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Three Sociology Graduade Students Present Papers For National Conference

November 27, 2000 -- Three University of Virginia sociology graduate students were invited to present papers at the Nov. 15-19 national meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco.

In "Culture and Census: Asian Attitudes Towards Privacy," Bhavani Arabandi pinpointed differences between Asian and American perceptions of privacy in order to determine which census questions may be perceived as intrusive and thereby inhibit survey responses from Asians living in America.

Along with U.Va. sociology professor Rae Blumberg, Patricia Goerman studied Latino immigrant families in Central Virginia. Using their findings, the two suggested ways to improve census survey question accuracy, particularly for categorizing the complex relationships existing in non-nuclear immigrant households.

With his paper, "The Predictable Nature of the Balinese Cockfight," Chris Stevens argued that sociological theory can be used to predict cultural phenomena. "The value of this exercise is to illustrate the scientific promise of sociology to predict and explain any aspect of social life," Stevens said.

The invitation to present papers at a major conference was an honor not only because it was at the national level, but also because it came from a sister discipline, said Blumberg. "This is a very welcome recognition of the quality of U.Va.’s sociology grad students," she added.

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