Michigan Sociological Review

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Vol. 33, Fall

Addressing Social Inequality in Michigan's Public Education System
INTRODUCTIONIn April 1983, the phrase at-risk appeared in the report A Nation At Risk by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, in which "at-risk" became introduced a buzzword (Placier 1993:380). It has become a common vernacular in everyday...
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Partnering with Communities to Find New Ways to Prevent and Alleviate Poverty: What Role for Social Science?
In my view the social sciences were originally founded for the purpose of using theory, observation, data and scientific analysis to improve the human condition. We social scientists believe that the tools we employ can help us better understand the...
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Southern Jews and Jewish Southerners in Savannah, Georgia
This paper addresses two very interesting but conflicting state-ments regarding identity among Jews in the American South: "The more Southern the person is the less Jewish; the more Jewish the person is the less Southern" (Lipson-Walker 1986:152). "By...
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The Impact of Colonization: Food Insecurity among American Indian and Alaskan Native Adults
INTRODUCTIONFood insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as "a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food." (United States Department of Agriculture 2018). Food insecurity...
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An Examination of the Association between Microaggression and Well-Being among Latina/os of Mexican-Descent in the United States
INTRODUCTIONAccording to Sue (2010 a:3), "microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons...
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Black Women Talking: Using Language to Develop Bonds between Black Women during Interview Data Collection
INTRODUCTIONIn the analysis of interview data, participants' talk is reduced to perception, their details part of just one version of events (Baker 1997, van den Berg, Wetherell, and Houtkoop-Steenstra 2003). Participants' talk with the interviewer co-constructs...
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Income Inequality and European Protest Activity
INTRODUCTIONIncome inequality is currently one of the most contentious issues of contemporary society, a force felt both within communities and at the level of entire countries. It is often said that all men are created equal, but the social situations...
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Vol. 32, Fall

Thirst for the American Dream: The Lost City of Flint 1
INTRODUCTION"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."Martin Luther King, Jr.In 1960, Flint, Michigan, was booming. The population had reached its peak, with approximately 196,940 residents claiming the city as home (United States Census...
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Retired Autoworkers' Experiences of Alienation and Stratification in the Workplace
INTRODUCTIONIn the last century, capitalism and neoliberalism in the United States have had a large impact on labor and factory work. They continue to produce an increasing feeling of alienation and dissatisfaction among autoworkers. Alienated labor...
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Environmental Justice and the Flint Water Crisis
This article is dedicated to the people of Flint, Michigan, and to my longtime friend and colleague Professor Bunyan Bryant, Flint native and Environmental Justice pioneer.The Flint Water Crisis has received national and international attention. The...
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A Framework for Creating Positive Change: Solutions for Slum Improvement through Local Empowerment 1
INTRODUCTIONSince their appearance on the Indian urban landscape, slums have been considered a problem by the state and national governments of the country. This is not without good reason. Slum communities are often incredibly unsafe in a number of...
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Disability and Queerness: Exploration of Disability and Sexuality in Autoethnogra-Phy and Institutional Ethnography 1
INTRODUCTIONThe nuances of the word "disability" itself as well as its multiple applications confuse the nature of the word and what it means to be disabled. The term itself is very generalizing and does not recognize the diversity and the spectrums...
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Coexisting with Wildlife: The Case of Ingham County, Michigan
INTRODUCTION"They chew on some of my shrubbery and that's the way it goes," states an Ann Arbor resident at an anti-deer cull protest (Stanton 2017). This same juxtaposition of the value of human property and the lives of wild deer came to the forefront...
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Love Sees No Color: The Pervasiveness of Color-Blindism within Black-White Intimate Interracial Relationships 1
INTRODUCTIONIn the last 50 years the U.S. has witnessed important advancements in race relations (Bonilla-Silva 1997, 2001, 2003; Feagin and Sikes 1994; O'Brien 2001; Wilson 1978, 1987, 1996), including the passage of federal laws designed to ensure...
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Vol. 31, Fall

