Member Publication: Sounds like meritocracy to my ears: exploring the link between inequality in popular music and personal culture

Check out this new publication my OOW members Luca Carbone and Jonathan Mijs:


Extant research documents the impact of meritocratic narratives in news media that justify economic inequality. This paper inductively explores whether popular music is a source of cultural frames about inequality. We construct an original dataset combining user data from Spotify with lyrics from Genius and employ unsupervised computational text analysis to classify the content of the 3,660 most popular songs across 23 European countries. Drawing on Lizardo’s enculturation framework, we analyze lyrics through the lens of public culture and explore their link with individual beliefs as a reflection of personal culture. We find that, in more unequal societies, songs that frame inequalities as a structural issue (lyrics about ‘Struggle’ or omnipresent ‘Risks’) are more popular than those adopting a meritocratic frame (songs we describe as ‘Bragging Rights’ or those telling a ‘Rags to Riches’ tale). Moreover, we find that the presence in public culture of a certain frame is associated with the expression of frame-consistent individual beliefs about inequality. We conclude by reflecting on the promise of automatic text classification for the study of lyrics, the theorized role of popular music in the study of culture, and by proposing venues for future research.

CITATION: Luca Carbone & Jonathan Mijs (2022) Sounds like meritocracy to my ears: exploring the link between inequality in popular music and personal culture, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.2020870

Job Posting: Department Chair in Sociology, Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University: Provost Office: College of Arts & Sciences: Sociology


Stony Brook, NY

Open Date

Dec 10, 2021


Jan 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time



The Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University seeks a Chair to serve as the intellectual leader of the department, facilitating a positive environment for teaching, scholarship, and service to the college and the university. This individual will continue the Department’s tradition of excellence in research and teaching. The Sociology Department possesses strengths in many areas and is renowned for its focus on global phenomena and their connection to national dynamics. It also has a large undergraduate major, one of the most popular minors on campus (in Health and Society), and a robust and nationally-recognized doctoral program.

The search is open with regard to methodological specialization; we welcome scholars with qualitative (e.g., ethnographic, archival) and/or quantitative (e.g., statistical or big data) skills. We are, however, particularly interested in scholars whose research overlaps with one or more of the Department’s strengths, including computational social science, environment, global and public health, race and ethnicity, international development, inequality, politics, and culture. The candidate should have at least two years of administrative experience. We welcome applications from Advanced Associates (at least three years post-tenure or have extraordinary leadership accomplishments warranting consideration) and Full Professors. We especially invite applications from women and under-represented minority candidates.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess a minimum of two years of administrative experience at the Departmental or College level
  • Be ready to serve at least one three-year term as Chair
  • Have a demonstrated track-record of publication in nationally or internationally-prominent venues within Sociology, as well as a clear pathway to continued excellence in the field
  • Contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the Department and University


Required qualifications:

●    PhD in Sociology (required for all tenure stream hires in the department; Sociology is a field where PhDs in associated fields are rarely relevant)
●    Advanced Associate or Full Professor (this individual will need to chair the department. Only Advanced Associate and Full Professors do this kind of service)
●    2-3 years of experience in faculty leadership (Because this person will chair the department, they need to have some previous experience with academic administration)

Preferred qualifications:

●    Demonstrated record of a productive research agenda (A department chair should set an example of a robust research agenda at any R01/AAU institution)
●    Research/teaching complements existing strengths in Sociology (Although the search committee will welcome applicants working in a range of methodologies and areas, a candidate whose teaching and research complement an existing department strength can contribute to core needs, such as to the minor in Health and Society)
●    Evidence of or potential for excellence in teaching (A department chair is responsible for overseeing the department’s teaching mission, and an educator with a record of excellence is likely to take this duty seriously)
●    Record of efforts on DEI (Sociology, like CAS, has a strong commitment to DEI and the department chair will oversee future hiring, curricular changes, and initiatives, which should reflect this value)

Application Instructions

Requested Application Materials:

1)    State employment application
2)    Cover letter
3)    Curriculum Vitae
4)    Research Statement
5)    Teaching Statement
6)    Diversity Statement

We will begin review of applications on January 10, 2022, and continue until the position has been filled.

In accordance with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) order that all hospitals and nursing homes “continuously require all personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” Candidates who are not already vaccinated must obtain the first dose of the vaccine within three (3) calendar days of acceptance of conditional job offer and must obtain any subsequent doses in accordance with the vaccine protocol. The order also includes those who may be affiliated with or interact with employees of a hospital or nursing home. The order allows for limited medical exemptions with reasonable accommodations, consistent with applicable law.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation. 

