Social Justice and the Sociological Imagination: A Reader for the 21st Century
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Most sociology readers offer a mix of classic and contemporary articles covering the breadth of sociological topics from A to Z. Others focus on one area, such as globalization or urban sociology. Some are intended as companions to particular textbooks; a few include novelties such as blog posts. Social Justice and the Sociological Imagination is substantially different, with unique features likely to appeal not only to University of Tennessee-Knoxville students but to students at other universities.
Within Social Justice and the Sociological Imagination:
- all articles are previously published works by UTK Sociology faculty. Coming from this close-knit, singularly collegial department, the articles display a shared vocabulary and level of coherency that increase accessibility over readers containing articles authored by sociologists who do not regularly interact with one another.
- the reader reflects the department’s overarching theme of social justice which is investigated in four specific areas: Critical Criminology, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Environmental Justice, and Political Economy & Globalization. Pedagogical practice demonstrates that most students prefer depth to breadth. Our focus on these four areas allows us to drill down on several topics, rather than offering shallow treatments of many topics.
- The articles show the faculty’s inclination toward public sociology in which analytical attention extends beyond the academy in collaboration with larger communities and diverse publics. Our work is consonant with UTK’s outreach mission as a land-grant university and its Carnegie Foundation classification as a Community Engagement institution.
List of Contributors
Social Justice at UTK’s Department of Sociology: An Introduction to the Reader by Sherry Cable and Tyler Wall
PART 1 CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY
Introduction to Critical Criminology by Lois Presser
Visual criminology and carceral studies: Counter-images in the carceral age
Michelle Brown. 2014. Theoretical Criminology 18(2): 176-197.
Strange bedfellows: Is sex offender notification a form of community justice?
Lois Presser and Elaine Gunnison. 1999. Crime & Delinquency 45(3): 299-315.
Staring down the state: Police power, visual economies, and the ‘’War on Cameras”
Tyler Wall and Travis Linnemann. 2014. Crime, Media, Culture 10(2):133-149.
PART 2 CRITICAL RACE & ETHNIC STUDIES
Introduction to Critical Race & Ethnic Studies by Victor Ray
Assimilation, adaptation, and integration
Stephanie A. Bohon and Meghan Conley. 2015. Immigration and Population. London: Polity.
“I’m principled against slavery, but . . .”: Colorblindness and the three-fifths debate
Kasey Henricks. 2017. Social Problems 65(3): 285-304.
Critical race theory, Afro-pessimism, and racial progress narratives
Victor Erik Ray, Antonia Randolph, Megan Underhill, and David Luke. 2017. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 3(2): 147-158.
Predatory inclusion and education debt: Rethinking the racial wealth gap
Louise Seamster and Raphaël Charron-Chénier. 2017. Social Currents 4(3): 199–207.
PART 3 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Introduction to Environmental Justice by Robert Emmet Jones and Ryan Wishart
Women’s status and carbon dioxide emissions: A quantitative cross-national analysis
Christina Ergas and Richard York. 2012. Social Science Research 41(4):965-976.
Breaking ships in the world-system: An analysis of two ship breaking capitals, Alang-Sosiya, India and Chittagong, Bangladesh
R. Scott Frey. 2012. Journal of World-Systems Research 21(1):25-49.
Examining linkages between race, environmental concern, health, and justice in a highly polluted community of color
Robert Emmet Jones and Shirley A. Rainey. 2006. Journal of Black Studies 36(4):473-496.
PART 4 POLITICAL ECONOMY & GLOBALIZATION
Introduction to Political Economy & Globalization by Michelle Christian
‘. . . Latin America without the downside’: Racial exceptionalism and global tourism in Costa Rica
Michelle Christian. 2013. Ethnic and Racial Studies 36(10):1599-1618.
Capitalism unbound? Peril and promise of basic income
Harry Dahms. 2006. Basic Income Studies: An International Journal of Basic Income Research 1(1): 1-7.
The longue durée and raw materialism of coal: Against the so-called ‘death of coal’
Paul S. Ciccantell and Paul K. Gellert. 2018. The World-System as Unit of Analysis: Past Contributions and Future Advances, edited by Patricio Korzeniewicz. Routledge Press.
Struggling for social justice in the capitalist world system: The cases of African Americans, Oromos, and Southern and Western Sudanese
Asafa Jalata. 2008. Social Identities 14(3): 363-388.
PART 5 SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS
Introduction to Sociological Research Methods by Stephanie Bohon
Confessions of the parasitic researcher to the man in the cowboy hat
Sherry Cable. 2012. Pp. 21-38 in Confronting Ecological Crisis in Appalachia and the South, edited by Stephanie McSpirit, Lynne Faltraco, and Conner Bailey. University of Kentucky Press.
How community collaboration changed the research question in a study of Knoxville’s green economy
Jon Shefner. 2016. Pp. 147-158 in Qualitative Ethics in Practice, edited by Martin Tolich. Routledge.