Summer 2003


In this Newsletter...

  • Sociology of Education Paper Sessions, Refereed Roundtable, and Business Meeting

  • Sociology of Education Annual Reception & Dinner

  • NEW-Critical Perspectives section for Sociology of Education

  • Teachers College Record call for papers -special issue
  • A Note from the Section Chair

    See y'all in Atlanta!

    A very special thanks to Richard Arum, section chair, and Chandra Muller, session chair, who have organized our program this year. Our section day is Monday, August 18, including the roundtables. The business meeting will also take place on Monday, at 4:30. Our sessions, however, are scheduled from Saturday through Tuesday. The sessions look extremely interesting and we encourage everyone to attend.

    We have a slight variation in our activities from years past. This year our reception and dinner will be on Sunday night at Agnes and Muriel's, one of Atlanta's "hottest" restaurants. The owner, Glenn Powell, will be closing the establishment to the public so that we may have the entire restaurant, which accommodates over a hundred people. The restaurant is about ten minutes from the conference activities and we are arranging transportation. The reception begins at 7:30 p.m., where we will announce the winners of the section's Willard Waller Outstanding Book Award and the David L. Stevenson Distinguished Graduate Paper award. Dinner will be at 8:45, and early leavers and late comers are all welcome. We hope to see all of you there!

    This has been a very exciting year for our section. Through the extraordinary efforts and hard work of Chandra Muller and Brian Powell, we are having an early career initiative program on Friday August 15th. This one-day workshop, to be held at the Hilton Hotel, is designed for young scholars to interact with senior scholars on various aspects of their academic and research careers. The day's sessions are organized around a series of topics, such as funding opportunities in the sociology of education, bringing one's work to publication in a variety of venues, and strategizing for academic jobs, non-academic jobs and tenure. We are pleased to announce that this activity is being cost-shared by the section, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.

    A special thanks to the steering committee - Kevin Doughtery, Joyce Epstein, Chandra Muller, Aaron Pallas, Joan Talbert, and Pamela Barnhouse Walters - who all helped in realizing this initiative.

    As my time as chair draws to a close, I welcome the new incoming chair, Kevin Doughtery, the chair-elect, James Rosenbaum, and the new slate of officers. Community has always been an important quality of our section, and this past year is no exception. I hope that all of us continue to support our section by renewing membership, encouraging new members, and participating in section activities. Gary Dworkin continues as our membership chair—and is already scouting for new members—remember we need to be over 600 for that extra session.
    On a lighter note, I have started to diet to fit in an extra helping of fried chicken—bring those hearty appetites to Atlanta!

    My best,
    Barbara

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    Newly-Elected SOE Section Officers


    We have a new slate of officers for our section. Please share with me our congratulations to:

    James Rosenbaum, Chair-Elect

    George Farkas, Secretary-Treasurer

    Richard Arum and Claudia Buchmann, Council members

    A special thanks to our members who were willing to be nominated and stand for election.

    As Barbara noted in her e-mail announcement, "What keeps a section healthy is the active participation of its members. Please vote, respond to emails, and join us at the ASA meetings this summer!"

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    Section on Sociology of Education Sessions at the Annual Meeting

    ASA-SOE Planning Matrix (Locations listed in the Final Program)
     Saturday 8/16Sunday 8/17Monday 8/18Tuesday 8/19
    8:30 AM Stratification in the Early Years: ECLSRace and EducationStratification and Education
    10:30 AM  Refereed Round Tables Entering and Exiting Higher Education
    12:30 PM    
    2:30 PM Contexts of Educational AchievementSchools as Organizations 
    4:30 PMFamily Background & Academic SOE Section Business Meeting 
    6:30 PM    
    7:30 PM SOE Reception & Dinner  

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    Regular Sessions
    I Family Background and Academic Achievement
    Saturday, 8/16/2003, from 4:30 PM-6:10 PM


    Description: This session examines the persisting influence of family background on academic achievement with research focusing on comparative studies of parental involvement. In addition, research explores the role of parental involvement for immigrant minority populations in the United States.

