Written. Print. Audio. Visual.



Settlement Networks and Sociocultural Evolution

Forthcoming in the Elgar Handbook on Cities and Networks. Settlement networks provide a fundamental window on human social structures and their connections with the biosphere. We present an overview of the roles that human settlement interaction networks have played in the sociocultural evolution of human societies since the Paleolithic Era using the comparative world-systems perspective.  We also summarize research on the location and timing of changes in the scale of settlements and polities since the Bronze Age, the emergence of the contemporary global city system and discuss possible futures for the city of humans.


Chapter 12: From Visual Maps to Installation Art: Visualizing Client Pathways to Social Services in Los Angeles

This book examines research using anti-oppressive, arts-based methods to promote social change  in oppressed and marginalized communities. The contributors discuss literary techniques, performance, visual art, and new media in relation to the co-construction of knowledge and positionality, reflexivity, data representation, community building and engagement, and pedagogy. The contributors to this volume hail from a wide array of disciplines, including sociology, social work, community psychology, anthropology, performing arts, education, medicine, and public health.

Our chapter specifically addresses the artistic process we used to explore the network of pathways and barriers clients encounter when trying to access social services.


CSUN Faculty and Students Use Creative Arts to Identify Barriers to Nonprofit Services

California State University, Northridge sociology professor Moshoula Capous-Desyllas and sociology graduate students Aleksey Reshetnikov, Patricia Lara and Elizabeth Bogumil are researching people’s pathways to nonprofit services in an unconventional way — through the creative arts and visual mapping methodologies.