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2014 - SSSA Annual Meeting Words: 247 words || 
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1. Bryerton, William. "Poverty, Responsibility, and Inter-generational Mobility: Taking Fault, Taking Offense, or Taking the High Ground?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SSSA Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt, Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas, Apr 17, 2014 <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p697715_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Questions about the extent to which individuals of limited means can be deemed at fault for their disadvantaged circumstances have long marked a source of dispute within American politics, social science research, and public discourse. This article engages several dimensions of this debate - such as whether responsibility can be demonstrated autonomously or whether it is contingent upon the availability of certain resources or opportunities, as well as why the issue of responsibility assumes such significance in discussions and remedial efforts addressed to the problems of poverty - to deliberate upon what exactly it means for poor persons of long disadvantaged, urban communities to accept responsibility. Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork from the Greater Fifth Ward community of Houston, TX, the article presents perspectives from parents, youth counselors, personnel from community-based organizations, and elder community members to inform how positions of poverty and relative disadvantage are understood, internalized, acted upon, suppressed, and communicated in relation to child-rearing, job seeking, and planning for the future. What emerges, among other noteworthy findings, is a testament to the power of responsibility and other related characteristics (i.e., self-reliance and sound work ethic) as esteemed values but not necessarily as observable or definable attributes; Individuals may accept blame or accountability for positions and misfortunes that are decidedly beyond their influence in order to reclaim a sense of control and to exemplify to children and future generations that achievement and upward mobility are attainable through their own efforts and decisions.

2013 - Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 45th Annual Convention Words: 117 words || 
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2. Mikhailova, Tatiana. "'You Can Take the Gentleman Out of Prison, But You Can’t Take Prison Out of the Gentleman' : Metamorphoses of Homosociality in the 'Gentlemen of Fortune'(1971)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 45th Annual Convention, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA, <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p653484_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: My paper will analyze late Soviet era's cult movie “The Gentlemen of Fortune” (1971, director Alexander Seryi) through the lenses of the theory of homosociality. In sociology, homosociality describes the same-sex (but not sexual) relationships between individuals and groups. I will attempt to show how both the movie plot and its main characters reproduce the patriarchal logic and stereotypes even within a male community, without any women involved. Thus some of these men will be subjugated and assigned women roles, and some will mature into fathers/patriarchs of the family. As a result of the projection of patriarchal logic onto homosociality, it acquires some homosexual overtones, typically overseen by the Soviet viewer, but clearly visible from today's perspective."

2013 - SASE Annual Conference Words: 404 words || 
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3. Trabut, Trabut. "Does it Take the Same Social Conditions to Take Care of a Child and an Elderly Person at Home?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SASE Annual Conference, University of Milan, Milan, Italy, Jun 27, 2013 <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p653243_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Child care at home is largely analyzed in literature. Some authors focus their work on the relation between the position in the job market and the type of care provided, but also between the state of public policy and again the type of care provided. We know now that there is a strong relationship between family structure, position and relative position of the parents in the job market and the modality child care. Every child aged 3 - 6 is entitled to free schooling in France, but can also stay at home with a parent. We also know that child care can take longer until an advanced age. Children may co-live with their parents and sometimes grand-parents. However, all those works ignore the link between elderly care, the care provided by the elderly, and the job market. We also have to take into account that until recently dependent elderly had already retired children. However, the increase in age for retirement in most of the eastern countries increased the number of active people that have to take care of their elderly parent.
In this paper we will analyze the relationship between family structure and the position in the job market looking at people which take care of their elderly parents by taking them in at home or placing them in sheltered accommodation.
By analyzing the family organization we will compare the situation of those who take care of children aged 3 to 6 at home and those who take care of an elderly at home. Do they have the same family structure?
Using the survey “Familles et Logements” realized through an INSEE-INED joint venture, this paper will focus on elderly who are living with their relatives and people who are keeping their child at home. This survey collected more than 350 000 individual forms on a representative sample. More than 150 000 individuals consulted are aged 60 and over and we have information on who they lived with and how their family structures are. As we can merge the survey with the French census, we can also analyze the employment situation of the family. Is unemployment increasing the chance of living again with the parents? Does being an only child increase this rate? We will also compare our work with the result of other studies that have analyzed the relationship between the type of care in child care and family structure and/or position in the job market.