    Discussant: George Farkas, Pennsylvania State University
    Presider: Edward W. Morris, University of Texas at Austin

    Presenters:
    "Effects of Social Capital on Minority and Immigrant Students' School Achievement." Lindsay Taggart, University of Pennsylvania; Grace Kao, University of Pennsylvania

    "Immigrant Children's School Performance." Suet-Ling Pong, Pennsylvania State University; Erica Gardner, Pennsylvania State University

    "A Cross-National Analysis of the Relationship between Family Strengths and Educational Achievement." Lina Guzman, Child Trends; Gillian Hampden-Thompson; Laura Lippman

    "Racial and Ethnic Educational Inequality in Global Perspective." Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University; Richard Arum, New York University; Kathryn Seufert, New York University


    II Stratification in the Early Years: Results from ECLS
    Sunday, 8/17/2003 from 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM

    Description: Each of the papers in this session uses the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study to examine key aspects of early learning patterns such as class size, ability grouping, and the test gap associated with socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity.

    Discussant: Douglas B. Downey, Ohio State University
    Presider: Lorena Lopez-Gonzalez, University of Texas at Austin

    Presenters:
    "Explaining Divergence in Rates of Learning and Forgetting among First-Graders." Annie Georges, Columbia University

    "Ability Grouping and Educational Stratification in the Early School Years." Laura Tach, Pennsylvania State University; George Farkas, Pennsylvania State University

    "Effect of Class Size and Instruction on Kindergarten Achievement." Carolina Milesi, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    "The Growth of Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Test Score Gaps in Kindergarten and First Grade." Sean F. Reardon, Pennsylvania State University

    III Contexts of Educational Achievement
    Sunday, 8/17/2003, from 2:30 PM - 4:10 PM


    Description: This session chronicles various contextual influences on the educational trajectory of youth. Researchers investigate educational contexts such as segregation, school reform, and at-risk behaviors as they pertain to educational outcomes.

    Discussant: Aaron Pallas, Teacher's College, Columbia University
    Presider: Kelly Goran Fulton, University of Texas at Austin

    Presenters:
    "Educational Achievement Heritability and Individual-Level Environmental Influences." Guang Guo, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Bejamin Alexandar Fletcher, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    "Adolescent At-Risk Behaviors: A Multi-Level Analysis of Family, Neighborhood and School Factors Affecting Adolescent Behavioral Outcomes." Andrew Beveridge, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY; Sophia Catsambis, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY and National Center for Educational Statistics

    "The Continuing Consequences of Segregation: Family Stress and College Academic Performance." Camille Zubrinsky Charles, University of Pennsylvania; Gniesha Dinwiddie, University of Pennsylvania, Douglas Massey, University of Pennsylvania

    "Segregation and the SAT." Roslyn A. Mickelson, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

    "Florida's A+ Plan: Education Reform Policies and Student Outcomes." Reginald Lee, University of South Florida; Kathryn Borman, University of South Florida

    IV Race and Education
    Monday, 8/18/2003, from 8:30 AM-10:10 AM


    Discussant: Lisa Stulberg, New York University
    Presider: Richard Arum, New York University

    Presenters:
    "Breeding Animosity, The Significance of School Placement Patterns in the Burden of Acting White." Karolyn Tyson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    "Educational Expectations and Aspirations among Latino Adolescents." Stephanie Bohon, University of Georgia; Monica Johnson, Washington State University; Bridget Gorman, Rice University

    "Race, Redistribution and Americans' Educational Policy Preferences." Pamela Walters, Joshua Klugman, Jenny Stuber and Michael Rosenbaum, Indiana University

    "In Search of Brown: The Unfulfilled Promise of School Desegregation in Six Racially Mixed Schools." Amy Stuart Wells, Awo Atando, Teachers College; Amina Humphry and Anita Revilla, University of California, Los Angeles.

