Doug Hartmann is a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath (University of Chicago Press, 2003); co-author of Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World (Pine Forge Press, 2007 with Stephen Cornell); co-author of Migration, Incorporation, and Change in an Interconnected World (Routledge/Taylor Francis 2015, with Syed Ali); and co-editor, with Chris Uggen, of The Society Pages’ book series (W.W. Norton), now in production on its 6th topical volume. His forthcoming books include Midnight Basketball: Race, Sports, and Neoliberal Social Policy (University of Chicago Press) and Crossings to Adulthood: How Diverse Young Americans Understand and Navigate Their Lives (Brill, with Teresa Toguchi Swartz and Ruben G. Rumbaut).

Hartmann is the past editor (with Chris Uggen) of Contexts Magazine; together, they publish The Society Pages, an open access social science hub. He is co-PI of the American Mosaic Project and the president of the Midwest Sociological Society.

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Doug Hartmann, Sociology
University of Minnesota
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Notable Articles

2015.  “Reflections on Race, Diversity, and the Crossroads of Multiculturalism.” The Sociological Quarterly, 56 (4): 623-639.

2012. “Beyond the Sporting Boundary-The Racial Significance of Sport Through Midnight Basketball.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35 (6): 1007-1022.

2009. “An Empirical Assessment of Whiteness Theory: Hidden from How Many?” (with Joseph Gerteis and Paul Croll).  Social Problems, 56(3): 403-424.

2007. “Diversity in Everyday Discourse: The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of ‘Happy Talk’.’” (with Joyce Bell). American Sociological Review, 72: 895-914.

2006. “Atheists as ‘Other’: Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in America” (with Penny Edgell and Joseph Gerteis).  American Sociological Review, 71: 211-234.

Intellectual Narrative

When I was just getting started in sociology, I used to describe my research and writing (most of which you can find copies of or links to below) as contributing to two main areas—race and ethnicity, and the sociology of culture—and that the two came together mainly in my work on race and sport in the United States (such as my book on the 1968 African American Olympic protests). I think that was pretty accurate, though I probably published more on race and ethnicity (the book with Steve Cornell) and sport than on the sociology of culture. Perhaps it would have been more accurate to say that I thought of myself as a cultural sociologist doing work on race and sport.

In any case—and in a way that is probably quite natural and typical in more recent years—my ideas, research foci, and scholarly identities have both expanded and contracted. On the sport front, I’ve continued to work on sport and race, but have become more focused on questions of sport-based intervention—especially for at-risk youth and young adults (as in my long-suffering midnight basketball project)—and more general theory and thinking about sport sociology (community, theory, etc).  On the race front—facilitated by with my collaborations on the American Mosaic Project—I’ve moved from big level, theoretical work on racial and ethnicity identities and boundaries to more empirical studies of racial identities and boundaries in the United States, focusing especially on topics related to whiteness, multiculturalism, and immigration.

I’ve also broadened out a bit over the past few years into other areas and topic research projects, including the transitions to adulthood, religious belief and practice (or the lack thereof—thinking here of the paper Joe Gerteis, Penny Edgall and I did on atheists), as well as immigration and the incorporation of second and third generation immigrants into American society.

The other great focus of my time and energy has been bringing sociological information and insight to broader public visibility and impact—what has been called, following Michael Buroway’s important if incomplete intervention, “public sociology.” This began with my editorship (with Christopher Uggen) of Contexts magazine and has now shifted to “The Society Pages.org” website. On the engagement side, we are trying to expand the scope of our website to do a better job representing the field as a whole; and in terms of my own research and writing, to begin writing about what sociology is, what sociologists do, and what we have to contribute to the worlds that we study, and in which we work, play, and live.

In addition to the website itself, my larger interest and passion is to develop a better, more empirical understanding and appreciation of the implications of public engagement for the discipline of sociology itself. More pointedly, I believe that fuller practical experiments with and philosophical explorations of the relationships between sociology and “the public” have the potential to help us reclaim and revitalize that big, broad, synthetic vision of society that is our field’s proper heritage and birthright.

In grade school, my son had a little band called “Random Elements.” I loved that name but also see it as somewhat cautionary. You know, jack-of-all-trades, master of none. I fret about that a lot, wondering if I’ve got enough focus to really make a mark, to leave a legacy. But that is honestly where I think I am and where I’m headed, and how and why all of the balls I’ve got in the air come together.

