I enjoyed Neal Caren’s post on the citation “clusters” of sociology, which follows Kieran Healy’s analysis of philosophy. Neal took a bunch of articles from 2011 and 2012, and identified references that appeared together. These form the basis for a cluster analysis. (Sure, citation measures have all sorts of biases and problems… but it is still fun to look at them!)
One of the clusters is basically cross-national research. I’ve cut & pasted the list of papers below. Some off-the-cuff observations:
- The core theme is cross-national research, but environment has become quite central. I was a bit surprised. Maybe it is because both world society and political economy scholars both think of the environment as a big issue. Early on, Allan Schnaiberg (and others) directly linked environmental sociology to issues of political economy. And, world society scholars care about the environment because it is a rapidly growing (and arguably unexpected) international regime. By contrast, other classic world society topics, such as education and human rights, aren’t much on the radar of world system or political economy scholars. I guess the environment is a bit of common substantive ground.
- The foundational scholars are pretty much all there: Wallerstein, Chase-Dunn, etc, and the world society crew, Boli, Meyer, Ramirez, Thomas. But, with the exception of Wallerstein, the cites are newer work or reviews… for instance, the Meyer et al 1997 AJS and Boli & Thomas 1999, rather than the original 1987 “Institutional Structure.” Likewise, we see Chase-Dunn and Grimes 1995, rather than the classic Global Formation. I guess it makes sense. The later syntheses are shorter and often more accessible.
- Panel models are the common methodological glue: Halaby 2004 and Wooldridge 2002.
- As usual, Art Alderson shows up everywhere, along with his many terrific students and collaborators like David Brady, Jason Beckfield, etc. Well deserved!
- I’m visiting Stanford, and will be seeing John Meyer and Chiqui Ramirez later today. They’ll be happy to hear that their 1997 AJS paper is at the top of the list. They (along with John B. and George T.) put a ton of work into that paper…
- It is great to see the next generation of global environmental sociologists showing up (Jorgensen, Clark, etc) along with the classics (York, Rosa, Dietz, Bunker, etc).
- On a personal note, I’m glad the Schofer/Hironaka 2005 paper made it onto the list. That paper had a rough time in the review process at several journals before finding a home. I’ve always liked the paper a lot, so it is heartening that somebody is citing it. In a nutshell, the paper argues that world society isn’t just a theory of policy diffusion or “myth and ceremony” without substance. To the contrary, world society matters for the actual environment.
Excerpt from Neal’s post:
Keywords: World, countries, economic, political, global, cross-national, international, development, levels, environmental
|Meyer J (1997) Am J Sociol||0.19||31||countries, world, models, global, international|
|Frank D (2000) Am Sociol Rev||0.13||19||world, global, cross-national, economic, organizations|
|York R (2003) Am Sociol Rev||0.10||18||environmental, environment, theoretical, theory, population|
|Schofer E (2005) Soc Forces||0.09||15||cross-national, world, countries, international, organizations|
|Alderson A (1999) Am Sociol Rev||0.09||13||countries, world, investment, inequality, economic|
|Wooldridge J (2002) Econometric Anal Cro||0.07||22||rates, countries, panel, many, increases|
|Beckfield J (2003) Am Sociol Rev||0.05||10||countries, organizations, global, international, theories|
|Kentor J (2003) Am Sociol Rev||0.04||9||countries, cross-national, economic, investment, trade|
|Bunker S (2005) Globalization Race R||0.04||10||international, environmental, theories, structural, sociology|
|Gereffi G (1994) Commodity Chains Glo||0.04||7||global, international, trade, economic, globalization|
|Halaby C (2004) Annu Rev Sociol||0.04||24||panel, economic, changes, longitudinal, period|
|Chasedunn C (1995) Annu Rev Sociol||0.03||6||trade, world, international, theoretical, labor|
|Molotch H (1976) Am J Sociol||0.03||12||political, development, economic, theory, urban|
|Brady D (2007) Stud Comp Int Dev||0.03||8||countries, inequality, development, global, modernization|
|Schrank A (2004) Soc Forces||0.03||5||world, economic, particular, trade, specifically|
|Beck T (2001) World Bank Econ Rev||0.02||7||countries, rights, abuse, human, often|
|Dietz T (2007) Front Ecol Environ||0.02||8||environmental, environment, global, theories, theory|
|Alderson A (2002) Am J Sociol||0.02||14||inequality, income, policy, countries, economic|
|Alderson A (2004) Am J Sociol||0.02||6||economic, global, world, countries, network|
|Wallerstein I (1974) Modern World System||0.02||11||global, sociological, overall, countries, empirical|
|Boli J (1999) Constructing World C||0.02||12||world, organizations, global, models, society|
|Clark B (2005) Theor Soc||0.02||8||environmental, ecological, understanding, theory, political|
|Jorgenson A (2009) Soc Probl||0.02||9||environmental, cross-national, environment, nations, emissions|
|Bair J (2001) World Dev||0.02||4||where, political, global, promote, labor|
|Schofer E (2005) Am Sociol Rev||0.02||12||countries, international, models, organizations, cross-national|