    V Schools as Organizations and Work Settings
    Monday, 8/18/2003, from 2:30 PM-4:10 PM


    Discussant: Francisco Ramirez, Stanford University
    Presider: David Frank, University of California, Irvine

    Presenters:
    "School Choice, Whose Choice?" Linda Renzuli and Lorraine Evans, University of Georgia

    "Faculty Working Time and Gender Inequality?" Jerry Jacobs and Sarah Winslow, University of Pennsylvania

    "The Effects of Magnet Schools on Neighborhood High Schools." Ruth Neild, University of Pennsylvania

    "Four Affirmative Actions." Mitchell Stevens, Hamilton College

    VI Stratification and Education
    Tuesday, 8/19/2003, 8:30 AM-10:10 AM

    Presider: Joyce Epstein, John Hopkins University

    Presenters:
    "Annual State-level High School Dropout and GED Completion Rates." John Warren, University of Minnesota

    "Educational Expansion and Inequality in Access to Higher Education in Japan." Hirsohi Ishida, University of Tokyo

    "Stratifying Variations of College in Russia: Differences over Time, by Gender, in Returns." Ted Gerber, University of Arizona

    "Who Gets High Quality Teaching? An Analysis of within and between Country Variance in TIMMS-R." Thomas Smith, Laura Desimone, Vanderbilt University; David Baker and Koji Ueno, Pennsylvania State University

    Discussant: Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin


    VII Entering and Exiting Higher Education
    Tuesday, 8/19/2003, from 10:30 AM-12:10 PM.


    Description: This session includes research on the stratification processes that influence access to and entrance into higher education. In addition, presenters will discuss their research on the influence of academic and social indicators on persistence and degree attainment.

    Discussant: David Karen, Bryn Mawr College
    Presider: Amy G. Langenkamp, University of Texas at Austin

    Presenters:
    "Wasted Talent: Why Some High-Achieving Students Don't Apply to College." Ruth N.
    Lopez Turley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    "Measuring Equity in Advanced High School Science: Differences in School Offerings and Student Choices." Catherine Riegle-Crumb, University of Texas at Austin

    "Understanding the 'Swirling' Undergraduate Attendance Pattern: The Role of Student Background Characteristics and College Behaviors." Sara Y. Rab, University of Pennsylvania.

    "The Ties that Bind: How Connections Made During the College Transition Affect College Outcomes." Mary J. Fischer, University of Pennsylvania

    "Propensity Score Matching to Estimate the Effects of Elite College Attendance on Career Outcomes." Jennie Elizabeth Brand, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Charles Halaby, University of Wisconsin-Madison


    Refereed Round Tables
    Monday, 8/18/2003, from 10:30 AM-12:10 PM


    1. Tracking and Educational Attainment
    Table Presider: Karl Alexander, Johns Hopkins karl@jhu.edu

    An Early Start: Effects of Ability Grouping on Reading Achievement. Dennis Condron, Ohio State University

    Effects of School Types on Educational Attainment: Great Britain and the U.S. Compared. Mary Powell, University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Cross-Time (1956-1975) Study of Meritocratic Track Placement Before and After the 'Unremarked Revolution'. James Jones, Mississippi State

    2. Family Background and Educational Attainment
    Table Presider: Aaron Pallas, Teachers College pallas@exchange.tc.columbia.edu

    Financial Health and Positive Family Relations Prepare Children for School. Deborah Zimmerman, Oakland University
    The Effect of Preschool Exposure on Kindergarten Learning. Shelly Brown, University of North Carolina

    Race, Income and Parental Education: Why Family Background Determines School Choice Decisions. Stephanie Arnett, University of Notre Dame

    Leveling the Home Advantage: Educational Equity and Parental Involvement in School. Thurston Domina, CUNY Graduate Center

    3. Cultural Capital and Educational Achievement
    Table Presider: Annette Lareau, Temple University pallas@exchange.tc.columbia.edu

    How the Concept of Cultural Capital was Imported into American Sociology of Education. David Swartz, Boston University

    Race, Cultural Capital, and Educational Attainment: How Do Asian-Americans Differ? Wendy Cadge, Princeton University; David Karen, Bryn Mawr College; Thomas
    Vartanian
    , Bryn Mawr College

