Monthly Archives: October 2020

Teaching Urban Sociology in a Time of Mass Uprisings for Racial Justice and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Colleen E. Wynn
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Indianapolis

According to the US Census Bureau, the majority of Americans live in urban areas. And, as urban sociologists, we’ve known cities matter for a long time, but more and more we’re seeing the rest of society take note. Cities played a major role as the location and backdrop for the mass uprisings for racial justice we saw earlier this year, especially mid-sized cities in the South and Midwest that are often included but not highlighted in our scholarly work. George Floyd’s brutal murder by police in Minneapolis helped to spark the mass uprisings we saw earlier this year and the current civil rights movement, as did Breonna Taylor’s murder in her home by Louisville Metro Police in my hometown of Louisville. In Indianapolis, where I live and teach, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police shot and killed Dreasjon Reed and McHale Rose, two incidents which have not received as much national attention but have locally mobilized many activists. These are, of course, only a few cases. Activists and organizers across the country mobilized around these cases, as well as many others that have not received nearly as much national attention. 

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City & Community News – Moving to SAGE

  1. City & Community is in the final stages for its transition from Wiley to Sage. To submit a manuscript (including revisions) paste https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cico DIRECTLY into your proser. If you go to the Wiley submission page, you won’t find a portal for City & Community. Manuscript are now going out for review. Those that were in the queue from the pause on reviewing have all been sent out. We are in the process of creating a CUNY email address for C&C, which should go live in the next several months. If you have questions you can email us directly (doakley1@gsu.edu or rocejo@jjay.cuny.edu) or use the GSU email (cico@gsu.edu).
  2. Our September 2020 issue is live! https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15406040/2020/19/3
    • The issue’s symposium: “Eyes of a Storm: COVID-19, Systemic Racism, and Police Brutality” is free access for the next month and features essays by Phil Kasinitz, Alyasah Ali Sewell, Katie Acosta, Jean Beaman, Bruce Haynes, Tyler Gay, Sam Hammer and Erin Ruel. We also have a feature article; “ ‘Not Just a Lateral Move’: Residential Decisions and the Reproduction of Urban Inequality by Stefanie DeLuca and Christine Jang-Trettien.
  3. The December 2020 issue will be the last issue published with Wiley and we are excited about the journal moving to Sage.