ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 2014

Research Committee on
Social Stratification, RC28

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Number of allocated sessions including Business Meeting: 18.


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A Comparative Look at Gender Segregation in Vocational Education

Session Organizers
Liza REISEL, Institute for Social Research, Norway,
Gunn Elisabeth BIRKELUND, University of Oslo, Norway,

Session in English

Vocational education still constitutes a significant part of the secondary education systems across the globe. The gender segregated nature of vocational secondary education has received little attention in the stratification literature, despite its consequences for gender differences in labour market outcomes, such as job placement, income, occupational status and access to full-time employment. In this session we would like to discuss the extent to which vocational education is characterized by gender segregation in different countries.


Beyond Race: Theoretical, Methodological, and Empirical Contributions to the Study of Discrimination

Session Organizer
Sam LUCAS, University of California-Berkeley, USA,

Session in English

Whenever one says the word "discrimination" many presume one is talking about race or ethnicity. Yet, discrimination is a social phenomenon that can target any member of oppressed groups (e.g., women, Jews, Roma, gays and lesbians, and more). This session invites papers that contribute to the wider literature on the causes and/or effects of discrimination, either via empirical (statistical or non-statistical) study, theoretical analysis, or methodological development. Please note: given late 20th century methodological and theoretical developments, documenting "inequality" is insufficient to identify the cause or effect of discrimination.


Comparison of Social Stratification and Mobility in East Asia

Session Organizers
Zhang YI, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China,
Yoshimichi SATO, Tohoku University, Japan,
Shin KWANG-YEONG, Chung-Ang University, Korea,

Session in English

Although they have similar cultural backgrounds, East Asian countries are at different stages of economic development and have different types of class structure and models of social mobility. This session will provide a platform for scholars to communicate their research on rising inequality in East Asia.


Convergence and Divergence: Social Inequality in the US and China

Session Organizers
Peng LU, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China,
Li CHUNLING, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China,
David GRUSKY, Stanford University, USA,
Yu XIE, University of Michigan, USA,

Session in English

This session is intended to bring together sociologists who study inequality and poverty in China and the US to share and discuss their findings. Although the sociopolitical institutions of China and the US differ in important ways, they provide intriguing contrasts on such topics as the sources of the economic downturn and the rise of social and economic disparities. Both comparative and domestic studies are welcomed, and papers from junior researchers are encouraged.


Drop out from Tertiary Education – Life Courses and Returns to Human Capital

Session Organizer
Nicole TIEBEN, MZES/Mannheim University, Germany,

Session in English

Drop out from tertiary education is often perceived as “failure” but most drop outs have gone through a demanding educational pathway and should be able to be well-integrated into the labour market. Stratification research has focused on the reasons for drop out rather than the subsequent life courses, so it is not clear which career perspectives the drop outs have in the long run, especially compared to those who have graduated from tertiary education, or compared to skilled employees who have not entered tertiary education but went through vocational training.


Family Processes and Gender Inequality

Session Organizer
Haya STIER, Tel Aviv University, Israel,

Session in English

This session focuses on the interplay between family process and gender inequities. The session is open to studies on issues such as marriage, parenthood and divorce and their relationship to stratification, and to the connection between the organization of households and labor market outcomes.


Immigrant Inequalities and Ethnic Stratification

Session Organizer
Lucinda PLATT, University of London, United Kingdom,

Session in English

This session invites papers that explore inequalities and processes of stratification that affect immigrants and the second and subsequent generations of minorities, and which develop theoretical insights into accounting for these inqualities. The session will address economic inequalities and how they persist or dissipate over time and across generations, as well as disparities in other aspects of immigrant experience such as geographical concentration or segregation, health and wellbeing. Papers that utilise cross-national comparative approaches are particularly welcomed, as are those that treat inequalities at the intersection of gender and ethnicity.


Immigrants in the Labor Market

Session Organizer
Moshe SEMYONOV, Tel Aviv University, Israel,

Session in English

Immigrants and labor migrants often experience hardships in finding suitable and rewarding employment in the host society. This session is devoted to research on economic discrimination against migrants and modes of labor force incorporation, occupational mobility, economic assimilation and patterns of economic strategies adopted by immigrants and labor migrants.