    Student Goals, Mistakes and Plans in Differing Institutional Settings: A Study of Two Year Colleges. Ann Pearson, Northwestern University

    4. School Reform and Student Performance
    Table Presider: Tom Hoffer, NORC HOFFER-TOM@norc.net

    A New Model for Comprehensive School Reform: Results of the Partnership Schools-CSR Pilot Study. Joyce Epstein, Johns Hopkins University

    Can District Finance Policy Enhance School Performance? Edward Reeves, Morehead State University

    Segregation, Diversity, and Accountability in Florida Schools. Tamela Eitle, University of Miami

    Social Measurement and Social Policy: Graduation Rates under the High Stakes of NCLB. Christopher Swanson, The Urban Institute

    5. Access and Choice in Schooling: International Perspectives
    Table Presider: Claudia Buchmann, Duke University <cbuch@soc.duke.edu>

    Making Modern Tibetans: The Success or Failure of State Schooling in Rural Tibet. Gerard Postiglione, University of Hong Kong

    Mixed Family Response to State Fragility and Organizational Pluralism: Self Help in Malawi and Kenya. Mark Schafer, Louisiana State University
    Sociology of Girls' Education: Theory's Contribution to International Educational Research. Mary Ann Maslak, St. John's University

    6. Ethnicity and Student Achievement: The Teacher's Role
    Table Presider: Karolyn Tyson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill <kdtyson@email.unc.edu>

    The Teacher-Student Relationship: Interpersonal Connections between West Indian Students and their West Indian, African American, and White Teachers. Natasha Warikoo, Harvard University

    Untangling the Web: Cultural Models and the Affects of Teachers' Beliefs on Student Success. Tanya Kravatz, University of California San Diego

    Transforming 'poor' behavior: Social class and caring in a predominantly African American elementary school. Kelly Goran Fulton, University of Texas at Austin

    7. Student Attitudes Toward Achievement Among Different Ethnicities
    Table Presider: Doug Downey, Ohio State University <downey.32@sociology.osu.edu>

    Revisiting the Attitude/Achievement Paradox Among Blacks. James Ainsworth-Darnell, Georgia State University

    Individual Effort and Accountability in American Indian Adolescents' Accounts of
    School Success and Failure. Marsha Lichtenstein, University of Mexico

    Habits of the Mind: In Search of the Academic Ethic Among College Students. William Smith & Nathan Pino, Georgia Southern University

    8. Education and the Labor Market
    Table Presider: Steven Plank, Johns Hopkins University splank@jhu.edu

    Modeling the Selection Process in Educational Attainment. Mark McKerrow, Cornell University

    Long-Term Correlates of Dropping Out: Evidence from NELS. Elizabeth Stearns, Center for Child and Family Policy; Stephanie Moller, University of North Carolina

    Explaining Variable Returns to Cognitive Skill across Occupations. William Carbonaro, University of Notre Dame

    Business Influence on K-12 Education: Historical Context of the Standards-Based Reform Movement. Gordon Chang, University of California, Los Angeles

    9. School Safety and Classroom Authority
    Table Presider: Richard Arum, New York University <richard.arum@nyu.edu>
    Classroom Authority as Strategies of Action: How Teachers Use Culture. Judith Pace, University of San Francisco

    Contextual Effects on Students' Safety: Modeling Differential Effects of Neighborhood and School Social Organization. David Kirk & Thomas Gannon-Rowley, University of Chicago

    Zero Tolerance for Youth: Fear, Loathing and the Scary School Myth. Karen Sternheimer, University of Southern California

    10. Educational Attainment Among Immigrants
    Table Presider: Lingxin Hao, Johns Hopkins University <hao@jhu.edu>

    School Context and Generational Differences in Academic Achievement. Lorena Lopez & Rob Crosnoe, University of Texas at Austin; Chandra Muller, University of Texas

    Ethnic segregation and educational outcomes in Swedish comprehensive schools: A multilevel analysis. Jan Jonsson, Stockholm University

    Influences of Community Context on the Educational Attainment of Latino and Asian Students in Native and Immigrant Households. Gabriella Gonzalez, RAND Corporation

