Sociology

Dr. Peter Marina

 

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: 574b Clarkc
Phone: 516-6370
Web page: http://www.umsl.edu/~marinap/

Education: Ph.D., Sociology. 2010: New School for Social Research, New York, New York
M.A., Sociology. 2004: University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana 
B.A., Education. 1999: University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

Pulished Works:
Books:
2011.   Getting the Holy Ghost: Experiences in a American Tongue-Speaking Church (Under contract; Expected publication date Spring 2012)
Articles for Refereed Journals:
2011.   “Stemming Urban Decline in the Second Most Urbanized State in the United States: Latino   Immigration and Urban Revitalization in New Jersey.” Academic article with David Gladstone (Forthcoming, Journal of Urbanism)
2011.   “Understanding the Causes of Youth Violence in a Segregated Public School.” Academic article with Nancy Shields (in progress)
2011.   “God Hunting Towards Conversion: Laying to Rest the Concept of Crisis.” Academic article in progress
2011.   “Tongues: Acquiring 'Holy Ghost Capital' in a Pentecostal Church.” Academic article with linguist Alena Horn in progress
2011.   “Music Scenes in a Tongue-Speaking Church.” Academic article in progress
2008.   “Cultural Meaning and Hip-hop Fashion in the African-American Male Youth Subculture of New Orleans.” Academic article with Vern Baxter (Published in Journal of Youth Studies, 11:2,93-113)


Biography:
I earned my doctorate from the New School for Social Research located in New York City and joined the UMSL faculty in Spring 2011. My research interests include urban sociology and ethnography, community studies, Latino immigration, race and ethnicity, and youth resistant subcultures, among others. I take an approach to sociology that incorporates the striking dialectic of history and biography allowing me to penetrate and interact with a range of culturally diverse social groups in my career, from public high school youth, to street kids, and more recently, to religiously inspired residents of the inner-city in a quest to make sense both empirically and theoretically of this rapidly changing, surprising and highly contradictory late-modern world. My current book under contract titled Getting the Holy Ghost: Experiences in a Tongue Speaking Church carries an ethnographic signature in approach and style, concerning an examination of a Brooklyn, New York African American community church congregation and is based on a unique set of data: dozens of ethnographic notes taken over the course of almost four years in New York City.
I'm currently working on numerous articles and projects that include urban nightlife scenes, immigration and urban revitalization, organic and reified urbanism, youth violence in education, and other articles on religious conversion and tongue-speaking.


RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Urban sociology and urban theory, ethnography/qualitative methods, community studies, Latino Immigration, race and ethnicity, sociology of religion


Classes:
Courses: Urban Sociology (3202), Sociology of Conflict (3268), Sociological Writing (4365), Ethnic and Minority Relations (4360), Special Topics In Women's And Gender Studies (5450), Problems in Urban Community (4344)

PUBLICATIONS
Books:
2011.   Getting the Holy Ghost: Experiences in a American Tongue-Speaking Church (Under contract; Expected publication date Spring 2012)
Articles for Refereed Journals:
2011.   “Stemming Urban Decline in the Second Most Urbanized State in the United States: Latino   Immigration and Urban Revitalization in New Jersey.” Academic article with David Gladstone (Forthcoming, Journal of Urbanism)
2011.   “Understanding the Causes of Youth Violence in a Segregated Public School.” Academic article with Nancy Shields (in progress)
2011.   “God Hunting Towards Conversion: Laying to Rest the Concept of Crisis.” Academic article in progress
2011.   “Tongues: Acquiring 'Holy Ghost Capital' in a Pentecostal Church.” Academic article with linguist Alena Horn in progress
2011.   “Music Scenes in a Tongue-Speaking Church.” Academic article in progress
2008.   “Cultural Meaning and Hip-hop Fashion in the African-American Male Youth Subculture of New Orleans.” Academic article with Vern Baxter (Published in Journal of Youth Studies, 11:2,93-113)
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Urban sociology and urban theory, ethnography/qualitative methods, community studies, Latino Immigration, race and ethnicity, sociology of religion
Classes:
Courses: Urban Sociology (3202), Sociology of Conflict (3268), Sociological Writing (4365), Ethnic and Minority Relations (4360), Special Topics In Women's And Gender Studies (5450), Problems in Urban Community (4344)