Andrew Abbott, AM’75, PhD’82 (Sociology), the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology, has published Digital Paper. The book is intended as a tool for researchers in an age of information abundance, providing tips on research, data evaluation, and project organization. “A joy to read and will be a boon for students. Even veterans of the trade will find much to like,” says Robert J. Sampson, professor of the social sciences at Harvard University.
In October David Nirenberg, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Middle East Studies, and the College and dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for his book Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (W. W. Norton, 2013). The award honors scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. Also in October Nirenberg published Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today (University of Chicago Press). The book examines how Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived with and thought about each other during the Middle Ages and what the medieval past can tell us about attitudes today. “There are no books presently in print that even approach Nirenberg’s in terms of its themes, thoroughness, or interpretive thrust,” says Teofilo F. Ruiz, professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Professor of sociology Terry Nichols Clark published Can Tocqueville Karaoke? The book outlines a framework for analyzing democratic participation and economic growth and explores how these patterns work around the world. The framework joins together two separate past traditions: democratic participation ideas come mostly from Alexis de Tocqueville, while ideas about innovation driving the economy are largely inspired by Joseph Schumpeter and Jane Jacobs. Joining participation with innovation, Clark explores how arts and culture organizations can transform politics, economics, and social life.