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Mick Cunningham

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Dr. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Western Washington University. His research focuses on three overlapping areas: gendered family dynamics, intergenerational processes, and the causes and consequences of family attitudes. Current projects include an NIH-funded investigation of reciprocal influences between women's paid and unpaid work, a collaboration with Arland Thornton devoted to understanding the formation of family-related attitudes, and a study of the consequences of the Northern Irish 'Troubles' for family life.

His work on Developmental Idealism will explore the structure, content, and consequences of individuals' views of social and family change. It will also investigate ideas about "the modern family" and the extent to which individuals believe that the modern family is good.

Professor Cunningham is spending the current academic year (2006-2007) as a Visiting Researcher in the School of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work at Queen's University–Belfast.

Research Profile at Western Washington University












Recent Pub

Hongwei Xu. Developmental Idealism, Body Weight and Shape, and Marriage Entry in Transitional China. Chinese Journal of Sociology.

Recent Pub

Allendor & Thornton. "Caste and Choice: The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marriage Behavior." American Journal of Sociology.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius & Swindle. Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of World Development Programs. Sociology of Development.

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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