Sociology studies how societies are organized, and the consequences of varying forms of organization on people's lives. It is scientific, based upon systematic analyses of evidence; it is non-obvious, in making discoveries that might not otherwise be noticed; and it is important, in identifying opportunities and strategies for change that can improve society.
Purdue's Department of Sociology: produces world-class scholarship, in the books and articles it publishes; offers two outstanding undergraduate majors, one in Sociology and another in Law and Society; and delivers an exceptionally strong graduate program leading to the Ph.D. At the graduate level, the Department's research and training programs are currently organized into six areas: Family and Gender; Health, Aging, and the Life Course; Law and Society; Sociology of Religion; Social Inequality; and Social Movements and Political Sociology.
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Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Kaitlin Johnson, and Karl Pillemer. 2014. "How Widowhood Shapes Adult Children’s Responses to Mothers’ Preferences for Care." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 69:95-102.
Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2014. “The Time of Our Lives: Recognizing the Contributions of Neugarten, Riley, and Mannheim to the Study of Aging” The Gerontologist 54:127-33.
Kim, Seoyoun and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2014. “Do Productive Activities Reduce Inflammation in Later Life? Multiple Roles, Frequency of Activities, and C-reactive Protein,” The Gerontologist 54:830-839.
Umberson, Debra, Kristi Williams, Patricia A. Thomas, Hui Lui, and Mieke Thomeer. 2014. “Race, Gender, and Chains of Disadvantage: Childhood Adversity, Social Relationships, and Health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 55:20-38.
Morton, Patricia M., Sarah A. Mustillo, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2014. “Does Childhood Misfortune Raise the Risk of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Adulthood?” Social Science & Medicine 104:133-141.
Sarah Lageson, Mike Vuolo, and Christopher Uggen. 2014. "Legal Ambiguity in Managerial Assessments of Criminal Records." Law & Social Inquiry. Early view online.
Hendrix, Kimber L. and Becka A. Alper. 2014 “Mythbusters: A Student Activity that Debunks Fallacious Information.” TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.
Jung, Jong Hyun and Daniel V.A. Olson. 2014. “Religion, Stress, and Suicide Acceptability in South Korea.” Social Forces 92(3): 1039-1059.
Subramaniam, Mangala. 2014. “Neoliberalism and water rights: The case of India.” Current Sociology 62(3): 393-411.
Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci. 2014. “The Good Society: Core Social Values, Social Norms, and Public Policy.” Sociological Forum 29:245-258.
Adam Easterbrook, Richard M Carpiano, Brian C Kelly, & Jeffrey T Parsons. 2014. “The Personal Experience of Community among Urban Gay Men, Lesbians, and Bisexuals: Melting Pot or Mosaic?” Social Science Quarterly 95:682-700.
Brian C Kelly, Brooke Wells, Mark Pawson, Amy LeClair, & Jeffrey T Parsons. 2014. “Combinations of Prescription Drug Misuse and Illicit Drugs among Young Adults” Addictive Behaviors 39:941-44.
Mark Pawson & Brian C Kelly 2014. “Consumption and Community: The Subcultural Contexts of Disparate Marijuana Practices in Jam Band and Hip Hop Scenes” Deviant Behavior, 35: 347-363.
Brian C Kelly, Richard M Carpiano, Adam Easterbrook, & Jeffrey T Parsons. 2014. “Exploring the Community Question: Neighborhood & Network Correlates of Perceived Community among Urban Gay Men” Sociological Quarterly, 55: 23-48.
James-Hawkins, Laurie and Christie Sennott. 2015. “Doing it Right”: Low Income Women’s Navigation of Childbearing Timing Norms throughout the Reproductive Life Course.” Qualitative Health Research 25(1): 62-75.
Mollborn, Stefanie and Christie Sennott. 2014. “Bundles of Norms about Teen Sex and Pregnancy.” Qualitative Health Research. Online early.
Angotti, Nicole and Christie Sennott. 2014. “Implementing “Insider” Ethnography: Lessons from the Public Conversations about HIV/AIDS Project in Rural South Africa.” Qualitative Research. Online early.
Yeatman, Sara, and Christie Sennott. 2014. “The Relationship between Partners’ Family Size Preferences in Malawi.” Studies in Family Planning 45(3): 361-377.
Yang, Fenggang, transl. 2014. Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business, by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch. Beijing: Enterprise Management Publishing House.
Yang, Fenggang and Andrew Abel. 2014. “The Sociology of Conversion.” Pp. 140-163 in the Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, edited by Lewis Rambo and Charles Farhadian. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Yang, Fenggang. 2014. “Soul Searching in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Society.” Pp. 215-220 in Mo Yan’s Fiction in Context: Nobel Laureate and Global Storyteller, edited by Angelica Duran and Yuhan Huang. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.