In accordance with the Title II Crime Awareness and Security Act, a copy of our crime statistics is available upon request by calling (631) 632- 6350. It can also be viewed online at the University Police website at

Campus Description:

Stony Brook University, one of four research intensive campuses within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is widely regarded as its flagship. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and its rankings bear that out. It is included among the top 1% of universities in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings and among the top 40 public universities by U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, composed of the top 62 research institutions in North America. As Long Island’s largest single site employer, Stony Brook has nearly 15,000 full- and part-time employees, including more than 2,700 faculty and an estimated 26,800 students  — 17,900 undergraduate students and 8,900 graduate students — and offers more than 200 majors, minors and combined-degree programs. The Department of Athletics supports 18 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA. Located approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore, Stony Brook is situated on 1,454 wooded acres, encompassing 13 schools and colleges; a Research and Development Park; world-class athletics facilities, including an 8,300-seat stadium and a 4,000-seat arena; and Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center. Also part of the University is a teaching and research campus in Southampton, New York, which offers graduate arts programs and is the site of the Marine Sciences Center. In addition, Stony Brook has a role in running, and performs joint research with, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, NY, and the Humanities Institute, with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, Stony Brook sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

About the College:

As part of a great research university, the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University incubates creative work and scholarship in fundamental disciplines, connecting with medicine, technology, public policy, culture, education, the arts, business and environment. As the liberal arts college for the campus, we help students and faculty explore diverse possibilities that exceed their initial expectations and prepare for a lifetime of learning and discovery.  

Job Posting: Assistant Teaching Professor of Community-Engaged Research and Learning

UC Santa Cruz: Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment in Sociology

(Job #JPF01181)

The Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor of Community-Engaged Research and Learning.

This position will entail two key roles intended to support the department’s focus on community-engaged research and experiential learning: 1) Teach courses in the Sociology Department that augment existing curriculum through a critical approach to the process of community engaged learning and research; 2) Coordinate across UCSC and within the community to support undergraduate student placement in internships with community organizations aligned with their interests.

The selected candidate will teach four courses per year at the undergraduate level. Three of these (one per quarter) will help students prepare for, analyze, and critically reflect upon community-engaged research and internship experiences, and include a theoretical and methodological focus on the process of community-engaged research and learning, including ethical and epistemic considerations. An additional course will be taught in areas relevant to the candidate’s areas of expertise, the sociology curriculum, and/or internship placement, including, but not limited to: urban and regional dynamics; health and wellness; immigration and migration; housing and social welfare; environmental issues; media and the arts; labor and work; and broader questions of inequality and difference along lines of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality.

The incumbent will also coordinate the department’s internship recruitment and placement process for undergraduate students. Department affiliates work closely with many community organizations and the campus as a whole strongly supports experiential learning. The expectation is that the assistant teaching professor will work with centers and initiatives within the Division of Social Sciences as well as the Division of Student Affairs and Success to equitably provide Sociology undergraduates with meaningful opportunities for engagement in the community.

The position requires demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching among a broad and diverse range of students; excellence in professional and community-engaged activities, achievements and coordination; and broad contributions to university service. While the specialization for the position is open, we especially welcome candidates whose education, professional activities, and teaching are informed by community-engaged research practice, field research methods, and critical and imaginative theoretical approaches. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women, people of color, and others underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.


For full details, please visit:

Initial review date is Monday, January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time).

For more information about this recruitment contact, and please refer to position #JPF01181 in all correspondence.

Call for Papers: Symposium on Networks and Labor Market Inequalities, Copenhagen Business School

Symposium on Networks and Labor Market Inequalities

Copenhagen Business School, May 26-27 2022

We invite paper submissions on networks and labor market inequalities for an in-
person symposium at Copenhagen Business School in May 2022. Our
understanding of labor market networks is advancing rapidly and in exciting ways,
with scholars across multiple fields showing that networks matter for economic
outcomes and applying network methods to many long-standing questions in the
social sciences. At the Networks and Labor Market Inequalities symposium, we hope
to bring together a diverse set of researchers drawing on these innovations in theory,
methods, and empirics to investigate labor market inequalities.

