Neighborhoods and Communities

Kwaku Abrefa Busia, PhD

Kwaku Abrefa Busia, Ph.D., is a RGC Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Assistant Professor) at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong where he completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy. He also doubles as a research associate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His doctoral [Read More...]

2024-01-24T15:28:25-05:00January 24th, 2024|

Perceptions of Childhood Neighborhood Social Cohesion and Cognitive Function in Middle and Late Adulthood

Background and Objectives Framed within the life course perspective andthe neighborhood stress model, this study investigated the associationbetween perceptions of childhood neighborhood social cohesion and cognitivefunction among middle-aged and older Chinese adults. We also examined whethergender, childhood hukou status, the Chinese national administrative householdregistration system, and birth cohort moderated the association. ResearchDesign and Methods This [Read More...]

2022-11-10T00:03:40-05:00November 10th, 2022|

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: The Role of Information Sources

Despite high enthusiasm surrounding the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, some older adults continue to remain hesitant about its receipt. There is limited evidence on vaccine hesitancy among community-dwelling older adults. In this study, we examine the prevalence and predictors (particularly the role played by information sources) of vaccine hesitancy in this group. We use [Read More...]

2022-01-07T14:28:59-05:00January 7th, 2022|

Coronavirus and sports leagues: obtaining a fair ranking when the season cannot resume

Many sports leagues are played in a tightly scheduled round-robin format, leaving a limited time window to postpone matches. If the season cannot resume due to an external shock such as the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the ranking of the teams becomes non-trivial: it is necessary to account for schedule imbalances and possibly for the [Read More...]

2021-09-24T11:52:47-04:00September 24th, 2021|

The family as (one- or two-step) social capital: mechanisms of support during labor market transitions

This paper uses a life-history grid to collect narrative data on the labor market transitions of young people aged 20–34 (n = 98) in order to analyze the support provided by relatives in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. Drawing on social capital theory, we explore these mechanisms by analysing the flow of resources within family networks [Read More...]

2021-09-17T02:26:02-04:00September 17th, 2021|

Serial Eviction Filing: Civil Courts, Property Management, and the Threat of Displacement

Drawing on over 8 million eviction court records from twenty-eight states, this study shows the role that eviction filings play in extracting monetary sanctions from tenants. In so doing, it documents an unanticipated feature of housing insecurity: serial eviction filings. Serial eviction filings occur when a property manager files to evict the same household repeatedly [Read More...]

2021-09-03T08:51:15-04:00September 3rd, 2021|

A House but Not a Home: How Surveillance in Subsidized Housing Exacerbates Poverty and Reinforces Marginalization

A robust literature has shown that surveillance disproportionately targets poor people of color through the criminal justice and welfare systems. However, little empirical research traces the mechanisms through which surveillance reproduces inequality in other domains, such as subsidized housing, where private actors including property owners and landlords do the work of surveilling tenants. In this [Read More...]

2021-07-23T13:05:02-04:00July 23rd, 2021|

Homemaking in the public. On the scales and stakes of framing, feeling, and claiming extra‐domestic space as “home”

This article reviews the emerging literature on the negotiation of home‐related feelings, claims, and practices in the public urban sphere, under the rubric of homemaking in the public. This contributes to a better sociological understanding of home and illuminates long‐debated societal questions such as the interaction between majority and minority groups and the shifting boundaries [Read More...]

2021-06-25T02:31:35-04:00June 25th, 2021|

Educating Incarcerated Professionals: Challenges and Lessons from an Extreme PhD Context

This essay outlines a unique set of challenges that we confronted as a PhD supervisor and candidate, drawing on a research project within a United States Federal Prison. We elicit the challenges that can be faced at different stages before, during, and after fieldwork, and share three lessons for others. First, exploring unique phenomena and [Read More...]

2021-05-06T21:22:45-04:00May 6th, 2021|

He aronga takirua: Cultural double-shift of Māori scientists

Can cultural identity be a disadvantage for indigenous employees? Can it lead to critical issues around workload and pressures? This article explores the role of cultural identity for Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the findings are telling. We target Māori scientists, given their limited number but growing legislated sector demands around cultural [Read More...]

2021-04-23T13:46:06-04:00April 23rd, 2021|
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