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Prof. FitzGerald wins award for Public Sociology

The International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association  gave Professor David FitzGerald their 2013 Award for Public Sociology.  Congrats David.


Society Pages roundtable with Jon Stern

Society Pages roundtable with Jon Stern

Check  out the roundtable discussion about Burning Man with grad student Jon Stern.

Dept. of Sociology invites applications for newly endowed Daniel Yankelovich Chair

   The UCSD Department of Sociology invites applications for the newly endowed Daniel Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought.  The substantive areas of the chair-holder’s research are open.  However, the holder of the Yankelovich chair should be a senior scholar whose research and teaching clearly demonstrate the ability to transcend the boundaries of their discipline in understanding important issues and problems; to place their research and thinking in the larger context of society; and to communicate cogently and clearly, with a view to exercising influence in both the academy and the world beyond the academy.

   The ideal candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play an important role in advancing the university’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.  Interested individuals are asked to submit a CV and samples of their written work.  We also ask for separate statements concerning the candidate’s research agenda and their contributions, or potential for contributions, to diversity. (Guidelines for preparing the diversity statement can be found at http://facultyequity.ucsd.edu/Faculty-Applicant-C2D-info.asp)

 All application materials should be submitted electronically via UCSD’s Academic Personnel On-Line Recruit https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00385

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

Prof. Martin’s new book, Rich People’s Movements Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent

Professor Martin’s new book published by Oxford University Press – Rich People’s Movements  Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent

Description: On tax day, April 15, 2010, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets with signs demanding lower taxes on the richest one percent. But why? Rich people have plenty of political influence. Why would they need to publicly demonstrate for lower taxes-and why would anyone who wasn’t rich join the protest on their behalf?

Professor Isaac  Martin shows that such protests long predate the Tea Party of our own time. Ever since the Sixteenth Amendment introduced a Federal income tax in 1913, rich Americans have protested new public policies that they thought would threaten their wealth. But while historians have taught us much about the conservative social movements that reshaped the Republican Party in the late 20th century, the story of protest movements explicitly designed to benefit the wealthy is still little known. Rich People’s Movements is the first book to tell that story, tracking a series of protest movements that arose to challenge an expanding welfare state and progressive taxation. Drawing from a mix of anti-progressive ideas, the leaders of these movements organized scattered local constituencies into effective campaigns in the 1920s, 1950s, 1980s, and our own era. Martin shows how protesters on behalf of the rich appropriated the tactics used by the Left-from the Populists and Progressives of the early twentieth century to the feminists and anti-war activists of the 1950s and 1960s. He explores why the wealthy sometimes cut secret back-room deals and at other times protest in the public square. He also explains why people who are not rich have so often rallied to their cause.