    11. School Effect on Educational Achievement
    Table Presider: Dan McFarland, Stanford University <dmcfarla@stanford.edu>

    School Effects and Allocation Processes: The Effects of High Schools on College Destinations. Joshua Klugman, Indiana University

    Using Instrumentation and Data Developed for Large National Surveys (ECLS-K)in Small Scale Studies. Cornelius Riordan, Providence College; Don Hunt & Irene Flores,
    State University of New York Albany

    School mobility: The impact of disruption on academic development. Amy Langenkamp, University of Texas at Austin

    Academic Failure in Secondary School: The Inter-Related Role of Physical Health Problems and Educational Context. Belinda Needham & Robert Crosnoe, University of Texas at Austin; Chandra Muller, University of Texas

    12. Vocational Training and School-to-Work Programs
    Table Presider: Regina Werum, Emory University <rwerum@emory.edu>

    Learning to Work: A Study of Secondary Vocational Education. Venessa Keesler, Harvard University

    Head Start & School-to-Work Program Participation. Richard Caputo, Yeshiva University

    Learned Dichotomies and the Negotiation of Class. Caroline Childress, University of Washington

    13. Correlates for Persistence and Achievement in Higher Education
    Table Presider: Amy Binder, University of Southern California <abinder@usc.edu>

    Adolescent Nonmarital Childbearing and Educational Attainment: The Role of Educational Expectations. Ann Beutel, University of Oklahoma

    Leaving Community College: Do Existing Models of College Dropout Apply to Community College Students? Regina Deil-Amen, Penn State University

    Lessons from the Cold War: Military Service and College Graduation. Alair MacLean, University of Wisconsin Madison

    Test-Taking Time as a Correlate of Student Performance in Introduction to Sociology. Freddie Obligacion, Metropolitan College of New York

    14. Ethnicity and Selectivity in Higher Education
    Table Presider: Hiroshi Ishida, University of Tokyo <ishida@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp>

    How Race Matters: The Integration of Immigrant and Involuntary Minorities on a Predominantly White College Campus. Katherine McClelland, Franklin and Marshall College

    Differing Opinions of Affirmative Action From Those Who Experienced It. Wendy Chi, University of Michigan

    A College Preparatory Program for Native American Students: SDSU-Flandreau Indian School Success Academy. MaryJo Lee, South Dakota State University

    Doors Wide... Shut: Gatekeeping in Elite College Admissions. Leslie Killgore, Brown University

    15. Higher Education as Organizations and Work Settings
    Table Presider: Mitchell Stevens, Hamilton College <mstevens@hamilton.edu>

    Becoming a Scholar: A study of Professional Identity Development in Undergraduate Students Pursuing Academic Careers. Christine Sheikh, University of Arizona

    Is it Safe to Come Out Yet? Queer Educators, Identity Politics, and Knowledge Construction. Derek Greenfield, Highline Community College

    Institutional Constraint on Authentic Scholarly Learning: Contributions from Bourdieu. Anna Neumann & Gregory Anderson, Teachers College, Columbia University

    The Legitimation Process: The Accreditation of the University of Phoenix by the North Central Association. Martin Hughes, University of Arizona

    16. The Role of Education
    Table Presider: Pamela Perry, University of California Santa Cruz <pperry@cats.ucsc.edu>

    Dreaming of the Third Reconstruction: Visions, Praxis and the Role of Academia. Melanie Bush, Brooklyn College, CUNY

    Remaking the University: Changes in Teaching and Research Emphases over the 20th Century. David Frank, University of California Irvine; Jay Gabler, Harvard University

    Deconstructing the Purpose of Education in American Democratic Society. Jessica Kenty, Northeastern University

    Prayer, Fear and Focus on Patriotism/Diversity: Three Elementary Schools' Responses to September 11, 2001. Anne-Lise Halvorsen, University of Michigan

    17. Teaching and Working in Academia
    Table Presider: Floyd Hammack, New York University <fmh1@nyu.edu>

    Research Productivity and Student Evaluation of Instruction in the Social Sciences. Steve Stack, Wayne State University

