Spring 2010

Study of Voting on Same Sex Marriage Featured in American Sociological Review

Research led by Professor Rory McVeigh, chair of the Department of Sociology, has identified two community characteristics that, when present, appear to increase opposition to same-sex marriage. The study, co-authored with 2010 Ph.D. recipient Maria-Elena Diaz, analyzed county-by-county voting on proposed same-sex marriage bans in 28 states between 2000 and 2008. Although most bans passed by lopsided margins, voting outcomes varied widely by county.
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A Study in Activist Sustainability

Turning the pages of Assistant Professor Erika Summers-Effler’s new book, Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes:
Emotional Rhythms in Social Movement Groups, it won’t be long before readers notice they are not working their way through a typical sociology text. Summers-Effler’s lively storytelling veers off into three different directions at once, and it’s loaded with stories, comments, and vibrant details from real life that would be quite at home in a piece of narrative journalism.
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Connecting Social Research and Service

Like many good ideas, this one required some financial assistance to get off the ground... Maeve Raphelson ’10 and eight other Notre Dame students had been asked by friend and fellow senior Javier Soegaard to accompany him to Puerto Rico to work with some kids in a local school. Problem was, they couldn’t afford to make the trip.
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Davenport Examines "Rashomon Effect" and Implications for Conflict, Peace

On Oct. 28, 1967, a white police officer pulled over a black man in Oakland, Calif. Both men got shot, and the policeman died. Who pulled a gun first? And what happened after the shooting? The answers depend, says Christian Davenport, a professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology, on which news source you consult.
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