Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #71, July 8, 2008.

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1. Census Bureau Report, Facts for Features:

A. "Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2006," by Thom File (Population Characteristics P20-557, June 2008, .pdf format, 20p., with detailed tables in Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Voter Turnout up 7 Million in 2006" (CB08-102, Jul. 1, 2008).

Click on report title for link to full text and tables.

B. "Facts for Features -- Grandparents Day 2008: Sep. 7, 2008 (CB08-FF.14, Jul. 7, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

2. National Center for Education Statistics Report: "Academic Libraries: 2006," by Barbara Holton, Laura Hardesty, and Patricia O’Shea (NCES 2008337, July 2008, .pdf format, 47p.).

Related public use data file and documentation (data in .zip compressed ASCII and Microsoft Access format, with SAS and SPSS program statements in ASCII format, and documentation in .pdf format).

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics Table Updates: "Deaths in Custody Statistical Tables." "State Prison Deaths, 2001-2006" (June 2008, HTML and comma separated value [.csv] format).

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US States:


State Data Center Report: "Iowans With Disabilities" (July 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:


Bureau of Statistics Data: "Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Recent Migrants - Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Nov 2007" (June 2008).

Technical Manual (June 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 13p.).

Click on "Downloads" tab for link to full text.

More information on accessing Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs):



Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Report: "Neighbourhood Characteristics and the Distribution of Crime in Saskatoon," by Mathieu Charron (July 2008, .pdf format, 76p.).



Statistics Denmark Report: "Commuting Distances: 2007" (July 2008).



Statistics Indonesia Press Release: "The Overview of Poverty in Indonesia on March 2008" (Jul. 1, 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



Statistical Centre Compendia:

A. Iran Statistical Yearbook: 1385 (2006-2007) (July 2008).


B. Statistical Pocketbook of the Islamic Republic of Iran: 2006-2007 (2008).



Macao: Statistics and Census Service Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics: June 2008 (July 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 79p.).



State Statistical Office News Release: "Violent deaths in the Republic of Macedonia by municipalities" (Jul. 2, 2008, .pdf format, 6p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English).



Central Statistics Office Compendium: Annual Digest of statistics 2007 (July 2008, .pdf format, 203p.).



Statistics Netherlands Web Magazine Articles:

A. "Number of special needs pupils almost doubled," by Theo van Miltenburg (Jul. 3, 2008).

B. "Children of crime suspects more often heard by the police," by Gregory Besjes and Ruben van Gaalen (Jul. 8, 2008).

C. "Higher educated women older first-time mothers," by Elma van Agtmaal-Wobma and Mila van Huis (Jul. 8, 2008).



Statistics Singapore Periodical: Monthly Digest of Statistics (June 2008, .pdf format, 103p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "Continuing education, Slovenia, 2006-2007" (Jul. 3, 2008).



Statistics Department Press Release: "Population Census 2006: Tonga Urban Population, 23% of the Total Population" (Jul. 3, 2008, .pdf format, 1p.).



State Statistics Committee Tables: "Population" 1990-2008" (Jul. 2, 2008).



1. Department for Work and Pensions Report: "High hopes: Supporting ex-prisoners in their lives after prison," by Yvette Hartfree, Chris Dearden and Elspeth Pound (Research Report 509, July 2008, .pdf format, 164p.).

2. Higher Education Statistics Agency Statistical First Release: "Destinations of leavers from HE in the UK for the academic year 2006/07" (July 2008).

3. Ministry of Justice Report: "Average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders: April 2008" (July 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

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Population Research Bureau Periodical: Population Bulletin (Vol. 63, No. 2, June 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).


Pew Global Attitudes Project Report: "24-Nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey" (June 2008, .pdf format, 146p.). The report is linked to from a PGAP news release: "Global Economic Gloom - China and India Notable Exceptions: Some Positive Signs for U.S. Image" (Jun. 12, 2008).


Urban Institute Report: "Using Local Data to Explore the Experiences and Needs of Children of Incarcerated Parents," by Diana Brazzell (May 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).


Roper Center (University of Connecticut): Topics at a Glance: The latest Topics at a Glance concerns "The Supernatural." The site links to relevant poll numbers, datasets, and articles. Check your organization's library for your level of access to the Roper data collection.;start=HS_special_topics?Topic=supernatural


Demographic Research Article: "The modal age at death and the shifting mortality hypothesis," by Vladimir Canudas-Romo (Vol. 19, Article 30, July 2008, .pdf format, p. 1179-1204).


