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Sociology

Sociology examines how changes in technology, work and social life affect our relationships with each other and the world. At Bentley, you’ll explore these connections through courses that integrate theoretical concepts with practical, hands-on research. Delving into such diverse topics as media and culture, criminal and social justice, immigrant entrepreneurship and human trafficking, you’ll develop a critical lens for understanding how social constructs are created and defined — and a deeper awareness of how that knowledge can be used to effect social change. And because every aspect of humans’ lives are “social,” a degree in Sociology can pave the way toward a successful career in virtually any industry, from law and finance to medicine and health to government and public policy.  

Cover of Tacit Racism, the newest book by Professor Anne Rawls

Rawls examines racism in America in new book

In her latest book, Tacit Racism, co-written with University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor Waverly Duck and published by the University of Chicago Press, Professor Anne Rawls explores how racism is coded into the everyday social expectations of Americans. Rawls and Duck and argue that these interactions can produce racial inequality, whether the people involved are aware of it or not, and that by overlooking tacit racism in favor of the fiction of a “color-blind” nation, we are harming not only our society’s most disadvantaged — but endangering society itself.

Professor Dan Everett seated at desk

Everett invited to SciFoo “unconference”

This summer, Professor Dan Everett will make a return visit to SciFoo, an informal annual conference held at Google’s California headquarters. Pioneered by O’Reilly Media, a leading publisher in the field of information technology, the invitation-only event is often hailed as an “unconference” because it has no predefined agenda; instead, attendees — comprising more than 200 leading scientists, technologists, writers and other thought-leaders — collaboratively create one during the first evening.

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Curtis Smith releases new book “Homelessness and Housing Advocacy: The Role of Red-Tape Warriors”

Through compelling ethnography, reveals the creative and ambitious methods that social service providers use to house their clients despite the conflictual conditions posed by the policies and institutions that govern the housing process. Combining in-depth interviews, extensive fieldwork and the author's own professional experience, this book considers the perspective of social service providers who work with the homeless and chronicles the steps they take to navigate the housing process. With assertive methods of worker-client advocacy at the center of its focus, the book beckons attention to the many variables that affect professional attempts to house homeless populations. It conveys the challenges that social service providers encounter while fitting their clients into the criteria for housing eligibility, the opposition they receive, and the innovative approaches they ultimately take to optimize housing placements for their clients who are, or were formerly, experiencing homelessness. Weaving as it does between issues of poverty, social inequality, and social policy, Homelessness and Housing Advocacy will appeal to courses in social work, sociology, and public policy and fill a void for early-career professionals in housing and community services. Published by Routledge.

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Anne Rawls
Professor and Department Chair
Morison 149E
781-891-3148
arawls@bentley.edu

 

Darlene Saunders
Senior Academic Coordinator
Morison Hall 109
781.891.2056
dsaunders@bentley.edu

Curt Smith
Minors Coordinator and Lecturer
Morison 193
781-891-2027
csmith@bentley.edu