Below is a first look at new and forthcoming books from RSF for Spring 2019. The new list includes Wrecked, an investigation of how American automakers’ attempts to weaken unions precipitated the decline of the auto industry; Credit Where It’s Due, a study of the causes and consequences of credit invisibility and other forms of financial inequality in the United States; Immigration and the Remaking of Black America, an analysis of migration patterns and socioeconomic disparities among black Americans; and the third edition of the Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis.
Two new issues of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences will also be released this spring and include “Criminal Justice Contact and Inequality,” which explores the vast scope of the criminal justice system beyond prison and its consequences for low-income and minority groups; and “Using Administrative Data for Science and Policy,” which demonstrates multiple ways that linking different sources of administration data helps improve the reach and efficiency of policy solutions.
By Joshua Murray and Michael Schwartz
At its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, automobile manufacturing was the largest, most profitable industry in the United States and residents of industry hubs like Detroit and Flint, Michigan had some of the highest incomes in the country. Over the last half-century, the industry has declined, and American automakers now struggle to stay profitable. How did the most prosperous industry in the richest country in the world crash and burn? In Wrecked, sociologists Joshua Murray and Michael Schwartz offer an unprecedented historical sociological analysis of the downfall of the auto industry. Through an in-depth examination of labor relations and the production processes of automakers in the U.S. and Japan both before and after World War II, they demonstrate that the decline of the American manufacturers was the unintended consequence of their attempts to weaken the bargaining power of their unions. Read more
By Frederick F. Wherry, Kristin S. Seefeldt, and Anthony S. Alvarez
An estimated 45 million adults in the U.S. lack a credit score at time when credit invisibility can reduce one’s ability to rent a home, find employment, or secure a mortgage or loan. As a result, individuals without credit—who are disproportionately African American and Latino—often lead separate and unequal financial lives. Yet, as sociologists and public policy experts Frederick Wherry, Kristin Seefeldt, and Anthony Alvarez argue, many people who are not recognized within the financial system engage in behaviors that indicate their credit worthiness. How might institutions acknowledge these practices and help these people emerge from the financial shadows? In Credit Where It’s Due, the authors evaluate an innovative model of credit-building and advocate for a new understanding of financial citizenship, or participation in a financial system that fosters social belonging, dignity, and respect. Read more
By Tod G. Hamilton
Over the last four decades, immigration from the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa to the U. S. has increased rapidly. In several states, African immigrants are now the primary drivers of growth in the black population. While social scientists and commentators have noted that these black immigrants’ social and economic outcomes often differ from those of their native-born counterparts, few studies have carefully analyzed the mechanisms that produce these disparities. In Immigration and the Remaking of Black America, sociologist Tod Hamilton shows how immigration is reshaping black America. He weaves together interdisciplinary scholarship with new data to enhance our understanding of the causes of socioeconomic stratification among both the native-born and newcomers. Read more
Edited by Harris Cooper, Larry V. Hedges, and Jeffrey C. Valentine
Research synthesis is the practice of systematically distilling and integrating data from many studies in order to draw more reliable conclusions about a given research issue. When the first edition of The Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysiswas published in 1994, it quickly became the definitive reference for conducting meta-analyses in both the social and behavioral sciences. In the third edition, editors Harris Cooper, Larry Hedges, and Jeff Valentine present updated versions of classic chapters and add new sections that evaluate cutting-edge developments in the field. Read more