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Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods – July 8 - August 16, 2019

March 1, 2019

ISSI’s Center for Ethnographic Research  workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Students will receive six weeks of intensive methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative research. Scholarships are available for students studying Native American issues and for UCB Sociology students. Learn more and apply here.

Graduate Fellows around a table

Call for Applications: 2019-20 Graduate Fellows Program

February 21, 2019

ISSI is currently seeking applications for the 2019-20 Graduate Fellows Program. UC Berkeley doctoral students who have completed at least three years of graduate studies are eligible to apply. We are looking for students who are interested in substantive issues related to contemporary processes of social change in U.S. cities and/or those whose research promotes the well-being of Native communities. Applications due April 1. Read more about the program and download an application here.

Prioritizing Pedestrian Safety

February 21, 2019

Stacy Torres, ISSI-affiliated faculty and UCSF Assistant Professor of Sociology, argues for the necessity of prioritizing pedestrian safety and calls attention to walkability as a crucial component of aging in place for elders and people of all ages in her latest San Francisco Chronicle op-ed.

Why Middle-class Black Women Dread the Doctor’s Office

February 4, 2019

Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare and Chair of ISSI’s Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC), researches racial discrimination across class and how it shapes experiences of health care as well as health outcomes. Her new  book, Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford University Press) is featured in this Berkeley News article. Professor Sacks will be discussing her work at a CRSC event on April 2.

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.


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