Social networks allocate labor market positions and resources. Research has
documented the impact of employers’ preference for network hiring and how workers
use their social networks in job searches and for advancement within organizations.
Beyond direct ties, employees and employers’ positions in broader networks are
consequential, with advantage accruing to pivotal actors in a network. Actors form
ties homophilously, often in highly stratified institutional contexts such as schools or
workplaces, and so networks are potentially important mechanisms of inequality
generation. Yet the role of networks in reproducing inequalities is not a settled
question, as both network formation and utility vary across labor market contexts and
actor characteristics. Recent research on labor market networks has advanced our
understanding of these processes by bringing novel data (such as communication
metadata, population registries, or audit studies) and robust methods to, for
example, show how optimal network structures for job searches differ by gender, that
Black job seekers receive fewer leads via their social networks, and that brokers
differentially connect entrepreneurs as a result of industry gender biases. This work
has paid attention to both the mechanisms of network inequality and causal
estimates of the effects of networks.

Network researchers have also advanced our understanding of labor market
inequalities by applying network theory and methods to longstanding questions of
economic stratification. This work conceptualizes hiring, job shifts or other forms of
mobility as generative of broader network structures, connecting workplaces,
organizations, occupations, or geographical space, and suggests that broader
inequalities may emerge from these networks. Exciting new work in this vein has
moved beyond mapping such networks, and has begun to show how practices,
norms, and institutional arrangements diffuse across the labor market via these
meso- and macro-level labor market networks.

In this symposium we take stock of contemporary research on social networks and
labor market inequalities, inviting both established and more junior researchers to
present their cutting-edge research on topics related to this broad theme.

Contributions can be related to but are not restricted to:

1: The content and structure of actors’ networks and their effects on hiring,
careers, and other labor market outcomes.

2: Meso- and macro-level labor market networks, such as mobility networks, and
their implications for stratification.

3: The relationship between organizational contexts, employee networks, and

4: Novel methodological frameworks, data sources, and sampling strategies for
modeling the structure of labor market networks and/or the effects of network
structure on stratification outcomes

The symposium will consist of paper sessions with discussants and more informal
events spread across two days. We will be able to cover travel and accommodation
costs for junior scholars, and likely partial costs for other participants. Please submit
either an extended abstract or full paper (max. 25 pages) to by January 31 2022. We will notify authors of
acceptance by February 15. Final papers will be due on May 1.

The symposium is organized by the NetCareers team (Principal Investigator: Lasse
Folke Henriksen) at the Department of Organization (Copenhagen Business School)
and generously funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Call for Participants: “TRUST BEYOND THE NETWORK” lecture by Professor Ronald Burt

RONALD S. BURT is the Charles M. Harper Leadership Professor of Sociology and Strategy, University of Chicago and Distinguished Professor, Bocconi University.

His presentation is titled “Trust Beyond the Network.” To participate, you can join us online on Zoom February 4, 2022: 9:00-10:00am Mountain Standard Time.

Please register here.

Call for Submissions: 8th International Conference on Computational Social Science

A Call for Abstracts for the 8th International Conference on Computational Social Science:

The 8th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC²S²) solicits  submissions of ongoing research, including (a) work that advances methods and approaches for computational social science, (b) data-driven work that describes and discovers social, economic, and cultural phenomena or explains and estimates relations among them, and (c) theoretical work that generates new insights, connections and frameworks for computational social science research. The Conference will take place at the University of Chicago from July 19-22. Abstracts must be submitted by February 25, 2022. More information on IC²S²-2022 and full submission guidelines can be found at

Call for Papers: SASE 2022 – Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and Control

The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 34th annual conference, “Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and Control”, hosted by the University of Amsterdam from 9-11 July 2022.

Please find the call for papers [] (as well as SASE’s research networks [] and 2022 mini-conference themes []).

The hard deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 25 January 2022.

Meet the Editors: Publishing International Research in OOW Journals

Meet the Editors: Publishing International Research in OOW Journals

Research conducted outside the U.S. plays an important role in the study of Organizations, Occupations and Work. Yet it also can present unique challenges when publishing in sociology journals. What do journal editors look for in such research? How do you frame your findings for an audience unfamiliar with the your specific context? When and how do you introduce your research subjects and time-consuming effort that went into collecting your data? How do editors and peer reviewers who are not area experts assess your study? 

In this online panel, editors at leading sociology journals that publish OOW research will help the authors navigate these important questions. Editors will describe their journal’s approach to manuscripts that analyze non-U.S. data, demystify what makes for a successful publication, and explain their general review process and how they specifically handle papers with an international focus.

