SAGE Political Science & International Relations

Author Jay Teachman discusses his article “Military Service and Alcohol Use in the United States” published in Armed Forces & Society.


It is well known that enlistees and veterans in the United States are more likely to use alcohol than civilians. However, most of this research is potentially biased in that it often does not employ control variables (other than age) and is based on cross-sectional data. Much of this research also fails to consider the relationship between military service and alcohol use among women. Using longitudinal data taken from the 1997 National Longitudinal Study of Youth, we investigate the relationship between military service and alcohol consumption employing a fixed-effects approach. We find that military service appears to encourage young men to consume alcohol. It is also the case that the effect of military service is not limited to the time that men spend in the military given that male veterans are also more likely to consume alcohol than are comparable nonveterans. We find, however, that women who serve, both enlistees and veterans, are less likely to drink than their civilian counterparts.

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Author Mark A. Hager discusses his article "Engagement Motivations in Professional Associations" published in Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly.




This article follows Knoke in exploring how public incentives offered by professional associations (such as lobbying on behalf of collective interests) compete with private incentives (such as member networking opportunity) in promoting monetary gifts, voluntary coproduction of organizational outcomes, and commitment to the association. Olson’s contention that public goods do not motivate civic engagement has fostered several decades of research geared toward establishing the role of such goods in associational outcomes. Based on membership surveys of three engineering associations and two health care associations, the study concludes that private incentives are not universal motivators, while public incentives show some evidence of motivating engagement. Unexpected differences between the two fields of professional association are striking, prompting suggestions that current practitioners and future research give attention to field differences and resist overgeneralization regarding engagement motivations, outcomes, and commitment across professional fields.


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1.       Featuring Sabrina Alimahomed, a joint Assistant Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach, and author of an article published in the April–June 2014; 55(4) issue on the privatisation of the US Department of Homeland Security.

2.       Date of posting: June 2014

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Race & Class Radio 4 pt. 1: Featuring Bill Rolston, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland and author of an article on the murals of Gaza in the April–June 2014; 55(4) issue.

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This Security Dialogue podcast features Carolin Kaltofen, author of Engaging Adorno: Critical security studies after emancipation which appears in the February 2013 issue of Security Dialogue, February 2013; 44(1).

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Guest Co-Editor Erica Chenoweth discusses the May 2013 Special Issue of Journal of Peace Research 'Understanding Nonviolent Resistance' with the journal Editor-in-Chief, Henrik Urdal. The issue was co-edited with Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and is available online here.

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Armando Alvarez, Outreach Coordinator for Latin American Perspectives, interviews Tamar Diana Wilson and Christen Smith about the January 2014 issue titled "Violence Against Women in Latin America."

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Featuring J. Peter Burgess and Costas M. Constantinou, guest editors of the special issue on The New Middle East: A Critical Appraisal, and hosted by Claudia Aradau.

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Jawdat Abu-El-Haj discusses his article from the November 2013 issue titled "Latin American Perspectives: A Progressive Collective Intellectual and Its Social Knowledge."

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Author Beverly S. Bunch and three local government managers join to discuss her article from the September issue, "Increasing the usefulness of Academic Scholarship for Local Government Practitioners."

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