Category Archives: Sociology

Primer on Checking Your Academic Privilege

As I am a sociologist of inequality, the recent discussion of the privileged slate of keynotes at the upcoming ESS 2018 meeting caught my attention. Here, delivered somewhat in the style of Emily Post but derived from my own observations … Continue reading

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On Goffman and seeking justice in America

That day we were all at the ASA crammed into Alice Goffman’s author meets critics session, a battle was raging in Ferguson. The battle, erupting after Michael’s Brown’s death at the hands of the law enforcement of Ferguson, arose because the Ferguson Police … Continue reading

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Between Theory and Social Reality

While we are waiting for the print version of the Special Issue, I have created a page that pulls together and puts in order links to all of the contributions. Enjoy!

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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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Strangers and Neighbors

I am eagerly anticipating the late summer/ early fall release of my book.

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Sociology, behind the scenes

Each year I try to find time to serve the broader discipline of sociology through service. Service activities include things like volunteering for selection committees, proposing and organizing sessions for the annual meeting, reviewing articles and book proposals/manuscripts. This is … Continue reading

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A nice review of my recent American Journal of Cultural Sociology What a great break from my typical critical peer reviews!

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Stepping in it: preface to a risky post

A little over a year ago I was conducting my first research interview in Sweden. My research there focuses on the way that school principals mange the diversity of their student populations (most schools were at least 50% first or … Continue reading

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My latest article

My article, Notes on a Cultural Sociology of Immigrant Incorporation, is hot off the presses (and soon to be re-pressed on account of some problems such as word #2). It is available for free download for a limited time: This … Continue reading

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The books behind the sociologist

There are a few choice texts that brought me to sociology and shaped my empirical, methodological and theoretical approaches to my craft: (in the order they come to mind) Learning to Labour, Paul Willis The Truly Disadvantaged, William Julius Wilson … Continue reading

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