Letter From the Chair, Fall 2020

Research disrupted. That extra labor to hone that zoom pedagogy. An unthinkable job market. The stress of (surprise!) homeschooling your kids. The looming cloud of pestilence. Threats to our democracy. The ongoing crisis of racial injustice. And. And. And. With all this going on, I expected to hear crickets when I asked for volunteers to serve on committees for the section. Instead I was overwhelmed … Continue reading Letter From the Chair, Fall 2020


8th Biennial Conference on the Afroeuropeans Network Brussels, 7 – 10 July 2021 Keynote speakers: Philomena Essed – Cécile Kyenge – Kehinde Andrews The 8th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference “Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities” will take place from 7 – 10 July 2021 in Brussels, the capital of Europe. Hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), this conference is the result of a long collaboration … Continue reading Announcements

Race and Culture Resource List

Thank you to our section members who helped compile this list of academic readings on culturalsociology and race. This living reference will be posted to the culture section website and periodicallyupdated. Our hope is that these resources will help deepen our collective knowledge and criticalreflexivity as a sociological community. If you’d like to add references to the list, please email yourcontributions to the Culture Newsletter … Continue reading Race and Culture Resource List

Time, Culture, and Covid-19

John R. HallUC, Santa Cruz and Davis One hundred years ago, on June 14th, Max Weber, then 56, died of pneumonia, possibly a victim of the “Spanish flu.” Little more than a year earlier he’d given his “Politics as a vocation” lecture (Hall 2019). As Marianne Weber recounted, in his last days her husband anxiously engaged with German politics and debated the attractive but daunting … Continue reading Time, Culture, and Covid-19

The Mediatized President and the Pandemic

David L. AltheideArizona State University During the terrifying 2020 pandemic that was killing thousands of Americans, President Trump tweeted:  “President Trump is a ratings hit. Since reviving the daily White House briefing Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor.’ Numbers are continuing to rise…(President Trump … Continue reading The Mediatized President and the Pandemic

Health Behavior Disparities Along Party Lines and Associative Diffusion

Austin van LoonStanford University A striking pattern that we see in Americans’ response to the coronavirus pandemic is the variation in response predictable by political party identification. Specifically, American Republicans are much less likely than American Democrats to engage in and endorse health behaviors that are at the time of writing recommended by the World Health Organization (Kushner Gadarian et al 2020). From the perspective … Continue reading Health Behavior Disparities Along Party Lines and Associative Diffusion