Reconsidering the Urban Disadvantaged: The Role of Systems, Institutions, and Organizations
The recent economic recession and a sluggish recovery have made conditions especially precarious for the most disadvantaged members of the urban poor population—those with criminal records, health conditions, undocumented status, or unstable housing. We argue that the fewer the resources to which people have access, the more their circumstances will depend on the organizations in which they participate, the systems in which these organizations operate, and the institutions governing the behavior of both.
The Public Stigma of Mental Illness
Facing competing claims of dissipating stigma toward mental illness and the continued need for efforts to reduce stigma, a resurgence of social science research on the subject occurred starting in the 1990s. The author here reports on the general population’s attitudes, beliefs, and behavioral dispositions that targeted public stigma and implications for the next decade of research and intervention efforts.
Only 15 Minutes? The Social Stratification of Fame in Printed Media
Contemporary scholarship has conceptualized modern fame as an open system in which people continually move in and out of celebrity status. This model stands in stark contrast to the traditional notion in the sociology of stratification that depicts stable hierarchies sustained through classic forces such as social structure and cumulative advantage. We investigate the mobility of fame using a unique data source containing daily records of references to person names in a large corpus of English-language media sources.
How Mega-events and Natural Disasters Affect Corporate Philanthropy in U.S. Communities
This study examines how different types of mega-events (the Olympics, the Super Bowl, political conventions) and natural disasters (such as floods and hurricanes) affected the philanthropic spending of locally headquartered Fortune 1000 firms between 1980 and 2006.
Youth Empowerment and Working toward Reducing Stigma of LGBT Youth
This article explores sexual minority youth empowerment by examining the experiences of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club members, advisors, and school administrators from four public high schools in the southeastern United States.
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