"The Impact of the Media on the Social Transformation of Self-Injury"
Department of Sociology
University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Adler received her Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 1984. She is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado. Her myriad research interests span social psychology, deviant behavior, sociology of drugs, sociology of children, sociology of sports, and the sociology of work and leisure. All of her work is informed by a symbolic interactionist perspective and ethnographic methods. Along with her husband, Peter Adler, she has published several books, including Momentum (Sage, 1981), a study of an elusive social force; Wheeling and Dealing (Columbia University Press, 1985; 2nd ed., 1993), a study of upper-level drug dealers and smugglers; Membership Roles in Field Research (Sage, 1987), a treatise on ethnographic methods and the ways in which researchers locate themselves within their settings; Backboards & Blackboards (Columbia University Press, 1991), an insider’s account of the subculture of Division I intercollegiate athletes; Peer Power (Rutgers University Press, 1998), research on the culture of preadolescent children, Paradise Laborers (Cornell University Press, 2004), a study of hotel workers in Hawaii, and most recently, The Tender Cut (New York University Press, 2011), a comprehensive sociological study of the social meanings, networks, behaviors, careers, and transformation of self-injurers. In addition, she has been the co-editor of The Social Dynamics of Financial Markets (JAI Press, 1984), Constructions of Deviance, 7th ed. (Cengage, 2012), and Sociological Odyssey, 3rd ed. (Cengage, 2013). The Adlers edited the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography for eight years and were the founding editors of Sociological Studies of Child Development. Together, they were the co-recipients of the 2010 George Herbert Mead Lifetime Achievement Award from the SSSI, and in 2004 Patti was recognized with the SSSI Feminist Mentor Award.