SAGE Sociology

Author Anna Mueller discusses her article, "Suicidal Disclosures among Friends: Using Social Network Data to Understand Suicide Contagion," written with co-author Seth Abrutyn, which was published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Abstract: A robust literature suggests that suicide is socially contagious; however, we know little about how and why suicide spreads. Using network data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we examine the effects of alter’s (1) disclosed and (2) undisclosed suicide attempts, (3) suicide ideation, and (4) emotional distress on ego’s mental health one year later to gain insights into the emotional and cultural mechanisms that underlie suicide contagion. We find that when egos know about alter’s suicide attempt, they report significantly higher levels of emotional distress and are more likely to report suicidality, net of extensive controls; however, alter’s undisclosed suicide attempts and ideation have no significant effect on ego’s mental health. Finally, we find evidence that emotional distress is contagious in adolescence, though it does not seem to promote suicidality. We discuss the implications of our findings for suicide contagion specifically and sociology more generally.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

William Tabb explains the ways the Regulation School has influenced his Structures of Accumulation approach, anjd discusses the important ways politics, culture, technology, and debt come together to impact the current forms of austerity and inequality evident in the US and elsewhere.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 7:35am EDT

William Tabb discusses the challenges of the mobilization of social movements such as Occupy Wall Street, and explains the problematic nature of non-hierarchical forms of resistance to contemporary, corporate capitalism before concluding with a description of his current work.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

Professor David Fasenfest of Wayne State University (, discusses his role as the editor of Critical Sociology. Fasenfest describes the widespread changes he has overseen in his years as the editor including but not limited to: a more international readership, the expansion of the editorial board, a broader outreach in social media, a broadening of the substantive scope of the journal's content, and the inclusion of the journal on the Social Sciences Citation Index. He also discusses some of the challenges faced by editors of academic journals in today's era of widespread budget cuts to higher education. Additionally, Fasenfest explains ways in which readers/listeners can get more involved in the journal.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

Author Jeff Sallaz talks about his article, "Permanent Pedagogy: How Post-Fordist Firms Generate Effort but Not Consent," published in the February 2015 issue of Work and Occupations.

Abstract: We lack a compelling account of the post-Fordist labor process. When firms can no longer provide secure jobs at good pay, how do they motivate workers? Rather than areturn to despotism, this ethnography of call center work documents a novel system of indirect control. New employees are rushed onto the production floor, where their lack of preparation discomfits them and motivates them to play an autonomous learning game. Although initially generative of effort, the game is difficult to master and offers few rewards for sustained participation. Intense effort and high attrition coexist, a management system that the author labels permanent pedagogy.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT