IU sociologists examine workplace stress, parenting trends, voter ID laws and more at annual meeting
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington faculty members and graduate students presented research findings at the 110th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, a five-day meeting in Chicago that concludes today. Several of their studies are highlighted.
New Yorker cartoons reveal attitudes toward parenting
“We find that portrayals of children and child-rearing are both more varied and more fluctuating than existing research would suggest,” said Tabor, an Indiana University Bloomington doctoral student in sociology. "Contemporary cartoons celebrate children but also recognize the significant challenges children create for parents. Cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s -- when rates of childlessness were also high -- reveal a similar set of mixed attitudes.”
In recent decades, parenting seems to have become an increasingly all-consuming project, particularly in affluent and highly educated families, said Tabor and Calarco, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. Yet those same decades have also seen a dramatic increase in the number of adults -- and especially affluent and highly educated adults -- who are choosing to forgo parenthood entirely.
Their paper investigates that paradox of modern, privileged parenting, using a content analysis of New Yorker cartoons from 1925 to 2006 to examine portrayals of children and child-rearing.
In light of the findings, Tabor and Calarco argue that, when child-rearing poses particularly high costs to parents, and when those costs are widely recognized, reluctance about parenting can easily lead to opting out. They discuss the implications of these patterns for research on children and childhood, research on popular parenting patterns and research on changing demographic trends.
Tabor and Calarco presented their study, “The Parent Trap: What New Yorker Cartoons Reveal About Competing Trends in Childrearing, 1925-2006,” today during a roundtable on researching concerning children and youth. (Read more on the IU Newsroom site.)
Eliza Pavalko named IU Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Eliza Pavalko, a sociologist whose research areas include work-life issues and the relationship between career, family and health, has been named Indiana University Bloomington vice provost for faculty and academic affairs.
IU faculty and grad students win multiple ASA awards
The most recent newsletter from the American Sociological Association Section on Social Psychology includes articles about four IU Sociology graduate students. Bianca Manago is the recipient of the Graduate Student Investigator Award, and Long Doan, Annalise Loehr, and Lisa Miller received the Graduate Student Paper Award. In addition, graduate student William McConnell was awarded the Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award for distinguished research in the areas of mental health, self-concept and health, or deviance from the Medical Sociology section.
IU Sociology faculty also earned accolades. Jennifer Lee and her co-author, Jun Xu (an IU alumnus), are the recipients of the 2015 Research Paper Award from the ASA Section on Asia and Asian Americans for their 2013 Social Forces article entitled, “Marginalized Model Minority? An Empirical Examination of the Racial Triangulation of Asian Americans.”
In addition, Youngjoo Cha and her coauthor Kim Weeden are the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Article Award from the ASA’s Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section for their article, “Overwork and the Slow Convergence in the Gender Earnings Gap,” published in the American Sociological Review in 2014. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
|Youngjoo Cha’s recent ASR article on the rise in overwork and its effect on the gender wage gap has received a great deal of media coverage, including: Time, Businessweek, Forbes, Huffington post, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, The Nation, Boston Review, and the Council on Contemporary Families Brief Report.|
Jessica Calarco’s ASR article on how social class makes a difference in how children tackles classroom problems has been featured New York Magazine, Huffington Post, and Education Week, among others:
|Brian Powell among IU experts discussing federal court rulings regarding the same-sex marriage ban.|