Wednesday, June 14th, 2023, 17.45, ISS Cologne (in-person or via ZOOM) Next to significant expansions of legal rights and recognitions of homosexuals, the beginning of the 21st century brought along a rapid expansion of social science research on gay and lesbian family issues. Whereas many studies are still based on qualitative research designs, the greater availability of high-quality survey data has spawned a new wave of quantitative research allowing representative studies of sexual minority populations that go beyond simple demographic accounts of, for example, union dynamics or fertility. We provide an overview of recent studies based on the German Family Panel (pairfam) and the German Family Demography Panel Study (FReDA), investigating such diverse topics as intergenerational relationships, expectations concerning partnerships and parenthood, as well as the subjective well-being of gays and lesbians in Germany. Wednesday, May 17th, 2023, 17.45, ISS Cologne (in-person or via ZOOM) Existing work presents mixed findings on the impact of weather events on international migration. Relying on fine-grained data over 1980-2018 in the Mexico-U.S. setting, we turn to machine learning (ML) tools to first determine if weather events can predict migration choices of 140,000+ individuals. We include a comprehensive list of weather indicators measured at various lags and to consider complex interactions among the inputs. These models rely on data-driven model selection, optimize predictive performance, but often produce ‘black-box’ results. In our case, the results show that weather indicators offer at best a modest improvement in migration predictions. We then attempt to open the black box and model the linkages between select weather indicators and migration choices. We find the combination of precipitation and temperature extremes and their sequencing to be crucial to predicting weather-driven migration responses out of Mexico. We also show heterogeneity in these responses by household wealth. Specifically, ...
... we find that wealthier households in rural communities migrate in the immediate aftermath of a negative weather shock (relative to the ‘normal’ weather in their community), while poorer households need to experience consecutive and worsening shocks to migrate to the United States. This pattern suggests that migration as an adaptation strategy might be available to select households in the developing world. Filiz For information about online or in-person attendance, please click here.
Weiterlesen Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 17.45, ISS Cologne (in-person or via ZOOM) Difficult relationships may impede some benefits of social integration. This study inquires how many difficult relationships prevail in the personal network in late life, where they originate, and to what extent they affect loneliness. We supplemented the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA) with our data collection on egocentric networks before the COVID-19 pandemic and a module that re-assessed loneliness during the pandemic. The sample comprised 883 respondents with a mean age of 73, and their 4,142 relationships. 15% of the respondents had at least one difficult relationship. Findings suggest that older adults may face structural and social-emotional constraints that pressure them to continue difficult relationships. Relationship difficulty in the personal network was unrelated to an increase in loneliness. The talk will also present some preliminary insights from on ongoing mixed methods project in carnival organizations. For information about online or in-person attendance, please click here. Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 17.45, ISS Cologne (in-person or via ZOOM) Research has made clear that racial inequality is affected by neighborhood conditions. One important condition is access to financial establishments. We examine how living in minority neighborhoods affects ease of access to conventional banks vs. to alternative financial institutions (AFIs) such as check cashers and payday lenders, which are often more expensive and have at times been called predatory. Based on more than 6 million queries, we compute the difference in the time required to walk, drive, or take public transit to the nearest bank vs. the nearest AFI from the middle of every block in each of 19 of the nation's largest cities. Results suggest that race is strikingly more important than class, as the AFI is more often closer than the bank in well-off minority neighborhoods than in poor white ones. I present additional survey and interview results on the factors underlying these differences. For information about online or in-person attendance, please click here. Im Sommer 2023 organisiert die Akademie für Soziologie gemeinsam mit einem großen deutschen Soziologie-Institut eine hybride Vortragsreihe. Die erste Reihe findet an der Universität zu Köln statt, wo sich das Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (ISS) einen Ruf als Förderer theoriegeleiteter quantitativer Sozialforschung ("Kölner Schule") erworben hat. In einer Mischung aus internationalen und lokalen Rednern lädt die Reihe zur Diskussion über wichtige gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen und Entwicklungen ein. Im Sommer 2023 gibt es Vorträge von Mario L. Small (Columbia University), Lea Ellwardt (Köln), Filiz Garip (Princeton University), Karsten Hank (Köln) und Elizabeth Bruch (University of Michigan) zu Themen wie ethnische Ungleichheit, Klimawandel, Migration, soziale Netzwerke, sexuelle Minderheiten und Online-Dating-Märkten.
