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of the North Carolina Sociological Association
Volume 43, Issue 1            January 2017             

THE BULLETIN  is a publication of the North Carolina Sociological Association. The NCSA is open to any person engaged in teaching or research in sociology, or in a field of applied sociology, as well as to any student whose major interest is sociology.




President:Steve Gunkel, Wake Forest University,


President-Elect:Terrell Hayes , High Point University,

Treasurer: Beth Davison, Appalachian State University,

Secretary: Sue Pauley, Wingate University,

Editor of Sociation Today and Webmaster: George H. Conklin, NC Central University,Emeritus. or


Heather Griffiths,  Fayetteville State University.

Ana-Maria Gonzalez Wahl,  Wake Forest University.

Kim Ebert,  North Carolina State University.

Cindy Dollar,  University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Jake Day,  University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Stacye Blount,  Fayetteville State University.

Kimya Dennis,  Salem College.

Catherine Harnois, Wake Forest University.

Tangela Towns, Winston Salem State University.

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Interested in getting involved with NCSA? The Executive Council is looking for volunteers to serve as an Executive Council member or the Newsletter editor for the association immediately. If you are interested, then please contact Steven Gunkel at or 336-758-5466.


Institutions in Transformation: The Quest for Social Justice
February 17, 2017
  High Point, NC
Hosted by High Point University

by Terrell Hayes, President-Elect


The 2017 annual meeting of the North Carolina Sociological Association is just around the corner. This year’s conference will be held on the campus of High Point University on Friday, February 17. There is still room on the program for individuals wanting to present. Students are especially encouraged to submit poster presentations. The deadline for final submissions is January 31, 2017 and should be directed to President-Elect Terrell Hayes at Sessions are still coming together, and times and locations are still being finalized. The preliminary program is listed below.

HB2 (aka – the “bathroom bill”) has had, and unfortunately continues to have, a negative impact on the state’s economy and on the lives of the LGBTQ community, family and friends. We are especially excited about the HB2 panel discussion being organized by Dr. stef shuster, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University.  Given the interest surrounding this issue, a decision was made not to schedule other sessions to run concurrently with the HB2 panel discussion.

