22 million bachelors looking for mates in China
Anthropologist receives grant to study how the world's largest nation is handling gender imbalance
From 2005-25, an expected 22 million Chinese bachelors looking for love will fail to find a mate, says UCI anthropologist Susan Greenhalgh, and it won't be for lack of want. The problem, she says, is a residual effect of the country's more than 30-year-old one-child per couple policy, the highly successful national birth control measure which encouraged couples to eliminate daughters in an effort to end up with a son. Now of marrying age, these men are without an adequate supply of Chinese brides to wed. "Today, there are 120 boys per 100 girls born in China, and that gives the country among the highest sex ratios at birth in the world," she says. For the past 25 years, she has studied the creation and unintended impacts of China's one-child policy, tracing its origins to the late 1970s when missile scientists deemed it the only solution for averting what they saw as a pending population crisis threatening the country's global rise. The outcomes of the policy have instead created a different kind of crisis, she says, one that includes a rapidly aging population and an increasingly masculine society. In March, she received a $204,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the new sciences and policy thinking that are emerging to deal with the problem of what the Chinese call "surplus men."
Lingering seeds of the sexual revolution
Study by UCI sociology professor David John Frank finds shifting societal views of sex have changed classification and regulation of sex crimes
According to a new study by UCI sociologist David John Frank, the sexual revolution that defined the Swinging Sixties began earlier, continued later, and significantly changed the classification and regulation of sex crimes in countries around the world. Published in the December 2010 issue of the American Sociological Review, the study by Frank and co-authors found that beginning as early as the mid-1940s, societal views of the role of sex began changing from a predominantly procreative activity linked to collective and moral orders to one focused on self-expression and individualism.
Who governs the globe?
New book co-edited by Deborah Avant, UCI political science professor and international studies director, examines dynamics of authority and policy-setting in a global society
In an era of globalization, issues such as human rights, arms control and economic development don't fit neatly within national boundaries and instead require a more global perspective. In Who Governs the Globe?, UC Irvine political science professor and international studies director Deborah Avant and co-editors develop a framework for analyzing the international courts, organizations, corporations, bureaucrats, advocacy groups and states that have become key players in governing these and other global issues. They argue that studying the interactions of these state and non-state actors holds the key to understanding global governance. Here, Avant discusses the tenets of global governance and how understanding its dynamics has guided her policy advice on regulations for the global private military and security industry.
UCI immigration scholars take part in national teleconference supporting DREAM Act
Surge of support came days before a vote was expected from U.S. Senate
Rubén Rumbaut, UCI sociology
professor (pictured), and Roberto G. Gonzales, UCI sociology Ph.D. alumnus and University of Washington professor, were among a group of immigration scholars who participated
in a national teleconference December 13 to discuss their support of the DREAM Act. In early December, a number of immigration scholars - including Gonzales and Rumbaut and
several others from UCI - took part in drafting and signing a letter in support of the DREAM Act. The bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives but failed to gain
the necessary U.S. Senate votes required to close debate on the issue and proceed to a vote.
Click here to listen to an online recording of the teleconference and review the support letter penned by immigration scholars...
More from Lee on race, ethnicity and the multiracial debate
Interview is focus of book co-authored with UCI Chancellor's Professor Frank D. Bean, sociology
Following up on last year's on-screen interview with author Dalton Conley, UCI sociology associate professor Jennifer Lee continues her discussion of race, ethnicity and whether it's possible to be multiracial. The topics are the focus of her new book, The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in Twenty-First Century America, co-authored with Frank D. Bean, UCI Chancellor's Professor, sociology.
Solingen selected as president-elect of International Studies Association
Term to begin March 2011 with acting president role beginning in 2012
Etel Solingen, political science
professor and UCI Chancellor's Professor, has been selected to serve as president-elect of the International Studies Association (ISA). Her term as acting president of the
4,000+ member organization will begin in 2012 following one year of service as president-elect which officially begins in March 2011 at the association's annual meeting in
Montreal. Solingen is a past vice-president of ISA, and past-president of the organization's International Political Economy section.
