Full Issue: Volume 11
CLINICAL SOCIOLOGY REVIEW
Full Issue: Volume 11
CSR Editors 0 1 2 3 4 5
0 Historical Section Editor: Jan M. Fritz Department of Sociology, 5500 University Parkway, California State University at San Bernadino , 92047- 2397; 714-880-5558 , USA
1 Assistant Editor: Louisa Howe Psychomotor Institute , 60 Western Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139; 617-354-1044
2 Associate Editor: David W. Watts Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University , Hammond, LA 70402; 504-549-2101 , USA
3 Editorial Board: Jeanette Davidson, University of North Texas , Denton TX Richard J. Gagan, Tampa, FL John E. Glass , University of North Texas , Denton, TX Barry Glassner , University of Connecticut , Storrs, CT C. Allen Haney , University of Houston , Houston, TX David J. Kalian , Michigan State University , East Lansing, MI Elizabeth Briant Lee , Drew University , Madison, NJ Julia Mayo, St. Vincent's Hospital , New York, NY Vijayan Pillai , University of North Texas , Denton, TX Jerome Rabow , University of California at Los Angeles , Los Angeles, CA Mary Sengstock , Wayne State University , Detroit , MI Peter Stein, William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ Jean H. Thoresen, Eastern Connecticut State University , Williamantic, CT Lloyd Gordon Ward, Toronto , Canada
4 Book Review Editor: Harry Cohen Department of Sociology, Iowa State University , Ames, IA 50011; 515-294-6480 , USA
5 Teaching Notes Editor: Sarah C. Brabrant Department of Sociology , P.O. Box 40198, Universityof Southwest Louisiana, Lafayette, LA 70504; 318-235-7656 , USA
Editor: Susan Brown Eve
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The Clinical Sociology Review acknowledges with thanks the following special reviewers:
Mary Ann Campbell
Raymond A. Eve
Jonathan A. Freedman
John E. Glass
John F. Glass
Edward W. Gondolf
J. Barry Gurdin
James a. Kitchens
Lloyd Gordon Ward
W. David Watts
The Clinical Sociology Review is published annually by the University of North Texas Press,
in association with the Sociological Practice Association, a professional organization of
clinical and applied sociologists. Abstracts of all articles appear in Sociological Abstracts
and selected abstracts appear in Social Work Research and Abstracts.
Clinical sociology is the creation of new systems as well as the intervention in existing
systems for purposes of assessment and/or change. Clinical sociologists are humanistic
scientists who are multi-disciplinary in approach. They engage in planned social change
efforts by focusing on one system level (e.g., interpersonal small group, organization,
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Clinical Sociology Review publishes articles, essays, and research reports concerned
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clinical practice at the individual, small group, large organization or social system level
contributes to the development of theory, or how theory may be used to bring about change.
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About the Authors
HISTORY OF CLINICAL SOCIOLOGY
The Influence of Religion on the Chicago School of Sociology
The Transfer of Work Experiences into Family Life: An Introductory Study of
Workers in Self-Managed Work Teams
Leslie Stanley-Stevens, Dale E. Yeatts and Mary Thibodeaux 76
You and Your Clients: A Guide to a More Successful Law Practice Through
by Stanley S. Clawar
Children Held Hostage: Dealing with Programmed and Brainwashed Children
by Stanley S. Clawar Gerald Home 200
Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids
by Donna Gaines
Suzanne M. Retzinger 202
The Social Costs of Genetic Welfare
by Marque-Luisa Miringoff
William D. Davis 204
Values in Health Care: Choices and Conflicts
by John C. Bruhn and George Henderson
A Question of Values: Six Ways We Make the Personal Choices that Shape Our
by Hunter Lewis
Katrina Johnson 208
How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife
edited by Christopher Jay Johnson and Marsha McGee
Timing the De-escalation of International Conflicts
by Louis Kinsberg and Stuart J. Thorson
C. Margaret Hall 210
Dennis Kaldenberg 211
Susan Brown Eve
University of North Texas
The eleventh volume of Clinical Sociology Review marks the beginning of the
second decade of the journal. This is the decade in which the membership of the
Sociological Practice Association will face the challenge of what Phillip D.
Robinette, Past President of the SPA, has called the organization's mid-life crisis
(CSR, 1992). It is a time for the Association to reappraise its mission and set the
course for the future.
It is an exciting time for such a reappraisal, a time when national leaders are
promising change that will re-emphasize the basic social institutions, especially
family and community. These leaders are proposing to reassess the roles of federal,
state and local governments in making policy and in the delivery of services.
Functions best performed by the federal government, such as defense, health
insurance and retirement security, will be retained by the federal government. It is
proposed that other functions, such as education and crime control, be returned to
lower levels of government that are closer to the people who will be affected most
directly by these programs. State governments, local governments and
neighborhoods are to be challenged to develop innovative solutions to their own problems.
By definition, clinical sociologists are sociologists who work for change at the
micro-, meso- and macro-levels of society. Clinical sociologists will have many
opportunities to render service to state and local governments and agencies, and to
community groups, as these groups strive to meet the new challenges. Armed with
their theoretical and methodological skills, clinical sociologists can assist with the
necessary needs assessments, organizational analysis, program planning,
community organization, policy analysis, and evaluation,to buildprograms that work more
effectively and efficiently. The contents of this issue of CSR provide varied
examples of ways in which clinical sociologists might proceed to meet this
The first article, "The Influence of Religion on the Chicago School of
Sociology," by Luigi Tomasi, examines sociology's roots in religion and the
influence the interest in religion had on the work of sociologists in the nation's first
department of sociology. At a time when the nation is increasingly concerned with
ethics, it seems appropriate to reconsider the values that have shaped our own
The first three refereed articles in Volume 11 are concerned with family issues
in clinical sociology. The family is the first and most important social institution we
experience. A positively functioning family is the foundation of a positively
functioning society. Clinical sociologists have made and continue to make many
contributions to the development of the theories of family functioning, as well as
to the development of practice modalities with families. The first paper in this
section, "An Empirical Application of Interprofessional Consensus"by Stephanie
Amedeo Marquez and John Gartrell, examines the issue of determining the
validity of claims of child abuse. Based on their research using hospital records, the
researchers recommend the use of an index of interprofessional consensus for
improving the accuracy of the identification of cases of child abuse. In her article,
"Successful Facilitation of a Children's Support Group When Conditions Are Less
than Optimal," Sarah Brabant describes a support group for siblings who have
experienced the death of a significant other. Beverley Cuthbertson-Johnson and
Richard Gagan ("The Subjective Dimensions of a Bipolar Family Education/
Support Group: A Sociology of Emotions Approach") describe an education and
support group for relatives and partners of individuals with bipolar
The articles in the second section examine issues of concern to organizations.
As children mature into adults, increasing amounts of time are spent in formal
organizations. As the first article in this section illustrates, the functioning of these
organizations affects us in profound and intimate ways. Leslie Stanley-Stevens,
Dale E. Yeatts, and Mary Thibodeaux examine the positive effects of work
experiences on families in their paper, "The Transfer of Work Experiences into
Family Life: An Introductory Study of Workers in Self-Managed Work Teams."
This article illustrates the effect that external social organizations can have on the
effective functioning of the family.Russell J. Buento and C. Allen Haney examine
the three stage approach used by the military to notify next-of-kin of the death of
a relative in their article, "Dramaturgical Analysis of Military Death Notification."
The last two articles focus on the roles for clinical sociology in the judicial system.
In her article, "The Sociologist as Expert Witness," Jean H. Thoresen examines
the way in which sociologists can influence the definition of law through testimony
using their expertise and professional training. Harvey Moore and Jennifer
Friedman argue for increased use of participant observation as an aid to attorneys
during trial in their research based article, "Courtroom Observation and Applied
Litigation Research: A Case History of Jury Decision Making."
The final research article is an example of how clinical sociology can be used
at the societal level, to examine a significant social issue and then recommend
strategies for impacting that issue. In their article, "Government Sponsored Health
Care: A Cluster Profile of Supporter and Nonsupporters," Bonnie L. Lewis andF.
Dale Parent used cluster analysis to examine the characteristics of residents of
Louisiana who did and did not support government involvement in health care.
Based on their research, they suggested strategies that clinicalsociologist could use
to change support, including using local data, using the media for presentation of
factual information, and working with existing community organizations,
especially those that are already mobilized to address the issue of concern. Strategies
such as these could be used as importanttools by clinical sociologists as they work
to guide this new decade of change in a positive direction.
