Society

Speak to me and I tell you who you are! A language-attitude study in a cultural-heritage application
Research on intelligent agents has demonstrated that the degree an artificial entity resembles a human correlates with the likelihood that the entity will evoke social and psychological processes in humans. Language-attitude studies based on natural voices have provided evidence that human listeners socially assess and evaluate their communication partners according to the language variety they...


Protest on the Fly: Toward a Theory of Spontaneity in the Dynamics of Protest and Social Movements
This article reexamines spontaneity as an important, albeit neglected, mechanism in collective action dynamics, and elaborates on its operation and effects in protest events and social movements. We do not presume that spontaneity is routinely at play in all collective actions. Rather, based on our grounded analysis of historical and ethnographic data, we contend that spontaneity is triggered b...
The Damnedest Mess: An Empirical Evaluation of the 1966 Georgia Gubernatorial Election
The 1966 gubernatorial campaign provides an interesting retrospective examination of Georgia politics during a period of seismic change that included the dawn of two-party competition, black enfranchisement, and legislative determination of the chief executive. MethodThis article provides an empirical evaluation of the 1966 gubernatorial election in Georgia, including action that occurred in th...


Concealed Carry in the Show-Me State: Do Voters in Favor of Right-to-Carry Legislation End Up Packing Heat?
The objectives of this study were to examine the relationship between a public vote on the right to carry (RTC) concealed weapons in the state of Missouri and the subsequent demand for concealed-carry permits. Weighted logit analysis of the referendum vote and the proportion of the population holding concealed-carry permits was performed to investigate the factors that influence them. We find v...
Mexican American Mobility: Early Life Processes and Adult Wealth Ownership
Mexican Americans are a large group whose mobility patterns can provide important insight into immigrant assimilation processes. It is well known that Mexicans have not attained economic parity with whites, but there is considerable debate about the degree to which Mexican immigrants and their American-born children experience mobility over their lives. We contribute to this literature by study...


A Life-Changing Event: First Births and Men's and Women's Attitudes to Mothering and Gender Divisions of Labor
Previous research has shown that the transition to parenthood is a critical life-course stage. Using data from the Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey and fixed-effects panel regression models, we investigate changes in men's and women's attitudes to mothering and gender divisions of labor following the transition to parenthood. Key findings indicate that attitudes become...
Urban futures: Multiple visions, paths and construction?
This paper introduces a special issue on Urban Futures, including selected papers from a joint conference of the Network Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (N-AERUS) and the GIS in Developing Countries network (GISDECO) held at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, from 12 to 14 September 2013. This conference focussed on the observation that current urbanizat...

From nations of immigrants to states of transience: Temporary migration in Canada and Australia
This article analyzes temporary migration schemes in Canada and Australia. Unlike the bulk of affluent states, both countries eschewed guestworker programs for most of the twentieth century, embracing migrants as permanent settlers and future citizens. Acting within neoliberal templates of government, political officials have recently promoted temporary migration as a mechanism of labor market ...
Alone in the crowd: Lone protesters in Western European demonstrations
While corroborating the fact that the majority of protesters attend demonstrations together with friends, family and/or fellow members of their organizations, this article shows that protesting alone remains an option for many people – under the right circumstances. Through multilevel analysis of survey data from participants in 69 demonstrations in eight Western European countries, the a...

The importance of political context: Motives to participate in a protest before and after the labor reform in Spain
The objective of this study is to ascertain how political context and participants’ union membership affect the motivation to participate in a protest. The study compares participants of two demonstrations in Spain on different dates, organized by the same trade unions, with the same objectives (opposition to a new labor law). The design of the study compares political context (demonstrat...
Comparing street demonstrations
This introductory article provides a short account of the theoretical framework and the methodological set-up of a comparative study of street demonstrations. The following articles in this issue report results from this study. The data on over 90 street demonstrations and more than 17,000 participants were collected between November 2009 and Summer 2012 in nine different countries: Belgium, Cz...

Addressing Barriers to Minority Ethnic Students’ Learning in a Performative Culture: Possible or Aan u SuuraGelin? Niemożliwe? Nemoguće? ناممکن?
This article, written by a research-active teacher of English with an academic partner, recounts the circumstances of forging a partnership way of working in an urban high school that is consistently targeted for closure in the north of England. This is connected to performance and achievement against Ofsted inspection criteria and school data benchmarked against national data. The article proc...
The depiction of communication technology in film: Differences by gender and across time 1970–2010
The use of technology and how we communicate has changed over time. The present study explores how communication is depicted in film and how this differs by gender and across time. The sampling frame consists of the highest grossing films from 1972 to present day. Data support the proposition that there is more technology based communication in film across time. More men than women are portraye...
An Archeology of Fragments
This is a short (fragmentary) history of fragmentary writing from the German Romantics (F. W. Schlegel, Friedrich Hölderlin) to modern and contemporary concrete or visual poetry. Such writing is (often deliberately) a critique of the logic of subsumption that tries to assimilate whatever is singular and irreducible into totalities of various categorical or systematic sorts. Arguably, the fragm...
Kurt Lewin's Leadership Studies and His Legacy to Social Psychology: Is There Nothing as Practical as a Good Theory?
This paper re-examines Kurt Lewin's classic leadership studies, using them as a concrete example to explore his wider legacy to social psychology. Lewin distinguished between advanced “Galileian” science, which was based on analysing particular examples, and backward “Aristotelian” science, which used statistical analyses. Close examination of the way Lewin wrote about the leadership st...