Interests: Theory, religion, gender roles, organizations and leadership. Currently working on two manuscripts:(1) an exploration of the inverse relationship between necessity and illusion in contemporary society, (2) an attempt to articulate a comprehensive explanation for the universal predilection of humans to preferentially associate with "their own kind."
1) updating an article I originally published in Teaching Sociology in 1980, called "Figures of Thought: The Use of Diagrams in Teaching Sociology", with examples I have developed in teaching my sociological theory and sociology of religion classes over the past 40 years.
2) extending as essay I originally published in Great Debates and Ethical Issues: Weber State College Centennial Honors Lecture Series in 1989, called "The Decline of Necessity, the Incline of Illusion", which struggles with the Durkheimian question of how can modern (and more challengingly) postmodern societies hold together.
3) I am sporadically at work on two essays, one of which involves extending an article, also from some years past, called "The Decline of Necessity, The Incline of Illusion." which struggles with the Durkheimian question of how can modern (and more challengingly) postmodern societies hold together, the other tackling an equally difficult issue that inverts Rodney King's now famous plaint, "Why can't we just get along?", to examine and hopefully to explain why it is that there are very good reasons for "Why We Can't Just Get Along" (which at this point is the working title).