Academic journal article Sociological Focus

Editors' Introduction

Academic journal article Sociological Focus

Editors' Introduction

Article excerpt

Welcome to the penultimate issue of Carlton-Ford and Dubeck's editorship of Sociological Focus. Our first issue was published in February 2005; the last issue of our editorial term will come out this November. We are pleased to introduce the incoming editor of Sociological Focus - Professor Gustavo Mesch of the University of Haifa. We are delighted that Gustavo has agreed to serve in this position. He brings a distinguished scholarly career and an international focus, both of which will serve the journal well. As of August 1, 2009, manuscript submissions should be sent to him-his contact information is on the inside front cover of this issue.

In this issue, we continue our practice of publishing both the presidential address and the teaching address that were presented during the previous North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) annual meeting. Jay Weinstein's 2009 NCSA presidential address advances the provocative idea of a sociology of rational altruism. Drawing on a wide-ranging set of thinkers - from Adam Smith to Gandhi - Jay promotes the idea that sociology would best advance if it developed an alternative to the rational egoist model championed by James Coleman and his followers. Jay makes the clear case that rational altruism is a more sociological conceptualization of human behavior, one that is based in the perception of the common humanity of all people.

Debra Swanson's John F. Schnabel Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Address presents her reflections on years of teaching that have been rooted first and foremost in valuing her students. …

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