XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010


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Research Committee on
Social Stratification RC28

Programme Coordinator
Meir Yaish, University of Haifa, Israel, myaish@univ.haifa.ac.il

Congress Programme


Sessions descriptions

Session 1: Social stratification and the family
Organizer: Gunn Birkelund, University of Oslo, Norway, g.e.birkelund@sosiologi.uio.no
Social stratification research often takes the family as the basic unit of analysis, in particular when analyzing the distribution of wealth and life chances among individuals. But demographic transitions, such as immigration, cohabitation, divorce, later birth rates, unequal birth rates among various subgroups of the population, etc. have changed the family as a social institution in modern societies, and this session invite paper that address the implications of these demographic transformations for social stratification research.

Session 2: School climates, student behavior and social stratification
Organizer: Richard Arum, NYU, USA, richard.arum@nyu.edu
This panel will focus on peer environments, student behavioral orientations and non-cognitive outcomes associated with the relationships between education and social stratification.

Session 3: Causal analysis in stratification research
Organizer: Richard Breen, Yale University, USA, richard.breen@yale.edu
Papers would ideally explore and demonstrate how advances in causal analysis in the last 20 years could be used to address some of the long lasting problems in the study of social stratification and inequality.

Session 4: Social stratification and lifestyles
Organizer: Yannick Lemel, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique, France, lemel@ensae.fr
For some authors, lifestyles are seen as new forms of social stratification. There is also a research tradition, inspired by Pierre Bourdieu, that closely links them with social classes. Debates on these topics are being renewed with new data and new approaches. This session will enable to take stock of the state of art.

Session 5: Health and social inequality
Organizer: Hiroshi Ishida, University of Tokyo, Japan , ishida@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp
This session examines the relationship between health and socio-economic inequality. Papers dealing with both physical and mental aspects of health, various forms of socio-economic inequality, as well as the mechanism linking health and inequality are welcome.

Session 6: Comparative social mobility
Organizer: Donald Treiman, UCLA, USA, treiman@ucla.edu
Social mobility has been a major topic in the sociological inquiry. The session welcomes comparative analysis of the patterns of social mobility.

Session 7: Recent inequality trends in industrialized societies
Organizer: Thomas DiPrete, Columbia University, USA, tad61@columbia.edu
Papers are solicited that address change in the structure of inequality in industrialized countries over the past decade, whether generated by labor market, demographic, or social welfare policy mechanisms.

Session 8: Assortative mating, marriage markets and social stratification
Organizer: Robert Mare, UCLA, USA, mare@ucla.edu
This session will concern the relationship between social mobility and inequality on the one hand and the formation of marriages and families on the other. Topics will include the trends, causes, and consequences of assortative mating and partner selection along such socioeconomic dimensions as education, occupation, income, social class, religion, and ethnicity.

Session 9: Gender inequality and the Welfare State
Organizer: Haya Stier, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, haya1@post.tau.ac.il
This session focuses on the ways social institutions and social arrangements affect gender stratification in different welfare states. The session is open to comparative studies dealing with a wide range of gender inequities (e.g. in education; labor market; families; or political institutions).

Session 10: Applications of experiments in social stratification and mobility research
Organizer: Michelle Jackson, Oxford University, United Kingdom, michelle.jackson@nuffield.ox.ac.uk
This session invites papers which apply experimental methods to the study of problems arising in the field of social stratification and mobility. Papers reporting the results of laboratory experiments, field experiments or survey-based experiments are of particular interest.

Session 11: The Limits and prospects of comparative research on stratification and mobility
Organizer: Yossi Shavit, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, ys@post.tau.ac.il
The comparative method is commonly employed by scholars who seek to understand how processes of stratification and mobility vary between societies that differ in their institutional, cultural and economic characteristics. However, the utility of the comparative method is questionable in view of the methodological challenges that it faces including especially, the small n problem, the interdependence of the cases, and low comparability of data between cases, and under­representation of developing countries. Papers are invited that seek to advance the comparative method.

Session 12: Societal integration of immigrants and their children
Organizer: Irena Kogan, Bamberg University, Germany, irena.kogan@uni-bamberg.de
The proposed session is designed to address the need for theory-guided, comparative, multi-level and time-referenced studies within the themes of migration, both its causes and consequences, and integration of immigrants and their offspring. Within the topic of international migration the questions relating to the characteristics and motives of migrants, their status, the driving forces and structures of migrations and the effects on both sending and receiving countries are of particular interest. Some of the most crucial problematic effects of migration concern the classical question of integration of migrants in host societies. This refers to the inclusion of individual migrants and their families into central areas of the receiving countries, touching on various issues of social and ethnic inequality, for instance in education, the labour and marriage market, and access to relevant networks and public institutions.

Session 13: Spatial inequality and neighborhood effects
Organizer: Elizabeth Bruch, University of Michigan, USA, ebruch@umich.edu
This session invites papers looking at the relationship between neighborhood characteristics (e.g., the race-ethnic composition or proportion high school dropouts) and individuals' decisions. This includes research on both the relationship between neighborhood context and individual behavior, and the relationship between individuals' decisions about where to live with aggregate patterns of neighborhood change.

Session 14: Education and the labour market: Mechanisms and comparisons
Organizer: Herman van de Werfhorstd, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, H.G.vandeWerfhorst@uva.nl
Several mechanisms prevail as to why education has such a strong impact on labour market outcomes like earnings, class position, or being employed. Both in sociology and economics several mechanisms have been proposed, such as human capital theory, signalling theory, credentialism theory, cultural capital theory, or the theory of incentive­enhancing preferences. In this session we aim to bring together papers that focus on empirical research studying such mechanisms. This could include papers that employ designs to compare two or more theories, or papers that examine the impact of (educational or labour market) institutions on the usefulness of such mechanisms.

Session 15: Inequality in old age -sources and consequences
Organizer: Noah Lewin-Epstein, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, noah1@post.tau.ac.il
Description: This session invites research papers on inequality in income older age (~ 50 and older). The focus should be on individual level and systemic factors associated with these differences, or on the ways such inequalities impact on well-being and the quality of life of older persons.

Session 16: Beyond the market transition debate: New approaches to the analysis of stratification in post-socialist countries
Organizer: Ted Gerber, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, tgerber@ssc.wisc.edu
Much research on post-socialist stratification has been framed by the debate over whether market transition produces particular changes in the effects of education, political position, and gender. This sessions solicits single-country or comparative analyses of post-socialist stratification patterns using alternative theoretical frameworks or novel methods of analysis

Session 17: Business meeting
Organizer: Meir Yaish, University of Haifa, Israel, myaish@univ.haifa.ac.il
Reports by the president and secretary, newly elected president, secretary and board commencing tenure.

Integrative session 5: Rational choice approaches to educational inequality and social stratification
Integrative session of Research Committees RC04 Sociology of Education, RC28 Social Stratification and RC45 Rational Choice