WELCOME TO THE HOMEPAGE OF THE SECTION ON ALTRUISM, MORALITY, AND SOCIAL SOLIDARITY OF THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION!

Inaugural AMSS webinar now online

The Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity is delighted to announce the launch of a webinar series exploring the broad range of research topics that fall under the AMSS umbrella! This ongoing Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity webinar series will allow interested scholars from across many different ASA sections to come together in a virtual meeting room and hear invited presentations, research, and talks from prominent scholars in the field in real time; all talks will happen live and be recorded. Each talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the speaker.

Our inaugural Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity webinar was "Escape from Empathy and Altruism: The Case for Sociologically Mindful Compassion" by Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron.  The recording is available here: https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/799316B4126AC2C7CDE69A2B37706D8E [the webinar starts at minute 5:45].

From the blog...

  • Recording available online: AMSS webinar "Escape from Empathy and Altruism: The Case for Sociologically Mindful Compassion" by Matthew T. Lee There is a recording of the inaugural Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity webinar, "Escape from Empathy and Altruism: The Case for Sociologically Mindful Compassion" by Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron, available!The webinar took place Monday, June 19th, and is available here: https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/799316B4126AC2C7CDE69A2B37706D8E [the webinar starts at minute 5:45]. Please feel free to comment at the bottom of this page!Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Experiential Learning Center at the University of Akron, where he teaches classes such as "Love in Action" and "The Meaning of Life."  He has served as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2017, 5:59 AM by Shai Dromi
  • "Minorities and Resistance to Genocide" by Robert Braun (Northwestern University)  200 kilometers from the Dutch capital Amsterdam, in the region of Twente, lie the medium sized villages Almelo and Borne. Before the outbreak of World War Two, Almelo and Borne had a similar socio-cultural outlook. The population in both cities was relatively prosperous and labored in local textile factories. Ever since the turn of the nineteenth century, the villages were home to sizable Jewish communities. During the German occupation both communities faced similar challenges and underwent identical structural transformations. From 1941 onwards, Jews were no longer allowed to take part in public life. After being segregated socially and spatially, German officers, helped by local policemen, started organizing roundups to track down Jewish inhabitants and send them to the infamous ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 5:08 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Ashley Harrell and Brent Simpson received an honorable mention for Outstanding Published Article From the award committee:"Ashley Harrell’s and Brent Simpson’s paper, “The Dynamics of Prosocial Leadership: Power and Influence in Collective Action Groups” explores how the characteristics of leaders help solve collective action problems. Harrell and Simpson argue that prosocial individuals who become leaders contribute more to the group than self-interested leaders (in part because being in a leadership position exacerbates differences in contributions), that groups led by prosocial leaders have higher levels of contribution than those led by proself leaders, and that groups with prosocial leaders fare better than groups that rely on peer punishment. The results of a lab experiment support these predictions."Committee membersChristine Horne (chair), Washington State UniversitySarah Harkness, University of Iowa ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 2:33 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award to Louisa Roberts for “Changing Global Attitudes toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region-Specific Cultures, 1981-2012.” The Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award goes to Louisa Roberts (University of South Dakota) for “Changing Global Attitudes toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region-Specific Cultures, 1981-2012.”From the award committee: "The winner of the "Outstanding Graduate Student Paper" award, Louisa Roberts, produced a fascinating piece of scholarship. In it, she shows that the globalization of Western culture, in addition to receding religiosity, is driving higher rates of acceptance of homosexuality worldwide. However, she also finds that an attitudinal gap in acceptance of homosexuality is growing between the West and other parts of the world like Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the Middle East. She concludes with the consideration that some societies may be less receptive ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 2:44 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Outstanding Published Article Award to Robert Braun's “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust” The Outstanding Published Article Award goes to Robert Braun (Northwestern University) for “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust.”From the award committee: "Robert Braun’s paper 'Religions Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust' seeks to explain variation in Jewish victimization under the Nazi regime. Within the Netherlands, there was substantial cross-community variation in the numbers of Jews who survived the war. Braun argues that this variation was due to the religious composition of the local community -- religious groups that were minorities in their communities were more likely to help Jewish residents than groups that were not minorities. This ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:03 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Congratulations to our new section officers! New Chair-ElectChristine Horne is professor of sociology at Washington State University. She studies social norms and cooperation, testing theory in the lab and applying theoretical insights to substantive problems. Most recently, her work has focused on understanding punishment of generosity, norms and cooperation in the context of the energy delivery system and household energy use, and gender norms in Africa.New Council MembersGabriel Abend is an associate professor of sociology at New York University and a fellow of the Max-Weber-Kolleg. He studied political science and history at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and obtained his PhD in sociology at Northwestern University (United States). Recent works include: The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2017, 5:50 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Jennifer Reich receives AMSS Outstanding Published Book Award for her book "Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines" From the Outstanding Published Book Award Committee: "Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (NYU 2016), by Jennifer Reich, examines how childhood vaccinations have become a source of controversy with an increasing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their children. Arguably one of the greatest public health achievements in modern history, vaccines are most effective when broadly used by communities. Thus, by looking closely at the perspectives of parents who reject some or all vaccines for their children (as well as pediatricians, lawyers, researchers and other groups), Calling the Shots is able to speak to the intersection of individual choice and social responsibility. Jennifer Reich uses data from ethnographic observation, in-depth interviews, online discussions, and media. Indeed, the ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 2:44 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Lynn Smith-Lovin receives 2017 Distinguished Career Award From the 2017 Distinguished Career Award Committee:"Lynn Smith-Lovin, the Robert L. Wilson Professor of Sociology at Duke University is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Career Award for the ASA Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity.  Two principle lines of empirical and theoretical work by Professor Smith-Lovin were felt by the Award’s committee to merit this award. One prominent line of research is Smith-Lovin's long-term, collaborative effort to extend Affect Control Theory emphasizing that actors assess their own self and identity, the identities of others, the behaviors of both self and others, and the situation along several fundamental dimensions: evaluation, potency, and activity.  In so doing individuals draw upon broader cultural beliefs ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2017, 11:25 PM by Shai Dromi
  • AMSS Webinar: "Escape from Empathy and Altruism: The Case for Sociologically Mindful Compassion" with Matthew T. Lee The Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity is delighted to announce the launch of a webinar series exploring the broad range of research topics that fall under the AMSS umbrella!This ongoing Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity webinar series will allow interested scholars from across many different ASA sections to come together in a virtual meeting room and hear invited presentations, research, and talks from prominent scholars in the field in real time; all talks will happen live and be recorded. Each talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the speaker.We are pleased to introduce the inaugural Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity webinar, "Escape from Empathy and Altruism: The Case for Sociologically Mindful Compassion" by ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 10:15 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Announcing a new book series: Palgrave Studies in Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Announcing a new book series:Palgrave Studies in Altruism, Morality, and Social SolidarityPlease consider submitting your book proposal to the editors of the series Palgrave Studies in Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. This series builds on the foundation provided by the well-received Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity (2014). This new serieswelcomes proposals for monographs, edited collections, and shorter form books (Palgrave Pivots). The series aims to reach scholars in sociology and other disciplines as well as a few interested lay readers.Contributions to the series can make use of a range of theoretical approaches, including symbolic interactionism, conflict theory, rational choice theory,personalism, Marxist theory, systems theory, and identity theory.To discuss any relevant ...
    Posted May 24, 2017, 4:44 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Upcoming webinar of interest on the Critical Realism Network website: "The Problem of Autonomy" (Philip Gorski and Timothy Rutzu) The Problem of Autonomy Presenter: Professor Philip Gorski (Yale University) & Dr. Timothy Rutzou (Yale University)Date and time:  Wednesday, May 17 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm ESTMeeting Description: 45 minute lecture and discussion followed by a Q&ARegister on the Critical Realism Network website: http://criticalrealismnetwork.org/webinars/upcoming-webinars/ At the recent Values and Human Flourishing conference, a single issue continually emerged: how should we understand autonomy, and what place does it serve within ethical and political projects? Questions about autonomy, social solidarity, human dependency, and interdependency in many ways serve as the bridge between empirical research, social theory, ethics, and politics. Like the topic of structure and agency, the complex relationship between autonomy, dependency, and ...
    Posted May 9, 2017, 11:03 AM by Shai Dromi
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ASA 2017 - mark your calendars!

