SAGE Sociology

Author Ning Hsieh discusses her article, "Economic Security, Social Cohesion, and Depression Disparities in Post-Transition Societies: A Comparison of Older Adults in China and Russia," which can be found in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 

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Author Eran Shor discuss his article, "A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News," which was co-authored by Arnout van de Rijt, Alex Miltsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena, and was published in the October 2015 issue of American Sociological Review.

 

Abstract:

In the early twenty-first century, women continue to receive substantially less media coverage than men, despite women’s much increased participation in public life. Media scholars argue that actors in news organizations skew news coverage in favor of men and male-related topics. However, no previous study has systematically examined whether such media bias exists beyond gender ratio imbalances in coverage that merely mirror societal-level structural and occupational gender inequalities. Using novel longitudinal data, we empirically isolate media-level factors and examine their effects on women’s coverage rates in hundreds of newspapers. We find that societal-level inequalities are the dominant determinants of continued gender differences in coverage. The media focuses nearly exclusively on the highest strata of occupational and social hierarchies, in which women’s representation has remained poor. We also find that women receive greater exposure in newspaper sections led by female editors, as well as in newspapers whose editorial boards have higher female representation. However, these differences appear to be mostly correlational, as women’s coverage rates do not noticeably improve when male editors are replaced by female editors in a given newspaper.

 

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Lisa Jean Moore discusses her paper “A Day at the Beach: Rising Sea Levels, Horseshoe Crabs, and Traffic Jams”, with Sarah Neal, Editor of Sociology. Posted October 2015.

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Category:Sociology -- posted at: 7:23am EST

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