Author Archives: Andrea Voyer

Tongue-tied

Sometimes I love it in New York. I feel capable and competent and energized. I feel like my kids are having amazing experiences. I feel like this is exactly the right place for me. Sometimes I am tired and overwhelmed. … Continue reading

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Save the Battery Park Turkey

A new creature has taken up residence in Battery Park. A couple of times over the past few weeks I have observed a┬álone turkey (a hen, I think) in Battery Park. Battie often hangs around in the closed playground adjacent … Continue reading

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Fast = Good

Reestablishing the infrastrucure of everyday life is one of the most annoying things about moving. In my experience, it takes about a year in a place before you have settled in with friendships (if any), weekly routine, apartment layout, grocery … Continue reading

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This New York Life

Many years ago I took a trip to Paris to visit my brother. When I was visiting the Louvre, I came across a school field-trip – about twenty 5- or 6-year-olds. There were doing a scavenger hunt, looking for objects … Continue reading

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Why read Great Books?

It is not surprising that sociologists like to talk books. In the last few months various sociologists have offered their accountings of the most important, inspiring and/or foundational books in the field (or over the past year, decade, etc). You’ll … Continue reading

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New York Schools, our journey from PS 397 to PS 150

How better to catch you up on life than beginning with the one thing that everyone with even a little experience of New York told us would be an all-consuming issue for our family: schooling for the kids. The New … Continue reading

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A blogger returns…

It’s been quite some time since I posted. My apologies. My justification is the fact that starting life on the tenure track while setting up shop and in the big apple is a bit of an undertaking. Now two months … Continue reading

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Strangers and Neighbors: Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Community in America

Voyer, Andrea M. 2013. Strangers and Neighbors: Multiculturalism, Conflict, and Community in America. New York: Cambridge University Press. “In this riveting new work, Voyer uses a theoretically critical (and inherently fascinating) case to build new insights into the evolving nature … Continue reading

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Today I am THAT parent

Dear (Teachers), Thank you for the hard work you do teaching our child… An issue arose when she was working on the heritage assignment due Friday. I wanted to let you know about this issue so (child) is not penalized … Continue reading

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American Sociological Association, practicing status

As soon as I get tenure, I promise to start writing a piece about the way that privilege and status hierarchies are are built and maintained to great effect in a discipline that ostensibly sees persistent inequality as a social … Continue reading

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