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Adam Reich, Ph.D.


RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
2012-2014

Discipline(s):
Sociology

Area(s) of Expertise:
Economic Sociology, Crime and Social Control, Work and Organizations, Social Movements, Culture, Sociological Theory

E-Mail:
ar3237@columbia.edu


Background:

Adam Reich is a sociologist interested in the cultural effects of disciplinary organizations—specifically, the hospital and the prison—in the United States. His dissertation research asks why, given the corporate transformation of health care, hospital care has not been commodified completely. He argues that three factors limit the commodification of hospital care: society’s understanding of hospital care as a right; society’s understanding of hospital care as being connected to moral and spiritual values; and society’s uncertainty about the economic value of hospital care, which is due both to the limits of medical knowledge and to uncertainty about the economic value of life itself. Adam is also the author of two books. Hidden Truth: Young Men Navigating Lives In and Out of Juvenile Prison (University of California Press, 2010) explores how poor young men make sense of their social and economic exclusion, and how they interact with a juvenile justice system that increasingly has lost any pretense of rehabilitation. With God On Our Side: The Struggle for Workers' Rights in a Catholic Hospital (Cornell University Press, 2012) examines what has happened to work and labor struggle in the Catholic hospital in a context of increasing market pressures. As a Health & Society Scholar, Adam plans to engage in a historical examination of changes in the relationship between hospitals and prisons over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. Adam received his Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley. In July 2014, upon completion of the Health & Society Scholars Program, Adam will be an assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University.

Journal Articles:
N/A


Books:


 
  Reich, Adam. Hidden Truth: Young Men Navigating Lives In and Out of Juvenile Prison. (University of California Press, 2010)

 


 
  Reich, Adam. With God On Our Side: The Struggle for Workers' Rights in a Catholic Hospital. (Cornell University Press, 2012)