Tag: 2008 Spring

Toward an Intellectual History of "Ordinary Americans"

Sarah Igo
"Citizens and Social Knowledge"
Tuesday February 12 2007, 4pm, Ingraham 206
"Privacy as a Political Value"
Wednesday February 13 2007, 4pm, Ingraham 206
Public Seminar
Thursday February 14 2007, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Sciences

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program

Sarah E. Igo (Ph.D. History, Princeton University) is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.  An intellectual and cultural historian of the twentieth-century United States, she has gravitated toward questions related to the history and sociology of knowledge.  Her first book, The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public  (Harvard University Press, 2007) explores the relationship between survey data—opinion polls, sex surveys, consumer research—and modern understandings of self and nation.  Igo was the recipient of the 2006 President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association and has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Whiting Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.  Igo is currently at work on a cultural history of modern privacy, examined through legal statutes, technological innovations, professional codes, and re-imaginings of domestic life.  She received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 2001.

Poverty, Opportunity, and Place

Cynthia Mildred Duncan
"Worlds Apart: The Role of Politics, Class, and Culture in Shaping Opportunity in Poor Rural Communities"
Tuesday, March 11, 4 pm, Ingraham 206
"Place Matters: A Review of Poverty and Development Challenges in Amenity Rich Areas, Declining Resource Dependent Areas and Chronically Poor Regions"
Wednesday, March 12, 4 pm, Ingraham 206
Public Seminar
Thursday, March 13, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Institute for Research on Poverty and the Global Studies Program

Cynthia "Mil" Duncan returned to the University of New Hampshire in the spring of 2004 as founding director of the Carsey Institute. Widely recognized for her research on rural poverty and changing rural communities, Duncan was a sociologist at UNH for 11 years before leaving to become director of the Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit in 2000. At the Ford Foundation she was responsible for a team of national and international leaders in the community development, youth, and environmental fields. Duncan was the associate director of the Rural Economic Policy Program at the Aspen Institute prior to her former work at the University.

In 1999, Duncan published Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America, which received the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best book in Community and Urban Sociology. Duncan is the author of numerous book chapters and refereed articles. She received her PhD from the University of Kentucky in sociology and is a recipient of the University of Kentucky Department of Sociology Thomas R. Ford Distinguished Alumni Award. Duncan has a BA from Stanford University.

Conversations with Pierre Bourdieu

The Havens Center Spring 2008 Visiting Scholars Program presents
Michael Burawoy
"The Political Economy of Sociology: Marx meets Bourdieu"
Tuesday, April 1, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Durable Domination: Gramsci meets Bourdieu"
Thursday, April 3, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Is there a Working Class?: Burawoy meets Bourdieu"
Tuesday, April 8, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Colonialism and Revolution: Fanon meets Bourdieu"
Thursday, April 10, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Antinomies of Feminism: De Beauvoir meets Bourdieu"
Wednesday, April 16, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science
"Intellectuals and their Publics: Bourdieu Inherits Mills"
Thursday, April 17, 7 pm, 8417 Social Science

Michael Burawoy has studied industrial workplaces in different parts of the world -- Zambia, Chicago, Hungary and Russia -- through participant observation. In his different projects he has tried to cast light -- from the standpoint of the workplace -- on the nature of postcolonialism, on the organization of consent to capitalism, on the peculiar forms of working class consciousness and work organization in state socialism, and on the dilemmas of transition from socialism to capitalism. During the 1990s he studied post Soviet decline as “economic involution”: how the Russian economy was driven by the expansion of a range of intermediary organizations operating in the sphere of exchange (trade, finance, barter, new forms of money), and how the productive economy recentered on households and especially women. No longer able to work in factories, most recently he has turned to the study of his own workplace – the university – to consider the way sociology itself is produced and then disseminated to diverse publics. Over the course of his research and teaching, he has developed theoretically driven methodologies that allow broad conclusions to be drawn from ethnographic research and case studies. These methodologies are represented in Global Ethnography a book coauthored with 9 graduate students, which shows how globalization can be studied "from below" through participation in the lives of those who experience it. Throughout his sociological career he has engaged with Marxism, seeking to reconstruct it in the light of his research and more broadly in the light of historical challenges of the late 20th and early 21st. centuries.


Marx meets Bourdieu 

Gramsci meets Bourdieu

Burawoy meets Bourdieu

Fanon meets Bourdieu 

De Beauvoir meets Bourdieu

Bourdieu Inherits Mills

READINGS (note that that these are works in progress, discussion papers rather than finished products.)

Health Inequities in the United States: An Ecosocial Perspective

The Havens Center Spring 2008 Visiting Scholars Program and the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center's Cancer Health Disparities Initiative present
Nancy Krieger
"The Elephants in the Room: Social Justice, Public Health, and Health Inequities"
Tuesday, April 15, 4 pm, Ingraham 206
"The Science and Epidemiology of US Cancer Disparities: Race/Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and the Risk of Cancer"
Wednesday, April 16, 8 am, room G5/119, UW Hospital (600 Highland Ave)
Public Seminar
Wednesday, April 16, 12 noon, 8108 Social Science

NANCY KRIEGER is Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, Associate Director of the Harvard Center for Society and Health, and Co-Director of the HSPH Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Dr. Krieger is a social epidemiologist, with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and the history of public health, combined with 25 years of experience as an activist in issues involving social justice, science, and health. Her work focuses on three aspects of social inequalities in health: (a) etiologic studies on the determinants of health inequities, (b) methods for improving monitoring of social inequalities in health, and (c) development of theoretical frameworks, including ecosocial theory, to guide work on understanding and addressing health disparities. Examples of her empirical work include: research on racism, discrimination and health, including blood pressure and birth outcomes; socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer; and research on appropriate measures of social class (individual, household, and neighborhood), especially for population-based monitoring of social inequalities in health and also for studying women, gender, class, and health. Other work concerns history and politics of epidemiology and public health, including study and critique of theories that epidemiologists and others use to explain population patterns of health, disease, and well-being. Professor Krieger is editor of Embodying Inequality: Epidemiologic Perspectives (Baywood Press, 2004) and co-editor, with Glen Margo, of AIDS: The Politics of Survival (Baywood Publishers, 1994), and, with Elizabeth Fee, of Women’s Health, Politics, and Power: Essays on Sex/Gender, Medicine, and Public Health (Baywood Publishers, 1994). In 1994 she co-founded, and still chairs, the Spirit of 1848 Caucus of  the American Public Health Association, which is concerned with the links between social justice and public health.


April 15: "The Elephants in the Room:Social Justice, Public Health, and Health Inequities"

April 16: "The Science and Epidemiology of US Cancer Disparities: Race/Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and the Risk of Cancer"