In this issue, the Teaching Notes Editor, Sarah Brabant, has again found two
exceptional articles on techniques and methods for enhancing the teaching of
clinical sociology. Social roles based on gender have been one of the areas of most
significant social change in the past half century and a that change process that
seems likely to continue. Martin Monto presents describes the use of a new sex role
inventory to help students clarify their own conceptions of gender and to consider
alternative conceptions. The article includes the items in the inventory, suggestions
for its use, and an annotated bibliography of research on its use. Harry Cohen, in
his article, "The Citicorp Interactive Work Ethic Game: Sociological Practice Use
in the Classroom," presents a game strategy developed by a major U.S. corporation
for teaching ethics that can be adapted to use in the sociology classroom. In the wake
of so many political and corporate scandals, Americans are very concerned with
ethics and clinical sociologists have an opportunityto take a lead in helping to shape
the ethics of a new generation of business and political leaders.
The Practice Notes Editor, Hugh Floyd, has found two diverse articles for this
section. The first, "Women's Discussion Groups: Applications of Identity
Empowerment Theory," by C. Margaret Hall, describes two women's empowerment
discussion groups that she has facilitated over a five year period. In this article she
suggests strategies that female sociologists can use to enhance the empowerment
of other women. At the SPA meetings in Pittsburgh in 1992, I had an opportunity
EDITOR'S PREFACE 11
to participate in a workshop in which Dr. Hall demonstrated her techniques, and I
can testify that the process was personally very enlightening. Norman L. Friedman
and Susan Schuller Friedman examine new roles for clinical sociologists in
formal organizations in their article, "Diversity Management: An Emerging
Employment/Consulting Opportunity for Sociological Practitioners."
Harry Cohen has continued his splendid work as Book Review Editor. The
books reviewed cover many of the same themes as the articles and notes. Gerald
Home reviewed Stanley Clawar's book, You and Your Clients: A Guide to a More
Successful Law Practice through Behavior Management, in which Dr. Clawar
advises members of the legal profession how to use clinical sociology to enhance
their practice. Two of the books deal with issues of childhood socialization,
especially problems among teenagers. These two books are Stanley Clawar's
Children Held Hostage: Dealing with Programmed and Brainwashed Kids,
reviewed by Gerald Home, and Donna Games' Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's
Dead End Kids, reviewed by Suzanne M. Retzinger. Given the current national
attention that our health care system in the United States is receiving, it is perhaps
not surprising to find that three of nine books reviewed deal with health care issues.
The first book examines The Social Costs of Genetic Welfare, authored by
MarqueLuisa Miringoff, and reviewed by William D. Davis. The second book is Good
Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time, written by Kathy Charmaz
and reviewed by Brenda Silverman. Katrina Johnson reviews Values in Health
Care: Choicesand Conflicts by John C. Bruhn and George Henderson, in which the
authors examine values related to health, prevention, normalcy, religious beliefs
and pain. The recurrent theme of values is raised again in Dr. Johnson's review of
A Question of Values: Six Ways We Make the Personal Choices that Shape Our
Lives by Hunter Lewis, and in C. Margaret Hall's review of How Different
Religions View Death and Afterlife, edited by Christopher Jay Johnson and Marsha
McGee. The book review section ends with Dennis Kaldenberg's review of
Timing the De-escalation of International Conflicts by Louis Kinsberg and Stuart
I would especially like to thank the section Editors for their hard work this year.
Teaching Notes, Practice Notes and the Book Reviews are exceptionally good.
Also, I would like to thank John C. Bruhn, Vice President for Publications, for
negotiating the SPA's contract to publish CSR with the University of North Texas
Press. It was a long and tedious process but the result is one that will result in a better
quality product for the SPA members. I would also like to thank Dr. James Ward
Lee, Director of the Center for Texas Studies at the University of North Texas.
Thanks are also due to the members of the Editorial Board for all their assistance.
Thanks are especially due to all the reviewers who took time from their busy
schedules to thoughtfully review manuscripts, who got their reviews in to the editor
in a timely fashion, and who patiently re-reviewed manuscripts until the editorial
process was complete. Anyjournal is only as good as the reviewers and we are very
fortunate to have such exceptionally good ones. We also owe a big "merci
beaucoup" to Veronique Ingman, of the University of North Texas, who has
conscientiously and painstakingly translated the English abstracts into French for
both Volume 10 and Volume 11.
Finally, I would like to thank the University of North Texas for the continued
generous financial support for CSR, as well as for the administrative support I have
received which has allowed me to serve as Editor this year. Two people who have
been especially supportive are Blaine A. Brownell, Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs, and Daniel M. Johnson, Dean of the School of Community
Service. I could not have produced the journal this year without the dedicated
assistance of my Editorial Assistant, Kim Alexander; Leslie Burkett, who copy
edited much of the material; Fonda Gaynier, in the Department of Sociology and
Social Work who managed the accounts and kept me organized; and Betty Griese
and her staff in the Computing Center, who did much of the word processing.
About the Authors
Sarah Brabrant is a professor of sociology at the University of Southwestern
Louisiana and a Certified Clinical Sociologist. Her research interests center on
social and cultural impacts with emphasis on strategies for intervention. She
presently facilitates support groups for Lafayette CARES, the local AIDS support
organization, and for Compassionate Friends, Arcadiana Chapter. Recent
publications include the development of a sociological oriented analogy for grief
counseling, AIDS grief counseling away from epicenters, grieving widows, and parental
Russell Buenteo received his master of arts degree from the University of
Houston. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at Purdue University. He is
a recipient of an American Sociological Association MinorityFellowship for
Harry Cohen lived the first twenty-three years of his life in urban Brooklyn,
New York among diverse immigrant groups. He is now working at Iowa State
University, Ames, where he brings interdisciplinary insights from philosophy,
family and marital therapy, and psychiatry to the teaching of courses with clinical
perspectives in social psychology and sociology of work. He is the author of
Connections: Understanding Social Relationships which presents the clinical uses
of sociological theoretical perspectives.
Beverley Cuthbertson-Johnson received her doctorate in sociology from
Arizona State University where she specialized in the Sociology of Emotions. She
completed a two-year clinical sociology internship program in the Department of
Psychiatry, St. Vincent's Hospital, New York City. She had considerable
experience working with individuals with emotional problems and disorders. She has
coled an outpatient group for individuals with bipolar affect disorder; she has also
initiated and led an education/support group for the family members and significant
others of individuals with bipolar disorder. In addition to a group clinical practice
at Southwestern Desert Medical Center, Tempe, Arizona, Dr. Johnson also teaches
marriage and family courses at Arizona State University, West. She is nationally
certified clinical sociologist as well as an Arizona Certified Marriage and Family
Jennifer Friedman is an associate professor of sociology at the University of
South Florida. Her research interests include deviance, family and research
Norman Friedman is professor of sociology at California State University,
Los Angeles. He has published widely in periodicals and research annuals about
work and occupations, ethnicity/religion, and popular culture. He is interested in
sociological practice as an occupational movement and the relationship of
sociological practice to other occupations.
Susan Schuller Friedman is an assistant professor of sociology at California
State University, Los Angeles. Her research interests are in sociology of aging,
medical sociology, and the sociology of business and entrepreneurship. As a
sociological practitioner, she has been involved in medical education consulting,
evaluation research, and grants administration.
Richard J. Gagan earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University in
1986. He is currently Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Social Science Program
at the University of South Florida in Tampa. His specific research interests focus
on social networks and health. More broadly, he has written on social change in
post-industrial society. His general interests are in bridging scientific and
humanistic models, and quantitative and qualitativemethods.
John Gartrell is a professor of sociology at the University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Canada. Besides his interest in child abuse measurement and
prevention, his research currently includes the study of health in native communities,
nursing worklife, public perceptions of AIDS, the social context of recycling, and
metamethods and positivism in sociology.
C. Margaret Hall is a professor and former chair of the Department of
Sociology at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. She teaches service
learning internship seminars, and has a private practice in individual and family
therapy. Dr. Hall has organized women's empowerment discussion groups in the
Washington metropolitan area for the last five years. Her research and publication
focus on theory construction in clinical sociology.
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C. Allen Haney is a professor of sociology at the University of Houston and
Director of the Medical Sociology Section. A Certified Clinical Sociologist, he has
worked with various hospice groups for over a decade. He is currently a Visiting
Professor at Rice University.