Registration: 8:00 – 8:45    
Location: Phillips School of Business, 1st Floor
Welcome & Opening Remarks: 8:45 – 9:00   
Location: Phillips #120
Steve Gunkel, NCSA President, Wake Forest University
Terrell A. Hayes, NCSA President-Elect, High Point University
9:15 – 10:30    Location: Phillips #120
Session 1 -  The Social Consequences of HB2
Panel Organizer: stef shuster, Appalachian State University
Panelists: TBA
10:45 – 12:00    Location: TBD
Session 2 - Racialization and Gendering in Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
Organizer/Presider, Cindy Brooks Dollar, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“Teenage Motherhood and Intimate Partner Victimization Risk: A Counter-Factual Analysis”
     Rena Zito, Elon University
“Gender, Neighborhood Context, and Recidivism: The Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Youth from Secure Detention”
     Margaret A. Zahn, North Carolina State University
     Jacob C. Day, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
     Roderick W. Jones, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
“CHIRAQ: Oppression, Homicide, Concentrated Misery, and Gangsterism in Chicago”
     Steven Cureton, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“Masculinity of Young Black Men: Inward and Outward Aggression”
     Kimya Dennis, Salem College
10:45 – 12:00    Location: TBD
Session 3: U.S. Immigration and Inequality
Organizer/Presider: Emily Estrada, High Point University
“The Carceral State, System Avoidance and Bare Life: The Effect of Immigration Policy and Policing on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children”
     Natalie Delia Deckard, Davidson College
"Migration in Context: The Effects of Immigrant Receiving Contexts on Mexican Americans"
     Kim Ebert, North Carolina State University
     Brandi Leach, North Carolina State University
     Emily P. Estrada, High Point University
10:45 – 12:00    Location: TBD
Session 4: Education and Race
Organizer/Presider: Abby Reiter, Wake Tech Community College
“Teacher-Student Matching, School Discipline, and the Role of Teacher Diversity.”
     Steven Jefferson, Duke University
“There’s no skin color:” Sensemaking about race at a conservative Christian school
     Allie Blosser, High Point University
"Racialized Microaggressions, Internalized and Intersecting Oppressions, and Identity Negotiation among Students of Color at a Predominately White University."
     Abby Reiter, Wake Tech Community College
10:45 – 12:00     Location: TBD
Session 5: Himes Student Paper Presentations
Organizer/Presider: Heather Griffiths, Fayetteville State University
              Stacye Blount, Fayetteville State University          
Lunch and Awards Ceremony: 12:15-1:30   
Location: Wilson School of Commerce Ballroom, 1st Floor
Himes Outstanding Student Sociology Paper Awards
Lifetime Contribution to Sociology Award
Recognition of 2017 Officers
Treasurer’s Report
1:45 – 3:00     Location: TBD
Session 6: Social Disparities in Health and the Healthcare System
Organizer/Presider: Miranda Reiter, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
"Inequality in Quality: Defining and Utilizing Cultural Competence as a Framework for Addressing Socioeconomic, Racial, and Ethnic Disparities in the Delivery of Health Care."
     Obie Clayton, Clark-Atlanta University
"Realized Access Among University Students: Utilization of Student Health Services.'
     Allison Wisecap, Radford University
The Impact of Social Support, Psychological Characteristics, and Contextual Factors on Racial Disparities in Hypertension”
     Miranda Reiter, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
1:45 – 3:00     Location: TBD
Session 7: Environment and Social Change
Organizer/Presider: Heather Sanchez, North Carolina State University
"The Treadmill of Production and the State: Structural Selectivity, Coastal Environmental Concerns, and North Carolina's Coastal Resource Commission."
     Jason Allen, North Carolina State University
"Media, Lay Knowledge and ‘Undone Science’ in the Elk River Chemical Spill"
     Laura Bray, North Carolina State University
"Coastal and Community Erosion: Responses to Hydrocarbon Development in Southeast Louisiana"
     Heather Sanchez, North Carolina State University
"Using Agent-Based Modeling To Represent Ecological Modernization"
     Andrew Smolski and James Wheeler, North Carolina State University
1:45 – 3:00    Location: TBD
Session 8: Crime and Justice in NC
Organizer/Presider: Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers, Greensboro College
“Debating professional accountability in the courtroom: A case study of body camera policy in an officer-civilian encounter”
     Elizabeth Jeter, High Point University
"Justice from an Imam's Perspective"
     Anas Askar. East Carolina University
“The Disparity of Race In Traffic Stops Made By Greensboro Police Department"
     Braedon Jewett, Greensboro College
1:45 – 3:00     Location: Wilson School of Commerce, Board Room
Session Title 9: Student Poster Presentations   
Organizer/Presider: Kristen Brown, High Point University
“A Cross-National Analysis of Women’s Political Power and Norms Supporting Gendered Violence”
     Colleen Fitzpatrick, Elon University
"Racial Attitudes and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election"     
       Megastasia Waddy, Juwan Waddy, Marcus Murrell, Lawrence Eppard, Concord University
1:45 – 3:00     Location: TBD
Session 10: Markets and Social Justice
Organizer/Presider: Nate Roberts, North Carolina State University
3:15-3:45    Location: Phillips #120
Presidential Address: Corporate Culture and the Institutional Transformation of American Higher Education 
President’s Retreat: 4:00     Location: TBD

For GPS navigation, please use this address:
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

From the North:
Travel south on I-85.
Option 1: At Greensboro, when I-85 South and I-40 West split, take I-85 South. Shortly thereafter, take Business 85 (Green Shield). Exit at Highway 311 bypass. Exit the bypass at Eastchester Drive (Highway 68 South). Follow directions from the airport below.
Option 2: At Greensboro, when I-85 South and I-40 West split, take I-40 West. When you see the airport signs, take Highway 68 South. Follow directions From the airport below.

