Sociological Focus

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 4, 2013

Implementing Welfare-to-Work: Program Managers' Identities and Service Delivery in North Carolina
Using telephone interviews, we examine the professional identities of welfare-to-work managers in North Carolina counties and explore how their identities correlate with county characteristics and the structuring of services. We find social work and...
North Central Sociological Association Presidential Address. I Didn't Build That: Life Chances, Life Course, Habitus, and Dumb Luck-A Life in Sociology
'There is no private life that is not determined by a wider public life.'George Eliot (1819-1880)"It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else and still unknown to himself."Francis Bacon (1561-1626)The sociological imagination "is...
Public Attitudes toward Persons with Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs): The Role of Social Contact and Treatment-Seeking Behavior
For more than 60 years sociologists have examined public attitudes toward persons with alcohol use disorders (AUDs), but there is little recent data on this topic. Using responses to vignettes administered in a 2003 national computer-assisted telephone...
Reflections on Teaching. North Central Sociological Association 2013 John F. Schnabel Lecture: Snapshots of Teaching and Aging
The 2012 John F. Schnabel award winner delivered this teaching address at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the North Central Sociological Association in Indianapolis. The author identifies pivotal moments in her twenty-year teaching career and the lessons...
The Search for "Sustainable Development" Pathways as a New Degree of Institutional Reflexivity
The realization of "sustainable development" tends to increasingly be thought of in terms of a necessary transition to achieve. The objective of this article is to understand how this perspective, while penetrating the institutional spheres, has become...
Why They Juice: The Role of Social Forces in Performance Enhancing Drug Use by Professional Athletes
Why do some athletes use performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), while others opt not to use? Past research has focused on individual player attributes associated with PED use, but has left social factors unstudied. Utilizing novel datasets on PED use in...
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