Organisation: Clemens Kroneberg (Köln), Malte Reichelt (Bamberg). Einen Überblick über die Reihe im Sommersemester 2023 finden Sie hier. Anmeldeinformationen zur persönlichen Teilnahme an den einzelnen Vorträgen finden Sie auf unserer Event website (Registrierung notwendig). Eine Online-Teilnahme ist ohne Registrierung via ZOOM möglich (hier klicken, Meeting ID: 384 326 1393, Passcode: 2324).
Weiterlesen 1. Workshop des AS-Arbeitskreises „Methodologie der Sozialwissenschaften“, 6.-7. September 2023, JGU Mainz In der analytisch-empirischen Soziologie besteht ein Grundkonsens über Gütekriterien sozialwissenschaftlicher Theorien, doch kann es als offene Frage gelten, wie erfolgreich es die analytisch-empirische Soziologie bislang darin gewesen ist, einen Bestand an empirisch bewährten Theorien zu etablieren. Unklarheit besteht auch darüber, wie die zahlreichen kleinteiligen und oftmals inkonsistenten Forschungsbefunde integriert werden können, um Theorien weiterzuentwickeln. Mit diesem Problemkreis befasst sich der Workshop aus methodologischer Perspektive. Er bildet den Auftakt einer Reihe von Treffen des neu in der Akademie für Soziologie eingerichteten Arbeitskreises „Methodologie der Sozialwissenschaften“. Der Workshop ...
wird im Namen des Arbeitskreises organisiert von Gunnar Otte, Natascha Nisic, Nico Sonntag, Hartmut Esser und Werner Raub. Er findet an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Präsenz statt.   Vortragsangebote werden erbeten bis 31.05.2023. Für Details zum Inhalt siehe den ausführlichen Call hier.
Weiterlesen Knowledge is both a collective and an individual resource. Societal dynamics are driven by the accessibility and composition of knowledge at a macro level. As claimed by the prophets of the knowledge society, the way knowledge production takes place must therefore be of key interest to all societies. Scholars who address our key topic from an analytical-empirical perspective in sociology, in particular, or from perspectives of other social sciences such as political science, demographic research, communication and data science, or the economics of education are invited to present and discuss their research in a stimulating format. In addition, we also very welcome talks on other topics (open sessions). The conference language is English.   The 4th AS Conference will be held in August, 28-30, 2023 at the University of Bern (Switzerland). See the call for papers at our conference website. ESRA hosts its main conference every two years to bring together applied survey researchers, methodologists and statisticians from Europe and beyond. The 2023 conference theme is “Survey research in times of crisis: Challenges, opportunities, and new directions”. The conference showcases the latest survey research and offers a number of professional development opportunities, including short courses and awards. It is traditionally hosted in university buildings to keep registration fees to a minimum. ESRA aims to be as inclusive as possible, promoting in particular the participation of doctoral students and early career researchers. The ESRA 2023 Conference will take place from 17 July to 21 July 2023 at the University of Milan-Bicocca in Milan, Italy. Call for Abstracts is open until 20t December, 2023. For details click here.   Die 9. Konferenz für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (9|KSWD) in Berlin statt. Unter dem Motto Daten. Politik. Zukunft. thematisiert die Konferenz die zunehmende Bedeutung von Daten für Politik und somit für die Gestaltung einer zukunftsfähigen Gesellschaft. Die Konferenz wird gemeinsam vom Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (RatSWD) und dem Konsortium für die Sozial-, Verhaltens-, Bildungs- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften (KonsortSWD) veranstaltet. Hier finden Sie Informationen zum Programm und zur Anmeldung.   Three days of inspiring presentations and discussions, 400 registered participants and more than 80 talks given in thematic and special  sessions - this was our 2021 online AS conference on social cohesion. The AS board's thanks goes to all presenters, invited speakers, discussants, chairs, to our partners from Kontanz Cluster of Excellence 'The Politics of Inequality' and the Resarch Institute Social Cohesion, and to the local organisers and staff members from Leipzig University.