Teaching Abstracts: Leisure, Recreation, and Sports

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. “Leisure, Recreation, and Sports” Professor: Jeff London Undergraduate Course at Hunter College, New York The history of leisure, recreation and sports is intertwined with the attributes and defining values of our society. Leisure, once the region of the landed classes, has now become a pursuit that has risen to the … Continue reading Teaching Abstracts: Leisure, Recreation, and Sports

Book Review: A Fraught Embrace by Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Review of Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins. A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa  (Princeton UP, 2017) Reviewed by: Shai Dromi, Harvard Univ One of the most challenging barriers for humanitarian organizations is the lack of direct access to populations in need. In places like Syria … Continue reading Book Review: A Fraught Embrace by Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

Conference Report: Between Declension and Nostalgia: Bringing a Comparative Historical Gaze to the Logics and Lived Experiences of the American Rust Belt

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Between Declension and Nostalgia: Bringing a Comparative Historical Gaze to the Logics and Lived Experiences of the American Rust Belt   Amanda McMillan Lequieu, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison In the wake of the 2016 election, sociologists faced an “acute existential crisis,” according to then-ASA president Michele Lamont. Somehow, a group of … Continue reading Conference Report: Between Declension and Nostalgia: Bringing a Comparative Historical Gaze to the Logics and Lived Experiences of the American Rust Belt

Conference Report: Bringing Cultural Sociology to the Public

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Bringing Cultural Sociology to the Public Written by Daniel Hirschman (Brown), Compiled by Ande Reisman (Univ. of Washington)   An annual feature of the ASA meetings is the Culture Section Professionalization Workshop, which focuses on a topic relevant to the professional development of graduate students and junior faculty by focusing … Continue reading Conference Report: Bringing Cultural Sociology to the Public

Conference Report: ‘Installed Knowledge’ at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. ‘Installed Knowledge’ at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA Joseph Klett, Science History Institute After lunch on Monday, August 13, while ASA attendees were cramming into the ersatz salons of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Marriott hotel, a clustering of sociologists stole away to a museum just down the street. … Continue reading Conference Report: ‘Installed Knowledge’ at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Conference Report: How Does Culture Work?

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. How Does Culture Work? Theresa Hice Johnson, UC, Santa Cruz At Claudio Ezequiel Benzecry’s (Northwestern) session, “How Does Culture Work?”, Erika Summers-Effler (Univ. of Notre Dame), Chandra Mukerji (UC, San Diego), Clayton Childress (Univ. of Toronto), and Laura Grindstaff (UC, Davis) presented engaging original work related to the session’s goal … Continue reading Conference Report: How Does Culture Work?