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

Photos from ASA 2015

From the blog...

  • AMSS grad student special meeting at ASA, Saturday 8/20/16, 2:30pm Hello Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity section graduate student members!I know you have had more than a couple of emails in your inbox the past several months from Shai Dromi and I (Graduate Student Affairs Committee) in our effort to learn all we can from you about your desires and opinions concerning our section.You may recall that a while ago we sent you a survey that sought to gauge current attitudes and garner new ideas on how the section does/can serve its large graduate student body and the section's focal research interests. Based on responses to that survey, we have created a report which we will present to the section council at ASA's meeting in ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2016, 11:42 AM by Shai Dromi
  • From the Kula Ring to “Paying It Forward Vs. Rewarding Reputation”: A Short History of an Idea, by Wayne Baker (UMich) From the Kula Ring to “Paying It Forward Vs. Rewarding Reputation”A Short History of an IdeaWayne BakerSometimes students are great sources of research ideas. For years, I taught courses about social capital and social networks. I was trained as a network analyst, so I taught my students how to analyze their networks. However, they wanted to know how to build and use their networks. I resorted to a few stories and waved my hands until the course was over. I really didn’t know.Then my wife (an organizational development consultant) and I had an idea:  develop an activity that creates generalized reciprocity. Our inspiration was the Kula Ring, a system of ceremonial exchange in Papua New ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2016, 2:01 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Read about our new section officers! Incoming Chair-Elect Pamela Paxton is professor of sociology and public affairs and the Christine and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professor in the Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in economics and sociology and her PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Training Program in Advanced Statistical Techniques and consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Academy of Sciences. She is the author of articles and books on prosocial behavior, gender and politics, and quantitative methodology. Her current research focuses ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2016, 3:44 PM by Shai Dromi
  • AMSS Election Results Congratulations to our new elected officers!Our Chair-Elect will be Pamela Paxton, University of Texas at Austin. The new members of Council (2-year terms) will be:  Jonathan Turner, University of California-Riverside,                                                                                    Brent Simpson, University of South Carolina,                                                                                    Lori Peek, Colorado State University Our Graduate student representative (2-year term) will be: Chelsea Kelly, University of Georgia Graduate student representatives (1-year terms) will be: Shanna Corner, University of Notre Dame,                                                                                          Samantha Jaroszewski, Princeton University 
    Posted Jun 8, 2016, 5:35 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Letter from the chair, Steve Hitlin! Happy Summer to all AMSS members. I’m sure that the joy of finishing a semester – whatever that means for your plans for accomplishing or avoiding work – is matched only by knowing that there is a new brief message from the AMSS chair. While I have this (limited) forum to reach out to fellow sociologists, I also am quite aware that there is little substantive to add at this time in the yearly academic cycle. Most of us have finished up our academic year teaching, except for those handling the students of summer, and yet we are not quite ready to start thinking about our annual ASA meetings in August.So please consider this short message as communicating my gratitude ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2016, 7:46 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Section on Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Refereed Roundtables at ASA We have an excellent set of papers slated for our refereed roundtables! Please join us on Saturday, August 20, from 2:30 to 3:30 (non-presenters are welcome!), and then stay for the business meeting as well.Organizer: Rengin Bahar Firat, Georgia State University.Table 1: Thicker Concepts in Altruism and Social Solidarity ResearchPresider: Hye Won Kwon, University of IowaEveryday Charisma as a Source of Cohesion: The Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Iran-Iraq WarMaryam Alemzadeh, University of ChicagoAs a non-professional, lightly-armed, but ideologically committed militia formed to repress internal anti-revolutionary upsurges in post-revolution Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was not suited for a conventional inter-state war. With ...
    Posted May 31, 2016, 6:40 AM by Shai Dromi
  • The Distinguished Career Award goes to Robert Wuthnow (Princeton Univ.) The 2016 Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Section's Distinguished Career Award will be awarded to Robert Wuthnow (Princeton University). Prof. Wuthnow is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, where he is the Director of the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion.Robert Wuthnow is one of the leading sociologists of religion. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1975. To date, he has authored 36 books, edited 11 volumes, and published countless articles. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. His research focuses on religious movements and identities, including current trends in American religiosity, as well as race, politics, immigration ...
    Posted May 29, 2016, 2:04 PM by Shai Dromi
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Toward ASA 2016...

Please plan to join us at ASA 2016 - Seattle! We have some exciting sessions planned:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

10:30am-12:10pm - Bridging Rationality and Altruism: Volunteering and Selfishness (co-sponsored with Section on Rationality and Society)


3:30-4:10pm - Section on Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Business Meeting


Sunday, August 21, 2016

7:30 to 9:00pm - Joint Reception: Section on Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity; Section on Sociology of Emotions; Section on Social Psychology

Section awards will be awarded at the business meeting (Sat, 3:30-4:10)

Distinguished Career Award: Robert Wuthnow (Princeton Univ.)




AMSS grad student special meeting will take place on, Saturday 8/20/16, 2:30pm, at the roundtable room. All student members are invited!

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


Join us!

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.
 

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...

  • 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
  • Intellectual Humility in Public Discourse - Request for Proposals and Fellowship Applications Intellectual Humility in Public DiscourseRequest for Proposals and Fellowship ApplicationsWith the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, and subject to a final grant agreement, the University of ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2016, 6:14 PM by Shai Dromi
  • CfP: Seen and Unseen: The Role of Visibility in Humans’ Use of Nonhuman Animals (ASA Session) CALL FOR PAPERSSeen and Unseen: The Role of Visibility in Humans’ Use of Nonhuman AnimalsPapers to be presented at the Animals and Society section session, American Sociological Association ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2015, 1:08 PM by Shai Dromi
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