ISSN 1556-6757







Volume 2, Issue 1, 2011


Critically Reflective Pedagogy’: Teaching Sociology After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita  Stan C. Weeber


The author relates his experiences teaching sociology after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the fall of 2005 at a Louisiana college. He assisted Katrina-displaced students from New Orleans who enrolled at his school, and then became an evacuee himself as Rita forced a 37 day closure of his university. During the hiatus, he pondered the pedagogical writings of Stephen Brookfield and decided to thrive upon the chaotic situation he was in and to use it to reorganize his teaching. To finish the unusual semester, he adopted a flexible, humane and democratic approach to teaching that was largely influenced by Brookfield’s writings. Older, nontraditional students were more engaged than their younger and more traditional counterparts in negotiating a fair ending to the semester. 
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Victims of circumstances: A case study of people living on the streets of a red-light area in Mumbai, India. Sharvari Karandikar.



This article is a case study of people living on the streets of Kamathipura, Asia’s largest red-light area located in Mumbai, India. It includes narratives of two female sex workers and two male intimate partners of sex workers from Kamathipura.  In-depth interviews were conducted with each of these respondents for a period of two months. Each interview was written as a detailed narrative. The narratives were analyzed through a gendered lens, and comparisons between females and males were drawn on the basis of the social, economic, political, and legal context of Kamathipura. Analyses of the four narratives indicated economic, social, political and legal vulnerabilities of females and males in Kamathipura. In the broader societal context, both males and females were identified as victims in their own right. However, analysis of their interpersonal relations from a gendered lens indicated additional victimization of females. The article also provides recommendations for practice, policy and future research in the

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Effects of HIV/AIDS exposure on mortality among AIDS-reported patients in the United States.  Adansi Amankwaa and Linda Clark Amankwaa


Most published studies on HIV/AIDS rely on descriptive, odds ratios without examining the causal linkages between prior and proximate determinants of AIDS-related mortality. This study uses the CDC’s surveillance 2000 data set to examine the mediating effect of modes of exposure, multiple-risk factors, and having sex with persons known to be HIV+ on mortality. The results reveal that modes of exposure, having had sex with persons known to be HIV+, and engaging in high-risk behaviors are important mediating factors in understanding AIDS mortality among AIDS patients in the United States. Findings from this study point out the effects of having sex with persons known to be HIV+ patients with multiple-risk factors for mortality. Full Article