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Award Abstract #1123509

Shifts in Scholarly Attention among World Regions

NSF Org: SES
Divn Of Social and Economic Sciences
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Initial Amendment Date: August 16, 2011
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Latest Amendment Date: August 16, 2011
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Award Number: 1123509
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: kevin Leicht
SES Divn Of Social and Economic Sciences
SBE Direct For Social, Behav & Economic Scie
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Start Date: August 15, 2011
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End Date: July 31, 2014 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $127,499.00
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Investigator(s): Charles Kurzman kurzman@unc.edu (Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
104 AIRPORT DR STE 2200
CHAPEL HILL, NC 27599-1350 (919)966-3411
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NSF Program(s): SOCIOLOGY
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Program Reference Code(s): 0000, OTHR
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Program Element Code(s): 1331

ABSTRACT

SES-1123509

Charles Kurzman

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Abstract

How Social Science Maps the World

How does American social science observe the world? This project examines social-scientific journal

articles, books, doctoral dissertations, and disciplinary awards to see how often each world region has

been studied over the past half-century. The dataset that this project generates will allow us to track the

trends in scholarly attention to various parts of the world, and to test theories in the sociology of social

science about how researchers select subjects for study.

The patterns that emerge from this research will help to inform social scientists and educational policymakers about trends and possible gaps in scholarly attention to different regions of the world. The

internationalization of American higher education has been a longstanding concern in academia and in

policy circles; this work moves the debate beyond the overall level of internationalization to a more

detailed break-out of internationalization by region. The project includes a dissemination phase in order to

present the results of this research to annual meetings of national professional organizations, in order to

spur discussion of the research findings and explore educational policy responses.

 

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