This panel is primarily aimed at Ph.D. students and junior scholars who conduct OOW research outside of North America. We also welcome members of the broader community of OOW (and adjacent) researchers who want to better understand the unique opportunities and challenges of publishing with non-U.S. data.

Confirmed speakers:

Elizabeth Clemens (Editor, American Journal of Sociology)

Daniel B. Cornfield (Editor, Work and Occupations)

Jesper Sorensen (Editor-in-Chief) Sociological Science

Date: February 25th 1pmET

Registration. Please fill out this form at least 48 hours prior to the event.  Registered participants will be emailed a link to the workshop 24 hours before the event.  You can also use this form to submit questions for the editors.

For questions or comments, you can


Elena Obukhova, McGill University

Katherine Sobering, University of North Texas

Yan Long, University of California, Berkeley

Member Publication: The Role of Discernment and Modulation in Enacting Occupational Values: How Career Advising Professionals Navigate Tensions with Clients

Hi OOW Members! Check out this new publication from OOW Member Professor Curtis K. Chan and Ph.D. student Luke Hedden:

Citation: Chan, Curtis K. and Luke N. Hedden. 2021. “The Role of Discernment and Modulation in Enacting Occupational Values: How Career Advising Professionals Navigate Tensions with Clients.” Academy of Management Journal

Abstract: Enacting occupational values is vitally important to expert professionals’ solidarity and sense of purpose. Yet, many professionals face audiences in their relational contexts—especially powerful clients—who can hold incongruent values and may threaten professionals’ jurisdictional control. How can experts enact their values without jeopardizing their jurisdictional control amidst clients holding incongruent values? We examine career advisers in undergraduate business schools, whose occupational values often contrasted with values common among their student clients. Through an ethnography of one school’s career advisers, combined with interviews of such advisers throughout the U.S., we find that advisers navigated interactions by discerning student values and accordingly modulating their value-enactment practices through masking, moderating, or magnifying their values. This allowed advisers to uphold their jurisdictional control when facing students exhibiting incongruent values, while enacting their values with students exhibiting unclear or congruent values. We contribute to the relational perspective on occupations and professions by positing how discernment and modulation help experts navigate relational tensions by recognizing and drawing on intra-clientele heterogeneity, unpacking how professionals might not entirely resist or change amidst incongruence but instead pursue a more mixed approach, and highlighting when and how experts mask or moderate rather than overtly enact their values.

Call for Participants: Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The 21st semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 27th 2022 – the day of pre-conference activities for the Sociologists for Women in Society winter meeting in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. We are delighted to be able to hold this workshop in-person at the SWS winter meeting once again. 

Originally a workgroup of sociologists doing research on gender and academic careers, scientific workplace organizations, and organizational transformations to promote gender equality, the workshop now includes scholars of gender, professional work, and organizational change. The purpose of the workshop is to learn about the range of work that attendees are doing, to facilitate collaboration and to set aside time for writing. We encourage new and returning participants. If you’ve never come, welcome, and if you have, welcome back! 

As a group, we will talk about our current research projects. This will provide information useful for exploring potential collaborative projects. There will also be designated blocks of time for working on your research. You may use this time anyway you wish:  brainstorming a new paper, putting the finishing touches on a research manuscript, working with collaborators, or doing data analysis.

The day will be organized as two sessions with time to learn about each other and our work and time for writing in each block, with a lunch break in between. The last part of the workshop brings us back together for a brief discussion of the day and future plans. Participants are welcome to join for the morning, afternoon, or both. We will make a reservation for lunch for all who wish to join.

All interested sociologists are welcome to join the workshop. Send an email to Sharla Alegria (  to reserve your spot. Please let us know if you would like to attend the morning session, afternoon session, or both, and if you would like to be included in the lunch reservation (self-paid) .

Your SWS meeting fee will cover the room cost for the workshop. Participants should bring their own laptop computers (and maybe an extension cord) and snacks to share, we do not have extra funding.


Melissa Abad (Stanford University)

Sharla Alegria (University of Toronto)

Ethel Mickey (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Firuzeh Shokooh Valle (Franklin and Marshall College)

Founding organizers: Kathrin Zippel, Laura Kramer

Former organizers: Christina Falci, Laura Hirshfield, Julia McQuillan, and Enobong Hannah (Anna) Branch, Shauna Morimoto, Rodica Lisnic, Elizabeta Shifrin