I recently reviewed Music, Youth and International Links in Post-War British Fascism: The Transformation of Extremism, by Ryan Shaffer. He offers an interesting analysis of how punk as a cultural form was co-opted by British fascists after World War II as a strategy to keep what many thought was a dead ideology on life support. Shaffer’s work gives insight on the resurgence of fascist authoritarianism in the forms of Brexit, MAGA, and the Proud Boys. Here is the link to the book review recently published in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism.
This is the link to my first published article as a co-author. This paper revisits James Coleman’s The Adolescent Society by using data from 7 schools in the Chicago metropolitan area. Studying school cliques and cultures is a window through which my current sociology students start to understand the constructed nature of society and the real social, political, and economic impacts of those constructed categories. This is an oldie-but-goodie that made me critically think through a classic sociological study and then perform hundreds of phone interviews and use other mixed methods to understand the adolescent society of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In this article I address how sociology as a discipline does and does not teach leadership to its students. A highlight of this article for me is my explanation of how students used a novel curriculum on community leadership (a program within the department of sociology which I direct) to lend their experiences with social work and immigration resettlement programs to create programming to encourage their college to consider becoming a sanctuary campus.
Here is a link to the recently published Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies edited by Anthony Orum. I contributed entries on Race Riots and on the Occupy Movement.
In this radio interview with Cindy Kamp on Catalyst WYCE, we discuss the recent work Strangers in their Own Land by Dr. Arlie Hochschild and the significance of using environmental problems as keyhole issues to work across political difference. We also discuss the history and significance the Community Leadership Program has on the Grand Rapids, MI area in giving students and communities hands on tools to work across political, identity, and emotional divides. We were then able to meet and have deep discussions about this issue when Dr. Hochschild came to deliver her Women’s Studies keynote lecture (pictured above).
In this radio interview with Shelly Irwin on WGVU, Tim Ramsay and I discuss the impacts of studying abroad in Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.
In early February, I gave a presentation of some of my research on how breweries attempt to “do” environmental sustainability. My focus is on water issues, but I am drawn to all the ways breweries attempt to do this important work. Most of my research to date has been on Michigan breweries, but my talk at Auburn University Montgomery allowed me to meet many brewing professionals and others interested in brewing and sustainability in the Montgomery area. One take away from the talk occurred during Q&A where we identified that most brewers are business people looking for a return on investment and that injecting a need to account for environmental and social impacts to the surrounding communities is often missed. In areas that are beginning to dabble in the brewing tourism economy, they have an opportunity to develop best practices that have been tried in other regions. It was also great to meet the robust home brewing community in Montgomery. Sláinte!
On February 13, 2019, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Tony Porter. Tony is the CEO of A Call to Men. He is an author, educator, and social justice activist, who is working to prevent violence against women and inspire men to actively fight against rape culture. Tony began the talk by claiming, “hurt people, hurt people.” We can only start to heal as men and as a culture if men struggle to get out of “the man box.” Men only have their humanity to gain if they step out of that box. If we as men don’t respond to the heterosexist comments of other men, then we are complicit. It was great way to start the day and reflect on what healthy, respectful manhood should look like. Here is Tony’s Ted talk from 2010:
This short blog is a part of an online sociology textbook, in which I give a short bio of how I came to study sociology, a definition of sustainability, and how I use this definition in my own research.