Letter From the Chair, Spring 2020

I write this amidst the coronavirus pandemic, with the uncertainties swirling around us.  Every day the situation changes for academics as for the rest of the nation, and there is a lot that we do not know right now:  How long will we be social distancing? What’s the right mix of compassion and substantive work in a class suddenly moved online? What will be the … Continue reading Letter From the Chair, Spring 2020

Letter From the Editors, Spring 2020

Dear Culture Section,  Hello from your new newsletter editors, Yu Ching Cheng (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Johnnie Lotesta (Harvard Kennedy School), and A.J. Young (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis). With this being our first issue, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves, explain what you can expect in the issues ahead, and solicit your input and contributions.  We are honored to … Continue reading Letter From the Editors, Spring 2020

Symposium: A Tale of Two Civil Spheres

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2020, Vol 32. Issue 1 Book Symposium: The Civil Sphere in East Asia (2019, Cambridge) Yu Ching Cheng International Research Fellow Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  It is the spring of self-quarantine, it is the season of contemplating the world. It is the worst of times for the civil sphere to advance itself, … Continue reading Symposium: A Tale of Two Civil Spheres

Symposium: East Asian Political Cultures and Civil Sphere Theory

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2020, Vol 32. Issue 1 Book Symposium: The Civil Sphere in East Asia (2019, Cambridge) Lyn Spillman Professor of Sociology, Univ. of Notre Dame The normative and political significance of investigating “the civil sphere in East Asia” has been emphasized with every headline from Hong Kong in recent months, and this book is a pleasure … Continue reading Symposium: East Asian Political Cultures and Civil Sphere Theory

Symposium: Between East Asian cases and Western-originated concepts

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2020, Vol 32. Issue 1 Book Symposium: The Civil Sphere in East Asia (2019, Cambridge) Ming-Cheng M. Lo Professor of Sociology, UC-Davis The Civil Sphere in East Asia presents a dynamic conversation between East Asian experiences and Jeffrey Alexander’s civil sphere theory. Among other things, this monumental volume transcends beyond two unhelpful mainstream approaches, both … Continue reading Symposium: Between East Asian cases and Western-originated concepts

Symposium: On “Applicability” of CST to Non-Western Contexts

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2020, Vol 32. Issue 1 Book Symposium: The Civil Sphere in East Asia (2019, Cambridge) Sadia Saeed Assistant Professor of Sociology, Univ. of San Francisco  The Civil Sphere in East Asia builds on Jeffrey Alexander’s Civil Sphere Theory (CST) and is part of a broader collaborative effort to assess and assert CST’s applicability to contexts … Continue reading Symposium: On “Applicability” of CST to Non-Western Contexts