Abril, Julie C. 2017. Bad Spirits, Evil Thoughts, and Crime Culture: A YAQUIx Treatise. A Native American Indian View. Lambert Academic Publishing.
Abril, Julie C. 2016. Native American Indian Tribal Justice Systems: Tribal Courts and Police. Lambert Academic Publishing.
Abril, Julie C. 2016. Cultural Values v. Collective Efficacy in a Native American Indian Tribe. Scholars’ Press.
Bandelj, Nina, Frederick F. Wherry, and Viviana Zelizer, eds. 2017. Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Go, Julian. 2016. Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory. New York: Oxford University Press.
Go, Julian, and Monika Krause, eds. 2016. Fielding Transnationalism. New York: Wiley & Sons.
LaMagdeleine, Donald R. 2016. The Leadership Imagination: An Introduction to Taxonomic Leadership Analysis. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
Treitler, Vilna Bashi, and Manuela Boatca. 2016. “Dynamics of Inequalities in a Global Perspective.” Special issue of Current Sociology 64(2).
Wagner-Pacifici, Robin. 2017. What Is an Event? Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Zelizer, Viviana A. 2017. The Social Meaning of Money. With a preface by Nigel Dodd and new afterword. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Zelizer, Viviana A. 2017. Morals and Markets: The Development of Life Insurance in the United States. With Foreword by Kieran Healy. New York: Columbia University Press.
Articles and Book Chapters
Cornelissen, Sharon J. 2016. “Turning Distaste into Taste: Context-Specific Habitus and the Practical Congruity of Culture.” Theory and Society 45(6): 501-29.
DeMeester, Deborah, and Donald LaMagdeleine. 2016. “Staging ‘White Maleness’ with Cops: A Diversity Training Case Analysis.” Pp. 85-107 in Change and Reform in Law Enforcement: Old and New Efforts from Across the Globe, edited by Scott W. Phillips and Dilip Dias. New York: CRC Press.
Gill, Timothy M. 2017. “Unpacking the World Cultural Toolkit in Socialist Venezuela: National Sovereignty, Human Rights, and Anti-NGO Legislation.” Third World Quarterly 38(3): 621-35.
Jasso, Guillermina. 2016. “Mathematical Sociology.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, edited by Janeen Baxter. New York: Oxford University Press.
Kalberg, Stephen. 2016. “Max Weber’s Sociology of Civilizations: A Preliminary Investigation into Its Major Methodological Concepts.” Pp. 75-116 in The Anthem Companion to Max Weber, edited by Alan Sica. London: Anthem Press.
LaRossa, Ralph. 2016. “The Culture of Fatherhood and the Late-Twentieth-Century New Fatherhood Movement: An Interpretive Perspective.” Pp. 3-30 in Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture, edited by Laura Tropp and Janice Kelly. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books.
Lin, Lin, and Jie Zhang. 2017. “Impulsivity, Mental Disorder, and Suicide in Rural China.” Archives of Suicide Research 21: 73-82.
Mayrl, Damon, and Sarah Quinn. 2017. “Beyond the Hidden American State: Classification Struggles and the Politics of Visibility.” Pp. 55-80 in The Many Hands of the State: Theorizing Political Authority and Social Control, edited by Kimberly J. Morgan and Ann Shola Orloff. New York: Cambridge University Press.
McDonnell, Erin Metz. 2017. “Patchwork Leviathan: How Pockets of Bureaucratic Governance Flourish within Institutionally Diverse Developing States.” American Sociological Review 82(3): 476-510.
McDonnell, Terence E., Christopher A. Bail, and Iddo Tavory. 2017. “A Theory of Resonance.” Sociological Theory 35(1): 1-14.
Sun, Bruce Qiang and Jie Zhang. 2016. “Economic and Sociological Correlates of Suicides: Multilevel Analysis of the Time Series Data in the United Kingdom.” Journal of Forensic Sciences 61: 345-51.
Turner, Stephen. 2016. “Deflating the Rule of Law: Weber and Kelsen.” Lo Stato 6: 97-115.
Turner, Stephen. 2016. “Weber’s Foray into Geopolitics.” Pp. 145-74 in The Anthem Companion to Max Weber, edited by Alan Sica. London: Anthem Press.
Turner, Stephen. 2017. “Knowledge Formations: An Analytic Framework.” Pp. 9-20 in The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, edited by Robert Frodeman, Julie Thompson, and Roberto Carlos Dos Santos Pacheco. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wynn, Jonathan. 2016. “On the Sociology of Occasions.” Sociological Theory 34(3): 276-86.
Zhang, Jie. 2016. “From Psychological Strain to Disconnectedness: A Two-Factor Model Theory of Suicide.” Crisis 37: 169-75.
Vilna Bashi Treitler has taken a new position as Chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also serving as Vice President of the Eastern Sociological Society, and was selected as Sociologist of the Month for January 2017 by Current Sociology, the journal of the International Sociological Society.
Beyond Positivism: Theory, Methods, and Values in Social Science Conference
August 8-10, 2017, Montréal, Québec
Positivism is dead, at least in sociology. Few sociologists embrace the label. And yet positivism continues to shape our thinking about theory, method, and values. Theory is largely sidelined and when it is not, we are told that the best theory is “middle-range” theory based upon empirical data, “grand theory” is a waste of time, while metatheory barely appears on the radar. Natural science provides the model for social science with the assumption that more our methods resemble experiments or mathematical modelling the better and more reliable they are. Explorations of values and ethics remain largely taboo, and value and ethical neutrality are still the default position.
It is time to well and truly move beyond positivism. Post-positivists theories such as pragmatism and critical realism are receiving more attention, methodological pluralism is the name of the game, and research into morals, values, and social solidarity are becoming increasingly more popular. This conference attempts to build upon the considerable progress already made in this direction by bringing together a number of academics interested in post-positivism, bringing together social scientists and philosophers interested in critically engaging to envisage what a post-positivist social science might look like. Over the course of three days, plenaries, panels, and presentations, will address theory, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, values and ethics, politics and utopian sociology, and interdisciplinary. We hope to see you there.