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Iron Cage Society

 

Welcome!

 

The University of Rhode Island’s Sociology Club invites and encourages those pursuing degrees in sociology, as well as anyone interested in topics and current issues concerning sociology, to get involved and help facilitate social progress from a personal, innovative, and enlightening approach.

 

Why The Iron Cage Society?

 

"[T]he care for external goods should only lie on the shoulders of the ‘saint like a light cloak’, which can be thrown aside at any moment. But fate decreed that the cloak should become an iron cage."

The sociological conception of the Iron Cage, constructed by Max Weber, refers to the constricting societal systems we have perpetuated as a modern civilization.

 

These social systems play a major role in how the characteristics of individuals and communities are shaped. The Iron Cage Society is devoted to creating and sustaining a stable, supportive, and equal student community structure.

 

Consider it our very own iron cage.

 

Through the reinforcement of already present social positives, as well as through facilitating new forms of social stability, our mission is to create and perpetuate social progress for those “who will live in that iron cage in the future.

 

So don’t miss this opportunity to have an active voice in building the iron cage of tomorrow. Whether it is through community service efforts, networking with other on campus organizations, or from the insight gained by guest speakers and group discussions; The Iron Cage Society acts as a catalyst for personal, professional, and communal growth.

 

This group, always open to new members and ideas, encourages students to join by emailing Nicholas Casali (information below) with your name and email so you can get involved and receive details concerning club meetings and events.

 

 

Club Contact:

 

For further information feel free to email the current club president:

 

Nicholas Casali - (Nicholas_Casali@my.uri.edu)

 

 

News & Announcements

 

Donna Hughes, Carlson Professor of Gender and Women's Studies has accepted a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology. Professor Hughes is a leading international researcher on human trafficking. She has completed research on the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Korea and also does research and writing on women's rights.

 

Dr. Pravin Patkar, a Fulbright Scholar from India will be in residence in Sociology and Anthropology during the 2015-16 academic year. The founder of Prerana, a center for women and children in Kamathipura - the largest red-light district in the world -- he written extensively on the topic of human trafficking. He has worked with victims of bonded labor (modern-day slavery) and prostitution and sex trafficking, and is an advocate for laws and policy that protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable. Dr. Patkar will be doing research and co-teaching courses with Professor Donna Hughes.

 

Julie Keller Julie C. Keller has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to URI, Professor Keller was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Oberlin College.

 

Rosaria Pisa has been appointed director of the Gender and Women's Studies program. Professor Pisa has conducted in-depth fieldwork in rural and urban Mexico since 1993. Her research has evolved from studying the impact of the privatization of communal land on community life to her current focus on the gender dynamics of local and organic farming.

 

URI Anthropology & History student, Morgan Breene, earns prestigious international award to continue her studies of underwater archaeological sites. For full article click here

 

 

For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award.

Associate Professor Holly Dunsworth received the 2014 award for her research comparing energy use in apes and other mammals with particular reference to how the energetics and metabolic parameters of pregnancy, fetal growth, infant growth, and lactation and how those determine the timing of birth in humans and other mammals. Kudos to Holly!!!


Department contacts

Department Chair
Leo Carroll,  lcarroll@uri.edu

Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
Professor Leo Carroll, lcarroll@uri.edu

Administrative Assistant
Theresa Nobile, nobile@uri.edu