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Released: 18-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
CONTAGIOUS ADDICTION: Opioid Prescriptions Increase Likelihood of Family Members’ Use
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new study in the American Sociological Review carefully traces the contagion of opioid use among families. The study’s conclusions should impact how and when opioids are prescribed, particularly when driven by patient demand.

Released: 12-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Sociology and Social Justice
American Sociological Association (ASA)

On August 10-13, thousands of sociologists from around the nation and the world will meet in New York at the association’s 114th Annual Meeting. At a time when issues ranging from the U.S. census to the racial wealth gap dominate public discourse, more than 600 sessions involving 4,600 presenters and 3,000 research papers will deepen understanding of the interrelationship of societal structures and policy issues, as well as their impact on ordinary people and communities.

Newswise: Northwestern Univerity’s Aldon Morris Elected President of the American Sociological Association
Released: 11-Jun-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Northwestern Univerity’s Aldon Morris Elected President of the American Sociological Association
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, was elected the 112th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Rhacel Parreñas, University of Southern California, has been elected Vice President.

Released: 14-Mar-2019 4:05 PM EDT
“Broken Windows,” Lower Grades
American Sociological Association (ASA)

While criminologists continue to debate the impact of the practice, new research from two sociologists demonstrates that this sort of aggressive policing has a negative impact on the scholastic performance of African-American young teenagers in the affected neighborhoods

Released: 14-Jan-2019 8:05 AM EST
American Sociological Association Honors Leaders in the Discipline
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The American Sociological Association (ASA) proudly announces the the 2019 award recipients, the highest honors the Association confers

Released: 4-Nov-2018 8:05 AM EST
National Scientific Organizations File Amicus Brief Objecting to Inclusion of Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The American Sociological Association, the American Statistical Association, and the Population Association of America this week filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York supporting a challenge to the late addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census

Released: 29-Oct-2018 12:45 PM EDT
American Sociological Association Expresses Strong Objection to Newly Proposed Legal Definition of Sex, Due to Risk of Transgender Discrimination
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The proposed definition would allow only a binary classification that is immutable and based on genitalia at birth. Such a policy stands to have detrimental impacts on the physical and mental health of transgender and intersex individuals.

Released: 22-Jul-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Study: Today’s College Graduates Facing Greater Competition for Good Jobs
American Sociological Association (ASA)

College graduates are more likely to take less-skilled jobs in recent years than ever before, and a new study from the University of North Carolina says the expansion of higher education has made each bachelor’s degree seem less exceptional to employers.

Newswise: “Feeling Race” and Other Crucial Issues:
Join Thousands of Sociologists Aug. 11-14 in Philadelphia
Released: 12-Jul-2018 3:00 PM EDT
“Feeling Race” and Other Crucial Issues: Join Thousands of Sociologists Aug. 11-14 in Philadelphia
American Sociological Association (ASA)

As controversies over overt racism, White Nationalism, #MeToo, income inequality, immigration and social polarization dominate the American conversation, more than 5,500 sociologists whose work provides insights on these and other vital topics will meet in Philadelphia August 11-14 for the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Released: 14-Jun-2018 5:05 PM EDT
More than Half of Survey Respondents Support a Refusal of Service
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A study by sociologists examines public views regarding the denial of services to same-sex and interracial couples. In a fictional scenario, respondents were asked whether they believed that a business owner should be allowed to deny service. Slightly more than half of the respondents (53%) said they supported the refusal of services to a gay couple.

Newswise: UT-Austin’s Christine Williams Elected President of the American Sociological Association
Released: 8-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT
UT-Austin’s Christine Williams Elected President of the American Sociological Association
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Christine Williams, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas-Austin, has been elected the 111th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been elected ASA Vice President.

Released: 22-May-2018 12:05 AM EDT
Income Inequality Is Changing the Nature of How Parents Invest in Their Kids, Widening Class Divides in the U.S.
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new study shows that rising income inequality in the U.S. has led affluent parents to increase spending on their children, widening the gap in child investment along class lines. The results suggest that income inequality erodes the equality of opportunity by increasing gaps between children from a young age.

Newswise: The Algorithmic Rise of the “Alt-Right”
Released: 3-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT
The Algorithmic Rise of the “Alt-Right”
American Sociological Association (ASA)

On a late summer evening in 2017, members of the far-right descended on Charlottesville, Virginia with tiki-torches held up in defense of confederate general Robert E. Lee’s statue in what was dubbed a “Unite the Right” rally, which had been organized mostly online. The next day, August 13

Newswise: Gendered Stereotypes Can Penalize Women for Having Good Grades
Released: 21-Mar-2018 6:05 PM EDT
Gendered Stereotypes Can Penalize Women for Having Good Grades
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A first-of-its-kind study of recent college graduates’ academic performance and their transition to the workforce finds that GPA matters little for men, and a high GPA can hurt women job applicants' chances of getting a call back from an employer.

