It will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 12:00-1:15 in the Social Science Research Building, Room 401.

ABSTRACT: Transnational migration has (once again) been transforming American cities and American society over the course of the last 40 years.  This ongoing transformation raises a whole set of questions and dilemmas for researchers primarily concerned with justice.  Some of these questions are economic and rooted in the distribution of goods and resources in society, while others are less immediately tangible and rooted in questions of the very constitution of political communities.  Some of these questions are national in scale, while others are much more explicitly urban.  Most of these questions are under-explored by both those that study immigration and by those who theorize social justice and individual and collective rights in and to the city.  This paper will try to bridge these disparate conversations and make explicit questions and problems that are too often left under-discussed.  It does not provide any clear answers to most of these issues, but instead points to ways in which such questions and dilemmas might be addressed in both theory and practice.

The second talk by James DeFilippis, Associate Professor at Rutgers University and Phil Ashton, Associate Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 12:00-1:15, The Harris School of Public Policy, Seminar Room 232.  The talk is entitled: Now Where I’ll Find Comfort, God Knows, ‘Cause You Left Me Just When I Needed You Most: Non-Profits, Business Cycles and the Remaking of the American Welfare State.

ABSTRACT: One of the defining economic justifications for the welfare state has been its capacity to intervene counter-cyclically, propping up aggregate demand during economic recessions and cushioning the blow of a contracting economy on households. But as the US welfare regime has combined retrenchment with increasing reliance on the “shadow state” to provide goods and services, we argue that the net results have been a distinctive form of pro-cyclicality to US social policy. We argue that pro-cyclicality produces incentives for existing not-for-profits to expand their programming, and for new organizations to form, during boom periods, with a particular pattern to the expansion of the shadow state evident during the 1993-1998 and 2002-2007 periods. Correspondingly, we chart the dramatic contraction of those sectors – the number of organizations, and the scale of financial distress – since the 2007 financial crisis and the onset of recession. We conclude by assessing the broader implications of these boom-bust dynamics for the non-profitization of the American welfare regime.

We hope you can make it next week and to subsequent sessions!

Respectfully,

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

Winter 2013 Schedule

By , January 31, 2013 2:33 pm

WINTER QUARTER 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 12:00-1:15, The Harris School of Public Policy, Seminar Room 232
“Now Where I’ll Find Comfort, God Knows, ‘Cause You Left Me Just When I Needed You Most: Non-Profits, Business Cycles and the Remaking of the American Welfare State”
James DeFilippis, Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Phil Ashton, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Tuesday, February 12, 12:00-1:15, Social Science Research Building, Room 401
“The Uses of Foursquare: Location-Based Online Social Networking in Both Online and Offline Social Experience”
Nora Taplin, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

Tuesday, February 19, 12:00-1:15, Social Science Research Building, Room 401
“What is a Spatial Scale?: A Contribution to the Theorization of Space and Region”
Ben Merriman, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

Tuesday, February 26, 12:00-1:15, Social Science Research Building, Room 401
“Place, mobility, and Jewish social dance in postwar Philadelphia”
Meredith Aska McBride, Doctoral Student, Department of Ethnomusicology, University of Chicago

Thursday, February 28, 5:00-6:30, School of Social Service Administration, Room WIV
“Urban Policy in the Age of Obama: Role of Academia in Shaping Political Change”
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Co-sponsored by the Urban Network at the University of Chicago

Tuesday, March 5, 12:00-1:15, Social Science Research Building, Room 401
“The Street, the Row and the Hood: Place and Cultural Production in Music City”
Richard Lloyd, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University

Tuesday, March 12, 12:00-1:15, Social Science Research Building, Room 401
“Learning neighborhoods”
Forest Gregg, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

The City, Society, and Space Workshop at the University of Chicago is sponsored by The Council on Advanced Studies. Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please contact Jeffrey Parker in advance at jnparker@uchicago.edu. For an advanced copy of the papers, email Amy Khare at akhare@uchicago.edu.

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