Bonnie L. Lewis is an assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern
Louisiana University. Her research interests lie in the areas of health care access,
financing of health care and health policy.
Stephanie Amedeo Marquez has a Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization
in victimization from the University of New Mexico. From 1986 to 1988, she was
involved with a National Institute of Mental Health research project investigating
rape trauma in adult women in Hawaii. The self-report scale of trauma measure that
the project developed will be included in the 1993 edition of Measures of Clinical
Practice. From 19898 to 1990, she taught sociology at Central Michigan State
University, and assisted an incest survivor's group and a battered women's shelter.
Currently, in addition to teaching Women's Studies, Justice Studies and sociology
at Arizona State University, she facilitates a group on campus for women sexual
Martin A. Monto is currently an assistant professor at the University of
Harvey A. Moore received his Ph.D. in sociology from Case Western Reserve
University in 1972. He is currently President of Trial Practices, Inc., in Tampa,
Florida. In the past, he has held positions as an associate professor in the Department
of Sociology at the University of South Florida (
); Director of the
University of South Florida Human Resources Institute (1979-1983); assistant to
the President of USF (1992-84); and Deputy Director for Research at USF
(198286). His areas of expertise include sociology of law, litigation consulting, jury
behavior, venue decisions, community standards, survey research, and deviant
behavior. Publications includenine books and 25 research articles, including Drug
Use and Emergent Organizational Responses, University of Florida Press, 1977.
F. Dale Parent is an associate professor of sociology at Southeastern
Louisiana University. His research interests included the corporatization of the American
health care system and rural health care.
Leslie Stanley-Stevens is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Texas
where she is a Teaching Fellow. She has worked as a research assistant for a project
studying self-managed work teams for three years. She received her master's
degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and her bachelor's degree from Texas
Mary S. Thibodeaux is an associate professor of business administration at
the University of North Texas. She is currently researching, writing and consulting
in the areas of multi-cultural diversity, self-directed work teams, and international
affairs. She is active in the Academy of Management and its regional affiliates and
is President -Elect of the International Academy of Business Disciplines.
Jean H. Thoresen is professor of sociology and applied social relations at
Eastern Connecticut State University, where she has taught since 1977. She
received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Western New England College School
of Law in 1989, and has presented papers and published in the area of family law
since that time. Her other major research and teaching interests are in the areas of
clinical sociology, qualitative methodology, children's rights, and lesbian culture
and identity, particularly among adolescents. In addition to her scholarly activity,
Dr. Thoresen is also the author os short stories and poems which have been
published in journals devoted to gay women and family therapy.
Luigi Tomasi is a member of the Department of Theory, History and Social
Research at Trento University, Italy. He is the author of The Young People of
Eastern and Western Europe: Values, Ideas and Prospects: 1991; The
Contribution of Florian Znaniecki to Sociological Theory (
); and Sociological Theory
and Development: The Case of the Asiatic South-East (
). He is Vice President
of the European Centre for Traditional and Regional Cultures and President of the
Cultural Association of Asiatic Studies.
Dale E. Yeatts received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia,
and is currently an assistant professor of sociology with a joint appointment in the
Department of Sociology and the Center for Studies in Aging at the University of
North Texas. Dr. Yeatts was formerly employed as an evaluation consultant in
Washington, D.C. Since coming to UNT, he has been Principal Investigator on a
research project on self managed work teams in industry, funded by the Texas
Advanced Research Program.
The Influence of Religion on the Chicago
School of Sociology
University of Trento
This paper concerns the influence of religion on the Chicago School of Sociology.
After showing the marginal importance that religion had in early sociological
American studies, this article takes issue with those interpretations that do not acknowledge
that the Chicago School remained interested in the topic of religion even after it had
freed itself of theological influence in order to concentrate more on solving the
problems in America at that time. It is the author's opinion that the Chicago School
promoted religious research not only during the time of Albion W. Small and Charles
R. Henderson when theological interest was strong, but later too, when a number of
studies concerning the problems of the city were written, as well as other studies that
sought a greater understanding of the ethnic factor. The purpose of this paper is to try
to interpret the role religion played in the various kinds of research produced by the
Chicago sociologists during the golden age of the School.
This paper sets out to explain how and why religion came to play such a
prominent role at the Chicago School of Sociology. Althoughthe School's explicit
interest in religious research was never articulated clearly, the topic of religion was
present from the very beginning within a varied and eclectic orientation.1
The Chicago School (Bulmer, 1984; Deegan, 1988; Harvey, 1987; Smith,
1988), whose interests focused on different aspects of the institutions of the city,
worked hard on the construction and the development of sociological theory
(Tomasi, 1989a, 1989b). The different research methods used at Chicago—
personal documents, social maps, ecological studies and the emphasis on field
work—indirectly approached the theme of religion.
The technique chosen by the sociologists—the social survey, considered
appropriate for describing a given territory, institution, or problem—inevitably led
to their involvement in religious themes, especially when they were dealing with
questions concerning administrative efficiency or welfare legislation. And, in fact,
the Chicago School's classic contribution to sociology lies in this precise context
and in combination with a growing number of voluntary civil and welfare
organizations which emerged in the period just before the First World War.
After illustrating the partial importance that religion had in early sociological
studies in America, this paper sets out to show its role in the sociological research
promoted at Chicago, contesting interpretations that do not acknowledge that the
Chicago School was responsible for promoting research on religion.
1. The Impact of Religion on the Early American Sociological Studies
The social conditions prevailing in the United States of America at the end of
the nineteenth century, particularly the problems caused by urbanization,
industrialization, and immigration to American cities (Harvey, 1987, 109-124), prompted
intellectuals to develop new interpretative approaches towards the understanding
of society. This research, which tended to describe the formation of a "new social
morality," closely involved people professing different religious faiths. Not by
chance, many of the early sociology researchers were Protestant ministers.
The poverty in the countryside and the squalor in the cities led to the creation
of a collectivist and egalitarian movement which very soon undermined the
Protestant ethic that had favored the "Natural Right" of powerful businesses in the
states between 1860 and 1920 (Baltzell, 1964, 158). This new idea was spread
across the United States by two movements: the "Settlement House" and the "Social
Gospel," both originating in England where the "Christian Socialists," led by
Charles Kingsley and Frederick Denison Maurice, were striving to reform the
negative aspects of industrial capitalism (Baltzell, 1964).
Settlement House started in England when a group of socialists founded
"Toynbee Hall" in London in 1884. This inspired Jane Addams and Ellen Starr
(Fritz, 1989, 78) to open "Hull House" in Chicago in 1889 (Addams, 1910),
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followed by the famous "House of Henry Street," opened in New York in 1893 by
Lillian Wald. The Social Gospel Movement (Hopkins, 1940; Morgan, 1969),
whose ideas were based on the conviction that the salvation of a person's soul was
useless without a parallel effort to christianize urban development, made a
fundamental contribution towards maintaining the new theories of social change.
The two main theorists of this movement were Washington Gladden, whose book
Applied Christianity appeared in 1886, and Walter Rauschenbusch, author of the
fundamental work, Christianity and the Social Crisis,published in 1907 (Goldman,
In the United States Protestant churches were receptive to the "New Social
Gospel," especially the Episcopal church, which founded two religious reform
bodies: "The Church Association for the Advancement of the Interests of Labor"
(CAIL) and "The Christian Social Unit" (CSU). The former was founded by Father
James S. Hutington in 1882 and the latter by Richard T. Ely in 1891.
Parallel to the beginning of the Social Gospel, Settlement House, and the
Political reform Movement was the emergence of the "New Social Science." Many
of the early sociologists, for example, William Graham Sumner, were clergymen
and were profoundly influenced by the philanthropic spirit of the age (Sumner,
1910). The alliance between Social Reform and New Social Science was clearly
symbolized when the National Institute of Social Science awarded its gold medal
to Lillian Wald in 1912. The relationship between the Social Gospel and the New
Social Science was further strengthened with the foundation of the American
Economic Association in 1885; Washington Gladden and another 22 ministers
were the signatories of the association's charter (Baltzell, 1964, 157-158; May,
The need to institutionalize the reform movement both by the state and by the
church was the basic task of the New Social Science, as was clearly emphasized by
William James and John Dewey for philosophy and psychology, Charles W. Beard
and Frederick Jackson Turner for history, Thorstein Veblen for economics, Lester
F. Ward and Charles H. Cooley for sociology, Oliver Wendell Holmes for law, and
Franz Boas for anthropology. All of them were opposed to racism, social
Darwinism, and determinism of a hereditary form, and believed in the ability of human
nature to respond to new social conditions. Although Edward A. Ross was a popular
sociologist of the time and Lester Ward was the first president of the American
Sociological Society, it was Charles H. Cooley who exercised a decisive influence
on sociology by being an outspoken critic of Social Darwinism and the theory of
You and Your Clients: A Guide to a More Successful Law Practice Through
Behavior Management, by Stanley S. Clawar. Chicago: American Bar
Association, 1988. 88 pp.
