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Elizabeth Long
Professor Emerita
Professor Emerita of Sociology
 
e-mail:elong@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1966) Stanford University
  • M.A. (1974) Brandeis University
  • Ph.D. (1979) Brandeis University
 
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Center for the Study of the Environment and Society
  • Department of Sociology
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    Websites
     Elizabeth Long
     Sociology 408
     
    Research Areas
     Sociology of culture, gender, social theory and qualitative research, environmental sociology
     

    Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life

     

    An investigation of women's reading groups in the 19th and 20th century, and the ways they use literature for normative discussions of self and society. Argues that reading groups influence both subjectivity and, insofar as they are sites for creative cultural invention, play a role in social change.

     
    Culture, Identity, and Social Inequality
     My research explores the ways that culture both constrains and enables social identity, whether at the individual or more collective level. I am particularly concerned with how this relates to social inequality and social change. Informed by traditions in European social theory (Bourdieu, Foucault, critical theory) and feminist thought, my work is qualitative in nature, and tends to be historical and process-oriented in flavor.
     
    "Factors Influencing Environmental Activism"
     Exploratory research into life history narratives of students and entrepreneurs who have become active in environmental organizations or involved in actions related to the environment or sustainability as individuals. Particular attention is paid to "moral narratives," as well as the way respondents frame their commitments and their worldviews more generally.
     
    Teaching Areas
     Social theory, gender, qualitative methods, culture, environmental sociology
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Ecklund, Elaine H. and Elizabeth Long, "Scientists and Sprituality," forthcoming in Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review

     
     

    Schilt, Kristen, Andrea Dineen and Elizabeth Long ""Recycling Alone: American Individualism and College Students' Views of Global Warming"." In Revision

     
     Articles
     

    Long, Elizabeth, "The Cultural Meaning of Concentration in Publishing," originally published in Book Research Quarterly, Vol. 1, #4 (Winter 1986) Reprinted in The History of the Book in the West: 1914-200, edited Alexis Weedon, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Surry, 2010.

     
     

    Long, Elizabeth "Literature as a Spur to Collective Action: The Diverse Perspectives of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Reading Groups." Poetics Today, 25.2 (2004) : 335-359.

     
     Books
     Japanese translation of my 2003 book.
     
     

    Elizabeth Long "Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life."  (2003) : 254.

     
     

    Elizabeth Long "Women Reading Together: Book Groups, Subjectivity, and American Culture." 

     
     

    Long, Elizabeth (editor) "From Sociology to Cultural Studies (1997)." 

     
     Book chapters
     

    Long, Elizabeth, "Cultural Studies," The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Vol II, pp. 913-918, 2009

     
     

    Long, Elizabeth "Cultural Studies," The Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology.

     
     

    Long, Elizabeth, "Ways of Reading," Cambridge Handbook of Literacy, edited by David Olson and Nancy Torrance.  Cambridge University Press, 2009

     
     

    Long, Elizabeth "Aflame With Culture: Reading and Social Mission in the Nineteenth Century White Women's Literary Club Movement." History of the Book in America, IV (2006)

     
     

    Long, Elizabeth "Chat-an-Hour Literary and Social Club: African-American Women Negotiate Literature and Cultural Politics in McCarthy Era Texas." History of the Book in America, V (2006) In Press

     
     Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer
     
     Forward to Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
     
     

    Long, Elizabeth "Chat-an-Hour Literary and Social Club: African-American Women Negotiate Literature and Cultural Politics in Texas." History of the Book in America, 5In Press

     
     

    Elizabeth Long "Chat-an-Hour Literary and Social Club: Black Women's Reading and the Politics of Culture." History of the Book, Volume 5In Revision

     
     Other
     Forward to Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads by Cecilia Conchar Farr
     
     

    Elizabeth Long "Forward." Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads (2004) : ix-xii.