Publications

Doug Hartmann

Forthcoming. Midnight Basketball: Race, Sport, and Neoliberal Social Policy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Forthcoming. Crossings to Adulthood: How Diverse Young Americans Understand and Navigate their Lives. (with Teresa Toguchi Swartz and Ruben G. Rumbaut). Brill Publishers.

2015. Migration, Incorporation, and Change in an Interconnected World. (with Syed Ali). New York: Routledge / Taylor-Francis.

2015. Getting Culture. (with Christopher Uggen). New York: W.W. Norton.

 2015. Owned. (with Christopher Uggen). New York: W.W. Norton.

2014. Color Lines and Racial Angles. (with Christopher Uggen). New York: W.W. Norton.

2013. Crime and the Punished. (with Christopher Uggen). New York: W.W. Norton

2013. The Social Side of Politics. (with Christopher Uggen). New York: W.W. Norton

2011. The Contexts Reader, Second Edition (with Christopher Uggen). New York: Norton Press / American Sociological Association.

2011. Contexts. (with Christopher Uggen). Volume 10, Number 1-4.

2010. Contexts. (with Christopher Uggen). Volume 9, Numbers 1-4.

2009. Contexts. (with Christopher Uggen). Volume 8, Numbers 1-4.

2008. Contexts. (with Christopher Uggen). Volume 7, Numbers 1-4.

2011. “Transitions to Adulthood in the Land of Lake Wobegon.” (with Teresa Toguchi Swartz and Jeylan Mortimer). Pp. 55-109 in Coming of Age in America: The Transition to Adulthood in Twenty-First Century America, edited by Mary Waters, Jennifer Holdaway, Maria Kefalas, and Patrick Carr. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2009. “Reclaiming the Sociological Imagination: A Brief Overview and Guide” Pp. 25-38 in Bureaucratic Culture and Basic Social Problems: Advancing the Sociological Imagination, edited by Bernard Phillips and J. David Knottnerus. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishing.

2007. “The New Adulthood? The Transition to Adulthood from the Perspective of Transitioning Young Adults.” (with Teresa Toguchi Swartz). Pp. 255-289 in Constructing Adulthood: Agency and Subjectivity in the Life Course, Advances in Life Course Research Volume 11, edited by Ross Macmillan. Elsevier/JAI Press.

General Sport

Forthcoming. “Social Theory and Sport Scholarship: Some Basic Conceptual Resources and Orienting Analytical Frames.” Oxford Handbook of Sport History, edited by Robert Edelman and Wayne Wilson. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2015. “Sport and Social Intervention.” Pp. 335-344 in Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport Handbook, edited by Richard Guilianotti. London/New York: Routledge.

2014. “Binge Drinking and Sports Participation in College: Patterns among Athletes and Former Athletes.” (with Kyle Green* and Toben Nelson). International Journal for the Sociology of Sport, 49 (3-4): 417-433.

2013.  “Community” Pp. 306-310 in Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport, edited by David Levinson and Gertrud Pfister.  Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.

2012. “Rethinking Community-Based Crime Prevention Through Sports.”  Pp. 73-88 in Sport for Development, Peace, and Social Justice, edited by Robert Schinke and Stephanie J. Hanrahan. Morgantown,WV: West Virginia University Press / Fitness Information Technologies.

2012. “The Attitudes and Opinions of High School Sports Participants: An Exploratory Empirical Examination.” (with John Sullivan+ and Toben Nelson). Sport, Education, and Society. 17 (1): 113-132.

2011. “Sport and Development.” (with Christina Kwauk*). Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 35 (3): 284-305.

2008. “High School Sports Participation and Educational Attainment: Recognizing, Assessing, and Exploiting the Relationship” Report prepared for the LA ’84 Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, January, 33 pps.

2007. “Re-Assessing the Relationship Between High School Sports Participation and Deviance: Evidence of Enduring, Bifurcated Effects” (with Michael Massoglia*), The Sociological Quarterly, 48: 485-505.

2006. “Rethinking Sports-Based Community Crime Prevention: A Preliminary Analysis of the Relationship Between Midnight Basketball and Urban Crime Rates” (with Brooks Depro*). Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 30: 180-196.