Children Held Hostage: Dealing with Programmed and Brainwashed Chil
dren, by Stanley S. Clawar and Brynne V. Rivlin. Chicago: American Bar
Association, 1991. 197 pp.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Stanley Clawar is a certified clinical sociologist, family mediator, and writer for
popular and scholarly journals. He has participated as an expert witness and/or
consultant in more than 1,000 cases involving domestic relations issues. His
coauthor in the second work, Brynne Rivlin, is a licensed clinical social worker who
also has been quite active in domestic relations cases; she has been a Senior Family
Conciliator for the Superior Court of Los Angeles. These two works provide useful
insights, helpful to lawyers and nonlawyers alike, in matters of general and specific
You and Your Clients is more relevant to the practicing lawyer, though social
scientists can read it profitably. Fundamentally, Clawar examines how lawyers
often function as social psychologists, whether they realize it or not; it is not unfair
to say that many of the best attorneys are well-aware of this function.
When you advise clients of their rights and options, for example, you are an
advisor. When you explain the risks of a certain tax shelter or custody decision, you
serve as educator, moving on to translator when you explain the legal terminology
of a petition or pleading. A fourth function is negotiator, used in settlement talks
or arbitrated disputes; contrasted by the traditional role of litigator, encompassing
your court time as well as trial preparation, (p. vii)
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What Clawar seeks to do in this book is provide some predictability as to how
"clients feel and react in the legal setting," and in detailing this he provides insights
that the social scientist will find illuminating (p. vii).
He discusses the vulnerability and fear, the indecisiveness and mistrust, the
avoidance, selective memory, fantasy, and hostility that often beset clients. More
importantly, he provides useful tips for the practitioner on how to handle such
dilemmas. His advice is so striking that a teacher, a physician, or anyone having to
deal with students or patients or clients can glean nuggets of information.
The same holds true for his discussion of how to deal with staff. He gives
guidelines concerning what to look for when hiring a secretary, other employees,
and associates. Some readers will find the author's pointers concerning how to
collect promised fees from "nopayers" and "slowpayers" the most beneficial
Nevertheless, despite the sterling qualities, the reader may close this book
hungering for more. For example, even the most nontheoretical, practice-oriented
lawyer may still desire some sort of overall perspective on this vast subject that the
author's brief treatment does not provide. Dr. Clawar's exposition on the question
of the forgetful client is of use, as noted, but there is little indication presented about
what may motivate this syndrome or any indication that the author is familiar with
the numerous lengthy treatises that have been penned on this crucial subject.
Children Held Hostage is a disturbing book. Drawing upon their immense
experience in domestic relations cases, the authors present disturbing examples of
how a parent may seek to "brainwash" or "program" a child against a targeted parent
in the context of a divorce, separation, or the like. A purpose of such tactics is to turn
a child against the targeted parent for purposes of gaining custody or seeking
revenge. With some clarity and passion the authors tell of how such practices not
only can backfire against the manipulative parent, but also can exact enormous
damage against the children involved. From the point of view of lawyers, this book
provides further evidence that domestic relations can be one of the most dangerous
and painful areas of practice. Of late a trend has developed of angry parents
attacking physically the lawyers in domestic relations cases, and a number of deaths
Like You and Your Clients, this book is lightly footnoted, but that does not
detract from the quite discerning treatment of the issues. Undoubtedly, one of the
most controversial chapters in this book is the one entitled "The Female Factor:
Why Women Programme More Than Men." They list a number of factors,
including the subordinated economic role of women in this society that often makes
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divorce more harmful to them, how society reinforces the idea that women gain
identity from parenting and the related idea that the process of pregnancy gives
women a closer connection to the child. Their clinical and research findings
revealed that "between 4 to 85 percent of females compared with 2 to 25 percent
of males were involved in programming/brainwashing of their own children.
Furthermore, females were more likely to fit at the extreme end of the continuum
in degree and type of programming/brainwashing" (p. 155). Though this is an
extremely sensitive topic, the authors discuss it in a manner that most will find
But, again, this chapter and others as well would have benefitted from drawing
upon other studies ranging far beyond the authors' "clinical and research findings."
This is far from being a fatal flaw but it is a flaw nonetheless.
Both of these books are well worth reading and make a signal contribution to
clinical sociology. As one who has practiced law—including domestic relations
law—I enjoyed both books immensely.
Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids, by Donna Gaines. New York:
Pantheon, 1991. 262 pp., $23 cloth.
Suzanne M. Retzinger
Superior Courts of California, Ventura County
Teenage Wasteland is about teenage subcultures. The book begins with a suicide
pact among four teenagers. Although it takes place in urban New Jersey, it could
be Anyplace, USA: It is a social-psychological case study of teenage lives. Gaines
shows how "young people are still the onlyminority without formal representation.
.... [They] suffer more absolute structural regulation than anyone.... The larger
societal system seems to set up to strip young people of their desire for self
determination" (pp. 239–40).
The book is written in an experiential,journalistic mode. A certain group of
teenagers called "dropouts," "troubled losers," "druggies," and "burnouts" are
labeled and stigmatized by the larger order. Gaines hung out with them, got their
confidence, and went into their lives and into their heads to know their experience
and what it feels like to carry these labels. She shows the social psychological
structure of their lives, and the importance of context in understanding their
experiences and feelings. She goes into their experience in a way that leaves the
reader identifying with the loneliness and hopelessness of their worlds.
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Reading Teenage Wasteland, one begins to identify with these teens on an
emotional level; the alienation they feel is overwhelming, with no one to turn to who
understands their experience. No one seems to even try to understand. The
"burnouts" seeno future in what the world has to offer. This only touches the surface
of their alienation, loneliness, and pain.
This book is valuable for anyone who wants to get into the mind and experience
of our youths: social workers, probation officers, teachers, counselors, parents,
almost anyone. Reading this book allowed me to appreciate in a new way not only
teenagers taking deviant paths, but all young people of the 80s. It is a different
generation than my own, and on the surface seems different. These young people
do not have the same future opportunities as teens from the 60s had; there are fewer
and fewer directions for young people to go. These young people are living in a
more alienated world and are more alienatedfrom the larger community—times are
harder and chances for a better life have diminished. To outsiders they look "tough,
scruffy, poor, wild. Uninvolved in and unimpressed by convention, they create an
alternative world, a retreat, a refuge" (p. 9).
When we get below the surface, we can all relate to the experience of these
people; the underlying emotions are the same for all of us—shame, humiliation, and
anger. Often "dropouts, losers," and so on are condemned for not wanting to read,
for going through the motions of getting an education, for being apathetic, for taking
an alternative route. Condemnation only increases the abyss. Hopelessness, anger,
shame, and fear remain.
For "burnouts" or gangs, alienation is the common bond—this is the way they
survive the pain. But in some ways they are one step ahead of the adult world; at
least they are aware of the alienation.They reject a dysfunctional society. Adults
are simply alienated, and are oblivious to the lack of bonds; adults are frightened
and annoyed by kids hanging out, by green hair and skin heads, earrings—without
dealing with alienation or feelings.
After reading Teenage Wasteland, you will not blame the teenagers for moving
away from the mainstream. Many ask the question, "What is wrong with the
burnouts, the dropouts, the druggies?" But we seldom ask what is wrong with the
conformists who tolerate the alienation, who buy the world as it is and accept
injustice—who become adults who perpetuate the system. "They can easily live in
their own world, sleepwalking through stale family life, boring school, and bad
jobs. The dullest, most apathetic students will come alive when left to their own
devices" (p. 99). "Their way of fighting back is to kill themselves before everything
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else does" (p. 103). Some of the young people do not buy the alienation of the adult
world, but there is no one to turn to, nowhere to go, fewer resources.