    What Does It Take To Be Successful? Joseph Hermanowicz, University of Georgia
    Diversity Teaching: Who Bears the Burden? Katherine Acosta & Helen Moore, University of Nebraska; Crystal Edwards, Connie Frey & Gary Perry, University of Nebraska Lincoln

    18. Gender and Employment
    Table Presider: Julia Wrigley, CUNY <jwrigley@gc.cuny.edu>

    Women's Shifting Demographics and Representation:the relationship between literacy, birth rates and political power. Jodi Cohen, Northeastern University

    Changing Organizational Structures in the Feminization of Schoolteaching. Jo Anne Preston, Brandeis University

    Gendered Transitions into Work: The Deferential Effects of School Assisted Job Placement. Sandra Way, University of Arizona
    Men in Elementary School: Teaching in a Feminized Profession. Kristin Gordon, Emory University

    19. Family Background and Educational Attainment II
    Table Presider: Brian Powell, Indiana University <powell@indiana.edu>

    International Comparison of the Effects of Parents' Education on Students' Achievement: The Influence of National Selective Admission: Evidence from TIMSS. Kazuaki Uekawa, University of Chicago

    Increasing Meritocracy? Changes in the Educational Attainment Process Over 35 years. Manyee Wong & James Rosenbaum, Northwestern University

    Familialism, National Development, and Academic Performance: A 31-Country Examination of the Academic Performance of 15-Year-Olds. Jun Xu, Indiana University

    SOE Section Business Meeting

    Monday, August 17, 4:30-6:10pm

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    RECEPTION & DINNER

    WHERE: Agnes & Muriel's -1514 Monroe Drive Atlanta, Georgia (TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED)
    WHEN: Sunday night, 8/17. Reception begins at 7:30
    Dinner Begins at 8:45
    (LATE COMERS AND EARLIER LEAVERS WELCOME)
    COST: Reception is free and includes: Awards, hors d'oeuvres and drinks

    Dinner will cost $35 a person and will include:

    Appetizers:
    Warm Artichoke Dip
    Garlic Potato Chips with onion Dip
    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Salad:
    Martini Salad

    Dinner Platters:
    Buttermilk Fried Chicken
    Coca-Cola BBQ Baby Back Ribs
    Louisiana Shrimp over Grits
    Grilled Salmon with Tomato Basil

    Sautéed Garden Tomato Pasta
    Mashed Potatoes
    Macaroni and Cheese
    Lemon Sesame Collards
    Green Bean Casserole
    Sweet Potato Fries

    Desserts:
    Peach Raspberry Cobbler
    Southern Banana Pudding
    Chocolate Cream Pie

    Please make checks payable to Agnes and Muriel's and send immediately to Jason Labate, 1155 East 60th Street, Room 352, Chicago, IL 60637; phone 773.256.6352.

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Announcing a New "Critical Perspectives" Section for Sociology of Education

    Sociology of Education is inaugurating a new recurrent feature section, Critical Perspectives, which will appear twice in each volume year. This new initiative represents a continuation of the journal's occasional Exchange section (e.g., the Hallinan - Oakes exchange on educational tracking). However, instead of presenting point/counterpoint debates, each Perspectives section will feature commentaries by two or three scholars who have distinctive vantage points on a pressing issue in contemporary education. Scholars will be invited to submit short commentaries (about 1,500 words) outlining a perspective on an important, often controversial, issue in education. The purposes are to open dialogs, generate debate and critical reflection, and spark new research. The section will address issues of long-standing interest among sociologists of education, as well as new emerging concerns. The Perspectives section will be developed primarily under the direction of deputy editors Linda Grant and Suet-ling Pong, with the assistance of a specially appointed subcommittee of the Editorial Board that will assist with selection of contributors and the editing of commentaries.

