November 2008 Issue • Volume 36 • Issue 8

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A Festschrift in Honor of Pearlin Looks to the Future of the Stress Process Paradigm

For more than 50 years, Leonard I. Pearlin has contributed significantly to sociological research and theory on issues central to the sociology of mental health, medical sociology, the sociology of aging and the life course, and social psychology. He is internationally regarded as a leader in the field and as a strong advocate for the importance of sociological research. In recognition of Pearlin’s remarkable career and legacy, his friends, colleagues, and students participated in a Festschrift to honor him.

The Festschrift was held in Boston on July 31, 2008, prior to the 2008 ASA Annual Meeting. The one-day event was organized by Carol S. Aneshensel (UCLA), William R. Avison (University of Western Ontario), Scott Schieman (University of Toronto), and Blair Wheaton (University of Toronto). In addition to the 14 sociologists who presented papers at the Festschrift, there were well over 50 attendees at the event.

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Success of Women
with Children in Sociology

by Nicole Van Vooren and Roberta Spalter-Roth, ASA Research and Development Department

Research from the ASA finds no statistically significant difference between sociologists with children and their childless peers in terms of productivity. Data from ASA’s most recent analysis of sociology PhD recipients’ responses to a longitudinal survey reveal no significant differences between mothers and fathers and childless men and childless women in terms of scholarly productivity and career trajectories. These findings—from a cohort who received their PhDs between June 1996 and August 1997—are based on responses by those employed in institutions of higher education, though not necessarily faculty members, to the most recent wave of the longitudinal survey (the PhD+10). The survey was supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Mothers (and many fathers) responding to closed-ended survey questions describe the conflicting demands of the two "greedy institutions" (academic life and family life) difficult to juggle. Yet, the survey’s quantitative data show that they have done so fairly successfully. This is in contrast to prior research, such as by Mary Ann Mason and Marc Goulden (2004), that found that academic women with children fall behind men in terms of career trajectories and productivity. The survey findings are based on responses by 50 percent of the original cohort (435 respondents) with women more likely to respond than men. Those who have continued to respond to the survey since it began (1998) may be the more successful members of the cohort and thus results may be biased in an upward direction.

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Major ASA Award Recipients Honored in Boston

The American Sociological Association (ASA) presented the 2008 major awards at this year’s Annual Meeting on August 2 in Boston. The Awards Ceremony, which was followed by the Presidential Address, was well attended. These awards are given to sociologists for their outstanding publications, achievements in the scholarship, teaching, and practice of sociology, as well as for their overall advancement of the discipline. Following is the list of awardees.

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