Laura Mauldin: “Support Mechansim”

In "Support Mechanism" published in Real Life, Associate Professor Laura Mauldin discusses the technological innovations in healthcare that overlook "[t]he expertise of caregivers, alongside their ill or disabled partner." This article is part of Laura's research for a new book that centers stories of spousal caregiving in the context of illness, disability, and aging, supported by a Social Science Research Council Rapid-Response Grant.
***Excerpt from the Article***
Investment in home care — through better and more expansive funding for long-term services and supports, for instance — would help ill and disabled people, and their caregivers, to live well, accompanied by the technologies that move care out of the clinical setting. Instead, investments in corporate infrastructures merely outsource caregiving to family members who are then tasked with operating the medical technology; or lead to the development of private long-term care insurance plans that few can afford. Most cannot even qualify for such plans — you cannot obtain a long-term care policy if you already have a condition that warrants it. Many caregivers also lamented medical supply policies, telling me that they are often given just one of something they needed many of, or too many of something of which they only needed one. They pointed out the lack of coverage for repair parts like casters and brake lines. These misalignments reflect the notion that advanced technology in standard quantities can provide quick solutions appropriate for any and all situations.

Rhema Bland: New Director of the Ida B. Wells Society

Congratulations to Sociology alumna Rhema Bland,  the new director of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Co-founded by award-winning journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones (M.A. ’03), Ron Nixonand Topher Sanders, the society seeks to increase the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. 

Read the full article here.

Phoebe Godfrey: Service Learning Project Comes to Fruition

The article in UConn Today called "Campus Welcomes a New Garden to Foster Connection in Memory of the Late ‘Swing Tree" discusses a new garden overlooking Swan Lake serves both to memorialize the beloved "swing tree" and to foster conversations among the UConn community.

 

Phoebe Godfrey, Associate Professor in Residence of Sociology, says her fall 2019 Society and Climate Change course decided to build some benches as part of the service learning component of the class. She says, " In the past, I have had the students pick small projects and a lot of the projects have focused on the UConn community,” says Godfrey. “The way I teach is to build community, because I do not think it is very effective to teach about climate change or structural racism or patriarchy in a hierarchical way. In class, it came up that there weren’t enough dialogues about climate change and there weren’t enough spaces to talk about it in intelligent and thoughtful ways.”

These benches face each other in order to create conversation about any topic people want to discuss there. This place is Phoebe's idea of her foundation on the topic of social construction among people.

Matthew Hughey and Jeremy Pais: 2020 Research Excellence Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) recently announced recipients in the 2020 Research Excellence Program (REP) for the Storrs/regional campuses and UConn Health

The primary goal of the REP is to provide seed funding to fuel innovative research, scholarship, and creative endeavors with strong potential for significant extramural funding and/or achievements consistent with the highest standards of accomplishment in the discipline. Multi-PI, interdisciplinary projects are encouraged, with the goal of adding to UConn’s reputation for innovative research, scholarship, and creative activities

Forty-two REP grants were awarded in four categories after a highly selective competition, with 115 total applications. Awards range from $10,000 to $100,000.

We are proud to announce that the following Sociology faculty members were among the awardees:

Matthew Hughey, Racialized Media: The Design, Delivery, and Decoding of Race and Ethnicity

Jeremy PaisJeremy Pais, An Ecometric Assessment of Neighborhood Disadvantage

Bandana Purkayastha-“Webinar: Experts Explain the Executive Order on Race and Sex Sterotyping”

Monday, October 19 – 12:00 pm EDT

Bandana Purkayastha (University of Connecticut) along with Shelley Correll (Stanford University) and Karyn Lacy (University of Michigan) will be holding a discussion on the article Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping? Where they’ll be talking further about the ideas articulated in executive order.

Register for the free webinar here.

 

 

Sociology Major Launches Podcast Series to Elevate BIPOC Voices in the Outdoors

Read in UConn Today about the new podcast miniseries, "Walk with Me- A Podcast Series to Elevate BIPOC Voices in the Outdoors," launched by Sociology and Urban and Community Studies double major Neva Taylor '22. In " Walk with me," Taylor explores why many outdoor spaces such as parks and hiking trails seem unwelcoming to people of color. 

***Excerpt from the Article***

Greenspaces, national parks, and other outdoor spaces often lag in diversity when it comes to visitors; this is important because when you see people who look like you, it makes you feel safer in a space, says Neva Taylor ’22 (CLAS), a double major in urban and community studies and sociology who is also the Communications Administrator with the UConn Extension CT Trail Census and host of the “On the Trail” podcast.

Inspired by this summer’s protests against anti-Black racism – and incidents where Black people enjoying the outdoors were threatened, as in a viral video from a Central Park confrontation – Taylor created “Walk With Me,” a miniseries within the “On the Trail” podcast exploring the experiences of people of color with nature and outdoor spaces."

 

U.S. Anti-Black Racism Course

The Sociology Department is proud to be involved in the University's U.S. Anti-Black Racism Course. This 1-credit course introduces students to foundational history and concepts related to systemic and anti-Black racism.

David Embrick

Modules 1, 3, 9

Noel Cazenave

Module 3

Fumilayo Showers

Modules 1, 3, 9

Marcus Garcia

Course Moderator

Rhys Hall

Course Moderator

Gender and Identity: Forging New Paths Featuring Kim Price-Glynn

"Gender and Identity: Forging New Paths" in UConn Today features the work of Sociology Professor Kim Price-Glynn, along with fellowship recipients for the Wood Raith Trust. In the article Kim Price-Glynn, a chair of the fund's committee, says “[t]he work these students are doing is so varied – some is domestic, some is international, and it ranges from reviewing works of art and museum collections to collecting data and publishing articles."

SSRC Rapid-Response to COVID19 and the Social Sciences Grant

Congratulations to Laura Mauldin, winner of an SSRC Rapid-Response to Covid19 and the Social Sciences Grant! From a pool of over 1300 applicants, 62 projects were selected that address the social, economic, cultural, psychological, and political impact of Covid-19 in the United States and globally, as well as responses to the pandemic’s wide-ranging effects.

Abstract
Individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities, as well as those over the age of 65, occupy the highest risk categories for contracting and dying from Covid-19. This project focuses on these invisible frontlines of care: the millions of chronically ill and/or elderly Americans who are not institutionalized and instead receiving care at home from family members, specifically their spouses. How is Covid-19 shaping the hidden, intimate worlds of spousal care at home? What are the immediate and potential long-term consequences for these families? How are they coping and what supports do they need? This project uses qualitative research methods to gather meaningful data to constructively inform responses from communities, public actors, and other institutions. Spousal caregivers will be recruited through caregiver support organizations in the US. Through virtual interviews, I expect to find (1) what caregiving looked like pre- and post-Covid-19, (2) their access to and utilization levels of home care supports (like home health aides) and how access to such supports has been affected, and (3) what strategies they are using to adjust to the pandemic, including practices with regard to social isolation and managing fear of infection. Once data are analyzed, the themes I find can pinpoint where policy efforts should be targeted.