22-Feb-2018 4:45 PM EST
Does Medical Expansion Improve Population Health?
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The escalating influence of modern biomedical conceptions of health and illness now dominate healthcare delivery. A new study finds that this expanding “medical industrial complex” is not straightforwardly responsible for improved life expectancy and mortality in first-world nations.

Released: 1-Feb-2018 3:05 PM EST
How Did Our Politics Get Us Here? Sociological Research Provides a Good Answer
American Sociological Association (ASA)

At the heart of the matter is a legitimate question that deserves to be considered not only for its importance to Trump’s victory, but also as it relates to many other governments worldwide and throughout history. The pressing question is: How can voters find a candidate “authentically appealing” even though to many that candidate appears to be a “lying demagogue”?

Newswise: Alumni From Britain’s Top Private Schools Are 94 Times More Likely to Reach Elite Positions
Released: 29-Jan-2018 8:05 AM EST
Alumni From Britain’s Top Private Schools Are 94 Times More Likely to Reach Elite Positions
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The alumni of nine leading private schools are 94 times more likely to reach the most powerful elite positions in British society than those who attended any other school, according to a unique historical analysis of Who’s Who led by researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Newswise: Big Data May Amplify Existing Police Surveillance Practices
Released: 6-Dec-2017 8:05 AM EST
Big Data May Amplify Existing Police Surveillance Practices
American Sociological Association (ASA)

With access to more personal data than ever before, police have the power to solve crimes more quickly, but in practice, the influx of information tends to amplify existing practices, according to sociological research at the University of Texas at Austin.

Released: 5-Dec-2017 5:05 PM EST
Youth Who Experience Violent Victimization Seek Intimate Relationships at an Earlier Age
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new American Sociological Review study has found that experiencing violence as an adolescent leads to early romantic relationships and cohabitating. On average, they found that victimized youth entered romantic relationships nine months earlier than non-victimized youth.

13-Aug-2017 5:05 PM EDT
Understanding Alternative Reasons Behind Climate Change Denial Could Help Bridge Divide
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Mainstream criticism of people who deny climate change essentially portrays climate skeptics as being out of touch, ignorant or somehow incapable of understanding the facts about climate change.

9-Aug-2017 4:05 PM EDT
Study: Job Centers Offer Little Help for the Unemployed
American Sociological Association (ASA)

If you are unemployed and looking for a job, the best way to get government-funded training and help finding a job is to prove you are “unemployable.”

Released: 14-Aug-2017 3:00 AM EDT
"Getting to 80%” on Energy Cutbacks Cannot Occur Unless Behaviors Change
American Sociological Association (ASA)

California’s plan to cut energy consumption by 80 percent by 2050 cannot be achieved with current proposed policy changes because most solutions focus on changing technologies rather than changing behavior, a new UC Davis study suggests.

9-Aug-2017 4:05 PM EDT
Study Shows High School Math and Civics Predict Voting Behaviors in Midlife
American Sociological Association (ASA)

On average, students who completed Algebra I or higher were more likely to vote in both the elections than those who completed only general math. Nearly 40 percent of eligible voters who completed only general math abstained from casting a ballot in 2012, which grew to more than 60 percent in the 2014 midterm election.

9-Aug-2017 3:05 PM EDT
College Men Mostly Presume Consent in Sexual Encounters with Women
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Many straight men on college campuses still aren’t doing well in gaining the explicit consent of their female sexual partners. Absent a clear and spoken, “No!” or demand to stop, young men are using non-verbal cues and presumed behaviors to assure themselves that their partner is willfully participating.

9-Aug-2017 3:05 PM EDT
When DNA Evidence Challenges Ideas of A Person’s Racial Purity, White Supremacists Use a Decision Tree to Affirm or Discount the Results
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Now that science can determine a person’s racial and ethnic origins from a cheek swab, those devoted to ideas of racial “purity,” are employing methods of mind games and logic twists to support their beliefs despite facing evidence of their own multiracial heritage.

Released: 3-Aug-2017 10:05 AM EDT
Sociologists to Explore Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion at Annual Meeting in Montreal
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The conference will feature approximately 600 sessions and more than 3,000 studies covering such subjects as immigration, gender, culture, education, politics, sex, health, children, religion, same-sex marriage, bullying, work, race, relationships, family, criminal justice, consumerism, food, technology, disability, development, substance abuse, environment, and an abundance of others.

Released: 25-Jul-2017 6:05 PM EDT
Sociologist Available to Discuss Government Leaks and Policy within the Media
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The ASA has a sociologist available to discuss how leaks of classified information shape policy discourse.

Released: 14-Jul-2017 1:30 PM EDT
Study: Banks Hired Risk Officers to Mitigate Risk in Years Before Collapse. It Didn’t Go So Well
American Sociological Association (ASA)

New research suggests a significant number of national and international American banks hired new Chief Risk Officers to mitigate risk but may have actually helped lead the industry into widespread insolvency.

