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Published on Sep 16, 2013
In this webinar, Dr. Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presents his research on changing academic attention to world regions over the past 50 years, "attention" as measured by analyzing works published about each region of the world and collected in U.S. academic libraries for each year of publication since 1958. 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. Dr. Kurzman received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how social science maps the world. With this grant, he is examining 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. This event was presented as part of the OCLC Collective Insight Series during the OCLC Research Briefing at UNC Chapel Hill on Friday, 7 June. For complete details, see http://www.oclc.org/research/events/2....