2016 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 366 words || 
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4. Mancus, Shannon. "“If You Don’t Take Care of Me, I Cannot Take Care of You”: Performance and the Ecofantastic" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Denver, Colorado, <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1135029_index.html>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: At the Paris Summit on Climate Change in December, environmental NGO Conservation International released a video called “Home,” their latest in a celebrity-narrated eco-awareness series entitled Nature is Speaking. Voiced in English by Reese Witherspoon, and in French by Marion Cotillard, “Home” - the planet - speaks directly to the viewers, explaining, “I am your home. If you don’t take care of me, I cannot take care of you.” “Home” continues to forward the mantra of the overall campaign, which is “Nature doesn’t need people; people need nature.” In the video, the environment itself resists the notion of itself as a place of maternal care.

The Nature is Speaking campaign continues in the vein of what I call the ecofantastic. Drawn from seminal genre theorist Tzveton Todorov’s conception of the fantastic, the ecofantastic is an environmentalist genre that hesitates in its understanding of “nature” between the uncanny and the marvelous, the enchanted and the magical. Most ecofantastic narratives, from Fern Gully to The Lorax to Avatar, solicit performances that begin when audience members “listen” to the enchanted earth and culminate when they experience a shift in affect that enters them into a constellated community of those who care about the victimized planet. Such narratives ultimately forward the message that if civilization continues on its current path, people will be fine, but nature will suffer. The solution, in most of these narratives, is located in a mass change of affect that asks us to care more about the so-called “natural” world.

This paper will examine the performative politics of the Nature is Speaking films against other ecofantastic blockbuster cinema to argue that Nature is Speaking inverts the stock message of environmentalist films to solicit different responsive performances from citizens who take its message to heart. It does not matter, the series implies, if we cultivate an affect of care for the earth. The earth does not need our empathy; we need to radically change our actions in order to survive. I will argue that it is imperative for environmental activists to continue to forward stories that script action rather than effect by examining in Nature is Speaking a counter-narrative that reframes what is meant by sustainable performance.

2017 - ASEH Annual Conference Words: 284 words || 
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5. Ertsen, Maurits. "Risk-taking versus sure-thing-taking: changes in Hohokam irrigation over time" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEH Annual Conference, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2020-01-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1170338_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The Hohokam civilization occupied areas in the southwest of the (modern) USA roughly between 0 AD and the middle of the 15th century AD. They are renowned for their extensive irrigation canals and the apparent disappearance of their society after 1450. As such, they are a popular symbol for the risks that societies run when they rely on a single source of food production and when they overstress that system. In the Classic period (1150-1450), Hohokam settlement retreated into more discrete clusters, and thereafter is supposed to have collapsed. Hohokam were faced with immense fluctuations in annual water resource availability that would have interrupted the way institutions were established and maintained by Hohokam society. The settlement shift between Sedentary (A.D. 950-1150) to Classic times occurred during a period of extremely low annual precipitation. Hohokam society’s dispersal after 1375 AD started under extremely low runoff conditions even though annual precipitation had not been extremely low. Our latest evidence suggests that the same period saw many more winter floods, suggesting the period was characterized by general low flows with recurring severe floods. This would have put stress on cooperative efforts. There is also evidence that population migrated out of the cooperative structure during relatively wet periods only to come back later due to recurring dry conditions. This could have added further strain on the personal relationships and exacted another cost of personal nature on the coalition structure, weakening it over time. As such, the Hohokam might not be an example of a society that overstressed its resources, but as an example how difficult it is for a society to deal with risks at all, as meanings of risk change as much as the environment changes itself.

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