2003.  “The Sanctity of Sunday Football- Why Men Love Sports”  Contexts, 2 (4): 13-21.

2003.  “Theorizing Sport as Social Intervention- A View From the Grassroots Quest, 55, 2: 118-140.

2002. “Sport as Prevention? Minneapolis’s Experiment with Late-Night Basketball.”  (with Darren Wheelock*) CURA [Center for Urban and Regional Affairs] Reporter, 32 (3, Spring): 13-17.

Race and Sport

Forthcoming. “Kids of Color in the American Sporting Landscape: Limited, Concentrated, and Controlled.” (with Alex Manning*). In Child’s Play, edited by Michael Messner and Micheala Musto. Rutgers University Press.

2003. Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2012. “Beyond the Sporting Boundary-The Racial Significance of Sport Through Midnight Basketball.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35 (6): 1007-1022.

2009. “Activism, Organizing, and the Symbolic Power of SportJournal for the Study of Sports and Athletics in Education, 3 (2): 181-195.

2007. “Midnight Basketball and the 1994 Crime Bill Debates- The Operation of a Racial Code.” (with Darren Wheelock*). The Sociological Quarterly, 48: 315-342.

2007. “Rush Limbaugh, Donovan McNabb, and “A Little Social Concern”- Reflections on the Problems of Whiteness in Contemporary American SportJournal of Sport and Social Issues, 31: 45-60.

2006.  “Bound by Blackness or Above It? Michael Jordan and the Paradoxes of Post-Civil Rights American Race Relations. Pp. 301-324 in Out of the Shadows: A Biographical History of African American Athletes, edited by David K. Wiggins. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.

2004.  “Conceptual Confusions and Divides: Race, Ethnicity and the Study of Immigration.” (with Stephen Cornell.)  Pp. 23-41 in Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States, edited by Nancy Foner and George M. Fredrickson.  New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

2003. “What Can We Learn from Sport if we Take Sport Seriously as a Racial Force? Lessons from C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary”  Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26, 3: 451-483.

2002.  “Sport as Contested Terrain.”  Pp. 405-415 in Blackwell Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies, edited by David Theo Goldberg and John Solomos.  Oxford: Blackwell.

2001.  “Notes on Midnight Basketball and the Cultural Politics of Recreation, Race and At-Risk Urban Youth.”  Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 25: 339-372.

2000.   “Rethinking the Relationships between Sport and Race in American Culture- Golden Ghettos and Contested Terrain.”  Sociology of Sport Journal, 17: 229-253.

1996. “The Politics of Race and Sport- Resistance and Domination in the 1968 African American Olympic Protest Movement.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 19: 548-566.

Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity

Forthcoming. “Collective Identification Among Young Adult Americans: Ethnicity, Race, and the Incorporation Experience.” (with Arturo Biaocchi). In Crossings to Adulthood: How Diverse Young Americans Understand and Navigate their Lives, edited by Swartz, Hartmann, and Rumbaut. Brill

2015. “Colorblindness in Black and White: An Analysis of Core Tenets, Configurations, and Complexities.” (with Alex Manning* and Joseph Gerteis). Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 1 (4): 532-546.

2015.  “Reflections on Race, Diversity, and the Crossroads of Multiculturalism.” The Sociological Quarterly, 56 (4): 623-639.

2014 “The Uncertain Future of Race in a Changing America.” (with Kia Heise*). Pp. 3-20 in Color Lines and Racial Angles, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: Norton.

2011. “Race-Based Critical Theory and the “Happy Talk” of Diversity in America.” (with Joyce Bell). Pp. 259-277 in Illuminating Social Life: Classical and Contemporary Theory Revisited, Fifth Edition, edited by Peter Kivisto. Los Angeles: Sage/Pine Forge.

2010. “White Ethnicity in Twenty-First-Century America- Findings from a New National Survey.” (with Jason Torkelson*).  Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(8): 1310-1331.

2009. “An Empirical Assessment of Whiteness Theory- Hidden from How Many?” (with Joseph Gerteis and Paul Croll*).  Social Problems, 56(3): 403-424.

