Ray Hutchison

Ray Hutchison


MAC B304

Dr. Ray Hutchison is Professor of Sociology in Public and Environmental Affairs. He is on-leave for the spring-summer semesters serving as Cátedra Santander in the Faculdade de Ciéncias Socials e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Santander Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at the New University of Lisbon).In addition to Introduction to Sociology, he teaches Ethnic and Racial Identities, Urban Sociology, and Street Gangs in America. This fall semester he will teach a new First Year Seminar on The Sixties, and an upper-level course on The Vietnam War and American Society.

Dr. Ray Hutchison grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and received his B.A. from Harpur College at the State University of New York-Binghamton and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. His early research focused on the growth of the Mexican American community in Chicago (including studies of street gangs in Chicago). In Green Bay, his research has focused on ethnic communities (particularly the emerging Hmong community) and on street gangs in the Fox Valley. He has served as Director of the Hmong Studies Center since it was founded in 2006.

Check out the Hmong Studies Center!

Dr. Hutchison is Senior Editor of The Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, a two-volume encyclopedia from SAGE Publications and co-author (with Mark Gottdiener) of The New Urban Sociology (now in the 4th Edition) and Series Editor of Research in Urban Sociology (Elsevier Press), as well as author of more than thirty chapters, articles, and monographs. These include articles on street gangs and gang graffiti, race and ethnic relations, and urban recreation published in International MigrationJournal of Leisure ResearchLeisure SciencesSocial Problems, and other publications.

Check out Dr. Hutchison's research on tent graves in East Tennessee!

In March 2008, Dr. Hutchison was awarded the International Award of Merit of the Del Bianco Foundation in Florence, Italy for his work with students and faculty in the international programs sponsored by the Foundation. He was organizer of sessions on The Tourist City as part of the 10th Annual Florence Exposition in 2008, and organizer of a conference on Everyday Life in the Segmented City, held in Florence in July 2010, with some 70 participants from nearly two dozen countries. The second Everyday Life conference was held in Florence in July 2015.

Check out Keeping Memory Alive: The Mine Wars in US and UK at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, August 2006.

The burgeoning field of urban studies addresses both the growth and expansion of urban areas (urbanization) and the nature of and quality of urban life (urbanism). Both are among the most pressing areas of inquiry for the coming decades as humans confront significant and growing problems such as climate change, population growth, and global inequality. SAGE Reference’s authoritative, new two-volume Encyclopedia of Urban Studies addresses not only the specific theories, key studies, and important figures that have influenced the individual discipline but also the field of urban studies more generally. Highly accessible A-to-Z entries demonstrate the international and interdisciplinary nature of the field with contributions from scholars in many different countries.

Too often the term "ghetto" is simply applied to any African American community, to the inner city as a whole, or recently to anything that is degraded or unrefined. But what is a ghetto? Does it arise organically from cities, or is it a consequence of social conflict and government policy? Are the banlieues, barrios, favelas, shantytowns, and slums of Europe, South America, and other continents similar to the American ghetto? The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies invites us to reexamine our assumptions by addressing these and other critical questions. Concise, original essays from top scholars around the world clearly describe essential arguments and discoveries, making the current discussion of marginalized urban spaces accessible for all readers and students of urban studies and sociology.

The first edition of The New Urban Sociology represented a major breakthrough text for urban sociology and urban studies programs. Now in its second edition, and co-authored by Mark Gottdiener and Ray Hutchison, the text has been completely revised and updated throughout to include discussions of many current topics and new case study material highlighting recent work in the field. This book is organized around an integrated paradigm throughout – the sociospatial perspective – which considers the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, culture, and politics on the development of metropolitan areas.

"Gottdiener and Hutchison's outstanding textbook represents a broad, accessible and expert introduction to one of the most exciting research fields in the contemporary social sciences. It is lucidly written, coherently organized and impressively wide-ranging in its coverage of the most essential issues in the vast, interdisciplinary field of urban studies. The book contains a brilliant synthesis of the major approaches to urban theory, a valuable overview of the global history of capitalist urbanization and a wide-ranging analysis of diverse aspects of contemporary urban transformations, both in North America and beyond. In so doing, the authors effectively demonstrate how the new urban sociology can illuminate the key economic, social, political, cultural and environmental dynamics that underpin the production of urban space, as well as various social crises, political struggles and policy dilemmas that are rippling through major cities around the world." (Neil Brenner, New York University)