Memorial: John Ryan

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2021. Vol. 35 Issue 5. John Ryan, professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest at his home on February 23, 2021. After growing up in Rochester, New York, as a devoted rock and roller and baseball fan, John headed south to Morgantown, West Virginia, where he graduated from West Virginia University … Continue reading Memorial: John Ryan

Memorial: Barry Schwartz

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2021. Vol. 35 Issue 5. January 6 of this year at age 82.  An original thinker and a generous spirit, his writing and his mentorship helped create the contemporary sociology of culture.  A number of his colleagues have contributed to this group remembrance:  Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Gary Alan Fine, Michael Schudson, Yael Zerubavel, Vered Vinitsky-Seroussi, and … Continue reading Memorial: Barry Schwartz

“A Dialogue with Alvaro Santana-Acuña on Ascent to Glory, Imagination, and Global Consecration”

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”

AWARD NOMINATION CALLS FOR 2021

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

ASA Paper Summaries

Session: Resurrecting the Macro in the Sociology of Culture The Cultural Logic of Capitalist Realism: Towards a Social Theory of ‘Okay Boomer’  Jason C. Mueller  & John McCollum  2019 will go down as the year of ‘Okay Boomer!’ The Okay Boomer (henceforth OKb) meme gained traction in response to a short video made by an older American man, in which he demanded young people ‘grow … Continue reading ASA Paper Summaries