The Social Aesthetics of Maintenance

Jessica Meyerson, Senior Research Officer, Educopia Institute Andrew Russell, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences SUNY Polytechnic Institute Lee Vinsel, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Virginia Tech The Maintainers is a global research network interested in maintenance, repair, infrastructure, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world. Since we founded the network five years ago, two topics have … Continue reading The Social Aesthetics of Maintenance

Department Profile: University of Minnesota

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. The Cultures of Cultural Sociology at Minnesota    Yagmur Karakaya and Jacqui Frost When we got the news that we had both received awards for the ASA Culture Section’s 2019 best graduate student paper, we knew that it was not a coincidence. We have both been trained at the Univ. of … Continue reading Department Profile: University of Minnesota

Memorial: A Conversation on John Mohr

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. John Mohr, former Chair of the Culture Section, former Chair of the Theory Section, and co-chair of the Historical Sociology Section, passed away on August 24 of this year. John had been diagnosed with ALS in 2017. To commemorate his passing we convened a conversation with some of his collaborators … Continue reading Memorial: A Conversation on John Mohr

Four Questions For Jennifer Lena

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Dustin Stoltz (Univ. of Notre Dame) interviews Jennifer Lena (Columbia) on the past, present, and future of cultural analysis and sociology. Dustin Stoltz: How​ ​ did​ ​ you​ ​ become​ ​ interested​ ​ in sociology and​ ​ ​the ​ study​ ​ of​ ​ culture? Jennifer Lena: My family, actually. My … Continue reading Four Questions For Jennifer Lena

Four Questions for Hayagreeva Rao

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Dustin Stoltz (Univ. of Notre Dame) interviews Hayagreeva “Huggy” Rao (Stanford) on the past, present, and future of cultural analysis and sociology.   Dustin Stoltz: How​ ​ did​ ​ you​ ​ become​ ​ interested​ ​ in sociology and​ ​ the​ ​ study​ ​ of​ ​ culture?  Huggy Rao: I’m originally … Continue reading Four Questions for Hayagreeva Rao

Letter from the chair, Fall 2019

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Can it only be a few months since we gathered in New York for ASA 2019? I hope that some of the discussions you took part in or witnessed there, and the people you met, served to generate new insights, new collaborations, new ideas for research or teaching.  I myself … Continue reading Letter from the chair, Fall 2019