I hope the turn of the New Year rejuvenated you! After hearing Amanda Gorman recite her poem “The Hill We Climb” at Biden’s Inauguration–and watching a season of Ted Lasso–I’m feeling optimistic, energized, and eager to tackle the challenges we have before us. If 2021 is the year things start getting better, I want to be part of making things better. As Gorman writes: “Every … Continue reading Letter from Chair, Winter 2021
Calling all members! The editors of the Culture Section Newsletter invite you to submit content for inclusion in future issues. We especially welcome proposals for essays, articles, forums, and book reviews. Proposals for newsletter content may be submitted at any time, and we are happy to talk with you about your ideas! Please email your contributions and thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing … Continue reading Call for Contributions: Culture Section Newsletter
Jun Fang and Alvaro Santana-Acuña Jun Fang (Northwestern University) interviews Alvaro Santana-Acuña (Whitman College) on Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic (ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2020) Jun Fang: Congratulations! How does it feel to publish your book during a pandemic? Alvaro Santana-Acuña: Thank you. Publishing a book in the middle of a global pandemic is truly an … Continue reading “A Dialogue with Alvaro Santana-Acuña on Ascent to Glory, Imagination, and Global Consecration”
The Sociology of Culture Section’s Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book Book authors may nominate a book published in calendar year 2020. Authors must be section members to be eligible. Each member of the committee requires: a copy of the book, with e-books/digital copies strongly preferred (see book distribution details below) a two paragraphs-long self-nomination letter written by the author providing a synopsis and outlining … Continue reading AWARD NOMINATION CALLS FOR 2021
Mary Douglas Prize for Best BookCommittee members: Gabriel Abend (Chair), Fabien Accominotti, Karida Brown, Meredith Hall, Gemma Mangione, Amy Singer, Michael Vaughn Co-Winners: The New Noir: Race, Identity, and Diaspora in Black Suburbia by Orly ClergéThe New Noir is an excellently researched and exquisitely rendered work. Coupling detailed socio-historical analysis and ethnographic study of black diasporic suburbs of New York City, Orly Clergé challenges the … Continue reading SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AWARD SUMMARIES 2020
Tad SkotnickiUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro In a world lousy with crises from the spectacular to the mundane, we often glimpse an immense infrastructure of humanitarian nongovernmental organizations seeking to relieve human suffering. But as Shai Dromi reveals in Above the Fray – an intricate sociological history of the Red Cross – the organization’s astounding success in the second half of the nineteenth century … Continue reading Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector by Shai Dromi. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020.