Viewing the anger and alienation of teenagers as simply a personal problem
removes the event from the social context and insults the person further. Alienation
continues. Gaines keeps the issue within its rightful context.
What I was left with from Teenage Wasteland is a system of unacknowledged
emotion which leads to blame: adults blame the kids who blame the adults who
blame Heavy Metal, ad infinitum. I see a system where everyone is oppressed, some
worse than others, some more aware than others. We are all in the boat together: our
name is Alienation. The fundamental question that I went away with from this book
is about alienation on all levels, within and between persons and groups: How do
we communicate to bridge the gap? How do we manage our human bonds?
Scheff and Retzinger, in Emotions and Violence: Shame and Rage in
Destructive Conflicts (
), discuss the nature of human bonds and how communication
works to increase or decrease alienation. Braithwaite's Crime, Shame and
Reintegration (1989), on reintegrative shame, may give law enforcement officers
a new perspective on dealing with teenage subcultures in a way in which they will
be heard. "The police would not release the suicide note . . . most young people
watching thought this was the worst insult. Even in death, the parents won out. The
dicks wouldn't even let them get their last word in. Denied to the bitter end" (p. 27).
Alienation goes on, but it need not.
The Social Costs of Genetic Welfare, by Marque-Luisa Miringoff. New Brunswick,
NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1991. 210 pp.
William D. Davis
Coastal Carolina College
Miringoff identifies an emerging viewpoint associated with genetic intervention
and reproductive technological capacities in the medical arena and labels it "genetic
welfare." For the most part, such gene tampering is viewed dysfunctionally.
Disabilities will be identified and rectified before a person is born. The importance
of the mother will be subordinated to the rights of the fetus. Biological determinism
and eugenics once again become issues when the elite (physicians and scientists)
make policy decisions as to who will and will not undergo genetic counseling and
who will and will not benefit from genetic intervention. For those who do not—the
poor, minorities, the disinherited—the old stigmas that the disabled have slowly
been shedding may again be heaped upon them many-fold.
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Although the author admits that a genetic welfare ideology is not yet pervasive
in society, its seeds are sown and its possible future should frighten humanist
sociologists. The book Should the Baby Live? by Helga Singer, Dobzhansky's cost
analysis of genetic variants, and such possibilities as the invention of life via
artificial insemination followed by its being aborted just to obtain fetal tissues for
transplants provide examples used by Miringoff to demonstrate the increased
acceptance of genetic welfare. There is a great indifference among the majority of
us to this emerging world view, as we fail to see its social costs. The recent successes
in destigmatizing genetically and environmentally produced deviants is threatened.
Specialization routinizes these newly introduced technologies, thus isolating both
the public and medical practitioners from the impact of this ideology.
After discussing the increased stigmatization, powerlessness, and alienation of
those deemed "unfit" by genetic welfare, Miringoff turns to the second concern of
her book: public policy making. Drawing from specific examples wherein
regulatory boards and the general public participated in defining, delimiting, and/or
encouraging genetic research, the author recommends an approach that questions
the issues of medical access and high technology. When there is input from outside
the medical industry, there is hope that a balance can be struck between the values
of science and public concerns.
This book claims a social problems/social policy approach. Itcompartmentally
by chapter appeals to labeling theory, Marxian theory, and a multitude of other
quotable sources. There is no overarching viewpoint by which to fit the various
chapters together. It is a warning as to what will occur if the author's view of genetic
welfare becomes more pervasive. It is a worthwhile effort to raise our consciousness
as past warnings concerning nuclear energy, creation of new species, global
warming, etc. have done. It is yet to be proved whether Miringoff's assumptions are
valid. There is no original data to test her "emergence" hypothesis that the public,
medical practitioners, academicians, etc., really support this viewpoint. The outcry
of today's pro- and anti-choice proponents suggest not. Have not historical
overviews, structural theory, and Marxian sociology already predicted that social
organization and ideology will be used primarily to the benefit of the rich? Genetic
welfare may be more a product of supply and demand in a market system than some
new emergent ideology. This book provokes the discussion of social problems,
demonstrates its applications in policy making, but has not explained the structure
of its evolution beyond an immediate present. It challenges the easy road:
reductionism of disabilities to genes. It ignores an old sociological theory: cultural lag.
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Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time, by Kathy Charmaz.
New Brunswick, NJ: RutgersUniversityPress, 1991.311 pp., $24.95 cloth. ISBN 0-8135-1711-7.
Kathy Charmaz provides the reader with a well-written, thorough, and complete
rendition of the effects on the self of living with a chronic illness. We are led through
the lives of 55 people who have chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes,
emphysema, Hodgkins' lymphoma,lupuserythematosus, multiplesclerosis, mixed
connective tissue disease, renal failure, and many others. These diseases are
characterized by periods of remission, when illness symptoms are quiescent and
may not interfere with life and are not apparent to others, and exacerbation, when
symptoms again demand attention and may leave the person incapacitated.
The author states several goals. Shewants the reader to experience through her
interpretive sociology the "private face of a public problem" (p. 4), what illness and
disability mean to people who have a chronic disease. Further, she is interested in
the concepts of time and self, how people define and experience time and self and
how self changes because of illness. "Living with serious illness and disability can
catapult people into a separate reality—with its own rules, rhythm, and tempo" (p.
4). The literature in the sociology of health and illness is rich with ethnographies,
studies of emotions, and investigations into how medical students are socialized,
and is characterized by an interactionist perspective in the tradition of Mead
precisely because definitions of diseases and the meanings attached to illness are
changeable. Charmaz states that she has gone beyond these prior works by focusing
on the depth of the experiences portrayed, and on how the struggle for control over
time and illness is a "struggle to control the defining images of self (p. viii).
Charmaz presents a well-documented and insightful telling of her interviewees'
stories following the Glaser and Strauss grounded theory method, which
emphasizes refining and developing one's theoretical constructs from emergent
categories. She not only conducted lengthy qualitativeinterviews once but reinterviewed
half her subjects and then followed 16 of them for 5 to 11 years, acting in effect as
a participant observer. She refers to her methodology as social constructionist and
phenomenological. Given the elusive nature of self and time, and the inevitable
change in her subjects over time because of the nature of their diseases, she is able
by reinterviewing to demonstrate how people construct and reconstruct their
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The book is broken into three major sections plus an introduction, epilogue,
methodological appendix, notes, and glossary of medical conditions. Part I focuses
on "Experiencing Chronic Illness," including illness as interruption, intrusive
illness, and immersion in illness. Each chapter is presented as a series of categories
which can have subcategories. For example, in Chapter 2, "Chronic Illness as
Interruption," she lists and illustrates from her interviews four ways in which a
person might define illness as interruption. She then introduces the experience of
time as elusive time, waiting time, or crisis time. For example, someone who
believes illness will be temporary will experience waiting for recovery. In Chapter
4, "Immersion in Illness," time is categorized as unchanging time, dragging and
drifting time, and immersion time in retrospect.
Part II deals with the practical problems of living with chronic illness. The
chapter "Disclosing Illness" illustrates the many dilemmas disclosure can present
with regard to employment, spouses, and other family members. Two categories,
for example, which she examines in the chapter "Living with Chronic Illness" are
simplifying life and reordering time and scheduling.
Part III contains four chapters: "Time Perspectives and Time Structures,"
"Timemakers and Turning Points," "The Self in Time," and "Lessons from the
Experience of Illness." The first two of these chapters focus on such issues as living
one day at a time, mapping a future, creating a chronology of one's illness, finding
positive events, and looking at past selves and past emotions. Finally the book
culminates with looking at the self in the past, present, and future. The last chapter
is a brief excursion into social policy.
Although very well written, this book felt a bit tedious. Each category and
subcategory is well-illustrated, but at times I felt as if I were reading only strings
of excerpts from people's lives.
Stylistic points aside, Charmaz does not define social policy implications.
Only four pages are devoted to this very large topic, which is far more complicated
than she indicates. She essentially calls for the health care system to provide more
services. She does "grant" that some hospitals mightoffer a rehabilitation program,
but she glosses over that. At a time when the health care system is itself in a deep
crisis, suggesting that more services be offered is not practical and, worse,
trivializes the rest of her message. A challenge for Charmaz or other researchers in
health care would be to document the many programs which do exist to support
patients and to show their strengths and deficiencies for supporting a positive view
of self. Also, how might Medicare and Medicaid be restructured to emphasize
prevention, wellness, and positive views of self for the chronically ill which might
have the spin-off of reducing health care costs?
