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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.…Read More
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…Read More
Special Editors: Laura W. Perna and Michael K. McLendon Today more than ever, higher education is profoundly important to the prosperity of U.S. society. It is increasingly required for jobs; produces higher earnings, which spurs economic growth; and encourages civic engagement, which strengthens the foundation of democracy. Although the benefits are clear, educational attainment in the United States has stalled. The United States trails its peers substantially, limiting its international competitiveness, and educational disparity exists across socioeconomic groups within the United States, furthering inequality of many kinds. The key to reversing this trend lies in policy innovations within higher education. This volume…Read More
Special Editors: Marcia J. Carlson and Daniel R. Meyer In this volume of The ANNALS, prominent scholars look at the various dynamics of today’s family complexity, focusing on families with minors. The articles present the context in which family complexity has developed and the factors that have increased its prevalence; provide evidence of how increasing changes in family composition are linked to income and poverty; and analyze the transforming roles and behaviors of parents, grandparents, and children. The authors also address the repercussions of family complexity on social and public policy, highlighting the need to enact effective policies and identifying…Read More
Special Editors: Ronald Weitzer and Sheldon X. Zhang This groundbreaking volume of The ANNALS offers empirical studies that explore the complexity, scope, and particular locales of human trafficking. The articles look beyond the misconceived portrayals of human trafficking, delving into often overseen dimensions of it, such as labor trafficking and migration, and provide breakthrough findings on victims, facilitators, and offenders. Further high-quality empirical analysis will bring about a better understanding of the nuances of human trafficking and can be used to inform future policies. To download articles from this volume, or purchase the entire volume, please visit The ANNALS home at Sage…Read More
Special Editor: Robert I. Rotberg With Nelson Mandela at the helm, South Africa overcame apartheid and entered a transitional era, brimming with optimism for sustainable transformation. But two decades and two post-Mandela leaders later, the country’s progress has stalled. The monopoly of the African National Congress and its focus on fulfilling its own self-interest and power plague the country, which was once propelled by moral momentum. The articles in this volume of The ANNALS, written largely by South Africans, explore the challenges facing contemporary South Africa. The authors suggest that improving governance through bold policies related to labor, education, security, and health…Read More
The United States’ government’s role and power in punishing its citizens has swelled considerably since the 1970s. The prison population is now five times what it was 35 years ago, and other government interventions, such as the use of stop-and-frisk, are expanding. Such changes in the criminal justice system have not been met with an examination of the criminal justice system’s effects on civic life and political participation.
This volume of The ANNALS fills this gap, by exploring the impacts of the heightened police state on the civic and political life of minority and low-income citizens. The authors of this volume analyze how the state’s increased criminal sanctions have advanced inequality, and explore issues of legitimacy and citizenship for individuals and communities. By shifting the conversation from how politics affect punishment to how punishment affects politics, this volume provides a nuanced lens for examining the consequences of our current criminal justice framework.
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