Professor Mary Blair-Loy has received approval from the UCSD Vice Chancellor for Research for the establishment of the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions (CRGP) as a unit within the Sociology Department, and has been appointed founding Director. Congratulations Mary!
Congratulations to graduate student, Meghan Duffy whose paper, “Elite Status and Social Change: Using Field Analysis to Explain Policy Formation and Implementation” co-authored with Prof. Amy Binder and Prof. John Skrentny has just been accepted by Social Problems (forthcoming February 2010). Meghan is lead author.
Grad student Martha Poon will take up a position as visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, directed by Craig Calhoun for the 2009/10 academic year. Martha will be participating in an interdisciplinary working group called ‘Cultures of Finance’ organized by Arjun Appadurai. She will continue her research on the history of credit scoring and the role of consumer risk management in the contemporary economic crisis.
Former graduate student, Jodie Lawston’s new book, “Sisters Outside- Radical Activists Working for Women Prisoners” has just come out on SUNY Press. The book shows how radical women advocate for women in prison while acknowledging the racial and class division between them.
How can radical women activists for women prisoners be a “voice and a presence” for people so different from themselves? The radical activists who envision a postprison society are predominantly white, middle class, and well educated; the prisoners they advocate for are predominantly disenfranchised women of color. While the activists lead lives of relative comfort, conditions in women’s prisons may include sexual and emotional abuse and medical neglect. Jodie Michelle Lawston examines the dilemmas that arise as activists attempt to challenge injustices and oppression in these prisons. Activists question their place in leading organizations speaking for incarcerated women of color, and they question whether they will be accepted by these women as legitimate representatives. Knowing that their radical goals are generally not well received by the mainstream public, activists realize they must cast their efforts as a credible social movement when dealing with that public. Lawston maps the discourses that activists from a radical group in California generate in order to overcome these tensions and provides comments from the activists themselves. For more info, go to http://www.sunypress.edu