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A Question of Values: Six Ways We Make the Personal Choices that Shape our
Lives, by Lewis Hunter. Scranton PA: Harper Scott Foresman, 1991. $9.95 ISBN
Katrina W. Johnson, PhD
Behavior and Social Research
National Institute on Aging
At first, sharing a term in the title appears to be the major commonality of these two
very different books. A Questions of Values is in the mode of self-help and personal
exploration with an easy-going style; Values in Health Care is decidedly academic
and text-bookish. But a closer look finds more similarities such as a penchant for
"say what you want to say, say it, and say what you said." On a more meaningful
level, both have potential relevance for applied sociologists willing to pick and
choose from the two different styles in order to answer practical questions.
In A Question of Values, the author's approach is appealing for a wide range
of readers (with endorsement by Scott Peck) as it defines six basic types of value
systems: authority, logic, sense experience, emotion, intuition, and "science"
(quotation marks are those of Lewis). Each source of values and personal choices
gets a chapter. Case studies of how well-known individuals (Barth, Einstein,
Gandhi, Meir) have exemplified or combined a value system is helpful in modeling
an analysis of values as played out in writing and action. The chapter on values in
the classroom (all levels of moral education) is used as an example of how Lewis's
paradigm can be applied to social issues. A "How to Read this Book" section is a
useful way for readers to sample the issues without becoming bogged down in a
search through the Index for a unified topic. There is a certain amount of
sciencebashing in which the author is heavy on psychological systems of authority.
Sociologists will note that "scientific" attention to the larger perspective, as
opposed to individually-based disciplines like psychology, is called
"socio-demoanthro-eco-techno model building" (no citation). Luckily, this discussion is brief.
For sociologists in a practice setting, introspection on personal values may
clarify an individual practitioner's approach to applied problem-solving while the
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use of value clarification to examine social issues also has relevance for academic
In contrast to Lewis'sbreadth and breeziness, Bruhn and Henderson are highly
focused on values related to health care and the book is written specifically for
teaching health care professionals. A sense of urgency pervades the
well-documented chapters, evoking for values an importance to equal or rival the clinical
chorus and treatment plans which dominate medical training. The chapters are
carefully crafted in parallel presentations so that values related to health,
prevention, normalcy, religious beliefs, pain, and choices each begins with a witty
quotation, marches through definitions, classical references and scientific studies,
current issues, and professional implications. Each chapter concludes with
numerous and rich medical references and a list of suggested further reading. The chapter
on pain and suffering carries a message of concern for patients as more than cases,
using both scientific data and the popular press as justification.
Despite—or because of—the medical school orientation, the book does not
idealize physicians or glorify new technologies. For example, although the
treatment of health and religious values too-glibly summarizes American ethnic
minority populations, it also urges respect for traditional beliefs and points out the
pitfalls of ignoring ethnic differences in every-day medical care. "Healing" as a
value, however, is carefully separated from "helping" in the medical model
tradition of physicians as distinct from others.
Appendices, which include documents from the Hippocratic oath to Roe vs.
Wade are themselves a fascinating revelation of contemporary medical practices
and how a profession defines itself. A sociological distinction between sociology
"in" and sociology "of medicine can be seen in the chapters discussing real-life
choices related to truth-telling to patients, health promotion and in the numerous
times abortion, AIDs, and the "right to die" are examined. The weakness of such
a densely written volume is that the reader is buffeted by an almost forced attention
to "on the one hand..., and on the other—" The authors' own values and opinions
are reserved for exhortations on professional integrity rather than issues.
It is undoubtedly my trainingin academic and practice sociology that leads me
to read these books looking for sociological applications (are we desperate?). None
of the authors would accept the idea of a "value-free" science although they struggle
objectively to identify assumptions that influence choices both scientific and
personal. In that mode, the contribution of these works is not so much in exposure
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to the possibility of narrow and rigid opinions that will result in unexamined choices
(we already know that) but in the "value" of solving problems through an analysis
that finds solutions from equally-weighted different approaches.
My advice? Grab Lewis for the next plane trip and keep Bruhn and Henderson
with its rich references on a nearby shelf!
How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife, edited by Christopher Jay
Johnson and Marsha G. McGee. Philadelphia: The Charles Press, 1991. 352 pp.,
$14.95 paper. ISBN 0-914783-55-6.
C. Margaret Hall
This is a compendium of specialist surveys of varied religions—Assemblies of
God, Baha'i, Baptist, Buddhist, Churches of Christ, Mormon, Hindu, Islam,
Judaism, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist,
Unitarian, and Methodist—with attention to their perspectives on death. The editors
describe their analytic interests in an introduction and conclusion.
The Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data show that How
Different Religions View Death and Afterlife is a reprint of Encounters with Eternity
(1986). As a consequence, this book is not as clearly focused as its title suggests.
Although each religion needs general description, in order to put views on death in
perspective, the end result is encyclopedic rather than thematic.
The arrangement of chapters also detracts from the central topic of contrasting
beliefs. The editors describe their selected religions as falling into three groups—
"America's most heavily populated organized Christian denominations; smaller
but rapidly growing or sociologically and theologically interesting Christian
groups; and the largest non-Christian denominations represented in American
society" (p. 12)—but arrange their chapters in alphabetical order. Although
objective, systematic orderliness may enhance quick-and-easy reference
usefulness, it offers no substantive guide to readers. This book would have been more
comprehensible if the editors had grouped religions according to similarities or
contrasts in belief and practices, or had placed their chapters in thematic sections
with formal introductions.
How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife could be used as a resource
text for undergraduate, graduate, or professional courses which examine the
influence of religious beliefs on qualities of life and death. However, in spite of its
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scope of study, and the inferences that clinical sociologists and sociological
practitioners could make about specific religions and behavior, this book is
essentially catalogued information.More substantive analysis by the editors (and
others) is badly needed, and the introduction and conclusion are too sparse to give
readers a firm grasp of issues raised. The appendix—key questions about death and
afterlife, with answers from all fifteen religions—moves toward accomplishing the
task, but an appendix cannot substitute for direct analysis and discussion.
The quality of specialist contributions is uneven, and their varied formats
distract rather than aid the absorption of complex data. Although brevity is
necessary and appropriate for analytic purposes, some distinctions must be
maintained. For example, the editors note that a Reform perspective is used in the review
of Judaism, but this author does not comment about substantive differences among
Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Jews, or identify himself with Reform
Judaism. In addition, the editors should have assumed responsibility for the
consistent use of inclusive language.
How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife provides some valuable
information for making connections between beliefs and behavior, and may meet
the editors' stated purpose of broadening readers' understanding and empathy by
clarifying their own religious views. As religion is a significant clinical variable—
at individual, family,community,and social levels—sociological practitioners can
benefit from the substance of this book.
Timing the De-escalation of International Conflicts, by Louis Kriesberg and
Stuart J. Thorson. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 1991. 304 pp.
Dennis O. Kaldenberg
Oregon State University
The ancient aphorism reminds us that "To everything there is a season and a time
to every purpose under the heaven." Appliedto conflict resolution,it would suggest
that there is a time to intervene in a conflict and a time to refrain from intervening.
"This book offers assessments of when the time is actually right for a de-escalatory
effort" (p. 1). The authors use an introduction and eleven major essays to speak to
the issue of timing in international conflict de-escalation. The articles in the book
were chosen to address three sets of issues in timing de-escalation: 1)the conditions
conducive to de-escalation, 2) the effectiveness of various strategies in various
conditions, and 3) the consequences of acting or failing to act at either the
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appropriate or inappropriate time. Separate sections of the book are organized to
address the first two of these issues; the third issue is discussed in readings
throughout the book.
