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Faculty Spotlight
Armando Lara-Millan
Assistant Professor
Urban Ethnography, Historical Sociology, Law & Society, Economic Sociology, Medical Sociology.
Loïc Wacquant
Incarnation, the penal state, comparative urban inequality and marginality, "race" as a principle of social vision and division, extreme social systems, politics of reason, social…
G Cristina Mora
Associate Professor
Culture, Race and Ethnicity, Organizations, Immigration, Religion
In Memoriam
Albert Einstein (1941)
Albert Einstein (1941)
EMERITUS PROFESSOR

Prof. Einstein served graduate students as a model of prudence in remaining unfashionably true to the grand…

Faculty Publishing
Guanxi, translated as 'social connections,' or 'social networks,' is among the most important studied phenomena in China today. Guanxi lies at the heart of China's social order, its econo...

Social Connections in China

Guanxi, translated as 'social connections,' or 'social networks,' is among the most important studied phenomena in China today. Guanxi lies at the heart of China's social order, its economic structure, and its changing institutional landscape. It is considered important in every realm of life, from politics to business, and officialdom to street life. This 2002 volume offers scholarly thinking on the subject by top China sociologists whose work on guanxi has been influential and by scholars offering insights on the topic. The authors examine the role ...
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Departmental Colloquium Series

VIvek Chibber. Erik Olin Wright and Anti-Capitalism Today

Monday, April 25, 2022, 2-3:30pm, Hybrid: in-person 402 Social Sciences Building and via Zoom

Erik Olin Wright's last book was published at a time when socialist ideas had once again entered the mainstream of American politics. In many ways, his recommendations for anti-capitalist strategy built upon his work of the past four decades, but in others, they were a departure from it. In this talk I offer an appreciation and assessment of his argument. I suggest that while Wright's argument was characteristically bracing, it represented a turn away from class analysis and, in so doing, turned to a perspective that weakens the very anti-capitalism that he endorsed.