Sociological Focus

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, May

Does It Take a Village to Make a Marriage? Exploring the Relationship between Community and Marital Satisfaction
This paper explores the relationship between community and marital satisfaction using evidence from Utah. To do so, we analyze the effects of three sets of independent variables on marital satisfaction: demographic variables (number of children, education,...
Glass Ceilings and Productivity: The Effects of Ethnicity and Sex in the Presence of Agreed-Upon Productivity Measures among Collegiate Basketball Coaches
Workers from traditionally disadvantaged groups sometimes find their career paths blocked by glass ceilings that prevent them from acquiring top jobs. In the presence of clear and agreed-upon measures of productivity, however, employers should be able...
Mother's Work History in the Construction of Adult Daughter's Worker-Mother Discursive Strategies
This study explores how adult daughters perceive their mothers' worker-mother identities and compares these perceptions to their own worker-mother identities. Interviews were conducted with 98 mothers, stratified by employment status, with one or more...
The Same-Sex-Referent-Work Satisfaction Relationship: Assessing the Mediating Role of Distributive Justice Perceptions
Crosby (1982) described the "paradox of the contented female worker": women's relatively high work satisfaction coexists with relatively lower rewards when compared to men. Explanations of this paradox often point to women's use of other women for comparisons...
Working Hard or Hardly Working: Sources of Legitimation for High School Students' Academic Engagement
Academic engagement is a precursor to student achievement, and thus exploring its potential antecedents informs studies of adolescent development. We employ a theory from structural social psychology, the theory of the legitimacy of authority, to craft...