Chronic Poverty Research Center Report: "The Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09: Escaping Poverty Traps" (June 2008, .pdf format, 148p.).

More information about CPRC:


Economist Article: "Migration: A turning tide? Many of the past decade’s migrants to Europe and America are beginning to go home again" (Jun. 26, 2008).

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University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "Nonmarital Cohabitation: Current Knowledge and Future Directions for Research," by Pamela Smock, Lynne M. Casper, and Jessica Wyse (PSC Research Report No. 08-648, July 2008, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Population Aging Research Center [University of Pennsylvania]: "Health of Native-born and Foreign-born Black Residents in the United States: Evidence from the 2000 Census of Population and the National Health Interview Survey," by Irma T. Elo, Neil Mehta, and Cheng Huang (WPS 08-04, June 2008, .pdf format, p.).


Utilizing the 5% Public Use Micro Data Sample (PUMS) from the 2000 Census of Population and 2000-2006 waves of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), we examine differences in disability, self-rated health and chronic conditions among native-born and foreign-born black US residents. Among the foreign-born, we distinguish among immigrants from the Caribbean /West Indies, Africa, Europe and other regions of the world, as well as by Hispanic origin. Results from both data sets point to an immigrant health advantage across all measures of health for all groups except for the European-born. Black immigrants from Europe reported similar levels of hypertension as U.S.- born non-Hispanic blacks. Our results also suggest that the Hispanic health "paradox" does not apply to Hispanics who self-identify as black.


Center for Economic Studies/Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "On the Causes and Consequences of Divorce," by Alessandro Balestrino, Cinzia Ciardi, and Claudio Mammini (WP 2347, July 2008, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Does Fertility Respond to Financial Incentives?" by Guy Laroque and Bernard Salanié (Discussion Paper No. 3575, June 2008, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

Journal of Social Work (Vol. 8, No. 3, July 2008).

Population and Development Review (Vol. 34, No. 2, June 2008).

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Institute for Labour and Family Research [Brastislava, Slovakia]: "Impact of Poverty and Social Exclusion on Children’s Lives and their Well-being and Childwatch International Regional Network Meeting of Central Eastern European Countries," an international workshop to be held Sep. 8-9, 2008 in Bratislava, Slovakia. For more information see:

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Stockholm [Sweden] University: "2 Associate Professors (Universitetslektorer) in Sociology at the Department of Sociology. Ref. nr. No. SU 612-1814-08. Last day of application 2008-09-30.

The Department of Sociology stands for a nationally leading training in sociology based on theory-driven, empirical research of high relevance to society. Together with several university research institutes, we make Stockholm University a very stimulating research environment for sociologists.


The main tasks are teaching on undergraduate and graduate levels and own research. Supervision of students at all levels is also part of the duties. Department employees are expected to participate in the institution's internal work, including the overall administrative tasks. Department employees are also expected to actively seek external research funding, and create good contacts to the scientific community nationally and internationally.

Most of the undergraduate teaching is conducted in Swedish


A Ph.D. in sociology or equivalent and proven pedagogical skill. To obtain permanent employment, the applicant must have undergone a 7.5 credit pedagogical course or otherwise deemed to have acquired the corresponding skills. The applicant must have the ability to co-operate as well as other abilities needed to carry out its duties.


For employment, the pedagogical skills, and scientific skill, as measured by international publications in high merit publications, weigh most heavily. Importance is also attached to the ability to secure research funding. Some emphasis is put on administrative capacity.

Since the university is seeking a more equal gender balance between the lecturers, we encourage applications from women.

Swedish language skill is no requirement for the appointment but the applicant must be prepared to take on the administrative and educational tasks which require an understanding of Swedish within a few years.

For information on the Department of Sociology:

For further information please contact Head of Department: Christofer Edling


The Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality: Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan: Postdoctoral positions opening (application deadline Aug. 15, 2008). For more information (.pdf format, 1p.), see:


American Educational Research Association: AERA has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 8, 2008.


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through Jul. 8, 2008.

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US House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Hearing Testimony: "An Examination of Discrimination Against Transgender Americans in the Workplace," a hearing held June 26, 2008 (.pdf format).

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Wisconsin Longitudinal Survey: WLS recently released data version 12.23 (July 2008).



Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) Updates: ARDA at Penn State University added several studies on Jul. 1, 2008. Note: Users must affirm a license agreement before downloading data.


UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

SN 5862 ONS Omnibus Survey, January 2006

SN 5890 ONS Omnibus Survey, February 2006

SN 5850 Deprivation Scores Based on 1991 and 2001 Census Area Statistics

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