    The first two Perspectives sections will focus on gender equality/inequality in schooling and the schooling of immigrant children. Our goal is to publish the first of these sections (gender) in the 2003 October Issue. Suggestions for future topics are welcome. Please forward ideas to Linda Grant, Department of Sociology, Baldwin Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1611; fax (706) 542-4320; email: lgrant@uga.edu, or Suet-ling Pong, Department of Education Policy Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 310D Rackley Building, University Park, Pa. 16082; fax (814) 865-1480; email: pong@pop.psu.edu.

    Call for Papers

    Ethnicity, Race, Gender, Class, and Youth Development - A Call for Papers

    Teachers College Record announces a call for papers for a special issue on Ethnicity, Race, Gender, Class, and Youth Development edited by Jean Anyon, Ratna Ghosh, and Roslyn Arlin Mickelson. This issue will feature papers reporting on original research regarding the development of youth, particularly in urban contexts.

    As urban youth develop, they create meaning, identity, and a sense of themselves in the world by utilizing a variety of sources, including, perhaps most centrally, existing social constructions of ethnicity, race, gender, and social class. By what methods do youth create these meanings? How do they attain a sense of the future and its opportunities or hazards that leads them to appropriate elements of the environment in ways that are either positive or self-destructive? How do they define these and other options? What strategies do they employ to deal with poverty, racial, gender, or other discrimination and the disdain of dominant groups in society? What qualities of their communities and neighborhoods do they utilize as they grow? How do they negotiate the often rough terrains of school, the streets, or incarceration? Finally, how do urban youth develop a critical account of their societies, and how do they, or can they, move from cynicism or alienation to an informed resistance to oppression?

    We are interested in all of these and other questions about the development of urban youth. Manuscripts that are submitted should engage these or other important issues. The scholarship must employ more than one of the following: original empirical research (qualitative and/or quantitative), sophisticated theorizing, political economy, comparative study, or historical analysis.

    Manuscripts should be submitted using the TCR online submission system. Please indicate that your paper is for the special issue on youth development. Review of manuscripts will begin immediately and continue until May 1, 2004.

    This call is also online at www.tcrecord.org so if you are short of space you can just include a brief note and the url.

    Now Available

    Now available: The second edition of Equality and Achievement: An Introduction to the Sociology of Education, by Cornelius Riordan.
    2004 Paperback, Pearson Prentice Hall; Available June 2003; ISBN 0-13-048177-7

    The 2E provides in depth coverage of thirty entirely new studies and over 200 new citations to the already existing base of studies from the first edition. The book provides extensive coverage on such topics as school and class size, tracking, family structure, the black/white test score gap, reform and restructuring, oppositional youth cultures, parental involvement, summer learning, school finance, accountability, and teacher quality. Each chapter ends with a summary of key studies, key concepts, and review questions.

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    ASA SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION SECTION NOW HAS A LISTSERV

    For information of subscribing.

    Please urge your colleagues to join the Sociology of Education Section.
    Membership dues are $12.00 regular member; $7.00 student; and $10.00 low-income.
    Note this is in addition to regular ASA membership dues.
    Click: www.asanet.org/forms/mem.html

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    Sociology of Education Section Officers
    2003 - 2005

    Chair: Barbara Schneider, schneidr@norcmail.uchicago.edu
    Chair-elect: Kevin Dougherty, kdougher@manhattan.edu
    Treasurer/Secretary: Helen M. Marks, marks.50@osu.edu
    Past Chair: Karl Alexander, Johns Hopkins University, kla2@jhunix.hcf.jhu.edu

    Council:
      Karen Bradley* [2004], karen.bradley@wwu.edu
    Steven G. Brint [2003], brint@mail.ucr.edu
    Mary C. Brinton [2003], mcb32@cornell.edu
    David Kinney* [2005], kinne1@da.cmich.edu
    Kathryn Schiller [2004], schiller@albany.edu
    John Robert Warren [2005], warre046@tc.umn.edu

    *Bradley and Kinney tied for second seat; both will serve one-year staggering terms

    Newsletter:
      Editor Tom Hoffer, hoffer-tom@norc.net
    Editorial Assistant Robin Harvison, rharvison@bergen.edu

    Webmaster: Carl Schmitt, carl.schmitt@ed.gov

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