Newswise: Trump Supporters Believe U.S. Society Is Fair
Released: 6-Jul-2017 4:05 PM EDT
Trump Supporters Believe U.S. Society Is Fair
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Trump supporters thinks the nation spends too much money promoting equality for the poor, women and minorities; agrees that disadvantaged groups have received more than they deserve economically; and believes that disadvantaged individuals' claims of discrimination are invalid.

Newswise: Youth Cyberbullying Among Current or Former Friends and Dating Partners
Released: 15-Jun-2017 10:25 AM EDT
Youth Cyberbullying Among Current or Former Friends and Dating Partners
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Youth cyberbullying is dramatically more likely to occur between current or former friends and dating partners than between students who were never friends or in a romantic relationship.

Newswise: Protests with Many Participants and Unified Message Most Likely to Influence Politicians, Study Suggests
29-Mar-2017 4:05 PM EDT
Protests with Many Participants and Unified Message Most Likely to Influence Politicians, Study Suggests
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Protests that bring many people to the streets who agree among themselves and have a single message are most likely to influence elected officials, suggests a new study.

Released: 22-Feb-2017 5:05 PM EST
Sociologists Available to Discuss Refugees and Immigration
American Sociological Association (ASA)

The American Sociological Association has sociologists available to discuss the latest news related to refugees, Muslims, and immigration.

Newswise: New Study Contradicts Perceived Immigrant Education Paradox
Released: 15-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST
New Study Contradicts Perceived Immigrant Education Paradox
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Research points out that the most common intergenerational pattern within immigrant families is not extraordinary upward mobility and education, but rather class reproduction

Released: 2-Feb-2017 4:00 PM EST
America's Biggest Secret or Life in a Culture of Pay Secrecy?
American Sociological Association (ASA)

My eight-year-old daughter received the classic Hasbro Game of Life as a holiday gift this past year. What caught my attention right away while playing the game with her were the salaries.

28-Nov-2016 9:00 AM EST
Taking Time-Off Work to Raise Children is Damaging to the Careers of Highly Skilled, High Earning Women
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Mothers who leave work to raise children often sacrifice more than the pay for their time off; when they come back their wages reflect lost raises.

Released: 12-Oct-2016 8:05 AM EDT
Duke University Professor Elected President of the American Sociological Association
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Duke University, has been elected the 109th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Christopher Uggen, Regents Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota, has been elected Vice President.

26-Sep-2016 9:25 AM EDT
Police Violence Against Unarmed Black Men Results in Loss of Thousands of Crime-Related 911 Calls
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A new study shows that publicized cases of police violence against unarmed black men have a clear and significant negative impact on citizen crime reporting, specifically 911 calls.

Released: 22-Sep-2016 8:05 AM EDT
Study Shows How a Community’s Culture and Social Connectedness Can Increase Suicide Risk
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Community characteristics play an important role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters and thwarting prevention efforts, according to a new study.

Released: 6-Sep-2016 8:05 AM EDT
Study Suggests Sex in Later Years Harmful to Men’s Heart Health, but Not Women’s
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Having sex frequently — and enjoying it — puts older men at higher risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. For older women, however, good sex may actually lower the risk of hypertension.

16-Aug-2016 9:00 AM EDT
Study Examines Families’ Journeys to Accepting Transgender Children, Mothers Play Key Advocacy Role
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A tiny hair barrette and an anguished moment marked the turning point for one mother in coming to fully accept that her child, who was born a boy, was a transgender girl.

16-Aug-2016 9:05 AM EDT
Private Detention of Immigrants Deters Family Visits, Study Finds
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Immigrants detained in a privately run detention facility while awaiting deportation decisions are far less likely than those held in county or city jails to receive visits from their children, a new study finds.

16-Aug-2016 9:05 AM EDT
Study Finds Changes to Retirement Savings System May Exacerbate Economic Inequality
American Sociological Association (ASA)

A shift to defined-contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, has led to an income and education gap in pension savings that could exacerbate future economic inequality, according to a new study.

16-Aug-2016 10:05 AM EDT
Study Uses Geo-Mapping to Identify ‘Hot Spots’ for Use of Fentanyl and Other Opiates
American Sociological Association (ASA)

As the U.S. experiences sharp increases in drug overdoses, researchers in Delaware are using geo-mapping to look at the state, neighborhood by neighborhood, to identify “hot spots” where the use of prescription fentanyl — an extremely powerful synthetic opiate, which recently attracted national attention as the drug that caused Prince’s death — and other opiates is especially prevalent.

Released: 22-Aug-2016 4:05 PM EDT
ASA Task Force Issues Report on Evaluating Public Communication in Tenure and Promotion
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Increasingly, social scientists use multiple forms of communication to engage broader audiences with their research and contribute to solutions of the pressing problems of our time. Yet, in academia, it is unclear whether these efforts to communicate with the public should count when colleges and universities are evaluating scholars.


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