2008. “Whiteness, Measuring.” (with Paul R. Croll*). Pp. 1398-1401 in Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, edited by Richard T. Shaefer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2007. Ethnicity and Race, Second Edition: Making Identities in a Changing World. (with Stephen Cornell.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

2007. “Diversity in Everyday Discourse- The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of “Happy Talk”’” (with Joyce Bell*). American Sociological Review, 72: 895-914.

2005. “Dealing With Diversity- Mapping Multiculturalism in Sociological Terms”  (with Joseph Gerteis). Sociological Theory, 23: 218-240.

2003.  “The Race Relations ‘Problematic’ in American Sociology- Revisiting Niemonen’s Case Study and Critique”  (with Paul Croll* and Katja Guenther*)  The American Sociologist, Fall: 20-50.

1999.  “Rethinking Race, Troubling Empricism.”  Critica: A Journal of Critical Studies. Edited and introduced (with Roderick A. Ferguson).  University of California, San Diego: Critica Monograph Series.  Spring Volume.

1999.  “Toward a Race-Critical Sociology”  Critica: A Journal of Critical Studies.  University of California, San Diego Critica Monograph Series.  Spring: 21-32.

Religion and Culture

2011. “How Americans Understand Racial and Religious Differences- A test of Parallel Items from a National Survey” (with Dan Winchester,* Penny Edgell, and Joe Gerteis). The Sociological Quarterly, 52 (3): 323-345.

2008. “Critical Whiteness Theories and the Evangelical “Race Problem”‘- Extending Emerson and Smith’s Divided by Faith” (with Eric Tranby*).  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 47(3): 341-359.

2006. “Atheists as “Other”- Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society” (with Penny Edgell and Joseph Gerteis).  American Sociological Review, 71: 211-234.

2005. “One (Multicultural) Nation Under God? Changing Uses and Meanings of the Term “Judeo-Christian” in the American Media  (with Xeufeng Zhang* and William Wischstadt†).  Journal of Media and Religion, 4 (4): 207-234.

American Mosaic Project

2011. “How Americans Understand Racial and Religious Differences- A test of Parallel Items from a National Survey” (with Dan Winchester,* Penny Edgell, and Joe Gerteis). The Sociological Quarterly, 52 (3): 323-345.

2011. “Race-Based Critical Theory and the “Happy Talk” of Diversity in America.” (with Joyce Bell). Pp. 259-277 in Illuminating Social Life: Classical and Contemporary Theory Revisited, Fifth Edition, edited by Peter Kivisto. Los Angeles: Sage/Pine Forge.

2010. “White Ethnicity in Twenty-First-Century America- Findings from a New National Survey.” (with Jason Torkelson*).  Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(8): 1310-1331.

2009. “An Empirical Assessment of Whiteness Theory- Hidden from How Many?” (with Joseph Gerteis and Paul Croll*).  Social Problems, 56(3): 403-424.

2008. “Critical Whiteness Theories and the Evangelical “Race Problem”‘- Extending Emerson and Smith’s Divided by Faith” (with Eric Tranby*).  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 47(3): 341-359.

2008. “Whiteness, Measuring.” (with Paul R. Croll*). Pp. 1398-1401 in Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, edited by Richard T. Shaefer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2007. “Diversity in Everyday Discourse- The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of “Happy Talk”’” (with Joyce Bell*). American Sociological Review, 72: 895-914.

2006. “Atheists as “Other”- Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society” (with Penny Edgell and Joseph Gerteis).  American Sociological Review, 71: 211-234.

2005. “One (Multicultural) Nation Under God? Changing Uses and Meanings of the Term “Judeo-Christian” in the American Media  (with Xeufeng Zhang* and William Wischstadt †).  Journal of Media and Religion, 4 (4): 207-234.

2005. “Dealing With Diversity- Mapping Multiculturalism in Sociological Terms”  (with Joseph Gerteis). Sociological Theory, 23: 218-240.

2003.  “The Race Relations ‘Problematic’ in American Sociology- Revisiting Niemonen’s Case Study and Critique.”  (with Paul Croll* and Katja Guenther*)  The American Sociologist, Fall: 20-50.

Book Reviews

Forthcoming. America’s Experts: Race and the Fictions of Sociology by Cynthia H. Tolentino. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2009). American Quarterly.