Part One of the book includes a collection of essays which address the issue of
conditions conducive to de-escalation. The first chapter, by Terrence Hopmann,
examines the role of external events in the negotiations to improve relations
between countries that are in conflict. His review of empirical studies and cases
concludes with specific, practical, policy-oriented suggestions for those doing
negotiations within the context of the international environment. Indar Jit Rikhye
writes a chapter on the types of conflict conditions that warrant involvement by the
United Nations secretary general, and the role that the secretary should play once
involved. Richard Haass examines the intrinsic and extrinsic conditions that led to
a "ripe time" for cold war de-escalatory efforts. His chapter examines successful
INF reduction negotiations between the United States and Soviet Union. Also
addressing the issue of conditions, Jo Husband's chapter attempts to classify ways
in which domestic factors affected timing and opportunities for efforts to reduce
conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Part Two of the book examines the issue of strategies for de-escalation. The
first chapter in this part is an attempt to develop a theory of de-escalation which
focuses on the way adversaries define their relationship to each other. In it, Roger
Hurwitz points to the importance of relationship redefinition in successful
deescalatory efforts. The following chapter by I. William Zartman and Johannes
Aurik examines the role that positive and negative power (promises and threats,
respectively) play in de-escalation. Juergen Dedring's chapter on superpower
strategies in the efforts to terminate the war in Beruit illustrateshow de-escalation
can be undermined by failing to include all of the primaryparties (Israel in this case)
in the de-escalation efforts, failing to synchronize timing of the actors who could
effect the de-escalation efforts, and failing to match strategy to prevailing
conditions. Two-track diplomacy, nongovernmental, informal and unofficial
negotiations between parties from different countries is examined in a chapter by John
McDonald. Two-track efforts are most likely to be used by parties who feel their
interests are not being addressed in formal/official negotiation efforts. Such
twotrack systems are illustrated by the negotiations between scientists from different
countries, or between business representatives and countries' representatives (for
example, Armand Hammer and the Soviets) or participation in citizen exchange
programs. Such multiple track programs are effective not only because they serve
to generate dialogue between groups at conflict, but also because they destroy the
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need for an enemy among selected consistent groups from both countries. Ralph
Earle discusses the role that private negotiations (those done outside the purview
of official government-to-government negotiations) can have in the de-escalation
efforts. While such efforts often may help the movement toward de-escalation, they
may not be entirely successful at reducing or resolving a conflict. If such efforts are
made, they are best limited to minor disputes, undertaken by individuals with the
facts necessary to negotiate effectively, and done with the approval and
coordination of official parties.
The two chapters of Part Three provide closure on the many topics and
perspectives discussed in previous chapters of the book. Jeffrey Z. Rubin
emphasizes that the time is ripe to begin a systematic study of the role of timing in conflict
resolution which moves beyond abstract, subjective assessments. The final chapter,
by James P. Bennett, Goodwin Cooke, and Stuart J. Thorson, points to the
importance of integrating theory and practice. One important application of theory
to practice is in providing assistance, guidelines, and norms to the people who are
doing the negotiations. Although contextual factors make direct applications from
the past difficult, there still is something to be learned from the quote by George
Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
The collection of essays in this book provides detailed historical examples
combined with scientific generalizations on the issue of conflict resolution between
nations at conflict. It illustrates that while conflict de-escalation can benefit from
systematic scientific study, it cannot be completely understood without reference
to the values of parties involved in the conflict de-escalation effort. This book on
the role of timing and its relationship to conditions and strategies in de-escalation
is a valuable contribution to theory on conflict resolution. Although aimed
specifically at de-escalation of international conflicts, the generalizations about
timing and intervention in the conflict process will be valuable to clinical and
applied sociologists who deal with efforts to reduce conflict between other parties
(individuals, groups, organizations, families).
Resumes en francais
L'influence de la religion sur l'Ecole de Sociologie de Chicago
Get expose traite de l'influence de la religion sur 1'Ecole de Sociologie de
Chicago. Dans un premier temps, 1'auteurinsiste sur le role marginal que la religion
a joue dans les premieres etudes americaines de sociologie. L'auteur, par la suite,
critique certaines interpretations qui tendent a passer sous silence le fait que 1'Ecole
de Chicago a continue a s'interesser a la question de la religion meme apres s'etre
liberee de l'influence theologique, afin d'etre en mesure de mieux se pencher sur
les problemes qui, a 1'epoque, se posaient en Amdrique. Selon 1'auteur, 1'Ecole de
Chicago aurait encourage la recherche dans le domaine de la religion, non
seulement a 1'epoque d'Albion W. Small et de Charles R. Henderson, epoque a
laquelle 1'interet en matiere de theologie etait tres prononce, mais egalement plus
tard, lorsque plusieurs etudes relatives aux problemes de la ville de Chicago furent
realisees. Des etudes supplementaires visant a une meilleure comprehension du
facteur ethnique furent egalement effectuees a cette epoque. Le but du present
article est d'essayer de definir le role que la religion a joue dans les differentes
recherches realisees par les sociologues a Page d'or de ladite Ecole.
Une application empirique du consensus interprofessionnel
Stephanie Amedeo Marquez et John Gartrell
L'etablissement de la veracite en ce qui concerne 1'incidence croissante
d'enfants maltraites pose un probleme aussi bien aux sociologues qu'aux
professioneelsd' organismes divers. Deplus,ceci represente egalement un probleme
pour toute etude dependant de la validite et la fiabilite des comptes-rendus
d' incidents, en particulier en ce qui concerne la selection d' echantillons ou celle de
sujets. Cette etude a pour but de tester la theorie de consensus interprofessionnel en
ce qui concerne le mauvais traitement des enfants, a partir de rapports trouves dans
des fiches d'hopital. La moyenne de conformite(consensus interpersonnel) de 1O
rapports professionnels differents est tres elevee (elle a ete etablie au moyen d'une
analyse de correlation). Deux dimensions specifiques influencent le consensus.
L'un des facteurs traite de la difference dans la maniere dont les organismessociaux
ou legaux determinent les mauvais traitements. Malgre le groupement de ces
organismes en entiles distinctes, aucunedifference notoire entre les organismes n'a
ete relevee. Les criteres de determination qui sont communs aux deux groupes
d'organismes incluent la maladie mentaleet Tabusde medicaments chez le pere ou
la mere. L'utilisation de la theorie de consensus interprofessionnel fournit ainsi aux
chercheurs et aux sociologues praticiens un index utile qui leur facilitera
1'identification plus precise de cas ou d'echantillons en vue d'une etude ulterieure.
Dans cette etude, il s'agit d'un groupe d'enfants, issus de la meme famille,qui
s'organisent pour s'aider reciproquement. D'apres 1'auteur, le groupe prospere
depuis trois ans. Le cadre, sobre, se compose au plus d'une table et de quelques
chaises. L'espace de rangement se limite a un tiroir dans un classeur. Les enfants
ont entre trois et vingt ans. Quelques-uns des participants assistent a une seule
reunion; d'autres, au contraire, y assistent regulierement. Malgre la difference
d'age des enfants, le manque de stabilitedu groupe, un amenagementprecaire et un
cadre restreint, le programme reussit. Les hypotheses fondamentales,les objectifs,
les techniques, ainsi que les ressources necessaires au fonctionnement du projet
sont presentes dans cet expose; les problemes fondamentaux y sont debattus.
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La dimension subjective des groupes educatifs de soutien crees pour les families
dont certains membres sont atteints de psychose maniaque depressive bipolaire.
Beverley A. Cuthbertson et Richard J. Gagan
Cet expose traite des emotions prevalentes ressenties par les membres d'un
groupe forme dans le but d'eduquer et d'aider les familles et les partenaires
d'individus souffrant de psychose maniaque depressive bipolaire. Les auteurs
cherchent a identifier les caracteristiques des Emotions ressenties. Ils tentent
egalement de definir les contextes de situation, de definition et de comportement
qui ont suscite soit des emotions particulieres, soit des combinaisons demotions.
L'etude examine egalement la facon dont certaines emotions sont ressenties,
interpretees, exprimees et confrontees. Une importanceparticuliere est accordee a
l'incertitude emotionnelle, a l'erosion des emotions positives par les Emotions
negatives et aux impasses emotionnelles. L'article esquisse aussi le contexte
educatif de soutien et les processus divers permettant aux membres du groupe de
normaliser, modifier,ou reduire certaines Emotions particulierement angoissantes,
tout en essayant d'encourager ou de renforcer les emotions positives.
La maniere dont les experiences au travail influent sur la vie familiale: une etude
preliminiare d'ouvriers dans des equipes de travail autogerees
Leslie Stanley-Stevens, Dale E. Yeatts et MaryThibodeaux
Dans cet article, les auteurs decriventles effets que 1'aptitude au travail exerce
sur la vie familiale.Les auteurs se sont servis des donnees d'une enquete provenant
d'une etude en cours dans 1'une des usines Boeing. Les correlations se sont averees
fortement positives. Des etudes anterieures qui avaient fait ressortir la correlation
entre un chef pret a soutenir ses ouvriers, d'une part, et les rapports harmonieux au
sein de la famille, d'autre part, ont ainsi ete validees. De plus, le concept
"d'isomorphisme", c'est-a-dire, le concept de la similarite entre le comportement
au travail et le comportementchez soi, a egalement ete confirme. Selon les auteurs,
les differences de sexe relevees au cours de recherches anterieures n'ont pas ete
confirmees dans la presente etude.
