George H. Conklin,
N.C. State University
John W.M. Russell,
is abstracted in
and a member
of the EBSCO
Volume 5, Number 1
Outline of Articles
Immigration and Economic Restructuring in New Urbanism: New Orleans
as a Case Study
by Olivia Hetzler, Veronica E. Medina, and David Overfelt
Scholars tend to discuss gentrification
in a colorblind fashion which suggests that gentrification is solely a
classed process. It is not. In this article, we move our attention
away from a discussion on the colorblind features of New Urbanism to focus
on how the shift from an industrial economy to a post-industrial service
economy in New Urban "World Cities" creates a push that drives local minorities
away from the city and a pull that draws new stakeholders into the city.
Sociological Inquiry into Spatial Displacement with GIS
by Christopher A. Badurek
Spatial displacement is recognized
in the social sciences as being exceptionally difficult to analyze due
to its complex nature and interlinked spatiotemporal relationships.
This paper describes how geographic information systems (GIS) can be used
to facilitate analysis of spatial displacement and the sociological use
of GIS to enhance research and teaching in sociology.
Health Disparities Affected by Stressful Life Events: Are Older African
Americans at Greater Risk?
by Jeffrey D. Brooks, Eva Kahana, Andre Nauta and Boaz
We tested the double jeopardy hypothesis
that predicts health disparities for minorities in later life. The
research design allowed an investigation of race differences in mental
health and stress for a group of comparably compensated retirees. We found
virtually no support for the hypothesis that blacks would experience more
stress or be more vulnerable to it.
Changing Status of Islamic Women: A Sociological Analysis of Zeenat
Marches in the President's Funeral
by Dana M. Greene and James R. Peacock
Using a literary approach, it is
possible to understand the changing role of women in an Islamic culture.
Explored are the relationships between husbands and wives and the growth
of governmental influence in the life of an ordinary woman as socio-economic
development takes place and a society moves into a more industrialized
mode of economic production.
and Family Planning Among Immigrant Afghan Women in an Iranian City: A
by Ali Asghar Moghadas, Sajede Vaezzade, and Akbar Aghajanian
Recent estimates of fertility level
of women in Afghanistan suggest that Afghan women have a very high fertility
level as they marry young and continue to have children through the end
of reproductive period. However, when Afghan women move to Iran as
immigrants, they quickly adopt the fertility patterns of Iran. On
the average the Afghan immigrant women in Iran has three children
fewer than the average number of children ever born to women in Afghanistan.
Value of Children to Iranian Parents
by Mohammad Taghi Iman and Maryam Soroush
What do parents feel the value
of children might be? Using rational choice theory, the effect of
having children was measured by their aggregate social, economic and emotional
value. The results show that age, gender, occupation and the experience
of having raised a child did not correlate with the value of children.
However, marital status, family size, family income and especially religiosity
all play a meaningful part in determining the value of children.
Hitchcock and Sociological Theory: Parsons Goes to the Movies
by Mathieu Deflem
The teaching of sociological theory
aims for students to gain an adequate comprehension of theoretical developments
in the discipline as well as understand and practice the value of theory
in the empirical analysis of society. To show the pragmatic qualities
of theory in a useful and enjoyable way, films can be used as reservoirs
of empirical data that theories can analyze in various ways.
The article describes a graduate seminar in which an analysis of movies
by Alfred Hitchcock shows the Parsonian perspective on the role of family
Resources for Teaching an Introductory Social Justice Course
by Jacqueline Keil
It is often difficult to interest
students in a course in social justice using just textbooks. It is
now possible to use free, on-line resources that positively affect student
interest, comprehension, and participation in a course. Such a course
is described. Links to suggested materials are provided.
On-Line to In-Person Course Delivery: An Empirical Study
by Jammie Price and Leslie Hossfeld
Web-based technologies have been
used in the classroom for over 15 years, including websites, email, listserves,
library reserves, and text books. Among these options, social scientists
range widely in their web usage – from simply posting syllabi on-line to
delivering a course fully on-line in asynchronous learning networks.
Use of web-based technology for instructional purposes is increasing, as
is enrollment in distance education courses and on-line course offerings.
Many administrators and faculty promote on-line instruction as the solution
to managing increased college enrollments, particularly among non-traditional
students. However, are the academic outcomes of on-line instruction
similar to traditional in-person instruction? Few empirical studies
have been done. This is unfortunate. The results of an
experiment to evaluate the relative effectiveness of on-line verses an
in-person course on sociological research are presented. Unfortunately
the on-line participants did much worse than the in-person course.
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