Gao Shining and Yang Fenggang. 2014. “Religious Faith and the Market Economy: A Survey on Faith and Trust of Catholic Entrepreneurs in China.” Pp. 339-361 in Money as God?: The Monetization of the Market and its Impact on Religion, Politics, Law and Ethics, edited by Jürgen von Hagen and Michael Welker. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Yang, Fenggang. 2014. “The Market Economy and Religious Revivals”. Pp. 223-240 in Chinese Religious Life, edited by David A. Palmer, Glen Shive and Philip L. Wickeri. Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong Press.
Yang, Fenggang. 2014. “Oligopoly is Not Pluralism.” Pp. 59-69 in Religious Pluralism: Framing Religious Diversity in the Contemporary World, edited by Giuseppe Giordan and Enzo Pace. Berlin, Germany: Springer.
Yang, Fenggang. 2014. What about China? Religious Vitality in the Most Secular and Rapidly Modernizing Society." Sociology of Religion 75 (4): 564-578
Yang, Fenggang. 2014. “Agency-Driven Secularization and Chinese Experiments in Multiple Modernities.” Pp. 123-140 in The Many Altars of Modernity: Toward a Paradigm for Religion in a Pluralist Age, Peter L. Berger (ed.). Berlin: De Gruyter.
Tong, Joy K.C. and Fenggang Yang. 2014. “The Femininity of Chinese Christianity: A Study of a Chinese Charismatic Church and Its Female Leadership.” Review of Religion and Chinese Society 1:195-211.
Hu, Anning and Fenggang Yang. 2014. “Trajectories of Folk Religion in Deregulated Taiwan: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis.” Chinese Sociological Review 46: 80-100.
Einwohner, Rachel L. 2014. “Authorities and Uncertainties: Applying Lessons from the Study of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust to the Milgram Legacy.” Journal of Social Issues 70: 531-543.
Kadowaki, Joy and Mangala Subramaniam. 2014. “Coping with Emotional Labor: Strategies Adopted by Instructors.” White Privilege Conference Journal: Understanding and Dismantling Privilege IV(2): 154-172
Subramaniam, Mangala, Preethi Krishnan Ramaswamy, and Christopher Bunka. 2014. “Women’s Movement Groups in State Policy Formulation: Addressing Violence against Women.” Indian Anthropologist. 44(1): 37-52.
Subramaniam, Mangala, Robert Perrucci, and David Whitlock. 2014. “Intellectual Closure: A
Theoretical Framework Linking Knowledge, Power, and the Corporate University.” Critical Sociology 40(3): 411- 30
Subramaniam, Mangala and Preethi Krishnan Ramaswamy. 2014. “Gender, Caste, and Class: Structural Violence in India.” Pp. 240-248 in Routledge International Handbook of Race, Class and Gender edited by Shirley Jackson. UK: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).
Subramaniam, Mangala. 2014. “Resisting Gendered Religious Nationalism: The Case of Religious Based Violence in Gujarat, India.” Advances in Gender Research: Gendered Perspectives on Conflict and Violence edited by Marcia Texler Segal and Vasilikie Demos. Volume 18 part b: 73-98. Bingley, UK: Emerald.
J. William Spencer. 2014. Contexts of Deviance: Statuses, Institutions, and Interactions. New York: Oxford University Press.
Yang, Xiaozhao Y.; Kelly, Brian C.; Yang, Tingzhong. 2014. The influence of self-exempting beliefs and social networks on daily smoking: A mediation relationship explored. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 28(3), 921-927
Yang, X.Y., Anderson, J.G., Yang, T. 2014. Impact of Role Models and Policy Exposure on Support for Tobacco Control Policies in Hangzhou, China. American Journal of Health Behavior. 38(2):275-283
Brian C Kelly, Tieqiao Liu, X.Y. Yang, Guanbai Zhang, Wei Hao, & Jichuan Wang. 2014. Perceived Risk of Methamphetamine among Chinese Methamphetamine Users. International Journal of Drug Policy.
Joy Kadowaki. 2014. “Professional Ghettoization: The Clustering of Workers at the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class.” Pp. 194-204 in Routledge International Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender, edited by Shirley A. Jackson. New York: Routledge.
Jung, Jong Hyun. 2014. “Religious Attendance, Stress, and Happiness in South Korea: Do Gender and Religious Affiliation Matter?” Social Indicators Research 118(3): 1125-1145.
Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Kaitlin Johnson, and Karl Pillemer. 2014. “Caregiving, Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism, and Tension among Siblings.” The Gerontologist 54: 580-588.
Pillemer, Karl, and J. Jill Suitor. 2014. “Who Provides Care? A Prospective Study of Caregiving among Adult Siblings.” The Gerontologist 54:589-598.
Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Abigail Howard, and Karl Pillemer. 2014. “Perceptions of Equity, Balance of Support Exchange, and Mother-Adult Child Relations." Journal of Marriage and Family 76:285-299.
Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, and Sangbo Nam. 2014. “Maternal Differential Treatment in Later-Life Families and Within-Family Variations in Adult Sibling Closeness.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 70:167-77.
Ferraro, Kenneth F. and Seoyoun Kim. 2014. “Health Benefits of Religion Among Black and White Older Adults? Race, Religiosity, and C-Reactive Protein.” Social Science & Medicine 104:92-99.
Yoosik Youm, Edward O. Laumann, Kenneth F. Ferraro, Linda J. Waite, Hyeon Chang Kim, Yeong-Ran Park, Sang Hui Chu, Won-tak Joo, and Jina Lee. 2014. “Social Network Properties and Self-Rated Health in Later Life: Comparisons from the Korean Social Life, Health, and Aging Project and the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project” BMC Geriatrics 14:102 (advance access).
Schafer, Markus H., Patricia M. Morton, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2014. “Child Maltreatment and Adult Health in a National Sample: Heterogeneous Relational Contexts, Divergent Effects?” Child Abuse & Neglect 38:395-406.
Richard Hogan. 2014. “Tunis G. Campbell, Sr. (1812-1891).” Journal of African American Studies. Online early.
Richard Hogan and Carolyn C. Perrucci. 2014. “Who Gets the Daddy Bonus and Who Pays the Cost?” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 51:117-144
Light, Michael T., Michael Massoglia, and Ryan D. King. 2014. “Citizenship and Punishment: The Salience of National Membership in U.S. Criminal Courts.” American Sociological Review, 79: 825-847.
Light, Michael T. 2014. “The New Face of Legal Inequality: Noncitizens and the Long-Term Trends in Sentencing Disparities across U.S. District Courts, 1992-2009.” Law & Society Review 48: 447-478.
Houle, Jason N. and Michael T. Light. 2014. “The Home Foreclosure Crisis and Rising Suicide Rates, 2005-2010.” American Journal of Public Health 104: 1073-1079.
Feld, Scott L., Samuel Merrill III, and Bernard Grofman. 2014. “Modelling the Effects of Changing Issue Salience in Two-Party Competition.” Public Choice 158:465-482
Feld, Scott L., Joseph Godfrey and Bernard Grofman. 2014. “The Shapley-Owen Value and the Strength of Small Winsets.” In Voting Power and Procedures: Essays in Honour of Dan Felsenthal and Moshe Machover. Edited by Rudolf Fara, Dennis Leach, and Maurice Selles. Springer.
Jean Beaman. 2015. “Boundaries of Frenchness: cultural citizenship and France’s middle-class North African second-generation.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 22:36-52.
Joy Kadowaki, Mike Vuolo, and Brian C. Kelly. 2015. “A Review of the Current Geographic Distribution of and Debate Surrounding Electronic Cigarette Clean Air Regulations in the United States.” Health & Place 31:75-82.
Brian C. Kelly, H. Jonathon Rendina, Mike Vuolo, Brooke E.Wells, and Jeffrey T. Parsons. 2015. “Influences of Motivational Contexts on Prescription Drug Misuse and Related Drug Problems.” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 48(1):49-55.
Brian C. Kelly, H. Jonathon Rendina, Mike Vuolo, Brooke E.Wells, and Jeffrey T. Parsons. 2014. “A Typology of Prescription Drug Misuse: A Latent Class Approach to Differences and Harms.” Drug and Alcohol Review. Early view online.
Mike Vuolo, Kenneth F. Ferraro, Patricia M. Morton, and Ting-Ying Yang. 2014. “Why Do Older People Change Their Ratings of Childhood Health?” Demography 51(6):1999-2023.
Christopher Uggen, Mike Vuolo, Sarah Lageson, Ebony Ruhland, and Hilary Whitham. 2014. “The Edge of Stigma: An Experimental Audit of the Effects of Low-level Criminal Records on Employment.” Criminology 52(4):627-54.
Mike Vuolo, Brian C. Kelly, Brooke E.Wells, and Jeffrey T. Parsons. 2014. “Correlates of Prescription Drug Market Involvement among Young Adults.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 143:257-62.
Mike Vuolo, Christopher Uggen, and Sarah Lageson. 2014. “Taste Clusters of Music and Drugs: Evidence from Three Analytic Levels.” British Journal of Sociology 65(3):529-54.
Mike Vuolo. 2014. “Incorporating Consensus and Conflict into the Legitimacy of Law.” Crime, Law and Social Change 62(2):155-70.
Mike Vuolo, Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Jeremy Staff. 2014. “Adolescent Precursors of Pathways from School to Work.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 24(1):145-62.