2015. Black Citizenship and Authenticity in the Civil Rights Movement by Randolph Hohle. (New York and London: Routledge / Taylor Francis Group, 2013). Contemporary Sociology, 44 (2): 216-218.

2014. The Urban Geography of Boxing: Race, Class, and Gender in the Ring by Benita Heiskanen. (New York and London: Routledge, 2012).  Contemporary Sociology, 43 (5): 686-687.

2013The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age by Alana Lentin and Gavan Titley (London and New York: Zed Books, 2011). Contemporary Sociology.

2014Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball by Chris Lamb (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012). Ethnic and Racial Studies.

2013. Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation. by Gerardo Marti (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). American Journal of Sociology, 118 (4): 1151-1153.

2011. “The Complexities of Blurred Color LinesBlurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America by Richard Alba. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009). Contemporary Sociology, 40 (3): 269-271.

2010. Black Men Can’t Shoot by Scott N. Brooks. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009). Contemporary Sociology, 39 (2): 145-146.

2010. Living Through the Hoop by Reuben A. Buford May. (New York: New York University Press, 2007). Sociological Forum, 25(1): 171-172.

2009. Give and Go- Basketball as a Cultural Practice by Thomas McLaughlin.  (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008).  American Journal of Play, Fall: 232-234.

2006. Over the Edge- How the Pursuit of Youth by Marketers and the Media has Changed American Culture by Leo Bogart. (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2005). Contemporary Sociology, 35(4): 392-393.

2005. Body and Soul- Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer by Loic Wacquant. (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press).   Social Forces, 84, 1 (September): 603-605.

2004.  Engaging Cultural Differences- The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies edited by Richard Schweder, Martha Minow, and Hazel Rose Markus.  (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2002).  Social Forces, 82, 4 (June): 1663-1665.

2004. Jews and the Olympic Games: Sport- A Springbord for Minorities by Paul Yogi Mayer. (London and Portland, OR: Vallentine Mitchell, 2004). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 28, 2 (March): 382-383.

2004.  The Nazi Olympics- Sport, Politics, and Appeasement in the 1930s, edited by Arnd Kruger and William Murray (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003), Ethnic and Racial Studies, 27, 5 (September): 849-850.

2003.  Global Games, by Maarten Van Bottenburg.  (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001).  Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26, 1 (January): 184-185.,

2002.  American Project—The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh.  (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000).  Contemporary Sociology, 31, 1: 11-12.

2001.  Racism by Albert Memmi; translated and with an introduction by Steve Martinot.  (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000).  Contemporary Sociology, 20, 6 (November): 569-570

2001.  Outside the Lines—African Americans and the Integration of the National Football League by Charles K. Ross.  (New York: New York University Press, 1999).  Ethnic and Racial Studies, 24, 2 (March): 353-354.

1999.  Culture of Intolerance—Chauvinism, Class, and Racism in the United States, by Mark Nathan Cohen (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998).  American Quarterly, 39 (1): 147-149.

1999.  The Order of Rituals: The Interpretation of Everyday Life, by Hans-Georg Soeffner (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1997). Social Forces, 77, 4 (June): 1691-1693.

1998. Darwin’s Athletes- How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race, by John Hoberman (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997).  “Review Symposium.”  International Journal of the Sociology of Sport, 33, 1 (March): 89-92.

Other Writing

2015. “The Importance of State and Regional Associations.” Footnotes, 43 (6, September-October): 9.

2014. “New Contexts Editors Bring Energy and Experience with Public Engagement.”  Footnotes, 42 (7, September-October): 1, 6.

2012. “Politics and Sports: Strange and Secret Bedfellows.” (with Kyle Green). The Society Pages, February.

2011. “Up Close and Communal.” (with Letta Page). Contexts, 11 (4): 40-47.

2008. “The Social Significance of Barack Obama.” Contexts, 7 (4): 16-21.

2007. Sociograph: Sociologists of Minnesota Newsletter, 25 (1-3).

2004. “Letters: Real Men, Real Boys” (Response). Contexts, 3 (1): 5-6.

2000. “Race, Culture, and the Case of Sport.” Culture, 14 (2): 1-6.

1988. “The Chicago Public School Senior Survey: Student Perception and High School Reality.”  Metropolitan Opportunity Project directed by Gary Orfield, Working Paper Number 14 (Summer).

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