Washington State Magazine
Search Results

Category: Sociology

18 article(s) found that match this category.

First Words for Fall 2014
Fall 2014

Subtle ties between stories are revealed in the issue, from garbage to art to health sciences to food.


Categories: Fine Arts, Health sciences, Sociology
Tags: Garbage, Food


Oso—a view from inside a disaster
Fall 2014

WSU professor Matt Carroll, whose academic specialty is human reaction to natural disasters, found himself personally involved when he learned his best friend Tom Durnell had died in the Oso landslide.


Categories: WSU faculty, Public affairs, Sociology
Tags: Oso mudslide, Natural disaster


Talking trash
Fall 2014

Our relationship with waste is anything but simple, as one WSU sociologist is finding as he investigates some of the country’s industrial waste sites, and as many WSU students will discover when they read Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Garbage.


Categories: Sociology, Geography
Tags: Brownfields, Waste, Garbage


Eugene Rosa 1942–2013—Working for people and the planet
Fall 2013

Environmental sociologist Gene Rosa was a pioneer in his field, keeping his eye on the increasingly threatened natural environment and the people in it. He passed away in February 2013.


Categories: Environmental studies, Sociology, WSU faculty
Tags: In memoriam


The Ethics of Climate Change
Winter 2012

A political scientist, a geologist, a philosopher, and a sociologist contemplate the ethical implications of an imminent problem: global climate change.


Categories: Environmental studies, Philosophy, Political science, Sociology
Tags: Climate change, Ethics


Race, Class, and William Julius Wilson’ s World of Opportunity
Fall 2012

Half a century ago, WSU was a national leader in producing black doctors of sociology. Among them, William Julius Wilson ’66 PhD—recipient of 45 honorary degress and the National Medal of Science, and author of landmark works that redefined poverty and race. “Going to WSU,” he says, “was the greatest decision I ever made in my life.”


Categories: Sociology, Alumni
Tags: Social justice, Sociologists, African Americans


The Wire: Urban drama, gritty reality, and Soc 496 “textbook”
Spring 2012
It’s not exactly a typical day in class, even an upper-level sociology class geared towards the grittiest of urban realities.The room is filled with the sound of gunfire. A projection screen shows a quartet of inner-city drug thieves pinned dow...
Categories: Media, Sociology
Tags: Television programs, The Wire, Social justice


The Strength of Moral Capital
Spring 2011

For people living on the margins of U.S. society, struggling with both poverty and job loss,there is still a desire to conceive of themselves as inheritors of some version of the American Dream.


Categories: Sociology
Tags: Family, Morality, Poverty, Rural life


Gangs of Chicago
Spring 2010
Fifty years ago James F. Short Jr., a young sociologist at Washington State University, was asked to lead a study of Chicago gangs. In smoky pool halls on Roosevelt Road, the baseball fields of Douglas Park, and the windy street corners of Lawn...
Categories: Sociology
Tags: Gangs, Chicago


Mixing it up
Summer 2009
Not since white settlers surged west, overwhelming the native population, has Washington been at all diverse in its population, at least if one defines “diverse” by ethnicity rather than European country of origin. By 1890, whites represented ...
Categories: Sociology, Geography
Tags: Diversity, Demographics


Can America compete in a 'Flat' World?
Summer 2006
Many of you are familiar with Thomas Friedman's argument, in The World is Flat, that technology has eliminated many barriers to competition and thus created today's globally competitive economic environment. His dramatic examples of outsourcing s...
Categories: Economics, Sociology
Tags: WSU presidents, Economy, Education, Budget


Anna Grant—A life of firsts
Spring 2005
Anna Harvin Grant, the first woman to earn a doctorate in sociology from Washington State University, died November 6, 2004, of heart failure. She was 81.A nationally recognized expert in Black family life and former chair of the Department of Soc...
Categories: Alumni, Sociology
Tags: African Americans


Prisons offer few economic benefits to small towns
Winter 2004
Over the past three decades, many of the nation's most depressed rural communities have vied to host new prisons, hoping that economic benefits would follow.The trend grew in the early 1990s when an average of three 500-bed prisons opened around t...
Categories: Economics, Sociology
Tags: Prisons, Rural development


Carlton Lewis—Still Building Bridges
Fall 2004
The early 1970s were tumultuous years on the WSU campus. As student body president, Carlton Lewis helped keep things from boiling over. Now he presides over Devcorp Consulting Corporation, a project management company with teeth.
Categories: Alumni, Sociology
Tags: Minorities, Construction, Students


Be nice: GRACe examines gender
Summer 2004
GRACe examines the many aspects of gender.
Categories: Sociology, Gender studies
Tags: Women's studies


Racial profiling in Washington—policy and perception
Summer 2004
The likelihood of being stopped by the Washington State Patrol on state roads and highways is not affected by a driver's race or ethnicity, according to Washington State University researchers who analyzed two million WSP contacts between May 2000...
Categories: Sociology
Tags: Criminal justice, Race


Challenges remain for women, minorities in technical fields
Summer 2004
"I think . . . [managers] need to be educated. They need to see more women and minorities who are competent at their jobs to dispel any prejudices against them." -Shannon NuttThe fact that very few women were entering engineering care...
Categories: Sociology, Alumni
Tags: Women, Minorities


Blackwell makes his mark
Fall 2002
James Blackwell helped establish the clout of black sociologists. This spring he returned to Pullman to receive the University's highest honor.
Categories: Sociology, Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Awards, Alumni Achievement Award, African Americans