China's hokou system limits love

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent study co-authored by Professor of Sociology Zhenchao Qian addresses the hokou system, a Chinese household-registration system, and its effects on marriages between residents and migrants in Shanghai. The study is covered in "How a little brown book can keep China’s lovers worlds apart," which describes hokou's influence on social stratification and social mobility, and the barrier it creates between couples with different statuses.

(Distributed July 27, 2017)

Loving v. Virginia: Interracial marriage 50 later

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Fifty years after the Loving v. Virginia civil rights decision to overturn laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the number of Americans marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity is on the increase. In "Growing acceptance of interracial marriage in US," Professor of Sociology and PSTC Associate Director Zhenchao Qian notes that the increased diversity of American society and growing exposure to people of other races play important roles in the increase. Qian is also quoted in "50 Years Ago, Supreme Court Overturned Laws That Barred Interracial Marriages.

(Distributed July 7, 2017)

Guest workers fuel Florida fruit industry

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Many American farmers rely on temporary laborers to assist with their crops, and with a reduction of availability in domestic labor, many are turning to guest workers to provide a work force. In "Ph.D Candidate Researches Florida’s H-2A Farmworker Program," PSTC Trainee Bryan Moorefield (Anthropology) discusses his research on H2-A visa guest workers in Florida's citrus industry, many of them young men from Mexico. He is comparing this authorized mode of migration with that of unauthorized workers who used to do much of this kind of work. Read more.

(Distributed July 6, 2017)

Flores and Owens awarded Salomon Research Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Assistant Professor of Education Andrea Flores and Assistant Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs Jayanti Owens have both received Salomon Research Awards from Brown. Flores's project is "Citizen Scholars: Civic Belonging and Latino Students' College Experiences in Tennessee." Owens's is "Exclusionary Discipline: Racial Disparities in How Teachers Evaluate and Sanction Misbehavior."

(Distributed July 5, 2017)

Pregnancy weight gain linked to academic achievement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Most women gain more or less than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy. Women who gain less than recommended are more likely to have babies who are born pre-term or who are small for their gestational age, which can lead to lower academic achievement. "The Truth About Weight Gain and Pregnancy" quotes Professor of Economics Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, who says women should "be more concerned about gaining too little weight than too much." Read more.

(Distributed July 4, 2017)
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