Sociologists study social organization (structure) and shared meaning (culture) in human groups. We most often study the United States, but we do our work all over the world. Besides the United States, Sociology faculty at Santa Clara have lived and worked in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. At its conceptual heart, sociology studies the way in which patterns of shared meanings and systems of social organization are created, maintained, and transformed over time, and the consequences which result from those particular patterns of shared meaning and systems of social organization.

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Submissions from 2017

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Countercultural Happenings: The Performance of Revolt in Brazil’s Tropicália Movement, John Baldwin, Phillip Chidester, and Laura Robinson

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Pierre Bourdieu: theorizing the digital, Gabe Ignatow and Laura Robinson

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Public Sociology, Laura Nichols

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The Role of Catholic Schools in Reducing Educational and Economic Inequality, Laura Nichols

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Getting, Staying, and Being in College: The Experiences of Students, Laura Nichols and Maria Guzmán

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Venture Labor, Media Work, and the Communicative Construction of Economic Value: Agendas for the Field and Critical Commentary, Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz

Submissions from 2016

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The Effect of Mothers’ Educational Credentials on Children’s Outcomes: Does Being a First-Generation or Continuing Generation College Graduate Matter?, Susan A. Dumais and Laura Nichols

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Pushing and Pulling Emerging Adults through College: College Generational Status and the Influence of Parents and Others in the First Year, Laura Nichols and Ángel Islas

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Collective memory: September 11th now and then, Laura Robinson

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Eliciting Frontstage and Backstage Talk with the Iterated Questioning Approach, Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz

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Sociology of Culture, Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz

Submissions from 2015

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Mind the Emotional Gap: The Impact of Emotional Costs on Student Learning Outcomes, Kuo-Ting Huang, Laura Robinson, and Shelia R. Cotten

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Response to Daniel K. Finn, Laura Nichols

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Cosmopolitan Perspectives on Suffering, Laura Robinson

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Digital inequalities and why they matter, Laura Robinson, Shelia R. Cotten, Hiroshi Ono, Anabel Quan-Haase, Gustavo Mesch, Wenhong Chen, Jeremy Schulz, Timothy M. Hale, and Michael J. Stern

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Where we’ve been and where we are going, Laura Robinson and Apryl Williams

Submissions from 2014

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Social Desire Paths: An Applied Sociology of Interests, Laura Nichols

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Social Desire Paths: A New Theoretical Concept to Increase the Usability of Social Science Research in Society, Laura Nichols

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Endowed, Entrepreneurial, and Empowered-Strivers: Doing a lot with a lot, doing a lot with a little, Laura Robinson

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Freeways, detours, and dead ends: Search journeys among disadvantaged youth, Laura Robinson

Submissions from 2013

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Net Time Negotiations Within the Family, Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz

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Shifting grounds and evolving battlegrounds: Evaluative frameworks and debates about market capitalism from the 1930s through the 1990s, Jeremy Schulz and Laura Robinson

Submissions from 2012

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Information-Seeking 2.0:The Effects of Informational Advantage, Laura Robinson

Submissions from 2011

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Homelessness and the Mobile Shelter System: Public Transportation as Shelter, Laura Nichols and Fernando Cázares

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Addressing Policy Dilemmas with Community Based Research and Assessing Student Outcomes, Laura Nichols, Fernando Cázares, and Angelica Rodriguez

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Information-Channel Preferences and Information-Opportunity Structures, Laura Robinson

New Fieldsites, New Methods: New Ethnographic Opportunities, Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz

Submissions from 2010

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Media Ecologies, Heather A. Horst, Becky Herr-Stephenson, and Laura Robinson

Submissions from 2009

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A Taste for the Necessary, Laura Robinson

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Brazilians, French, and Americans Debate 9/11: Cultural Scripts of Innocence and Culpability, Laura Robinson

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New avenues for sociological inquiry: Evolving forms of ethnographic practice, Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz

Submissions from 2008

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Homeless Women with Children in Shelters: The Institutionalization of Family Life, Kathryn Feltey and Laura Nichols

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Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project, Mizuko Ito, Heather A. Horst, Matteo Bittanti, Danah Boyd, Becky Herr-Stephenson, Patricia G. Lange, C. J. Pascoe, and Laura Robinson

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The Moral Accounting of Terrorism: Competing Interpretations of September 11, 2001, Laura Robinson

Submissions from 2007

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Self-Efficacy of First-Generation College Students and the Relationship to Academic Performance and College Adjustment, Lucila Ramos-Sánchez and Laura Nichols

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The cyberself: the self-ing project goes online, symbolic interaction in the digital age, Laura Robinson

Submissions from 2006

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The Economic Resource Receipt of New Mothers, Laura Nichols, Cheryl Elman, and Kathryn M. Feltey

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Online Art Auctions à la Française and à l'Américaine, Laura Robinson

Submissions from 2005

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Debating the Events of September 11th: Discursive and Interactional Dynamics in Three Online Fora, Laura Robinson

Submissions from 2004

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Giving Students a Voice: Learning Through Autobiography, Laura Nichols

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Hop on the Bus: Driving Stratification Concepts Home, Laura Nichols, Joshua Berry, and Demetra Kalogrides

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Moving Beyond the Client Role: Helping Human Service Organizations Identify Program Participant’s Assets, Laura Nichols, Shannon Gleeson, and Sandra Figueroa

Submissions from 2003

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The Woman is Not Always the Bad Guy: Resistance in the Discourse of Battered Women, Laura Nichols and Kathryn M. Feltey

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Implications of Welfare Reform on Housing and School Instability, Laura Nichols and Barbara Gault

Submissions from 2002

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Bridging and Bonding Capital: Pluralist Ethnic Relations in Silicon Valley, Marilyn Fernandez and Laura Nichols

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Participatory Program Planning: Including Program Participants and Evaluators, Laura Nichols

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Digitization, the Internet, and the Arts: eBay, Napster, SAG, and e-Books, Laura Robinson and David Halle

Submissions from 2000

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Family Influences on Absenteeism: Testing an Expanded Process Model, Rebecca J. Erickson, Laura Nichols, and Christian Ritter

Submissions from 1999

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The Only Thing You Really Got is this Minute: Homeless Women Re-visioning the Future, Kathryn M. Feltey and Laura Nichols

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Involving students in the development of a peer education program for college women, Laura Nichols and Linda Lumley

Submissions from 1996

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Ecological Approach in Practice: A Case Study of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Marilyn Fernandez and Laura Nichols