Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Publications

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The West And The Battle Of Ideas

June 2017

By most measures, the West ought to declare victory in the process of globalization.

Handgun Acquisitions in California After Two Mass Shootings

June 2017

Mass shootings are common in the United States. They are the most visible form of firearm violence. Their effect on personal decisions to purchase firearms is not well understood.

Voting Behavior in the Council of the European Union: The Effect of the Trio Presidency

May 2017

This paper examines the Trio Presidency and its impact on voting behavior in the Council of the European Union.

The Number of Choice Tasks and Survey Satisficing in Conjoint Experiments

February 2017

In recent years, political and social scientists have made increasing use of conjoint survey designs to study decision-making.

This is why Democrats lose in ‘rural’ postindustrial America

February 2017

In my earlier post I suggested that voters in rural areas and small industrial towns are often two rather distinct demographic groups that should not be conflated.

The Wrong Way to Stop Terrorism

February 2017

On January 27, true to his campaign promise to suspend Muslim immigration, U.S.

All Quiet on the Balkan Front?

January 2017

With Yugoslavia’s successor states simmeringwith conflict and discontent,problems of security,governance, and identity could boil over.

Early-Modern Rights Regimes: A Genealogy of Revolutionary Rights

January 2017

Most histories of early-modern rights focus on particular concepts of rights: for instance, notions of subjective vs.

"Westworld” and the Dawn of Baroque TV

November 2016

Part of the thrill of our New Golden Age of Television has been discovering incredible shows in places one wouldn’t have previously thought to look: streaming services, formerly niche channels,...

Self-Centered Inequity Aversion and the Mass Politics of Taxation

September 2016

The politics of economic crises brings distributive economic conflict to the fore of national political debates.

Aristotelian Equality and International Cooperation: Europeans Prefer a Proportional Asylum Regime

September 2016

What type of asylum regime do European citizens support?

Cultural Assimilation during the Age of Mass Migration

July 2016

Using two million census records, we document cultural assimilation during the Age of Mass Migration, a formative period in US history.

Can the South Asian Academic Speak from Abroad? Colonialism and Anticolonialism in Modi’s America

January 2016

Following her signing of an open letter registering concerns about potential privacy abuses with Digital India and her op-ed "How to Think About Modi's Visit to Silicon Valley," Stanford historian...

The Geopolitics of Christmas

December 2015

As Christmas celebrations for 2015 wind down, Stanford historian and archaeologist Ian Morris discusses the global reach of different aspects of the Christmas holiday, and compares theories of the...

Winds of Change: Voter Blame and Storm Gudrun in the 2006 Swedish Parliamentary Election

December 2015

Can a natural disaster shift long-standing party support for the long-term?

On Gun Laws, We Must Get the History Right

October 2015

As restrictions on the right to carry guns in public are challenged in American courts, Stanford historian Priya Satia argues that a rigorous analysis of British history and law (as it is invoked...

Immigration into Europe: Economic Discrimination, Violence, and Public Policy

June 2014

Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge: Zum Werk Barbara Honigmanns

December 2013

A book of essays on Barbara Honigmann, one of the most important German writers of our time.

Ethnic differences in the relationship between insulin sensitivity and insulin response

December 2013

Abstract:OBJECTIVE Human blood glucose levels have likely evolved toward their current point of stability over hundreds of thousands of years.

Tristan’s Shadow: Sexuality and the Total Work of Art after Wagner

November 2013

For a synopsis of this book, please visit the University of Chicago Press website.

Dreams of Waking: An Anthology of Iberian Lyric Poetry (1400-1700)

March 2013

For a synopsis of this book, please visit the University of Chicago Press website.

Patents and Innovation: Evidence from Economic History

January 2013

To read this article, please visit the Journal of Economic Perspectives.