Professor Emeritus, Sociology Department
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Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
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Milner, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Virginia
and is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in
Culture. He received B.Sc. from Texas A & M, and M.A. from the University
of Texas, and M. Div. from Union Theological seminary (New York), and a Ph.D.
from Columbia University. For three years, he directed a relief and rehabilitation
program in Bangladesh.
He has written
an array of articles and is a co-author of Police on Campus, an
analysis of the mas police action at Columbia University in 1968. He is
author of four books:
The Illusion of Equality: The Effects of Educational Opportunity on Inequality
and Conflict; Unequal Care: A Case Study of Interorganizational Relations
in Health Care; and Status and Sacredness: A General Theory of Status Relations
and an analysis of Indian Culture. The latter book received the 1996
Distinguished Publication Award from the American Sociological Association.
His most recent book is Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers,
Schools, and the Culture of Consumption (Routledge, 2004), which applies
the theory of status relationships that was developed in Status and Sacredness to
the behavior of adolescents.
include: NIMH Training Fellowship, NEH Summer Institute for Cross-disciplinary
Study; Senior Fulbright Fellow to India; American Institute of Indian Studies
Fellowship. He has been a visiting scholar at Clare Hall, Cambridge University,
the Delhi School of Economics, and London School of Economics, and Downing
College, Cambridge. In 1997, he was the American Sociological Association
Sorokin Lecturer at the Eastern Sociology Association meetings and the Pacific
Sociological Association meetings. In 1998 he received the Virginia Social
Science Association Distinguished Scholar Award. In 2007 he received his second Fulbright award and served as a lecturer in sociology at Delhi School of Economics and at St. Edmund's College of North East Hill University.
is working on a general model of elites and non-elites and the application of
this theory of status relationship to celebrities and ethnic groups.
on Campus, (co-author), New York Civil Liberties Union, 1969
Illusion of Equality: The Effects of Educational Opportunity on Inequality
and Conflict, San Francisco:
Jossey-Bass, 1972, Japanese edition with new introduction, Tokyo: Reimer
Care: A Case Study of Interorganizational Relations in Health Care,
New York: Columbia University Press, 1980
and Sacredness: A General Theory of Status Relations and an Analysis
of Indian Culture, New
York: Oxford University Press, 1994, (American Sociological Association
Distinguished Publication Award for 1996)
Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of
New York: Routledge, 2004
(and recent reviews)
"Paradoxical Inequalities: Adolescent Peer Relations in Indian Secondary Schools." Sociology of Education (2013) 86-253.
"Human Rights as Status Relations," Handbook of Human Rights, ed. Thomas Cushman. London and New York: Routlege, 2011.
Murray Milner, Jr. 2002. "Caste," in Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, David Levinson and Karen Christensen, eds., New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, The Gale Group, pp.438-443.
"Status Distinctions and Boundaries" Handbook of Cultural Sociology, Edited by John R. Hall, Laura Grindstaff, and Ming-Cheng Lo, New York: Routlege (2010).
"Is Celebrity a New Kind of Status System?" Society (2010) 47:379–387.
"Youth Culture in a 'Faraway Place.'" The Hedgehog Review (Spring 2009) p. 65-73.
"Teenage Behavior: It’s Not Biology, Psychology, or Family Values" Educational Horizons vol 84 no. 4 Summer 2006, p. 240-6.
“Status,” Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Edited by Austin Harrington, Barbara L Marshall, Hans-Peter Müller, London: Routlege, 2006.
Culture as a Status System", The Hedgehog Review Celebrity
Culture, p. 66- 77 Spring 2005
the Sacred, and Human Rights: A Sociological Response," The
Hedgehog Review, 3(Summer 2001):33-37.
and Sacredness: Worship and Salvation as Forms of Status Transformation."
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, (June 1994)
Eschatology and the Indian Cast System: An Example of Structural Reversal,"
The Journal of Asian Studies, 52 (May 1993):298-319
Relations in Marriage Alliances: Toward A General Theory," Contributions
to Indian Sociology (NS), 22, 2(1989): 146-169
of Inequality: An Overview and a Strategy for Synthesis," Social
Forces, June 1987
and Development in India," Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter
Forms of Coordination: Combing Theoretical and Policy Analysis,"
International Journal of Comparative Sociology, March-June, 1978.
Reprinted in Policy Research, Amsterdam: Brill, 1979.