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The Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon has an unbroken line of descent dating back to when formal courses in sociology were first taught at the University in 1894.  Our primary strengths are in gender, political & economic sociology, and the sociology of the environment.

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“The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling”

LERC’s Equity in the Economy Initiative is excited to announce the release of our new report: “The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling.” The report was coauthored by University Oregon Sociologist Ellen Scott, PSU Economist Mary C. King, LERC Faculty, Raahi Reddy.  The groundbreaking study reveals the prevalence and experience of irregular scheduling practices in employment for nearly 750 Oregonians. People working in the jobs most impacted by unpredictable scheduling are more likely than the general workforce to have children at home and significant family


Soc Snippets 2/22/17

Hello Sociology Majors!

If you can tear yourself away from the Ducks vs Bears game for a minute, we’ve got some interesting opportunities for you this week – study abroad scholarships, a webinar about how to translate your soc degree into a meaningful career, and a chance to volunteer as a youth mentor. Hopefully by the time you all have read this, we’ve had our fourth straight win – coming back from that 14 point halftime deficit.

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Winter Colloquium 2/27/17

February 27, 2017 12pm-1pm 714 PLC

Professor James Moody

Department of Sociology, Duke University

The Structural Dynamics of Groups and Roles in Early Adolescent Friendship Networks

A fundamental aspect of school life rests on the collective substructures of peer networks.  We examine two intersecting substructures here: peer groups defined as dense communities of close friends and role positions, defined on the pattern of ties one is embedded within, which are closely aligned with the school status structure.  Combined, these two dimensions define the social field of a school for