AMSS Open Paper Session 253

Sunday, August 13, 12:30pm

Palais des Congres de Montreal, 514B


Morality, Rationality, and Collective Action Paper Session 515

Co-sponsored with the Rationality and Society Section.

Tuesday, August 15, 10:30 – 12:30am

Palais des Congres de Montreal, 512G


AMSS Refereed Roundtable 294

Sunday, August 13, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Palais des Congres de Montreal, 520A


AMSS Business Meeting

Sunday, August 13, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Palais des Congres de Montreal, 520A


Joint Reception: Sections on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity; Social Psychology; and Sociology of Emotions

Saturday, August 12, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Vieux Dublin Pub, 636 Cathcart

Congratulations to our 2017 award winners!

2017 Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section Award Winners:

1. Distinguished Career Award:

Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University


2. Outstanding Published Book Award:

Jennifer Reich, University of Colorado, Denver for Calling the

Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (2016, New York: New York University Press).


3. Outstanding Published Article Award:

Robert Braun, Northwestern University for “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust.” American Political Science Review 119 (1) 127-147.


Honorable Mention:

Ashley Harrell, University of Michigan and Brent Simpson,

University of South Carolina for “The Dynamics of Prosocial

Leadership: Power and Influence in Collective Action Groups.” Social Forces 94(3): 1283-1308.


4. Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Louisa Roberts, University of South Dakota for “Changing Global Attitudes toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region-Specific Cultures, 1981-2012.”


Listen to our session Toward a Positive Sociology at ASA 2015!


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Kieran Healy about the Ethics of Organ Donation


"Is Civil Society the Good Society?" - Jeffrey Alexander and Maeve Cooke


Marion Fourcade on the Moral Sociology of the State (audio only)



Recent calls for papers...

  • Beyond Positivism Conference 2017 - Deadline January 31, 2017 The Critical Realism Network directed by Professor Philip Gorski would like to invite submissions for papers and panels that advance the cause of post-positivist social science in matters of ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2016, 4:52 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Call for Abstracts: 2017 Junior Theorists Symposium CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 2017 Junior Theorists Symposium  Montreal, Quebec, Canada August 11, 2017 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20, 2017 We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the 11th Junior Theorists ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2017, 4:14 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Call for Submissions - ASA Rose Series in Sociology Call for Submissions:ASA Rose Series in Sociology, a book series published by the Russell Sage Foundation, is seeking book proposals. The Rose Series publishes cutting-edge, highly visible ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2016, 6:49 AM by Shai Dromi
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