Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


29th Annual Sociology and Anthropology Senior Research Symposium

Wheaton College
29th Annual Sociology and Anthropology
Senior Research Symposium

Wednesday, February 2nd and Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Woolley Room, Mary Lyon Hall
Symposium Open to the Public


2:00-3:15 LAW and JUSTICE

Moderator: Javier Trevino

Natalia von Sonn Holy Week, Judas, and Burnings...Oh my!: The Trials of Judas in Greek Easter
Annie Bernard Battered Women's Advocates' Perspectives on Getting Out
Mark Cimino From Juvenile Delinquent to Being “At-Risk”: the View from the Front
Stephanie Funt Perceptions of Bias in Court Decisions

3:30-4:45 SPORTS and SOCIETY

Moderator: John Grady

Issac Lliguin South Africa World Cup 2010: Perceptions of the Disenfranchised
Spencer Montgomery Rituals and Social Control in Ice Hockey Fights
Ben Cederberg Professional Athletes as Role Models
Robert Barry Being a Student Athlete: Reconciling an often Incompatible Role Set



Moderator: Bruce Owens

Allegra Gigante Luft Language and Identity in the Guatemalan Highlands
Erin McKenrick Reconstructing Tradition: Hmong New Years in America
Tofani Grava Mormon Culture of Community and Recruitment

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:15 MANAGING IDENTITY and the MEDIA

Moderator: Hyun Sook Kim

Dorie Topolsky More than Skin Deep: Skin tone Modification in the United States and Vietnam
Tatisha McKay Body Image and the Media: How Young Women Make Sense of Popular Imagery
Ashley Brown Television and the Teenage Girl: a study of the influence of media celebrities
Sheila Albee “Anas” and “Rexies”: the On-Line Pro-Anorexia Community

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 GENDER, RACE and WORK

Moderator: Donna Kerner

Sara Nausch Reflections of High Achieving African American Men
Aimee Schafner Gender in Outdoor Recreation and Work: AMC Hut Croos and Outdoor Education as Alternatively Gendered Spaces
Nhi Nuyen The Vietnamese Nail Salon: Occupational Niche and Emotional Labor?


Moderator: Kersti Yllo

Solomon Odame Social Supports and the Moral Career of the First Generation College Student
Nadila Yusuf South Asian American Greek Life: Influence, Community/Culture, and Conflict Redefined
Shannon Coco Language, Socialization, and Music Education: The Suzuki Method in the United States and Ireland
Ryan Sermon Diversity and Unity among Men of Color on College Campuses

5:00-5:30 Reception – Faculty Dining Room

5:30-7:00 Sociology and Anthropology Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Maryann McCabe

"Cars, Cosmetics, and Computers: Practicing Qualitative Research on Public Consumption"

Dr. Maryann McCabe is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in ethnographic study of consumer behavior. She has expertise in branding and positioning for consumer and business-to-business products and services. Her 20 years of market research experience covers a spectrum of categories including automobiles, banking, beauty, food, health care, pharmaceuticals, retail, and technology. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. She is founder and principal of Cultural Connections LLC.

Her clients include Alcatel, AstraZeneca, Bausch & Lomb, Bell Atlantic, Campbell’s Soup, Citicorp, DuPont, General Electric, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, Motorola, Nestle, Nissan, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Roche, Samsung, Sprint, Toyota, Xerox, BBDO Advertising, Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB Worldwide, and Publicis & Hal Riney.

Maryann is also Senior Lecturer at the University of Rochester, Department of Anthropology, where for the past 10 years she has been teaching courses on market research, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University.

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