Month: December 2020

David Weakliem: Article in “The Washington Post”

Read Professor David Weakliem's recent article in The Washington Post , "Yes, ‘elites’ support coronavirus restrictions. So do working-class Americans."

***Excerpt from the Article***

Actual surveys — either recently or earlier in the pandemic — don’t reveal the class divide that some pundits believe is self-evident. Compared with previous Republican candidates, Trump did relatively well among working-class voters and poorly among middle-class voters. As a result, there has been interest in identifying issues that might help to explain this pattern. In some cases, the result may be imagining class differences where they do not actually exist, or exaggerating small class differences.


Laura Bunyan: “Modern Day Mary Poppins” Publishes Dec. 15

Congratulations to Assistant Professor in Residence, Laura Bunyan, whose new book Modern Day Mary Poppins: The Unintended Consequences of Nanny Work publishes December 15th.

Through the use of in-depth qualitative interviews, Modern Day Mary Poppins: The Unintended Consequences of Nanny Work examines the experiences of and relationships between nannies and their employers. Laura Bunyan uncovers the depths of caring labor while exposing the complicated nature of the relationships formed in care work and their impact on work experiences. Modern Day Mary Poppins reveals that the hiring process for nannies, the personal relationships formed between families and nannies, and work experiences are not straightforward or one-dimensional. Bunyan sheds further light on the long-term implications of early gendered work experiences, and the ways they position women to perform precarious labor.

Laura Mauldin: Research During Covid

Read Assistant Professor Laura Mauldin's two post series in Scatterplot, the Sociology blog, on doing qualitative research during COVID19.

Post 1: Taking Care of Each Other

"During COVID19, qualitative researchers are having to improvise and use all kinds of new strategies for doing fieldwork. I’ll focus on some of mechanics of these strategies in part 2 of this series, but this installment is focused on care: It is imperative to care for each other as researchers right now. We need a collective act of care for our fellow qualitative researchers; we are all pressured and stressed and trying to scramble to do the best work we can. We are all learning to adjust to the new realities of fieldwork, but we need to be willing to talk about what adjustments we have made so that we can collectively add to the fund of knowledge about this adjustment."


Post 2: Centering Care in/with the Mechanics of  Virtual Fieldwork

"In the previous post I talked about care for ourselves as we embark on fieldwork during a pandemic, care for each other as fellow academics also trying to figure it out, and care for our participants too. To continue the conversation about how to best care for ourselves, each other, and our participants, this installment focuses on logistics. There have been a variety resources posted about what it means to strategize fieldwork and to be 'in the field' during a pandemic."