The Current Crisis of American Sociology
It was a great honor to be asked to present this address to the MSA, and I am grateful to have this opportunity. My primary interests are in the areas of economic, organizational, and political sociology, and I could have plenty to say about my work...
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Physicians' Moral Dispositions, Role Perceptions, and Patient Interactions: Exploratory Findings from Physicians in the Midwestern United States
INTRODUCTIONRecent research argues that individuals' values shape "thoughts, feelings and behaviors both politically and in general" (Miles and Vaisey 2015: 253). The formation of these values is the result of cumulative experiences solidifying into...
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Blacks' and Whites' Attitudes toward Race-Based Policies: Is There an Obama Effect?
INTRODUCTIONThe United States has come a long way from the blatant racism that existed throughout its history. The United States has replaced its old-fashioned racism with general support toward racial equality (Schuman, Steeh, and Bobo 1985). Despite...
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The Interaction of Culture, Self-Perception, and Depression in Native American Youth
INTRODUCTIONDepression is one of the most common mood disorders, with Major Depression Disorder affecting about 20% of Americans (Singh & Gotlib 2014). Depression is characterized by continuous sadness, loss of interest, insomnia, lack of appetite,...
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Boneyards of the Sortatropolis: Exploring a City of Industrial Secrets: Lansing, Michigan-Part I
When the real is no longer what it was, nostalgia assumes its full meaning.Jean Baudrillard (1991).INTRODUCTIONThe urban spaces that once were home to giant industries have slowly emptied out over the last century, and in their place, development, proposed...
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Full Veil Ahead: The Nexus of Stigma, Religious Salience, and Collective Self-Esteem in the Moral Careers of Young Muslim-American Women
INTRODUCTIONReligious identity can serve as a basis for stigma and yet knowledge of how Muslim minorities in the West define and manage these identities remains limited. This is especially the case for newer and younger generations of Muslims in the...
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Volunteerism and Health Risk Behaviors
VOLUNTEERISM AND HEALTH RISK BEHAVIORSPrevious research has demonstrated the positive influences of volunteering on health and well-being (Gottlieb and Gillespie 2008; Luoh and Herzog 2002; Morrow-Howell et al. 2003). Benefits include better perceived...
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An Analysis of Skinhead Websites and Social Networks, A Decade Later
INTRODUCTIONThe present research replicates and extends the 2005 research on Skinhead ideology and culture as presented on Skinhead websites (Borgeson and Valeri 2005). In 2005 there were approximately 1.3 billion internet users, or 15.8% of the world's...
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Vol. 30, Fall

"Time Has Come Today": Why Sociology Matters Now
In the midst of tumult and turmoil in 1967, in a society that seemed to be falling apart at the seams, the Chambers Brothers wrote, recorded and released a song titled "Time Has Come Today." Its lyrics gestured toward the chaotic but profound transformations...
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College Student Stress and Mental Health: Examination of Stigmatic Views on Mental Health Counseling
INTRODUCTIONThe prevalence of mental health problems among the college student population is on the rise, yet prior research suggests that a majority of students who experience psychological stress do not seek mental health counseling (Dixon and Kurpius...
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"But Aren't We All Poor?" How Whites' Perceptions of Economic Group Threat Influence Racial Attitudes in Michigan
INTRODUCTIONThis paper presents a test of the power threat hypothesis (Blalock 1967). This theory postulates that racial animosity by whites is strongly influenced by their perception of political or economic threat to white power and domination by blacks...
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Vocation Stories of Cistercian Monks
VOCATION STORIES OF CISTERCIAN MONKSThe original purpose of this project was to study the prayer lives of the monks at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit (a Cistercian/Trappist monastery) in Conyers, Georgia (Smith 2014) but I soon discovered...
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Are We Covered? Health Insurance Disparities in the Affordable Care Act Era
INTRODUCTIONIn the past century, the increased health knowledge among individuals, advancement in preventative measures and treatment methods, and an overall raised standard of living have increased health outcomes for the United States population. Some...
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The Productive Power of Delinquency
INTRODUCTIONThe United States' juridical system and penal system have grown increasing hegemonic and punitive in what is now the era of mass incarceration in America. As a means of social control-an explosion in the rate of arrests and convictions-more...
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Vol. 29, Fall

A Note from the Editors
Within these pages are collected a series of articles that touch upon some of the key elements of our contemporary lives. From our shifting experiences of labor, to our altered understandings of service, to our development of environmental knowledge,...
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Forty Years of Labor 12
On July 2, 1974 I began my 11-month stint as a machine operator at Allied Corporation, a pseudonym for the engine division of the multinational corporation, Allis Chalmers. By an extraordinary chance I had landed in the same factory studied by the great...
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What's Pay Got to Do with It? Collective Identity Formation in the Americorps Program
In the growing world of social service work (Parker, Costa, and Andreaus 2014), Social Service Organizations (SSOs) strive to attract and retain individuals to help provide vital social services to those less fortunate. In such organizations, social...
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Hurdles to Engaging Publics around Science and Technology
Community/university relations have radically changed over the past two or three decades. Across the disciplines, students benefit from the chance to develop civic skills through coursework and internships; faculty are encouraged to design curricula...
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The Broadening Conception of Gentrification: Recent Developments and Avenues for Future Inquiry in the Sociological Study of Urban Change
While gentrification remains one of the most commonly documented and studied phenomena in urban sociology, scholars remain largely divided-half a century after the concept was introduced-on a number of central questions, from the proper ways to observe...
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Encyclopedia of Asylum Therapeutics, 1750-1950s
deYoung, Mary. 2015. Encyclopedia of Asylum Therapeutics, 1750-1950s. McFarland & Company. ISBN: 978-0-7864-6897-3, 368 pp.BACKGROUNDThe book, Encyclopedia of Asylum Therapeutics, 1750-1950s, authored by the award-winning sociologist Mary deYoung,...
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Vol. 28, Fall

