American Sociological Association Section on Altruism Morality and Social Solidarity


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Support our section by joining it through your personal account on the ASA website. Membership fee is only $10 for faculty and $5 for students. By joining the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section you will become part of a growing network of scholars who share your interests, promoting an active discussion of these topics as essential areas of sociological research. Upon joining, you will be enrolled in our section listserv which will keep you updated about news, job opportunities, calls for papers, and other research and collaboration opportunities.

Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, first-time student memberships are available for free. Click here for more details.

New: Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Reading List!

Council student representative Michael Wood (Notre Dame) has compiled a list of essential readings in Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity, based on a survey of section members. The list is still open to contributions!

Take a look and contribute to the list here!


Join us at ASA!

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

Mon, August 12, 6:00 to 9:00pm, Offsite, Haswell Green's, 240 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019, USA

Paper session: Norms, Culture, and Cooperation

Tue, August 13, 8:30 to 10:10am, Sheraton New York, Lower Level, Columbus Circle

Invited session: Solidarity and Morality in the Age of Trump

Tue, August 13, 10:30 to 11:30am, Sheraton New York, Lower Level, Columbus Circle

Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Business Meeting

Tue, August 13, 11:30am to 12:10pm, Sheraton New York, Lower Level, Columbus Circle

Paper session: Open Topic on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity

Tue, August 13, 12:30 to 2:10pm, Sheraton New York, Lower Level, Columbus Circle

Session and paper descriptions are available here.


New section officers:

Chair-Elect: Patricia Snell Herzog, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Council Members:

Bin Xu, Emory University

Mary R. Rose, University of Texas at Austin

Brad Fulton, Indiana University SPEA

Student Representatives:

Ji Hye Kim, University of Iowa

Aisha A. Upton, University of Minnesota

Read about our new officers here.


Congratulations to our award winners!

1. Distinguished Career Award: Neil MacKinnon, University of Guelph

2. Outstanding Published Book Award: Sefan Bargheer. 2018. Moral Entanglements: Conserving Birds in Britain and Germany. University of Chicago Press. Honorable Mention: Chandra Russo. 2018. Solidarity in Practice: Moral Protest and the US Security State. Cambridge University Press.

3. Outstanding Published Article Award: Brandon Gormanand Charles Seguin. 2018. “World Citizens on the Periphery: Threat and Identification with Global Society.” American Journal of Sociology124(3):705-761.

4. Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award: April Hovav. 2019. “Producing Moral Palatability in the Mexican Surrogacy Market.” Gender and Society33(2): 273-295.

Read about the award winners here.