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What is Basic Sociological Research?

Basic Sociological Research



There are two reasons why the Center for Social Inquiry conducts and supports the highest quality of sociological scholarship. First, cutting-edge scientific research is valuable in its own right. Basic research advances the discipline that gives life to the intellectual foundation of our work. Second, basic research generates and refines the concepts and methodological procedures needed to conduct the most up-to-date and powerful applied research. The sociologists affiliated with the Center are among the leaders in their substantive sociological areas, including the family, gender in the workplace, the environment, criminology, minority relations, health care policy, popular culture and education.

Current projects housed in the Center include:


• “San Marcos Hispanic Music Oral History Project” (Dr. Gloria Martinez-Ramos, Principal Investigator)

• “Street Art and Gentrification in the City of Austin, Texas” (Dr. Rachel Romero, Principal Investigator)

• “Creating a Commitment to Heterosexuality: Women’s Experiences." (Ms. Gayle Bouzard, Principal Investigator)

• “The Culture of Translational Medical Research” Institute for Translational Research/UT Medical Branch/NIH (Dr. Joseph A. Kotarba, Principal Investigator)

• “Towards a Sociological Definition of the Pop Music Song” (Dr. Joseph A. Kotarba, Principal Investigator)

• “The Use of Rap Music as a Primary Medium in North African and Middle Eastern Resistance Movements” (Dr. Joseph A. Kotarba and Nicolas LaLone, Principal Investigators)


Center Sponsored Publications

Susan Day and Joseph A. Kotarba. (2014) “The Didactic Relevance of the Death of Deviance Debate.” In Michael Dellwing, Joseph A. Kotarba, and Nathan Pino (eds.) The Death and Resurrection of Deviance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming)

Joseph A. Kotarba. (2013) "Symbolic interaction and Evaluation Research: The Case of Translational Medical Research." Symbolic Interaction 36,1 (forthcoming)

Joseph A. Kotarba, Kevin Wooten, Jean Freeman, and Allan J. Brasier. (2013) “The Culture of Translational Medical Research: A Qualitative Analysis.” International Review of Qualitative Research 5,1 (forthcoming)

Joseph A. Kotarba and Nicolas LaLone. (2013) “The Scene: A Conceptual Template for an Interactionist Approach to Contemporary Music.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction 39 (forthcoming)

Andrea Salvini, Joseph A. Kotarba, and Bryce Merrill. (2012) The Present and Future of Symbolic Interactionism. Milan, Italy: FrancoAngeli

Center Sponsored Professional Presentations

Keynote Address, “Understanding the Everyday Life of Translational Science Research: Basic and Applied Dimensions.” Qualitative Analysis Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (May 2013)

Plenary Address, “The Center for Social Inquiry: Facilitating and Celebrating Qualitative Research.” International Qualitative Research Congress, Urbana, IL (May 2012) Joseph A. Kotarba

Invited Lecture, “The End of Deviance?” International Symposium on Symbolic Interaction, University of Kassel, Germany (July 2011)