Inequality in the Great Recession

Session Organizer
Michelle JACKSON, Stanford University, USA,

Session in English

This session invites contributions that focus on inequality in the Great Recession. Contributions that consider the consequences of the Great Recession for economic, educational and social inequalities are particularly encouraged. Both comparative and single-country studies are welcomed.


Life Courses and Household Inequality

Session Organizers
Marita JACOB, University of Cologne, Germany,
Michael KUEHHIRT, University of Cologne, Germany,
Felix WEISS, University of Cologne, Germany,

Session in English

The session invites contributions that analyse household inequality from a life course perspective. We welcome research both on the impact of household formation (e.g. assortative mating and its consequences) on inequality between households, and the interrelationship of individual life courses of members of the same household (couple’s decisions and actions, and inequality within households). In particular, we are interested in labor market outcomes and work careers. The aim is to integrate research on changing individual life courses and research on accumulating (dis)advantages in households.


Past, Present and Future of Social Stratification Research

Session Organizer
Hiroshi ISHIDA, University of Tokyo, Japan,

Session in English

This session aims to evaluate the accomplishments of social stratification research in general and the accumulated knowledge of the RC28 research community in particular. The session welcomes a review of the development and future directions of social stratification research and the examples of empirical research which expands the horizon of social stratification research and represents the future directions.


Psychological Functioning and Social Inequality

Session Organizers
Kazimierz M. SLOMCZYNSKI, Ohio State University, USA,
Irina TOMESCU-DUBROW, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland,

Session in English

This session focuses on the impact of psychological functioning (motivation for achievement, valuing self-direction, emotional well-being, etc.) on stratification outcomes (formal education, occupational rank, job earnings, or other dimensions of peoples’ location in the social structure). Priority will be given to papers that explicitly consider the dynamics of the relationship between psychological functioning and some aspects of structured inequality.


RC28 Business Meeting


School-to-Work Transitions in Times of Economic Crises

Session Organizers
Corinna KLEINERT, Institute for Employment Research Nuremberg and Berlin, Germany,
Holger SEIBERT, Institute for Employment Research Nuremberg and Berlin, Germany,

Session in English

This session will focus on school-to-work transitions throughout economic and financial crises. Special attention should be given on how different systems of vocational and higher education are able to smooth the paths from school to work in years with difficult structural conditions. Do firm-based VET systems have advantages compared to systems that rely on school-based education or are college-based systems more flexible? Of further interest is how social inequality and stratification are transmitted throughout school-to-work transitions under different economic circumstances.


Social Inequality and Family Change

Session Organizer
Sawako SHIRAHASE, University of Tokyo, Japan,

Session in English

This session solicits papers which examine the relationship between family change and social inequality. Possible topics include intergenerational transfer within and between families, fertility changes and social inequality, and the increase in co-habitation and single parent households and its implications for social inequality.


Stratification of Social Participation

Session Organizers
Bram LANCEE, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany,
Jonas RADL, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain,

Session in English

We welcome papers on both formal (volunteering, civic engagement, membership in associations) and informal social participation (social networks, contact with family and friends, intergenerational ties). Of special interest are studies that examine how the inequality of social connectedness has evolved over time and over the life course, and studies that address the relative importance of different realms of stratification (e.g., to what extent are patterns of social participation stratified across class, ethnicity, or education?). We particularly encourage proposals that make use of longitudinal data and studies that address self-selection into social participation.


Joint Sessions

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Leisure and the Reproduction of Inequality

Joint session of RC13 Sociology of Leisure and RC28 Social Stratification [host committee]


Structural Mechanisms and Historical Contingencies: Global Stratification and its Discontents

Joint session of RC02 Economy and Society and RC28 Social Stratification [host committee]


The Demographic Reproduction of Social Stratification

Joint session of RC28 Social Stratification and RC41 Sociology of Population [host committee]



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