Query from Colleague/inequality

Sandra B. Schneider has asked me if I would post her query here. Please respond to Sandra directly or press the comment button on the blog.


I hope you are well. We would appreciate any colleagues who may respond to our query.

Thank you –

I understand my query reflects several different perspectives on this issue.  

I would greatly appreciate any guidance regarding the literature and work on:

• Ideas of classlessness regarding child abuse in America

• Disproportionate numbers of unreported and underreported cases coming from families of higher income.

• Notions of ‘model family’ where practitioners or teachers may ignore or underestimate the child abuse or neglect of privileged children.

• The role of social networks, relationship to other professionals (such as doctors) and level of contact with the state in the reporting of child abuse and neglect.  

I understand this is broad. We would appreciate any help or guidance.  

Thank you –


Sandra B. Schneider, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Radford University


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SSSI election results are in! #sssi

President-elect (2015-2016): Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado

Vice President-elect (2015 – 2016): Jennifer Dunn, Texas Tech University

Publication Committee (2015 – 2018):

Jason Sumerau, University of Tampa

Linda Belgrave, University of Miami

All have gladly accepted their new positions.

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CfP – ESSSI15 in Salford Manchester #sssi

Originally posted on Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Blog:


Contributions, Legacies, and Prospects

The University of Salford, Manchester • MediaCityUK Campus

29–31 July 2015


We welcome submissions from scholars using interactionist approaches

in established fields including communication, crime and

deviance, education, embodiment, emotion, health and illness,

identity, organisations and work, and urban life—as well as from

those working in newer areas, such as digital cultures, or those

deploying innovative methods and techniques.

To include a wider range of sessions the call for papers has been

extended to 1st June 2015.

The MediaCityUK Campus is at the heart of six global BBC

departments and a mass of independent creative, digital and media

organisations. It is a short walk to the Lowry theatre and gallery,

Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester United football

ground. There are many shops, bars, and restaurants nearby.

Interactionism has a distinguished record as a vigorous way of

investigating the…

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Symbolic Interaction Video Prize #sssi #sociology #award

This is a reminder that SSSI is offering a prize of $500 for the best entry from the Symbolic Interaction YouTube Channel posted on the WeShareScience website by 1 June. http://www.wesharescience.com/  When you post, or If you have already posted, a video, you should also complete the entry form on the site. As an ice-breaker, all videos posted by 1 June will be eligible for consideration, whenever they were made. Most of the content on the YouTube Channel comes from video abstracts for the journal – but we are happy to host any other videos with symbolic interactionist content, subject to copyright. If you would like to add your video, please contact Dirk Vom Lehn or check the instructions on the journal website – link from Advice to Authors.

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Message from ASA President #sociology #socialscience #sssi

Dear Section Officers;


Good afternoon, I hope this note finds you well today. I’ve just received this message, please forward it along to your members.



To my fellow members of the American Sociological Association:

National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding for the social sciences is threatened with a 45% cut in a bill that will be debated on the House floor during the week of May 18.  I urge you to write to your member of Congress before that debate.

You can do this easily right now. Go to the COSSA Action Center to sign up and take actionby asking your representative to oppose the America COMPETES Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806).

On April 15, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year’s version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF’s research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)–effectively eliminating grant funding for sociology and the other social sciences.

COSSA’s full analysis of the bill can be found here.

I hope that social scientists will not sit on the sidelines while issues as vital as sustaining the major source of federal funding for basic social science research are being debated. Unfortunately, many public officials do not feel that basic social science research is a critical public good.  But it can make a difference when they hear from their constituents!  That’s why I urge you to contact your representatives

 In addition, I suggest that you contact your university officials to ensure they are focusing on this threat to basic social science research and are letting members of Congress know the potential harm the Representatives are doing to U.S. universities.

With thanks for your support,

Paula England

President, American Sociological Association

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SSSI Music Blog has sprung to life! #sssi #sociology

The SSSI Music blog has sprung to life! Jason Sumerau has taken on the blog and will post there on a regular basis from now. Please do send him contributions and comment on the post there. Thanks, Jason, for taking on this job.


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UK vacations and #ESSSI2015

So you want to make the journey worthwhile and add on some vacation time in the UK? Manchester is a pretty good place from which to discover the parts that international visitors often miss. It has great rail and bus connections both North/South and East/West or you can pick up a rental car and be on the motorway network within minutes.

Where to go? First of all, forget the London-Oxford-Stratford circuit. At this time of year, these places are crowded and expensive. If the weather is hot, all of them have high humidity and pollution levels. Within two hours travelling time, you have a great choice of other destinations that will be fresher and less besieged. You will still be well-advised to make reservations ahead because it is peak holiday season after all. Here are five brief suggestions.

North Wales: This is what passes for mountain country in the UK with lots of scope for hiking. However, you can have a less strenuous time – Snowdon, the highest peak, can be climbed by mountain railway. In fact there are mountain railways all over the area which give access to many of the most scenic areas. Push on to the coast and you find a chain of castles, Portmeirion, location for the cult TV series, The Prisoner, and some great beaches. Probably best to rent a car for this one.

Lake District: The other bit of mountain country and tends to be busier. Hiking would be a bigger component of a vacation here, although there is some Romantic literary heritage and the strangeness of the estuary at Cartmel with its shifting sands. Go east across the M6 into the Forest of Bowland and find some of the best gastropubs in the country. Take the train up to Oxenholme and rent a car from there.

Peak District: Less mountainous but the historic lung for the industrial cities of Manchester and Sheffield. Lots of pretty stone villages with nice pubs and easier walking. Buxton is a good base. The Opera House has a Gilbert & Sullivan Festival for the first week in August.

Yorkshire: God’s Own County. Think Texas with friendly natives. York gets very busy so think about staying in Leeds, which has great dining, markets and shopping, and taking a day trip over on the train. If you don’t want to rent a car, Leeds is a pretty good base to explore Yorkshire by rail or bus – don’t forget the ride up towards Carlisle which is one of the highest and wildest routes in the country. Scarborough is a fun resort with good fish and chips, although the best are to be found at Whitby – the Magpie Café is legendary – which is easier to reach by bus than train from the south. The hidden gem, for which you need a car, is the Wolds, which lie east of York towards the coast, See the places David Hockney painted as you go.

Northern Ireland: For the more enterprising, this is less than an hour by budget airline. Rent a car and do the Game of Thrones tour or visit the new Titanic museum. Beautiful countryside, great food and the warmest welcome you could imagine.

Happy to answer questions or post other suggestions.

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