Social Problems: Readings (2008)

This anthology of readings explores the social constructionist perspective, which investigates how and why problems in the world become – or do not become – matters of widespread public concern.

Academic Street Smarts: Informal Socialization of Graduate Students in Sociology (With David Shulman, 2008)

This book contains nine essays by sociologists that identify key knowledge doctoral students need in order to do well professionally yet which they are unlikely to learn in the classroom.  The purpose of this collection is to make Ph.D. students aware of valuable information they may not get otherwise.  The book aims to level the playing field among graduate students who may not be plugged into the types of social networks where this information is exchanged.

Unequal Partnerships: Beyond the Rhetoric of Philanthropic Collaboration (2006)

This book furthers our understanding of the hierarchical relationship between foundations and the organizations they fund.  It investigates community-based organizations’ strategic attempts to assert influence over foundation funding priorities.  The book draws upon several years of research about comprehensive community initiatives undertaken by foundations in cities across the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s; initiatives that aimed to give community-based organizations unprecedented access to foundations’ purse strings.  A chief dilemma built into these initiatives is that they aimed to be collaborative even while foundations maintained a vested interest in gate-keeping the kinds of neighborhood revitalization reforms that community-based organizations received grants to undertake.  Ironically, it is precisely because these purported “partnerships” required sponsors to cede some of their funding power that the initiatives enabled foundations to retain control over the kinds of antipoverty programs community-based organizations pursued.