Congratulations to our recent PhD Cristina Lacomba, whose paper “Mobilizing Abroad Across Ethnic Lines: Home-Country Politics and Immigrant Political Engagement in Comparative Perspective” has been accepted for publication in Ethnicities.
Professor Isaac Martin’s new book, Foreclosed America (co-author Christopher Niedt), will be out from Stanford University Press in March. For information click: http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=25837
From 2007 to 2012, almost five percent of American adults—about ten million people—lost their homes because they could not make mortgage payments. The scale of this home mortgage crisis is unprecedented—and it’s not over. Foreclosures still displace more American homeowners every year than at any time before the twenty-first century. The dispossession and forced displacement of American families affects their health, educational success, and access to jobs. It continues to block any real recovery in the hardest-hit communities.
While we now know a lot about how this crisis affected the global economy, we still know very little about how it affected the people who lost their homes. Dispossessed America offers the first representative portrait of those people—who they are, how and where they live after losing their homes, and what they have to say about their finances, their neighborhoods, and American politics. It is a sobering picture of Americans down on their luck, and of a crisis that is testing American democracy.
Many congratulations to grad student, Stacy Williams! Her article, “Hiding Spinach in the Brownies: Frame Alignment in Suffrage Community Cookbooks, 1886-1916,” has been accepted for publication in Social Movement Studies.
ABSTRACT: Recent studies have examined how the conventions of cultural genres help advance frames. This line of scholarship can be used to study how activists might popularize radical frames that fundamentally challenge widespread beliefs. In this article, I analyze how the gendered character of suffrage community cookbooks aids in frame alignment. I determine how community cookbooks advance ‘femininity frames’ that draw on widespread beliefs about femininity (and thus are more likely to resonate with a broad audience). I also examine how community cookbooks advance ‘republican citizenship frames’ that argue that women should vote because they can be exemplary republican citizens. Republican citizenship frames challenge widespread beliefs about femininity (and thus are likely to be viewed as more radical). I find that the embrace of domestic femininity in community cookbooks amplifies femininity frames by intensifying traditional beliefs about women. On the other hand, the gendered character of community cookbooks extends republican citizenship frames to the average housewife by proving that women could incorporate new practices into their lives without abandoning their traditional feminine roles. This study enriches our understanding of the role of cultural genres in framing, and it demonstrates how activists may try to popularize radical frames.
Congratulations to grad student Jane Lilly López, whose paper “ ‘Impossible Family’: How the Law Shapes the Lives of Mixed Citizenship Status Couples” has been accepted for publication by Law & Policy.
Her study explores the complex and contradictory relationship between citizenship in the law and the immigrant reality of mixed-citizenship family life through in-depth interviews with individuals in mixed-citizenship marriages. An examination of mixed-citizenship marriage exposes the inadequacies of approaching citizenship as an individual-centered concept. The data indicate that, though both immigration and citizenship laws focus on the individual, the repercussions of those laws have family-level effects. Because of their spouses’ immigrant status, many citizens are obliged by the law to live the immigrant experience in their own country or to become immigrants themselves.
Congrats to grad student Natalie Aviles, whose paper “The Little Death: Rigoni-Stern and the Problem of Sex and Cancer in Twentieth Century Biomedical Research,” has been accepted for publication in Social Studies of Science!
Approaches to the organization and conduct of cancer research changed dramatically throughout the twentieth century. Despite marked differences between the epidemiological approaches to establishing etiology that characterized the first half of the century and molecular techniques that gained dominance in the 1980s, prominent twentieth-century researchers investigating the link between sexual activity and anogenital cancers continuously invoked the same 1842 treatise by Italian surgeon Domenico Rigoni-Stern. In this paper I investigate references to Rigoni-Stern as one instance of a broader phenomenon whereby scientists develop narratives of venerated ancestors, or originators, that construct their work in the context of past achievements. Explaining the shifting interpretations packaged in originator narratives in light of their authors’ cultural context and research practices allows us to reimagine references previous scholars have treated as specious rhetorical maneuvers as meaningful cultural symbols. In this case, references to Rigoni-Stern as originator of the problem of establishing a causal link between sex and cancer provide an interpretive anchor whereupon American scientists construct continuity between their work and a diverse historical legacy of cancer research.
Katie Kenny’s article entitled, “Blaming Deadmen: Causes, Culprits, and Chaos in Accounting for Technological Accidents,” was just published in the journal Science, Technology & Human Values.