From the South: Travel north on I-85. Near Lexington, take Business 85 North (Green Shield); When Business 85 North and Highway 52 split, remain on Business 85. Exit at Highway 311 North (Main Street). Turn right onto University Parkway. Turn left onto Montlieu Avenue. See parking below.

From the West: Travel east on I-40 past Winston-Salem to Highway 311 South (Exit 196). At High Point, take South High Point exit (311/Main Street). Turn left onto Hartley Drive (at Wal-mart/Chick-fil-a). Hartley Drive becomes University Parkway at Oak Hollow Mall (as you cross over Eastchester Drive). Continue and take third right onto Montlieu Avenue. See parking below.

From the East: Option 1: Take I-40 West. At Greensboro, follow directions From the North [Option 1 or Option 2].
Below is a link to the campus map. Should you enter campus through a gate other than the main entrance, no worries. A campus security officer at the gate will be able to direct you to visitor parking. Although parking is relatively close, shuttles will be provided from the parking lot. Parking spaces near Phillips Hall are available for individuals requiring accessibility accommodations.

The day’s events will be split between the Phillips School of Business (#6 on the map), and the Plato Wilson School of Commerce (#10 on the map). The conference will open in Phillips School of Business in room #120.

I look forward to an exciting conference. Safe travels!

Please consult the home page for the site to register from at:

The fees are the same as last year.

Student membership, Annual Meeting and Lunch $20.00 USD
Student Membership and Annual Meeting (No Lunch) $10 USD
Professional Membership, Annual Meeting and Lunch $45.00 USD
Professional Membership and Annual Meeting (No Lunch)$35.00 USD
Professional Membership $15.00 USD
Student Membership $5.00 USA

Fall/Winter Edition of
Sociation Today
by George Conklin

The Fall/Winter edition of Sociation Today is now available at

The issue contains Ron Wimberley's last article, jointly written with Don Woolley.  The subject is Civil Religion, which helps explain presidential elections, including,  by inference, the most recent one.

We sometimes wonder if the correlates of behavior found in Western societies are the same in the rest of the world.  An article from Iran suggests that social capital and quality of life are related there just like in Europe or the USA.

A book review of Hillbilly Elegy is paired with an interesting study of social work students which finds, contrary to expectations, the students typically are prone to blame the poor for being poor.  The quotes from the students are very informative.

A cohort analysis on gun control shows an urban/rural spread and generational effects.

Lastly, how security people at a deadhead concert tolerate a certain amount of technically illegal behavior in order to maintain law and order is described.

Interested in publishing with Sociation Today?  Articles may be submitted at any time to the George Conklin (  919-225-3957).

A cumulative, searchable index of SOCIATION TODAY is available from the Directory of Open Access Journals.


New Edited Volume on Craft Beer Available!
By Cameron Lippard

If you haven't noticed, North Carolina has become a destination for craft beer. As of 2015, over 200 microbreweries have opened up to provide beer connoisseurs with amble choices in a variety of beers from old-time traditions of Europe and Asia to new-fangled upstarts in brewing revolutions from the American west- and east-coasts!
With this increase in popularity in "craft beer," sociologists have began to study its existence as a cultural, economic, and political social phenomenon. A recent edited volume titled, Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer, provides a full examination of this new cultural trend. Here is a description of the book:

"In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe there has been exponential growth in the number of small independent breweries over the past thirty years – a reversal of the corporate consolidation and narrowing of consumer choice that characterized much of the twentieth century. While there are legal and policy components involved in this shift, the contributors to Untapped ask broader questions. How does the growth of craft beer connect to trends like the farm-to-table movement, gentrification, the rise of the “creative class,” and changing attitudes toward both cities and farms? How do craft beers conjure history, place, and authenticity? At perhaps the most fundamental level, how does the rise of craft beer call into being new communities that may challenge or re-inscribe hierarchies based on gender, class, and race?"

Published by West Virgina University Press, this book has 12 chapters that cover all kinds of topics appropriate to sociology! The forward was written by Dr. Ian Taplin of Wake Forest University and yours truly is an editor. So, if you are interested in the book, check it out and pre-order it for its release in April! Here's a link: UNTAPPED.