A new publication from Tania Jenkins that may be of interest to OOW members.

Jenkins, T. M. (2015). ‘It’s time she stopped torturing herself’: Structural constraints to decision-making about life-sustaining treatment by medical trainees. Social Science & Medicine, 132, 132-140. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.03.039

Abstract: This article explores how structural factors associated with the profession and organization of medicine
can constrain internal medicine residents, leading them to sometimes limit or terminate treatment in
end-of-life care in ways that do not always embrace patient autonomy. Specifically, it examines the
opportunities and motivations that explain why residents sometimes arrogate decision-making for
themselves about life-sustaining treatment. Using ethnographic data drawn from over two years at an
American community hospital, I contend that unlike previous studies which aggregate junior and senior
physicians’ perspectives, medical trainees face unique constraints that can lead them to intentionally or
unintentionally overlook patient preferences. This is especially salient in cases where they misunderstand
their patients’ wishes, disagree about what is in their best interest, and/or lack the standing to
pursue alternative ethical approaches to resolving these tensions. The study concludes with recommendations
that take into account the structural underpinnings of arrogance in decision-making about
life-sustaining treatment.

Several recent publications from Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci may be of interest to OOW members.

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci, “The Good Society: Core Social Values, Social Norms, and Public Policy.” Sociological Forum, V. 29, March, 2014.

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrrucci, “Economic Crisis and Its Effects on Hope, Trust, and Caring.” In C. Renzetti and R. K. Bergren, (Eds.) Understanding Diversity,Pearson Publishers, 2015.

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn c. Perrucci, “The Triple Revolution, 1965-2015: Revisiting Institutional Social Problems.” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, forthcoming October 2015.


To my fellow members of the American Sociological Association:

National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding for the social sciences is threatened with a 45% cut in a bill that will be debated on the House floor during the week of May 18.  I urge you to write to your member of Congress before that debate.

You can do this easily right now. Go to the COSSA Action Center to sign up and take action by asking your representative to oppose the America COMPETES Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806).

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The 2015 conference, Sunbelt XXXV, to be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel on the beachfront of Brighton, UK, from June 23– June 28, 2015, provides an interdisciplinary venue for social scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists, ethnologists, epidemiologists, organizational theorists, and others to present current work in the area of social networks.

You can view the program here.

A new edited volume on Immigration and Work was recently published by OOW member Jody Angius Vallejo (University of Southern California) in Research in the Sociology of Work. This volume brings together new empirical research and theoretical innovations from cutting-edge scholarship concentrating on the intersection of immigration and work. Research in this volume investigates how larger structural inequalities in sending and receiving nations, immigrant entry policies, group characteristics, and micro level processes, such as discrimination and access to ethnic networks, shapes labor market outcomes, workplace experiences, and patterns of integration among immigrants and their descendants. Read More


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