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Notification du deces d'un miltaire: une analyse dramaturgique
Russell J. Buento et C. Allen Haney
Le processus de notification du deces d'un militaire sert a expliquer les
interactions entre les membres de la famille proche et les personnes notifiees. Cette
etude presente une analyse dramaturgique du processus en question. L'utilisation
d'accessoires divers ainsi que les performances des acteurs dans ce cadre y sont
discutees afin detrouver une explication organisationnelle des contraintes auxquelles
la famille proche est sujette. L'article tente egalement d'expliquer les attentes et les
anticipations des membres de la famille du defunt lorsque cette derniere previent
d'autres personnes d'un deces survenu.
Le sociologue dans le role de 1'expert cite comme temoin
Jean H. Thoresen
Le role de 1'expert cite comme temoin dans les debats au tribunal constitue une
partie importante du systeme judiciaire americain. En augmentantleur disponibilite
ainsi que leur participation aux procedures legates, les sociologues sont a meme de
faire des contributions non negligeables a 1'evolution du Droit en tantqu'institution.
L'une des facons d'accomplir ceci est de servir en qualite d'expert cite comme
temoin. Au tribunal, 1'expert cite comme temoin peut parvenir a faire ce dont nul
autre temoin ne serait capable: il peut emettre des opinions et proposer des
conclusions fondees uniquement sur sa formation et ses connaissances techniques.
Cela lui permet de jouer un role particulier et lui fournit 1'occasion de definir
certains domaines de la loi, comme par exemple, ce qui constitue une famille,
comment proteger les "meilleurs interets de Penfant" quand il s'agit de determiner
a qui incombera la garde de ce dernier, ou encore, dans quelles circonstances
1' incarceration ou le placement en institution paraissentindiques. Pour etre competent
dans ce role, il est necessaire que les sociologues comprennent 1) ce que les
tribunaux recherchent dans 1'expert cite comme temoin,2) les limites des procedures
legales, et 3) la meilleure maniere de temoigner. Deux roles supplementaires que
les sociologues peuvent assumer sont: a) le role d'"expert conseiller" aupres des
avocats en ce qui concerne la preparation des dossiers judiciaires, et b) le role
d'adjoint des magistrals ou le sociologue fait fonction de praticien de d'enqueteur
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aupres des tribunaux. Le point de vue sociologique peut faire d'importantes
contributions dans ce domaine-la. Pour les sociologues desireux d'etendre leur
champ d'influence au-dela de la salle de classe, le role d'expert cite comme temoin
peut etre a la fois interessant et approprie.
L'observation au tribunal et la recherche appliquee sur les litiges: les origines de
la prise de decisions par les membres d'un jury
Harvey A. Moore et Jennifer Friedman
La recherche quantitative a domine la recherche appliquee sur les litiges.
Cependant il semble que 1'une de ses lacunes principales est le manque de souplesse
necessaire servant a relier les recherches effectuees anterieurement a un proces aux
evenements ayant lieu au tribunal. Les observations faites par le participant
constituent le point de depart d'une methodologie qui semble mieux adaptee a
1'etude de la dynamique du milieu dans lequel se derpule le proces. Un proces civil,
d'une duree de sixjours, sert a evaluer les comptes rendus d'observations faites par
le participant au cours du proces. Par la suite, ces observations sont a la fois
comparees a 1'analyse des donnees recueillies avant le proces ainsi qu'aux
simulations de ce dernier. Le but de cet article est de demontrer la maniere dont
differeites approches convergent dans un cadre de reference qui reflete le verdict
prononce a l'issue du proces.
Le systeme de la sante publique: un profil des "sous-groupes" de ses defenseurs et
de ses detracteurs
Bonnie L. Lewis et F. Dale Parent
Bien que nous disposions d'un bon nombre de donnees sur 1'insatisfaction que
nous eprouvons a l'egard de notre systeme de sante actuel, il est evident que nous
manquons d'analyses detaillees surles attitudes des individus susceptibles d'appuyer
ou de rejeter ce systeme. Cet etat de choses prend de plus en plus d'importance a
mesure que les debats sur la politique de la sante sont centres sur une mise en cause
de la viabilite du systeme actuel, d'une part, et des modifications possibles de ce
systeme, d'autre part. Les auteurs de cette etude se proposent de degager le profil
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des personnes en faveur et de celles qui se prononcent centre un systeme de sante
public pour la population entiere. A cette fin, les auteurs utilisent des methodes
d'analyse de "sous-groupes" a partir de donnees recoltees lors d'une enquete
relative a 1'opinion publique chez des habitants de la Louisiane. Ces profits sont
ensuite utilises pour mettre au point les strategies appropriees a 1'usage des
sociologues afin de permettre a ces derniers d'influencer la politique de la sante.
Une partie importantede la litteraturesur les attitudesde la population a Fegard
des depenses pour les services publics a etc confirmee par les analyses a facteurs
multiples utilises par 1'auteur. Cependant 1'analyse de "sous-groupes" a permis de
mettre en relief les divergences d'opinions. Bien souvent des rapports plutot faibles
ont tendance a etre faussement categorises. C'est en essayant de degager ces profils
que 1'analyse de "sous-groupes" nous permet de capter la diversite dans toute son
ampleur. La presence de sous-groupes precis de defenseurs et de detracteurs peut
ainsi etre etablie. Mais ce qu'il faut surtout retenir ici, c'est qu'il existe plus de
similarite que de difference entre defenseurs et detracteurs.
Un exercice sur 1'orientation de sexe, realist en salle de classe: 1'inventaire BEM
concernant le role des sexes
Martin A. Monto
Cet expose decrit un exercice effectue en salle de classe, au cours duquel les
etudiants sont inities aux divers aspects de leur propre orientation en ce qui
concerne le role des sexes. Les etudiants sont censes completer 1'inventaire BEM
sur le role des sexes. Cet exercice represente 1'une des manieres dont les themes de
la sociologie "clinique" peuvent contribuer a 1'enseignement de cours
supplementaires de sociologie. L'exercice en question est a la fois 1) interventionniste,
2) pluridisciplinaire, 3) d'orientation humanitaire et 4), holistique. L'exercice met
en relief les diverses possibilites susceptibles de mener a d'autres conceptions du
sexe, sans pour autant, renforcer les cliches traditionnels. Le but de cet article est
de presenter 1'inventaire BEM, de decrire son application en salle de classe, et
egalement de fournir des idees quant a 1'incorporation de cet exercice a divers cours
de sociologie. Une bibliographic annotee concernant les recherches les plus
pertinentes dans ce domaine est jointe a 1'article. L'article a etc concu de maniere
a fournir un instrument pratique aux enseignants afin de permettre a ces derniers,
d'une part, d'incorporer cet exercice dans leurs propres cours, c'est-a-dire, ceux
qu'ils ont corpus eux-memes et, d'autre part, d'integrer les themes de la sociologie
"clinique" aux autres cours de sociologie qu'ils enseignent.
Citicorp a developpe un programme de formation des employes sur le sujet de
1'ethique professionnelle. Ce programme est presente sous forme de jeu. Citicorp
a fourni le jeu ainsi que les manuels a 1'usage d'etudiants inscrits a des cours de
sociologie. L'auteur de cet article enseigne lui-meme ces cours. L'article decrit ce
jeu et son objectif, la matiere couverte dans le jeu, la maniere dont ce dernier a ete
concuet valide, ainsi que son adaptation a des cours universitaires. L'auteur decrit
egalement un probleme d'importance majeure,et apparemment d'ordre moral, qui
existe chez Citicorp. Quand des barrieres psychodynamiques et sociales entravent
1'acte moral, certaines limites s'imposent quant a 1'enseignement du code de
1'ethique. Par exemple, suite au scandale qui a eu lieu chez Citicorp, 1'integration
de l'enseignement de 1'ethiquedans les cours de sociologie s'est avere plusmalaise.
La gestion de la diversite: pour les sociologues, un domaine qui offre des
perspectives d'emploi et de conseil
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