A Note from the Editors
For last year's words belong to last year's language.And next year's words await another voice.... (II)Wiat we call the beginning is often the end.And to make an end is to make a beginning. (V)-T.S. Eliotfrom Little GiddingAfter many years, Joe Vershaeve...
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A Theoretical and Empirical Foundation for the Study of Suburban and Rural Ethnic Economies in the United States
INTRODUCTIONEthnic economies include "the ethnic self-employed and employers, and their co-ethnic employees" (Light and Karageorgis 1994:649). Workers in ethnic businesses-meaning those firms that operate within the boundaries of the ethnic economy-use...
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Where Is the Public Sociology in Public Social Movement History Sites? the Case of the Civil Rights Movement
On July 24, 2013, former congressman (Democrat; Maryland) and former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Kweisi Mfume, testified before the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys in its first...
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In More Pain Than Ever Before: A Targeted Review of the Psychosocial Factors of Sickle Cell Disease among Adolescents
INTRODUCTIONSince 1987, every newborn in America has been screened for congenital genetically transmitted disorders and several hemoglobinothapies, including sickle cell disease (SCD) (Barbarin and Chris tian 1999). SCD is an inherited genetic disorder,...
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The Root of U.S. Public and Private Debt, as Told by the Pen of History
OVERVIEWThe argument advanced in this commentary is that the private issue of the nation's money supply as interest-bearing debt in 1781 caused debt to grow from $2.5 million to more than $70 trillion by 2013. Money that originated as interest-bearing...
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Raine, Adrian. 2013. the Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime New York
Adrian Raine's new book, The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime, is a book that most sociologists won't read. If they do read it, they probably won't like it. Why not? Because in it a British psychologist and professor of criminology...
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In Memory of Mary Cay Sengstock
On May 8, 2014, Michigan's sociology community lost one of its most productive and most beloved members. On that day, following a long battle with cancer, Mary Cay Sengstock died at age 78. She was a member of the faculty of Wayne State University (W.S.U.)...
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Vol. 27, Fall

General Motors' Road to Recovery
ABSTRACTGeneral Motors (GM) came close to disappearing during the recent severe recession. Without the intervention of the Federal Government, this automaker would have been liquidated in bankruptcy proceedings. GM is a very large organization with a...
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Women Making Ends Meet: Street Hawking in Kumasi, Challenges and Constraints
ABSTRACTPetty trading on the streets of Africa is an integral part of the informal sector engaged by persons of low-level education. Street traders deal in a wide range of products that is a lucrative source of employment for low income and poor urban...
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Spelling It Out: Difference and Diversity in Public Conversation
ABSTRACTWhile "free spaces" may well be a site of democratic change (Evans & Boyte, 1986), what types of discussions happen in such free spaces? How are issues of social difference, particularly that of race, handled in democratic public conversation?...
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Gouldtown 1760-1960: A First Primer for Historical and Demographic Reconstitution
Gouldtown 1760-1960: A First Primer for Historical and Demographic Reconstitution. Sherman L Ricards (Mt. Pleasant, Ml: Central Michigan University Press, 2013).Editors' NoteAt the time of his death in 1995, Professor Sherman L. Ricards, one of the three...
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Editorial Remarks
Nearly a decade has passed since Nancy J. Herman-Kinney of Central Michigan University put my name forward to succeed Roger Nemeth of Hope College as editor of the Michigan Sociological Review. After being handed the privilege, many have rushed to my...
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Vol. 26, Fall

The Different Meanings of "Living beyond Your Means": Distinguishing Debtors in Undue Hardship Bankruptcy Cases
ABSTRACTIn an era of increasing indebtedness among consumers, in general, and students, in particular, increasing wealth inequality and rising unemployment, it is instructive to examine existing social mechanisms for redress. Many societies allow debtors...
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The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in America
I know many of you have read my book, Racism Without Racists, and are expecting a talk on that subject. But I have decided to present material from a book-in-progress because it better fits this year's theme, "Navigating Intersectionality." In the book...
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The Trauma of Colonialism in Ferdinand Oyono's Une Vie De Boy
ABSTRACTThe paper analyzes the trauma of colonialism in Ferdinand Oyono's Une Vie de Boy. Little scholarly work has been done on the analysis of colonial trauma in the creative texts written by Francophone postcolonial writers. This is a gap that this...
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Characteristics of Short and Long-Term Food Pantry Users
ABSTRACTFood insecure households in the United States seek assistance from both public assistance and private community programs. This research examines the needs of those accessing services from a county network of food pantries in Michigan. Interviews...
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Commitment to Sociology? What's That About?
SPECIAL COMMENTARYHow much would it pain you to learn that your dedication to sociology is not a commitment to sociology at all, but, rather, it is the expression of a profound devotion to those relationships in your biography in which people-past or...
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The Enigma of Capital and the Crisis of Capitalism
BOOK REVIEW: Harvey, David. 2010. The Enigma of Capital and the Crisis of Capitalism. New York,. NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN13: 9780199758715David Harvey, a public intellectual and Marxist geographer published, The Enigma of Capital and the Crisis...
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