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Thumbnail image for Social Side of Politics.jpgDoug Hartmann and Chris Uggen with publishing partner W.W. Norton, have edited the first volume of original content from the The Society Pages, which is the largest and most visible collection of sociological material on the web. Along with contributors including, Sinan Erensu, Joe Gerteis, Kyle Green, Enid Logan, Sarah Lageson, Hollie Nyseth Brehm and, Sarah Shannon, The Social Side of Politics, offers a comprehensive view of how sociologists think about and research politics.

Flexible Work Shows Promising Results

Phyllis Moen and Erin Kelly provide insights on their recent papers on flexible work and well-being and how they are changing the business world in an interview with Business@the U of M.

Flexible Workplaces Promote Better Health

Erin Kelly and Phyllis Moen found that employees who were allowed to routinely change when and where they worked based on their individual needs and job responsibilities, showed improved health and well-being. Their findings are published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Uggen Receives Equal Justice Award

Chris Uggen was honored by the Council on Crime and Justice with their 2011 Equal Justice Award recognizing those who provide exemplary leadership in helping to create safer, stronger, and more just communities. He was selected for ensuring that injustices in society remain at the forefront of public thought and discourse until they are resolved, particularly through his research and advocacy work in offender reentry and felon disenfranchisement.

Moen Debunking Myths about Retirement

Phyllis Moen will present, What's Next?: Debunking the Myths about Retirement in America, as a HEADLINERS event on October 6th at 7:00 pm at the Continuing Education and Conference Center. HEADLINERS events spotlight University and community experts with a forum to share their insider knowledge of timely topics in the news.

Edgell Keynote at Sociologists of Minnesota Annual Conference

The theme of this year's SOM conference is Religious Changes in a Volatile World. Penny Edgell will provide the keynote address, "The Pig is not the Problem: New Approaches in the Study of Religion in Society" on Thursday, October 13th at 7:15 pm at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota. Click for complete conference schedule or to register.

Factors That Keep Young Adults Employed

According to Professors Jeylan Mortimer and Michael Vuolo, young workers with certain characteristics may weather turbulent times better. Their paper, presented at the ASA Annual Meetings, has garnered national attention in outlets such as the Huffington Post, US News, Fortune, and locally, KSTP to name a few.

Click here to read Professor Josh Page's recent LA Times Op-Ed about the alliance between the California prison guards' union and the politically dominant victims group it created.

Gowan Wins Douglas Prize

Teresa Gowan's recent book, Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco, is the co-winner of the 2011 Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book awarded by the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association.

Judgments at Work

Recent research by Professors Jeylan Mortimer and Monica Johnson (Washington State University), based on the Youth Development Study data archive, will be featured in the June 2011 issue of Social Forces. Their article, "Origins and Outcomes of Judgments about Work," reveals the continuing importance of work values for occupational outcomes despite turbulence in the "new economy" and change in the contemporary transition to adulthood.

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