Research and Policy Forum
Resetting the Clockwork: Possibilities for
Healthy Employees, Retirees, Families, Businesses and Communities
Friday, April 22, 2005
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center
301-19th Avenue South
For registration and program, visit www.soc.umn.edu/clockwork
Space is limited!
Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management
Marc Freedman, Founder and President of Civic Ventures
Chai Feldblum, Georgetown University Law Center
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Boston College
The need to rethink the time and timing of work and retirement
Can Minnesota lead in innovations in the ways we think about, talk about,
and arrange paid work, unpaid civic engagement, and retirement?
What are new ways to enlarge workplace flexibilities and options available
to Minnesota's working families, its changing work force and growing
How can the state take advantage of older workers and retirees interested
In starting "second acts?"
Can Minnesota lead in moving from clockwork to effective work? In
designing new models of work, retirement, and civic engagement?
Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota State Demographer
Steve Hunter, Minnesota AFL-CIO
Michelle Hynes, Experience Corp
Sally Kenney, Humphrey Inst Public Affairs
Dan Mikel, Retirees Council, Minnesota AFL-CIO
Jim Painter, ECM Publishers
Cali Ressler, Best Buy
Art Rolnick, Federal Reserve Bank
Louise Root-Robbins, Wisconsin Initiative
Jodi Sandfort, McKnight Foundation
Jim Scheibel, Ramsey Action Programs, Inc
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carlson School of Management,
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, College of Liberal Arts,
Department of Sociology, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs,
Life Course Center, McKnight Foundation, and
President’s Initiative on Children, Youth and Families
Our undergraduate student and great friend, Brooke Haugen, surveyed undergraduate students in my Introduction to Sociology course in Fall 2004. She has completed her study and presented her work wonderfully at the Sociology Research Institute that the Departmeng of Sociology, University of Minnesota held in April 2005.
Brooke's presentation slide, notes, and survey questionnair are linked below. If you are interested to learn more about her research, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Brooke's consent I will be happy to provide you more information on this project.
This study investigates how people make judgements about deviant acts (physical assault, robbery, and theft) and the culpability and responsibility of offenders and victims involved. In particular, this research attempts to ascertain how the use of alcohol by the offender and/or victim influences those judgements. A random sample of 89 University of Minnesota students enrolled in Introduction to Sociology participated in a survey. The survey consisted of a collection of vignettes portraying alcohol use in the situations of the deviant acts. Each vignette manipulated intoxication of the offender and/or victim in each situation using between-subjects experimental designs. I compared the results between participants who drank more regularly with those who drank seldom, and found some significant difference in the two groups. I also analyzed whether or not intoxication of the offender and/or victim influenced these judgements, and found statistically significant differences in participants’ responses in different situations. I also found significant differences when comparing the three types of crimes with each other and each dependent variable. People’s judgements on the alcohol intoxication of an offender and/or victim with certain deviant behaviors are an important social issue, because of the practical legal implications. These perceptions may be of everyday people or those of a jury. The legal system depends heavily on whether intoxication precludes criminal intentions in determining guilt and punishment (Wild et al, 1998).