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 North Carolina
 Central University

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Bob Davis,
 North Carolina
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Catherine Harris,
 Wake Forest

Ella Keller,
 State University

Ken Land,
 Duke University

Miles Simpson,
 North Carolina
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Ron Wimberley,
 N.C. State University

Robert Wortham,
 North Carolina
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Austin W. Ashe,
 Duke University

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Volume 8, Number 2

Fall/Winter 2010

Outline of Articles

  1. Some Observations about Leaders in the Black Community 
    by Joseph S. Himes
      In a paper not previously published, the founding president of the North Carolina Sociological Association explores changing leadership styles among black leaders.  By the 1960s, when this paper was written as a thought piece, leadership patterns had changed from those embeded in local institutions towards leaders who could master complex legal issues.  Four leadership styles are found and discussed. 
  2. The Video of Joe Himes' Comments on   
    the Importance of  Nomination Committees to People of Color: An Editorial Introduction 
    by George H. Conklin
      Only one video of Professor Joe Himes is known to exist.  In this video, filmed in a social setting, Dr. Himes explains that he feels it is important for current black leaders to make sure good African Ameicans are nominated for election.  While speaking of the American Sociological Association, the comment that if you do not nominate good minority candidates, you cannot vote for them holds true today, especially in light of the election of the first African American president of the United States. A transcript of the brief session is included due to high levels of background noise in the video.
  3. Passion Wasn't Dead. It Was Just Living in Mexico.  The Presidential Address at the  
    2009 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Sociological Association
    by Cheryl Lynn Brown
      It is argued that the role of sociologists is to be involved in improving society and in serving where help is needed.  Some personal history is provided, followed by a PowerPoint presentation of the author's efforts in rural Mexico to improve the life of village people.
  4. Examination of Over-the-Counter Drug Misuse Among Youth 
    by Erin J. Farley and Daniel J. O'Connell 
      This study examined the prevalence of intentional over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse among teens and the relationship between OTC drug misuse and the misuse of other substances including illicit prescription drugs. Ten percent of 8th graders reported past year use of OTC drugs to get high. Misuse was more common among females than males. Among students who reported past year OTC drug misuse, the three most commonly reported past year drug use included pain relievers (56.2%), sedatives (48.3%) and stimulants (45.8%). Logistic regression analysis revealed females were 1.5 times more likely than males to report past year OTC drug use. In addition, past year OTC drug misuse was more common among those who had reported using cigarettes, alcohol, albuterol, inhalants, illicit pain relievers, illicit stimulants, and cocaine. 
  5. Cinematic Forced Atonement, 1960-2000: The Masculine Gaze and Violence Against Female Prostitutes 
    by Heather Griffiths
      Content analysis is used  to examine the representation of prostitutes in film between 1960 and 2000 in order to describe the forced atonement of deviant characters.  Consistently across all four decades, the film prostitute is subject to a forced atonement, victimized by one or more abusive situations as a prerequisite to her transformation from criminal (prostitute) to non-criminal (occurring in 33 out of 38 movies).  This finding is significant because (1) cinematic depictions of predominately female deviance consistently use forced atonement to resolve female deviance and (2) when male characters use violence to punish women for having sex outside of marriage, the message is sent that female sexuality may be controlled with violence.
  6. Political Ideology and Perceptions of Bias   
    Among University Faculty 
    by Susan Bullers, Melissa Reece, and Christy Skinner 
      The goal of the study was to examine the political ideology and perceptions of bias among the faculty in a university in the southeast U.S.A.  Findings regarding the overall dominance of a liberal political ideology as well as ideological differences among disciplines are consistent with previous research.  Respondents did distinguish between political dominance and political bias and were relatively accurate in their perceptions of a liberal dominance.  Reports of bias were much lower overall but all groups were more likely to report a bias against conservatives than against Liberal and Moderates.  Reports of bias against conservatives were quite high among conservatives themselves (48.7%).  Conservatives were more likely to report a need to conceal their political beliefs, while Moderates and Liberals were slightly more likely to report harassment or attacks for their political beliefs. The gender differences in political ideology show that women are significantly more likely to hold a liberal political ideology. 
  7. Book Review of Thinking About Deviance: A Realistic Perspective by Paul Higgins and Mitch Mackinem
    by O. Alexander Miller and Nicole Jones
      The manuscript appears written for exposing an audience of sheltered undergraduate students to the realities of social life.  Readers should come away with a widened view of what deviance is and can be. Higgins and Mackinem make a convincing argument that definitions of deviance are constructed, and these definitions are useful in coercing people to act within a narrow bandwidth. 
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