I had the privilege of introducing Annette Lareau at our department’s annual Rosenberg Forum. She is the current president of the American Sociological Association and the author of the book Unequal Childhoods: Race, Class, and Family Life.
Her talk was about exciting new research into the reproduction of social class through parents’ selection of schools and neighborhoods. But to set it up I showed the place of Unequal Childhoods in the citation network of sociology journals created by Neal Caren. The network includes the works most cited in 5,471 articles in sociology journals in the years 2008-2012, with lines connecting works cited in the same articles, and colors for the clusters of works commonly cited together. The size of the nodes represents times cited.
In this version I labeled the bigger clusters either with a term for the subfield (e.g., Religion) or key work (e.g., Bowling Alone). Click on the image to enlarge my version, or see it in full here, with the details and data.
I am amazed by the centrality of Unequal Childhoods, which isn’t part of a big cluster but has thick ties to a bunch of different ones, which is why it’s in the center. These are the works that Unequal Childhoods was cited with five times or more:
|Hays S 1996 Cultural Contradicti||16|
|Blau P 1967 Am Occupational Stru||14|
|Bianchi SM 2006 Changing Rhythms Ame||13|
|Stone P 2007 Opting Out Why Women||12|
|Blair-loy M 2003 Competing Devotions||12|
|Bourdieu P 1977 Reprod ED Soc Cultue||12|
|Dimaggio P 1982 Am Sociol Rev||11|
|Lamont Michele 1988 Sociological Theory||10|
|Farkas G 2003 Annu Rev Sociol||9|
|Edin K 2005 Promises I Can Keep||9|
|Bourdieu P 1984 Distinctions Social||9|
|Hochschild Arlie R 1989 2 Shift Working Pare||8|
|Mclanahan Sara 1994 Growing Single Paren||8|
|Hochschild AR 1997 Time Bind Work Becom||8|
|Swidler A 1986 Am Sociol Rev||8|
|Townsend NW 2002 Package Deal||8|
|Bourdieu P 1986 Hdb Theory Res Socio||8|
|Bowles S 1976 Sch Capitalist AM||7|
|Bourdieu P 1990 Logic Practice Trans||7|
|Jacobs JA 2004 Time Divide Family G||7|
|Sewell W 1975 ED Occupation Earnin||7|
|Downey DB 1995 Am Sociol Rev||7|
|Jencks Christopher 1972 Inequality Reassessm||7|
|Raftery AE 1995 Sociol Methodol||5|
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That’s some reach!