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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Vivian Shaw

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Vivian Shaw



Vivian Shaw is a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Texas at Austin and a Visiting Scholar at Sophia University (Tokyo). Her research interests are in the areas of race & ethnicity and gender, focusing especially on science/technology, culture, and politics as they converge to produce racial and gender inequality. Her dissertation, "Human Fallout: Biological citizenship in anti-nuclear and anti-racist collective action in post-3/11 Japan," is a multi-sited ethnography that investigates the practices, mechanisms, and narratives through which Japanese anti-nuclear and anti-racist collective action groups organize and collaborate around issues of biological and social risk, citizenship, and political rights in the wake of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi on March 31, 2011 (3/11).

Vivian is a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab, a group of faculty and graduate students involved with ethnographic and qualitative research. She is also a researcher for The Digital Edge, a Connected Learning Research Network project led by Dr. S. Craig Watkins that is funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She is also completing graduate portfolios in Women's and Gender Studies and in Asian American Studies.

In 2006, she completed her B.A. at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Prior to her time at UT-Austin, Vivian spent several years working in maternal-child health policy and program administration at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.



Asian & Asian American Studies; Culutral Studies; Ethnography and Qualitative Methods; Gender; Race & Ethnicity; Science and Technology; Japan

SOC F308K • Social Change And The Future

86753 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am CLA 0.106
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Course Description: 

From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to the Civil Rights Movement, to Twitter, the world has recently witnessed a wide range of social, political, and cultural transformations. In this course we will explore what social change is by examining several important cases following World War II and into the twenty-first century. We will look at the historical significance of these cases, and their implications for our future, through the lens of social theory – drawing from important concepts from feminist and critical race studies. 

Throughout the course, we will explore social change from several angles, as well as the various external factors that shape whether or not efforts to produce social change, including social movements, succeed or fail. A key principle we will investigate is the relationship between social change and power. We will examine the underlying histories of social transformations, the fierce conflicts between the state and various social actors, and consider how they differ in dealing with issues such as human rights, social justice, and social inequality. Similarly, we will consider how the motivations for social change are often rooted in people's lived conditions and influenced by social and political imbalances. 

The course will begin with an introduction to several key theories that we will use throughout the semester. We will then use these theories to investigate historical examples of social change and social movements, such as the development of international human rights standards, Civil Rights movements in the United States and internationally, and feminism. We will then consider more contemporary cases, such as the anti-globalization movement, and look at how social media and other newer forms of technology are shaping current trends in social change.

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