Recently Published Books
Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap
Gilda Ochoa, Pomona College (2013)
The Social Maze
Justin Allen Berg, University of North Dakota (2013)
Constructing Immigrant “Illegality”: Critiques, Experiences, and Responses
Editors: Cecilia Menjívar, Arizona State University and Daniel Kanstroom, Boston College (2013)
Society Explained: An Introduction to Sociology
Nathan Rousseau, Jacksonville University (2014)
License to Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples
Kimberly D. Richman, University of San Francisco (2013)
A critical reader of the history of marriage understands that it is an institution that has always been in flux. It is also a decidedly complicated one, existing simultaneously in the realms of religion, law, and emotion. And yet recent years have seen dramatic and heavily waged battles over the proposition of including same sex couples in marriage. Just what is at stake in these battles?
This book examines the meanings of marriage for couples in the two first states to extend that right to same sex couples: California and Massachusetts. The two states provide a compelling contrast: while in California the rights that go with marriage—inheritance, custody, and so forth—were already granted to couples under the state's domestic partnership law, those in Massachusetts did not have this same set of rights. At the same time, Massachusetts has offered civil marriage consistently since 2004; Californians, on the other hand, have experienced a much more turbulent legal path. And yet, same-sex couples in both states seek to marry for a variety of interacting, overlapping, and evolving reasons that do not vary significantly by location.
The evidence shows us that for many of these individuals, access to civil marriage in particular—not domestic partnership alone, no matter how broad—and not a commitment ceremony alone, no matter how emotional—is a home of such personal, civic, political, and instrumental resonance that it is ultimately difficult to disentangle the many meanings of marriage. This book attempts to do so, and in the process reveals just what is at stake for these couples, how access to a legal institution fundamentally alters their consciousness, and what the impact of legal inclusion is for those traditionally excluded.
650 Laws in Sociology
Mark Bird, College of Southern Nevada (2014)
650 Laws in Sociology is a concise book organized into 62 chapters that follow the content sequence of most introductory sociology textbooks. Each chapter is about four pages. The book includes 39 tables and a glossary.
None of the 650 laws are laws in the legal sense. Instead, all these laws can be viewed as factors, patterns or principles that clarify a given social science topic. Per 1,000 words, this book may have more science content than any other intro text.
This reader-friendly book contains a forceful sketch of dozens of traditional sociological topics. Non-traditional topics include “laws” relative to topics on worker conditions in the 19th century, nuclear war, parenting, early Christianity, college benefits, environmental tipping points, and the future of the U.S.
The book is to be printed by July 2014. The book will be available on the Amazon and Barnes/Noble websites and from the publisher. For more information, please contact Pearson Learning Solutions or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding the Tea Party Movement
Editors: Nella Van Dyke, University of California, Merced and David Meyer, University of California, Irvine (2014)
The volume is part of the Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture, and includes original work by top scholars of social movements including Rory McVeigh, Tina Fetner and Brayden King, Deana Rohlinger, and others. The volume explores the emergence of the Tea Party movement, its ties to conservative movements of the past, as well as the dynamics of its development.
Volume contributors show how existing theories of social movements help explain the movement's emergence and dynamics, but also how theory needs to be modified to take into account unique aspects of the movement. The volume is a great choice for use in undergraduate or graduate courses.
Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture
James Joseph Dean, Sonoma State University (2014)
Since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the politics of sexual identity in America have drastically transformed. It’s almost old news that recent generations of Americans have grown up in a culture more accepting of out lesbians and gay men, seen the proliferation of LGBTQ media representation, and witnessed the attainment of a range of legal rights for same-sex couples. But the changes wrought by a so-called “post-closeted culture” have not just impacted the queer community—heterosexuals are also in the midst of a sea change in how their sexuality plays out in everyday life. In Straights, James Joseph Dean argues that heterosexuals can neither assume the invisibility of gays and lesbians, nor count on the assumption that their own heterosexuality will go unchallenged. The presumption that we are all heterosexual, or that there is such a thing as ‘compulsory heterosexuality,’ he claims, has vanished. Based on 60 in-depth interviews with a diverse group of straight men and women, Straights explores how straight Americans make sense of their sexual and gendered selves in this new landscape. Dean provides a historical understanding of heterosexuality and how it was first established, then moves on to examine the changing nature of masculinity and femininity and, most importantly, the emergence of a new kind of heterosexuality—notably, for men, the metrosexual, and for women, the emergence of a more fluid sexuality. A fascinating study, Straights provides an in-depth look at the changing nature of sexual expression in America.
No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men's Work
Adia Harvey Wingfield, Georgia State University (2013)
The "invisible men" of sociologist Adia Harvey Wingfield's urgent and timely No More Invisible Man are African American professionals who fall between extremely high status, high-profile black men and the urban underclass. Her compelling interview study considers middle-class, professional black men and the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities they encounter in white male-dominated occupations.
No More Invisible Man chronicles these men's experiences as a tokenized minority in the workplace to show how issues of power and inequality exist—especially as they relate to promotion, mobility, and developing occupational networks. Wingfield's intersectional analysis deftly charts the ways that gender, race, and class collectively shape black professional men's work experiences. In its examination of men's interactions with women and other men, as well as men's performances of masculinity and their emotional demeanors in these jobs, No More Invisible Man extends our understanding of racial- and gender-based dynamics in professional work.
Other Recent Publications
A Special Issue of Research in Human Development
Emergence, Self-Organization, and Developmental Science. Volume 11, Issue 1, 2014
Edited by:Gary Greenberg
Julie Shayne’s edited collection, Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas is now available from SUNY Press. Taking Risks is an interdisciplinary collection which narrates the stories of activist scholarship by women. The essays are based on the textual analysis of interviews, oral histories, ethnography, video storytelling, and theater. The contributors come from many disciplinary backgrounds, including theater, history, literature, sociology, feminist studies, and cultural studies. The topics range from the underground library movement in Cuba, femicide in Juárez, community radio in Venezuela, video archives in Colombia, exile feminists in Canada, memory activism in Argentina, sex worker activists in Brazil, rural feminists in Nicaragua, to domestic violence organizations for Latina immigrants in Texas. Each essay addresses two themes: telling stories and taking risks. The authors understand women activists across the Americas as storytellers who, along with the authors themselves, work to fill the Latin American and Caribbean studies archives with histories of resistance. In addition to sharing the activists’ stories, the contributors weave in discussions of scholarly risk taking to speak to the challenges and importance of elevating the storytellers and their histories. For more information on Taking Risks, click here. For more information on the author, click here. To email her, click here.