Colloquia

Sociology Department Colloquium Series
Blumer Room - 402 Social Sciences Building
MONDAYS, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
[unless otherwise noted]

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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
The Great Experiment and the Great Reckoning: Decarceration and the Legal Reform of Mass Incarceration
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
“I, too, Am Hungry”: Structural Exclusion at an Elite University Through major financial aid initiatives, colleges have increased access for undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds. While previous investigations of undergraduate life emphasize how differences in cultural capital shape students’ integration into college, I examine structural exclusion—how specific operational features of the college marginalize lower-income undergraduates—to highlight the university’s direct role in shaping social interactions and undergraduates’ sense of belonging. I draw on interviews with 103 undergraduates, two years of ethnographic observations, and data from administrative and online sources to show how lower-income undergraduates identify these policies as intentional and abrupt tears in the fabric of campus life that mark them as different for being poor. I interrogate the social and personal costs of exclusion and discuss implications for undergraduates’ opportunities and social well-being. 
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
co-sponsored with the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Working Group (AFOG) Karen Levy Data Driven: Truckers and The New Workplace Surveillance This talk examines how electronic monitoring systems in the U.S. trucking industry are used to compel truckers’ compliance with legal and organizational rules. For decades, truckers have kept track of their work time using easily falsified paper logbooks, and performed their work without too much regard for legal worktime limits. But new regulations will require truckers’ time to be monitored by digital systems, hard-wired into the trucks themselves, which remove much of the flexibility on which truckers have historically relied.
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Poverty, Place, and Time Constraints
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Counting Women Beyond Survival:  Post-Abortion Care and Global Reproductive Governance in Senegal.
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Protectors of Pluralism: Christian Minorities and the Rescue of Jews during the Holocaust
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Between Blood and Sex: The Contradictory Impact of Transnational AIDS Institutions on State Repression in China, 1989-2013
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Innovation for a Cure: Social Learning in the National Cancer Institute’s Vaccine Programs
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
Wage Stagnation and Buyer Power: How Buyer-Supplier Relations Affect U.S. Workers’ Wages, 1978-2014
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Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall
A Material Political Economy: The High-Frequency Trading of US Shares Ultrafast, automated ‘high-frequency trading’ or HFT now makes up around half of all US share trading. Drawing upon interviews with 54 high-frequency traders, MacKenzie’s talk will examine the ‘signals’ (patterns of data) that shape how HFT algorithms interact. He will argue that despite the high-technology glamour of autonomous, algorithmic economic agents, their behaviour is shaped by ‘political economy’ struggles — some with their origins in the 1970s — about how shares and other financial instruments should be traded. The underlying theoretical goal is to integrate the materialism of actor-network theory with the emphasis on meso-level conflict in field-theoretic economic sociology. The talk, however, will be quite concrete. MacKenzie will, for example, explain the effect of rain on patterns of US stock prices, and reveal the mundane feature of the US political system that underpins the HFT signal (‘futures lead’) on which he will focus.