2018-2019 Sociology Colloquium Series.

October 18th

Dr. Dolores Treviso, Occidental College
Neighborhood Poverty and Segregation in the Reproduction of Disadvantage: Mexican Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Los Angeles”

Dr. Trevizo’s research focuses on how neighborhood poverty and racial segregation affect the business performance of Mexican immigrant entrepreneurs in L.A.Based on a survey of shopkeepers in twenty different neighborhoods, she (and her co-author) demonstrate that even slightly less impoverished or slightly more multiethnic neighborhoods improve the business outcomes of Mexican immigrant entrepreneurs. Their findings also reveal previously overlooked aspects of micro-class, gender, as well as ‘legal capital’ advantages. Although the research demonstrates that the local place characteristics of neighborhoods both reflect and reproduce class and racial inequalities, it also demonstrates that the diversity of experiences among Mexican immigrants living within the spatial boundaries of these communities also matters to their economic mobility.

12:30pm, Watkins Hall 1126

November 1st

Amada Armenta, UCLA

“Immigrants and the Law: Crafting Moral Selves in the Face of Immigration Control”

US immigration laws criminalize unauthorized immigrants and render many of immigrants’ daily activities “illegal.” How does this affect immigrants’ attitudes and practices toward the law? Drawing on interviews with unauthorized Mexican immigrants in Philadelphia, this study examines how respondents resolve problems of law in their everyday lives. I show how time spent in the United States transforms migrants’ legal attitudes from one of “getting around the law” to one of “doing things the right way.” I highlight the implications of this legal transformation for the moral economy of immigration policy, for immigrant claims-making, and for Latino immigrants’ place in the racial hierarchy.

12:30pm, HMNSS 1500

 January 17th

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University

Chancellor’s Lecture Series

“Feeling Race: The Social Significance of Racialized Emotions”

12:30pm, TBA

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD179kxYzVk

February 7th

Brian Kelly, Purdue University

“Prescribing Tragedy: Policy and Social Dynamics of the American Prescription Drug Crisis.”

Utilizing Bird and Rieker’s Theory of Constrained Choices, this presentation examines how social and policy processes play out in prescription drug use behaviors and patterns of overdose in the United States. Using multiple national datasets, the presentation examines why we might expect prescription drug monitoring programs, from among a constellation of opiate-related policies, to have the most rapid and sustained effect on drug overdose mortality in the U.S. In addition, drawing upon qualitative data from young prescription drug misusers, the presentation also describes the cascade of influences that shape the integration of prescription pills into wider drug use repertoires, a process characterized as co-opted pharmaceuticalization. The implications of both are discussed with respect to how these processes shape morbidity and mortality in the U.S.

12:30pm, HMNSS 1500

March 7th

Jeff Guhin, UCLA

“The Different Ways Gender Differentiates: Sites of Boundary Contestation in Muslim and Christian Schools”

How do conservative religious communities differently understand gender as a boundary between themselves and the rest of the world? Using ethnographic field research in two Sunni Muslim and two Evangelical Christian high schools, this talk will reveal how four school communities emphasize the importance of gender in ways that reflect different forms of religious practice.  To elaborate this distinction, I emphasize the term, “site of boundary contestation,” which shows not only the importance of boundaries between groups or identities, but also the importance of specific sites in which those boundaries are engaged. This leads to both constraint and possibility within the communities, with the most relevant site of boundary contestation being the concept of feminism for Evangelical Schools, and women’s dress and gender separation in Muslim schools.

12:30pm, HMNSS 1500

March 14th

Tod Hamilton, Princeton University

12:30pm, HMNSS 1500

April 4th

Job Market Panel

12:30-2:00, HMNSS 1500

A panel discussion on the academic and non-academic job market for Sociologists.

April 12th

Globalization, Populism and the International Order Symposium

A symposium on the causes of the world-wise rise in populism and the future of the international system.

9:30-5:30, HMNSS 1500

For more information visit the Center for Ideas and Society or UCR Political Economy Seminar. 

April 25th

Jessica Collett, UCLA

12:30pm, HMNSS 1500

May 9th

Bryan Sykes, UC Irvine

12:30pm, HMNSS 1500

Co-sponsored by GradQuant

May 16th

Publishing Qualitative Research

A panel discussion on publishing qualitative research in Sociology.

12:30-2:00, HMNSS 1500

May 30th and June 6th

MA Presentations

ASA style presentations of MA Theses by Sociology graduate students

12:30 – 2:00, INTN 3023