     
     

    Long, Elizabeth "Introduction." Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturiesIn Press

     
     

    Elizabeth Long of the "Introduction," James P. Danky and Wayne Wiegand editors of the book. ""Introduction" for Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries."  (2004 proj.) In Revision

     
     

    Elizabeth Long of the Forward; Cecilia Farr of the book. ""Forward" to Reading Oprah: The Talking Life of Novels."  (2004 proj.) In Press

     
     

    Elizabeth Long " Aflame With Culture: Reading and Social Mission in the Nineteenth Century White Women's Literary Club Movement ." , Volume 4 (In Press)

     
     

    Elizabeth Long "From Social Action to Personal Insight: Women's Reading Groups in 19th and 20th Century America." Poetics (Accepted for IGEL Special Issue 2002)

     
     

    Elizabeth Long "The Chat-an-Hour Literary and Social Club: A Black Women's Reading Group in Midcentury Houston." , 5 (Pending)

     
     

    Elizabeth Long "Aflame With Culture: Reading and Social Mission in the Nineteenth Century White Women's Literary Club Movement." History of the Book in America, 5 (Pending - in press)

     
     

    Elizabeth Long "Sex and Aggression in the Discourse of Power."  (article in progress)

     
     

    Elizabeth Long "The Ethnographer as One of Us: Power and Positionality in a Study of the Middle Class."  (article in progress)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    Panelist.  "When Audiences are Authors, Too: Rethinking the Author-Audience Circuit in Women's Movement Writings." American Reception Study Conference, University of Delaware. (September 29 - October 1)

     
     

    "Women's Book Groups: Reading the Practices of Change." American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, Illinois. (August 18, 2002)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Elizabeth Long, "Loving Books in the Digital Age," Invited Talk at "Why Books?" Conference, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Oct. 28-29, 2010

     
     

    "Book Clubs as Informational Technology." Gender, Technology, and Information Series, University of Texas, Austin. (March 1, 2006)

     
     

    "From Women in Print to Women Readers." University of Wisconsin Center for the Study of Print Culture in Modern America, Madison, Wisconsin. (March 27, 2006)

     
     2005 Martin Luther King Day Symposium "Continuing the Struggle for Justice at Home and Abroad"
     
     

    Invited speaker.  ""Aflame with Culture: Nineteenth Century Texas Women's Reading Groups"." Fort Bend County Garden Club, Richmond, Texas. (March 11, 2004)

     
     

    Speaker.  ""Cultural Sociology and Qualitative Methods"." Qualitative Sociology Workshop and Conference, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (April 23, 2004)

     
     

    Invited speaker.  ""Nineteenth Century Texas Women's Reading Groups." Friends of the Houston Public Library, Julia Ideson Building, Houston, Texas. (June 10, 2004)

     
     

    Keynote speaker.  ""The Chat-an-Hour Club: An African-American Reading Group in McCarthy Era Texas." Colloquium on Gender, UCLA, Los Angeles, California. (May 21, 2004)

     
     

    Invited speaker.  ""The Power of Books and Social Reform: Nineteenth Century Texas Women's Reading Groups"." Fort Bend County Historical Association Museum Docents, Richmond, Texas. (November 13, 2004)

     
     

    "Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life." Mt. Holyoke Series on Media and Society, Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts. (February 10, 2003)

     
     

    "Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life." Colloquium on the Sociology of Culbute, Northwestern Univeristy. (April 10, 2003)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "Stories as Carriers of Theory," Culture Section MiniConference, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New Yorkl, August 1, 2007

     
     

    "Mobilizing Texts: A Consideration of Silent Spring and The Feminine Mystique," Keynote Address, "Beyond the Book" Conference, Birmingham, UK, September 1 2007

     
     

    "Beginning with Readers." I.G.E.L. Bi-annual Conference, Fraueninsel, Chiemsee, Germany. (August 5, 2006)

     
     Lectures
     

    "The Craft of Sociology: Middletown, The Chicago School, and Street Corner Soceity." Rice University Continuing Studies, Rice University, Houston, TX. (February 4, 2003)

     
     Other
     

    Interviewee.  "The Ways We Read." Odyssey: A Daily Talk Show of Ideas, Chicago Public Radio - Broadcast from Univ. of Houston. (February 7, 2002)

     
     

    "Aflame with Culture: 19th Century Texas Women's Reading Groups." Best of Rice, Rice University Continuing Studies, Houston, Texas. (November 5, 2001)

     
     

    "Two Eras in Women's Group Responses to Literature: From Social Reform to Personal Insight." IGEL Working Conference for edited volume on "How Literature Enters Life.", Cologne, Germany. (February 8-11, 2001)

     
     

