SAGE Journal Articles

Journal Article 7.1: Tran, V. C. (2016). Social mobility among second generation Latinos. Context, 15(2), 28–33. doi:10.1177/15365042 16648148
Abstract: New data shows that Latinos weathered the recession well and are poised to seize opportunities for further social mobility.
Learning Objective: 7.4: Explain what affects your chances for social mobility.
Summary: Latinos are the largest minority group in the U.S. This article explores four trends that are transforming opportunities for second generation Latinos living in the United States.

Journal Article 7.2: Lindsay, M. D. (2008). Evangelicals in the power elite: Elite cohesion advancing a movement. American Sociological Review, 73(1), 60–82. doi:10.1177/000312240807300104
Abstract: Social scientists typically examine social movements as grassroots phenomena, yet public leaders and elite actors also play important roles. This article examines their role in one contemporary social movement, American evangelicalism. Through semi-structured interviews with 360 elite informants, as well as archival and ethnographic research, I explore the mechanisms through which leaders have sought to advance evangelicalism between 1976 and 2006. These public leaders founded organizations, formed networks, exercised convening power, and drew on formal and informal positions of authority to achieve movement goals. Results suggest that salient religious identity and cohesive networks have played important roles in shaping the goals and ambitions of leaders within the evangelical movement. Structural coincidence provided by governance structures at evangelical organizations, as well as evangelical programs directed toward elite constituents, have facilitated the formation of overlapping networks across social sectors. Institutional inertia and internal factions, however, have been countervailing forces. This empirical study demonstrates the persistence of institutional differentiation among America’s leadership cohort, but it also points to a religious identity that can provide vital, cross-domain cohesion within the structure of elite power.
Learning Objective: 7.5: Compare pluralist and power elite perspectives on stratification.
Summary: Lindsay evaluates the mechanisms that have led to a coalescing of power by evangelicals at some of the highest levels of national government.

Journal Article 7.3: Carr, D. (2007). The global digital divide. Contexts, 6(3), 58.
Abstract: No abstract available
Learning Objective: 7.6: Discuss inequality and poverty from a sociological perspective.
Summary: This short article examines disparate patterns of internet access across the world and what that could mean for global levels of stratification