At UC Press, we believe that scholarship can advance knowledge and drive change. That’s why we asked our authors to share stories from their research that reflect on this year’s American Sociological Association’s (ASA) meeting theme, Hard Times: The Impact of Economic Inequality on Families and Individuals.

In the weeks leading up to ASA and throughout the conference, we’ll post blog pieces from some of the brightest minds in sociology who are publishing groundbreaking scholarship.

Visit us at booth #104 to learn more, or join the conversation by visiting us on Facebook ( and Twitter @ucpress (#ASA2014 and #HardTimes).