    "Gender and Literature on the Internet." American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Washington, DC. (August 12, 2000)

     
     

    "Literature as a Spur to Collective Action." IGEL Be-annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. (August 2, 2000)

     
     

    "Panelist "Using Art and Literature in Teaching Sociology." American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Washington, DC. (August 15, 2000)

     
     

    "The Teaching Life." "Best of Rice" Series, Rice University Continuing Studies, Houston, Texas. (September 21, 2000)

     
     

    ""Aflame With Culture: Women's Reading Groups and Social Reform"." Rice University Continuing Studies, Houston, Texas. (November 9, 1999)

     
     

    "Women's Book Groups and Social Reform." KUHT, Houston, Texas. (November 8, 1999)

     
     

    "Aflame With Culture: Reading and Social Mission in the 19th Century Women's Club Movement." American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA. (August 21-26, 1998)

     
     

    "From Sociology to Cultural Studies." Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA. (April 16, 1998)

     
     

    "From Sociology to Cultural Studies." Lecture, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. (April 18, 1998)

     
     

    "Reading Together: Women's Reading Groups Past and Present." Lecture, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, TX. (February 4, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    "From Cultural Engagement to Social Activism: 'Mobilizing Texts' in the U.S. and Chinese Environmental Movements," ACCL Annual Meeting, Chengdu, China, August 7, 2007

     
     

    "Lessons from An Inconvenient Truth." First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, Texas. (October 8, 2006) With Professor Ronald Sass

     
     

    "Readers as Authors/Authors as Activits: Feminist Print Culture in the Women's Movement." National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Oakland, CA. (June 16, 2006)

     
     

    Panelist.  "Discussion of the NEA "Reading at Risk" Report." KQED San Francisco Forum, Aired on KQED, San Francisco. (August 6, 2004)

     
     

    "Panel Discussion on "Disciplining Feminism" by Ellen Messer Davidow." American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas. (November 14, 2002)

     
     

    Chair.  "Panel on Reading and Audiences." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, London, UK. (July 11, 2002)

     
     Session Chair
     

    Chair, Panel on "identity and Community in Nineteenth-Century North America," Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, Oxford, June 26, 2008

     
     

    "Gender and Culture." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada. (August 14, 2006) With Co-Chair with Professor Andrea Press

     
     

    Session Organizer and Presider.  "Cool Tools of Cultural Analysis." American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Philadephia, PA. (August 13)

     
     

    Session Organizer.  "Spaces, Places, and Meanings." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (August 15, 2005)

     
     

    Session Organizer and Presider.  "Studying Cultural Processes and Change." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (August 15, 2005)

     
     

    Session Organizer.  "Thinking Through Culture." American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, PA. (August 15, 2005)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, The Communication Review. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group LLC. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, The Communication Review. Taylor & Francis. (2003 - 2003)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sociological Theory. (2002 - 2002)

     Editorial Board, Sociological Theory. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Sociological Theory. (2004 - 2004)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Publishing Research Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Publlishing Research Quarterly. (2003 - 2003)

     Editorial Board, Communication Review. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Communication Review. (2004 - 2004)

     Editorial Board, Publishing Research Quarterly. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Communication Review. (2002 - 2002)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Publishing Research Quarterly. (2004 - 2004)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Piper Professor of the Year, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation (May, 2007)

     Honorable Mention, Best Book of the Year, Culture Section, American Sociological Association (August, 2004)

     Texas Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE (11/13/03)

     Advisory Committee, IGEL "When Literature Enters Life.",

     Executive Advisory Committee, History of Libraries in America, Center for the Book, Library of Congress, (1997-Present)

     Advisory Committee, History of the Book in America, Volume 5, (1997-Present.)

     George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rice University (May, 2000)

     Executive Advisory Committee, History of Libraries in America., Center for the Book, Library of Congress. (1997-Present)

     Advisory Committee, History of the Book in America, Volume 5,, (1997-Present)

     Julia Miles Chance Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rice University (May, 1999)

     President of the Board, Youth Advocates, Inc. (1994-1999)

     Advisory Committee, History of the Book in America, Vol. 5 (1997-Present)

     Executive Advisory Committee, History of Libraries in America, Center for the Book, Library of Congress (1997-Present)

     Class of 1999 Faculty Award, Rice University (May, 1999)