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Tough on Crime, Tough on Families? Criminal Justice and Family Life in America

  • Thu, Apr 14 2016
    • May 2016 Cover

Special Editors: Christopher Wildeman, Sara Wakefield, and Hedwig Lee   More than 30 years after President Reagan declared a war on drugs and more than 20 years after President Clinton declared a war on lawlessness, President Obama is describing our criminal justice system as broken—plagued by overaggressive policing, prison overcrowding, and abominable conditions for inmates. He has also characterized the criminal justice system as an “aspect of American life that remains particularly skewed by race and wealth, a source of inequity that has ripple effects on families and communities and ultimately on our nation.” The president is joined in this…

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The Great Experiment: Realigning Criminal Justice in California and Beyond

  • Fri, Feb 19 2016
    • Volume 664 cover

Special Editors: Charis Kubrin and Carroll Seron Last year, President Obama became the first sitting president in American history to step inside a federal prison, visiting the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution outside of Oklahoma City. His visit highlighted the growing bipartisan support for reform of the U.S. criminal justice system, which houses nearly 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population, despite the United States having less than 5 percent of the world’s population. Until recently, the state of California was home to the nation’s largest state prison system. After several decades of rapid growth, California’s prison population peaked at 173,000…

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Living in a High-Inequality Regime

  • Fri, Jan 22 2016
    • January 2016 ANNALS

Special Editors: Alair MacLean and David B. Grusky   Economic inequality in America is significant and has increased astonishingly since the 1970s—these facts are well documented. Less understood, however, is whether rising inequality matters to how we live our everyday lives: Does rising inequality mean less opportunity for the broad sweep of Americans?  How (if at all) does it affect social relationships?  How does it affect our health and even the way we die?  This volume of The ANNALS sketches the “social fallout” of rising income inequality…

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Intermarriage and Integration Revisited: International Experiences and Cross-Disciplinary Approaches

  • Wed, Nov 4 2015
    • November ANNALS cover

Special Editor: Dan Rodríguez-García        In the latest volume of The ANNALS, leading social scientists examine racial intermarriage and its effects on social integration. The volume accounts for how intermarriage is defined and perceived in different settings and among countries in North America and Europe. The collected research identifies patterns and trends in social “mixedness,” explores the marriageability of various racial and immigrant minorities in different countries, and how all of this relates to mobility and integration. The volume also looks at the effect of intermarriage on children, studying its impact on cultural identity, academic achievement, income level, and political activities. …

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Race, Racial Inequality, and Biological Determinism in the Genetic and Genomic Era

  • Thu, Aug 20 2015
    • September ANNALS cover

Special Editors: W. Carson Byrd and Matthew W. Hughey    Advances in human genetics have reawakened debates over definitions of race, genetic inheritance and their social implications.  As we learn more about the extent to which human biology (particularly genomics and epigenetics) interacts with and mediates human behavior, how do we square that knowledge with social constructions like race, racism and politics? This volume clarifies the state of knowledge on such matters, contributes new empirical research on the subject and identifies possible ways to reduce racism in public opinion and help scholars avoid a return to old and debunked theories of…

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Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities

  • Wed, Jul 8 2015
    • July ANNALS cover

Special Editors: Barrett A. Lee, Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland and Stephen A. Matthews    In this volume of The ANNALS, top scholars come together to examine inequality in American housing, its causes consequences, and its relationship to racial and class-based inequality. In recent years, a crippling recession, unstable housing market, and natural disasters have challenged residential aspirations. Other factors, including overt discrimination, government programs, and homebuyer preferences for neighbors with similar backgrounds have influenced American neighborhoods for a long time, creating deep spatial divides by race and class. Articles within the issue analyze the roots and development of housing segregation and depict…

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Toward Computational Social Science

  • Fri, May 1 2015
    • May ANNALS cover

Special Editors: Dhavan V. Shah, Joseph N. Cappella and W. Russell Neuman   The May 2015 volume of The ANNALS, “Toward Computational Social Science: Big Data in Digital Environments,” explores new data made available by the Internet and social media and its implications for the social sciences and political research. Digital media provides vast amounts of information about online consumers, including their online behavior, interests, personal connections, and political sentiment. The volume questions the reliability of this data in representing the real world and highlights challenges to interpretation. It also demonstrates, though, how data from digital media can be valuable…

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The Politics of Science

  • Tue, Apr 14 2015
    • 658; March 2015

Special Editors: Elizabeth Suhay and James N. Druckman    In this volume of The ANNALS, "The Politics of Science: Political Values and the Production, Communication, and Reception of Scientific Knowledge," special editors Suhay and Druckman gather scholars to discuss complex questions in the fields of political science, communication, psychology, public health, law, and philosophy. The volume discusses the communication of scientific knowledge to the public, its reception, and the interplay of political values and scientific beliefs when implementing policy. The editors address complex issues such as stem cell research, vaccines, fracking, nuclear power, and attempt to contribute to the effort to reduce political…

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Monitoring Social Mobility in the Twenty-First Century

  • Tue, Jan 13 2015
    • 657; January 2015

Special Editors: David B. Grusky, Timothy M. Smeeding, and C. Matthew Snipp   This volume of The ANNALS explores how to improve measurement of social mobility, tackling normative and technical questions with an interdisciplinary approach. It presents what is known and what we need to know about social mobility in the U.S. and examines the quality of existing data available. The editors assess options for how the U.S. can effectively build the infrastructure necessary to monitor social mobility, making the case for creating a new American Opportunity Study (AOS) – a database linking existing data in social surveys to government administrative records.…

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Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile States: Findings from Comparative Cases

  • Thu, Jan 8 2015
    • 656; November 2014

Special Editor: Rachel M. Gisselquist   Paving new ground in theory development, the articles in this volume of The ANNALS explore factors that contribute to institution-building in fragile states through comparative case studies. Such factors include the limits (and benefits) of domestic and foreign aid; the impact of a state’s historical strength; the impact of colonial and postcolonial interventions; and the political economy incentives for political leaders to sustain state fragility. Overall, the studies illustrate that aid has both positive and negative effects on institution-building in fragile states. Aid has the potential to contribute to state robustness through changing incentives and shaping…

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