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Scenes from the Migrant Caravan in Tijuana

December 6, 2018

ISSI affiliates Seth M. Holmes, Fabian Fernandez, and Levi Vonk recently traveled to Tijuana, Mexico. During their time with the caravan, they volunteered at a street clinic, donated a vanload of supplies, and supported a legal aid organization correcting misinformation. They documented their time there in this photo essay.

ATLAS.ti Training [PC Version]

November 28, 2018

March 2-3, 2019

This workshop will provide both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program, and how it functions as a tool for CAQDA.

By the end of the course, participants will have all the conceptual and practical tools necessary to employ ATLAS.ti in their current or future projects involving qualitative data.

The workshop will be limited to 15 participants so that everyone receives individual attention. Sliding scale: $400-700. Register by January 7 to save $50. Hosted by the Center for Ethnographic Research. Learn more and register here.

New Book on Youth, Jobs, and the Future

November 28, 2018

ISSI is happy to announce the release of Youth, Jobs, and the Future: Problems and Prospects (Oxford University Press). This edited volume emerged from a conference organized by ISSI, which featured an interdisciplinary mix of scholars who examine persistent issues of youth unemployment and worsening social-economic precarity in the U.S. The book explores causes of youth unemployment, along with privilege and disadvantage in the youth labor market, and locates solutions to youth unemployment in economic and political changes as well as shifts in cultural attitudes.

“Case Studies in Social Medicine” -- Structural Frameworks in Health Care

November 27, 2018

We are happy to announce the publication of "Case Studies in Social Medicine — Attending to Structural Forces in Clinical Practice" by Scott D. Stonington, Seth M. Holmes et al, in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This is the first article in the “Case Studies in Social Medicine” series, a project to communicate the social structures affecting the health and well-being of patients in ways that will influence the programs, projects, and care provided by health professionals. Articles are authored by clinicians and social medicine scholars and describe a clinical case as well as analyze the case to bring out social structural insights vital to the understanding and practice of health care. This project is sponsored by the ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, Johns Hopkins University's Center for the Medical Humanities and Social Medicine and the Open Society Foundations.

“Caring for ‘Super‐utilizers’: Neoliberal Social Assistance in the Safety‐net”

November 8, 2018

In their new article in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Mark Fleming and Janet Shim (and their co-authors) present their ethnographic research on health care providers in safety‐net settings and how they navigate and deploy expansions of care and social assistance for vulnerable people, particularly those who receive repeated, high‐cost medical interventions yet at the same time lack the basic resources for survival, including housing, food, and psychosocial support. Fleming and Shim are affiliated with ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.

2019 FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize

November 6, 2018

Nominations due January 7, 2019

ISSI is now accepting nominations for the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. The award of $2,500 honors an outstanding young social change activist/scholar in California whose work transforms the existing social landscape and serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. The Prize uses a nomination system, where someone other than the nominee identifies the nominee, their contributions, and the kinds of expertise they bring to understanding how change works. Nominations are due by 5pm on Jan. 7, 2019. Read more here.

Mini-grants for Right-Wing Studies

September 18, 2018

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies invites UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students to apply for small grants to assist with the development of student research projects on issues related to right-wing movements in the U.S. or other regions of the world. Applications are due on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4pm. Application and more details are available here.


Two New Peder Sather Center Awards for ISSI Affiliates

September 6, 2018

Two ISSI affiliates have received funding for their collaborative research projects with Norwegian colleagues. ISSI faculty member Seth Holmes will be researching “Transnational Migration and Inequality: Implications for Health and Health Services” with Norwegian scholar Heidi E. Fjeld. ISSI Senior Research Robin Marsh will be researching “Agriculture and Food Systems Sustainability in California and Norway at Farmer and Landscape Scales” with UCB professor Alastair Iles and Norwegian scholar Inger Måren, who was formerly a visiting scholar at ISSI.

New Chair for Center for Research on Social Change

August 22, 2018

Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare, is the new chair of ISSI’s Center for Research on Social Change. Her fields of interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality. Her current research project is "Gender Dynamics and SNAP/CalFresh Enrollment among Immigrant Households in California." Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Professor Sacks spent nearly a decade in federal service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she honed her macro-practice skills in public health and social work. We welcome Professor Sacks to her new role and wish outgoing chair Chris Zepeda-Millán all the best in his new position at UCLA.


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