New Sixth Edition of The New Urban Sociology




A new Sixth Edition of The New Urban Sociology has been published by Routledge. The widely recognized text is organized around Gottdiener’s sociospatial perspective and examines the role played by social factors including race, class, gender, economics, and culture on the development of metropolitan areas, while also integrating social, ecological, and political economy perspectives and research throughout.

Randolph Hohle and Mark Gottdiener, along with WCSA member Colby King, co-authored revisions to the sixth edition, which features a major overhaul and expansion of the previous editions. This edition is packed with new material including an expansion of the sociospatial approach to include the primary importance of racism in the formation of the urban landscape, the spatial aspects of urban social problems, including the issues surrounding urban public health and affordable housing, and a brand new chapter on urban social movements. There is also new material on the importance of space for social groups, including immigrants and the LGBTQ community, as well as the gendered meanings embedded in social space.

Update on YSAF

Eric Kennedy, one of last year’s recipients of the Young Scholars & Activists Fellowship, defended his dissertation, Finding Rough America, this spring. His work focuses on the lives of American lower classes in literature and film, particularly precarity and the interconnectedness of  gender, masculinity, and violence within class-centric narratives.

Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship awarded to Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Long-standing WCSA member and Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, is one of thirteen recipients to have received the newly-created Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship in support of this spring’s national poetry programming theme of Poetry & Democracy offered by the Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. She received a BA and an MFA in English from the University of Texas-Permian Basin and a PhD in English from the University of Oklahoma. Mish is the author of What I Learned at the War (Lamar University Press, 2015) and Work Is Love Made Visible: Collected Family Photographs and Poetry (West End Press / University of New Mexico Press, 2009), winner of the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry.  The fellowship provides funding to present poetry workshops for students in public schools in underserved communities and/or rural areas across Oklahoma.


May Day Celebrations


May DayThe Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University is presenting a co-hosted event with YSU-OEA, “Joining Hands in Achieving Economic Strength and Justice: The ‘Social Partnership’ Approach in Germany” by Anja Wehler-Schoeck, Labor, Health, Migration, and Social Affairs Counselor at the German Embassy, Washington, D.C.

WCSA past-president, Michele Fazio, is giving a lecture at the American Labor Museum on her exhibit, “A Neglected Legacy: Reclaiming a Radical Past” as part of their annual May Day Festival.

For more on the history of International Workers’ Day, click here.