Spring 2017 Events


Research Colloquium

Dr. Gitte Sommer Harrits
Associate Professor in Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Visiting Scholar, KU Institute for Policy and Social Research

"Class Identities at the Frontline of the Danish Welfare State"

Many studies have shown how frontline institutions like schools, hospitals, policing or welfare offices function not only as bureaucratic settings guided by formal policies and organizational procedures, but also as social settings structuring the encounters between frontline workers and citizen-clients. This means, that different social identities and social and cultural expectations become important for policy implementation and interactions. This talk presents the findings of study of Danish preventive social policies as implemented by primary school teachers, pre-school teachers and health nurses. The study used semi-structured interviews combined with experimental vignettes to explore and compare frontline workers’ beliefs, identities, discretion and reasoning across institutions and contexts. It will be shown, how frontline workers draw on different social stereotypes, especially on social class, and how this informs the extent to which they find preventive initiatives relevant for different families. Also, the identities of frontline workers as both professionals and ‘human beings’ will be discussed in the context of class identity.
Monday, April 24, 2017   |   1:00-2:00pm   |    706 McCluggage, Fraser Hall


Student Recognition Ceremonies!

Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony
Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Friday, May 12, 2017
The Department of Sociology's Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony honoring Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 graduating sociology majors, Alpha Kappa Delta initiates and scholarship award recipients. Friends and family are welcome! Reception to follow with refreshments, music and photographer in the Malott Room!
Ceremony begins at 3:00pm  |   Students check in by 2:40 in the Malott room

Graduate Recognition Ceremony
706 Fraser Hall, McCluggage Conference Room
Friday, May 12, 2017


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