Smith receives Bailey Award for paper on legislative representation of gays and lesbians
Award will be presented at 2011 annual APSA meeting
Charles Anthony "Tony" Smith,
political science assistant professor, is the recipient of 2011 Bailey Award presented by the LGBT Caucus of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The award is
presented each year at the annual APSA conference to the author of the best paper on an LGBT topic presented at the previous year's conference. The award winning paper was
co-authored with Benjamin Bishin, political science professor, UC Riverside, and is titled "Gay Rights and Legislative Wrongs: Representation of Gays and Lesbians." Smith and
Bishin presented the paper at the 2010 annual APSA meeting and will be presented with the award at the association's 2011 annual meeting in Seattle, September 1-4.
SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Homecoming 2011
January 22, 2011 @ 4:00 p.m. on Mesa Road, UCI
Join the School of Social Sciences
for UCI's annual homecoming street festival and basketball game! Visit the social sciences table on Mesa Road for free giveaways and networking opportunities. Bring a
business card and be entered in a prize drawing. Alumni can reserve up to four free basketball game tickets while supplies last. Register online at
http://www.alumni.uci.edu/event/homecoming/index.html (alumni only). Current UCI students will be admitted free to the game by showing a valid student ID at the student
entrance of the Bren Events Center.
SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Conference: Information for Monitoring the Global Private Military and Security Industry
January 27-29, 2011
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1321
Since the 1990s, a global private
military and security industry has emerged and boomed. Despite its widespread use by both states and non-state actors, the behavior of these forces - as well as those who hire
them - is still opaque. This conference aims to lay the ground work for a coordinated information sharing and collection effort to provide systematic data about this industry
to those researching it as well as those seeking to monitor and regulate it. Sponsored by the UCI Center for International Studies, UCI Center for Global Peace and Conflict
Studies (CGPACS) and UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), the three-day event will kick-off Thursday, January 27 @ 3:30 p.m. with a panel discussion
including international industry experts from the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, International Stability Operations Association, Wiggin & Dana Law Firm, and Center
for Democratic Control of Armed Forces in Geneva.
SPOTLIGHT EVENT - 2010 Eckstein Lecture: International State of Emergency
January 27, 2011 @ 3:30 p.m. in Engineering Lecture Hall (ELH), Room 100
The UCI Center for the Study of
Democracy, UCI Department of Political Science, and UC Irvine School of Law present the 2010 Eckstein Lecture, "International State of Emergency" with Kim Lane Scheppele,
Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, and director of the Program in Law
and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Since 9/11, she has researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world.
Her forthcoming book, Judging After 9/11, will be published in early 2012 by Harvard University Press. The annual Eckstein Lecture, established in 1999, recognizes
UCI Center for the Study of Democracy co-founder Harry Eckstein for his scholarly contributions to the study of democracy. Eckstein was a fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences; fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford; Guggenheim fellow; American
Political Science Association vice president; editor and member of the editorial board of World Politics; founding member of the editorial
board of Comparative Political Studies; IBM Professor of International Studies at Princeton University; UC Irvine's first Distinguished Professor, and then Distinguished Research Professor of political science at UC Irvine.
SPOTLIGHT EVENT - Social Sciences Expert Speaker Series: Update on the Economy
February 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517
What role does psychology play on
the business cycle? Does California really have a bad business climate? Is there real demand for a California High Speed Rail system? Is nuclear power a climate solution? Are
airline mergers bad for consumers? Get expert perspective from UCI economists on topics that impact Californians' daily lives at the second of three events in the 2010-11
Social Sciences Expert Speaker Series. Panel participants will include UCI economics professors David Brownstone, Jan Brueckner, Linda Cohen, Fabio Milani, and David Neumark.
RSVPs are requested due to limited space.