Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector by Shai Dromi. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 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.

Job Market Profiles

Jun FangNorthwestern UniversityWebsite: http://www.philipjunfang.comEmail: junfang2015@u.northwestern.eduDissertation Title:When China Meets Hollywood: Global Collaboration and State Intervention in a Creative IndustryAs a sociologist of culture, markets, and globalization studying China’s engagement with the West,Fang broadly addresses how the contrasting forces of nationalism and globalization shape processes ofcreative production. His dissertation is an ethnography of how Chinese conglomerates and Hollywoodstudios co-produce films and navigate state censorship. It argues that … Continue reading Job Market Profiles

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

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


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