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Entitled: Discriminating Tastes and the Expansion of the Arts

Princeton University Press, 2019, 256 pages. https://press.princeton.edu/titles/14681.html

14 February 2020, 8:00 am
Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century

Tey Meadow’s book, Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century (2018, University of California Press), is a refreshingly ambitious work of sociological research on gender. Trans Kids aims to elucidate the emergence of transgender children as a social category in the twenty-first century. Its title boldly further implies that gender, as a whole, may operate differently in the future than it has in the past. A general sociological audience may be tempted to overlook a title that implies a tiny and marginalized subpopulation, even though the proliferation of gender diversity among children that is documented in this book is increasingly reflected in families across the country. However, Trans Kids delivers invaluable insights into quite a number of topics that make it essential reading to any social scientist who wants to have a current understanding of gender, political economy, and methodology.

17 January 2020, 8:00 am
Anatomies of Revolution

The so-called “fourth generation” of revolution studies has always lacked a central text. The first generation natural history of revolution had Crane Brinton’s Anatomy of Revolution, second generation strain theories had Ted Robert Gurr’s Why Men Rebel, and third generation structuralism had Theda Skocpol’s States and Social Revolutions. What these texts share is compelling theoretical imagery—that revolutions unfold in stages, are the products of grievances brought about by modernization, or the result of the breakdown of the administrative state—combined with an archetypal method of analysis—processual events, rational choice modeling, or macro-causal comparison of cases. The field has gotten messier since the 1990s. Fourth generation approaches encompass a dizzying array of new causal factors and a multiplicity of analytical strategies. It is thus little wonder that there has been lack of coherence in recent revolution studies and no core work to point to as capturing its spirit. So, the question emerges: Is George Lawson’s Anatomies of Revolution the book we have been waiting for? In my estimation, yes. The book will likely stand as the ideal-typical example of fourth generation revolution studies. Yet, as it comes so late in this era’s progress, it should be regarded as a eulogizing capstone rather than a seminal foundation.

17 January 2020, 8:00 am
Harassed: Gender, Bodies, and Ethnographic Research

Oakland: University of California Press, 2019, 230 pages. https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520299047/harassed

23 December 2019, 8:00 am
The Browning of the New South

University of California Press, 2019, 336 pages. https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/B/bo33765318.html

12 December 2019, 8:00 am
Review of Fighting for NOW: Diversity and Discord in the National Organization for Women

Minneapolis MN, University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 196pageshttps://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/fighting-for-nowReviewer: Rebekah Getman, Northeastern University

10 December 2019, 8:00 am

Social Forces

Established in 1922, Social Forces is recognized as a global leader among social research journals. Social Forces publishes articles of interest to a general social science audience and emphasizes cutting-edge sociological inquiry as well as explores realms the discipline shares with psychology, anthropology, political science, history, and economics. Social Forces is published by Oxford University Press in partnership with the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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