Faculty Publications

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Dr. Farshad Araghi and Philip McMichael. 2017. "What Was Postmodernity? Capitalism and Historical Crises of Modernity in Global Context: A World-Historical Analysis." Review: A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations (Volume 36, No. 2)







 rural poverty cover Dr. Mark Harvey published a chapter in the edited volume, Rural poverty in the USA, (J. Sherman, A. Tickamyer and J. Warlick, eds, Columbia University Press) in 2017 entitled “Racial inequalities and poverty in Rural America,” which addresses the ongoing role of racism in the perpetuation of poverty among rural minorities.








Dr. Phillip Hough co-edited a special issue Journal of Agrarian Change, with Jennifer Bair and Kevan Harris, called “Capitalist Development in Hostile Environments and Hostile Times” that will be published in Spring 2019. Dr. Hough has two publications in this special issue. The first in the introductory essay (coauthored with Bair and Harris), “Hostile Environments and Hostile Times: Economic Growth, Social Welfare, and Trajectories of Development.” The second is a solo-authored article, “The Winding Paths of Peripheral Proletarianization: Local Labor, World Hegemonies, and Crisis in Rural Colombia.”



 weighty problems cover Dr. Laura Backstrom published her first book entitled Weighty Problems: Embodied Inequality at a Children’s Weight Loss Camp (Rutgers University Press, 2019). Many parents, teachers, and doctors believe that childhood obesity is a social problem that needs to be solved. Yet, missing from debates over what caused the rise in childhood obesity and how to fix it are the children themselves. By investigating how contemporary cultural discourses of childhood obesity are experienced by children, Laura Backstrom illustrates how deeply fat stigma is internalized during the early socialization experiences of children. Weighty Problems details processes of embodied inequality: how the children came to recognize inequalities related to their body size, how they explained the causes of those differences, how they responded to micro-level injustices in their lives, and how their participation in a weight loss program impacted their developing self-image. The book finds that embodied inequality is constructed and negotiated through a number of interactional processes including resocialization, stigma management, social comparisons, and attribution.


 city and community cover Dr. Carter Koppelman published “‘For Now, We Are in Waiting’: Negotiating Time in Chile’s Social Housing System.” City & Community 17(2) in 2018








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Dr. Philip Lewin published “‘Coal is not just a Job; It’s a Way of Life’: The Cultural Politics of Coal Production in Central Appalachia” in Social Problems in 2017.








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Dr. Lotus Seeley published two articles recently. “‘A Give Grief Kind of Guy’: Help-Seeking, Status, and the Experience of Helpers at a University IT Help Desk” was published in Symbolic Interaction in February 2019. This research examines how help-seeking for IT support services is a mundane process through which organizational status is reproduced. A second article, “‘Show Us Your Frilly Pink Underbelly’: Male Administrative Assistants Performing Masculinities and Femininity” in Gender, Work, and Organizations was published in Summer 2018. This research examines how men administrative assistants do different forms of masculinity in order to deal with being in a “women’s” occupation, some that reproduce gender inequality but some that don’t.



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Dr. Will McConnell’s latest article with co-author Emma Cohen, “Fear of Fraudulence: Graduate School Program Environments and the Impostor Phenomenon.” will soon appear in The Sociological Quarterly. In 2017, he published “Cultural Guides, Cultural Critics: Distrust of Doctors and Social Support during Mental Health Treatment” in Journal of Health and Social Behavior.