Category Social Psych

Sullivan, T. 2012. — The Role of Performance and Performativity in the Construction of Ethnicity.

Sullivan, Thomas. 2012. “’All I Want to Be All I Can Irish’: The Role of Performance and Performativity in the Construction of Ethnicity.” Social & Cultural Geography 13(5): 429 – 443. Ethnicity’s evolution from “a group-oriented protectorate to a more individualized form of identity” (429). Why, despite assimilation, connection to and construction of ethnic identities […]

Freitas, Anthony, Susan Kaiser, Joan Chandler, Carol Hall, Jung-Won Kim, and Tania Hammidi. 1997. “Appearance Management as Border Construction: Least Favorite Clothing, Group Distancing, and Identity… Not!”. Sociological Inquiry 67(3): 323-335. Even though appearance and identity have been usually discussed as negotiators of who we are, this paper looks at how appearance can construct who […]

Moloney, M. and G. Hunt. 2012. “Consumption, Drugs and Style: Constructing Intra-Ethnic Boundaries in Asian American Youth Cultures”.

Moloney, Molly and Geoffrey P. Hunt. 2012. “Consumption, Drugs and Style: Constructing Intra-Ethnic Boundaries in Asian American Youth Cultures.” Drugs 19(6) December: 462-473. How consumption, style, and taste cultures intersect with ethnic identities, gender, and “acculturation” — how consumption markers (fashion, cars, music, drugs) create/negotiate symbolic boundaries within Asian American dance/club scenes. Demonstrates lack of […]

Tope, D. et al. 2014. “Othering Obama: Racial Attitudes and Dubious Beliefs about the Nation’s First Black President.”

Tope, Daniel, Justin T. Pickett, Ryon J. Cobb, and Jonathan Dirlam. 2014. “Othering Obama: Racial Attitudes and Dubious Beliefs about the Nation’s First Black President.” Sociological Perspectives VOL(X): 1-20.   Measuring white racial attitudes and likelihood of othering B. Obama as Muslim/non-citizen. Symbolic racial resentment, traditional racial attitudes à Othering.  Demonstrates role of both symbolic […]

Webster, M. and J.E. Driskell. 1983. “Beauty as Status.”

Webster, Murray, Jr. and James E. Driskell, Jr. 1983. “Beauty as Status.” American Journal of Sociology 89(1): 140-165. Beauty impacts what we think about individuals, and how we interact with them. Beauty serves as a link to other forms of status generalization (like race or sex). Beauty impacts general/specific predictive expectations, is modified through its […]

Hughes, E.C. 1945. “Dilemmas and Contradictions of Status.”

Hughes, Everett Cherrington. 1945. “Dilemmas and Contradictions of Status.” American Journal of Sociology 50(5): 353-359. Status, in addition to traits, are associated with other, additional characteristics that we expect those of such a status to reflect. These are frequently unfulfilled, creating contradictions/dilemmas. Defines status as “a defined social position for whose incumbents there are defined […]

Snow, D.A. and L. Anderson. 1987. “Identity Work Among the Homeless: The Verbal Construction and Avowal of Personal Identities.”

Snow, David A. and Leon Anderson. 1987. “Identity Work Among the Homeless: The Verbal Construction and Avowal of Personal Identities.” The American Journal of Sociology 92(6): 1336-1371. How do people at the “bottom” of status systems create identities that imbue dignity/self-worth? (Impacts areas of role, identity, self-concept.) Backstory: Too often we focus on how low-status […]