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

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From the blog...

  • A message from Richard T. Serpe and Jan E. Stets, Social Psychology Quarterly editors April 20, 2016Dear Section Members,We are writing because we have learned that a significant number of members in this section also are members of the social psychology section. In an effort to expand the breadth of the journal, we are reaching out to you to encourage you to consider submitting your work to SPQ. We would like to attract more contributions to the journal from a broad base of researchers who use social psychological approaches. SPQ is publishing full length (10,000 words) theoretical and empirical Articles and Research Notes (5,000 words).  We think that for many in this section, this would include your work. We want you to know that we are committed to making editorial ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 3:59 PM by Shai Dromi
  • 2016 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is recognized throughout the world as a leading source of basic and advanced instruction in a comprehensive range of research methodologies and analytic techniques. The ICPSR Summer Program emphasizes the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive issues. In 2016, the ICPSR Summer Program is offering more than 90 courses on a variety of topics, including:Network Analysis: Statistical Approaches  |  May 23-27  |  Ann Arbor, MichiganProcess Tracing in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research  |  May 23-25  |  Ann Arbor, MIMultivariate Modeling with Stata and R  |  May 24-27  |  Montreal, QuebecApplied Multilevel Models for Longitudinal and Clustered Data  |  June 6 ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2016, 12:08 PM by Shai Dromi
  • It's women's history month: Guess who does the lowest paid work in the economy? by Paula England (NYU) Two of the lowest paid jobs in the American economy are child care workers and personal care aides, according to a report just released by the US Census Bureau, providing the latest (2014) figures on how much men and women earn in each occupation.  Altruism is undoubtedly one of the motivations for many workers in these jobs.Many of the organizations and political leaders honoring International Women’s Day on Tuesday have made a “pledge for parity,” promising to promote gender equity in pay.  When most people think about what parity means, their “go to” question is whether men and women earn the same when they work in the same job and perform equally well.  But we should also think ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 10:58 AM by Shai Dromi
  • New book announcement: "The Motive to Volunteer: Theory and Research on Serious, Casual, and Project-Based Leisure" by Robert A. Stebbins From the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan:"Volunteering and its nonprofit organizations have commonly been analyzed in economic terms, with volunteering being referred to as "unpaid (productive) work". This economic definition has been around far longer than that of volunteering conceived of as leisure, which is discussed as the volitional definition. By means of a lengthy literature review, this book sets out the theoretical and empirical contributions of the serious leisure perspective to understanding volunteer motivation. This second approach began more than 40 years ago. It answers the key motivational question of why people engage in unpaid productive work, laborious or not. Since in this conception payment in cash or in kind is not an incentive to perform such work, what encourages ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2016, 11:15 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Message from the Chair - Steve Hitlin I write this awaiting a new desk, in fact, in the spirit of maintaining accuracy and accountability. Happy New Year to all AMSS members and future members. The section has reached its membership goals for 2015; now that 2016 is here, we once again hope to maintain and increase membership and section activity. Many thanks to all of the members who have agreed to serve on section committees and/or run for elected office.  In the jargon of structuration theory, the section is only as vibrant as its membership, so I invite all of you to be involved. The most direct place to do this, obviously, is at the national meetings, and you are all more than welcome to attend ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 6:17 PM by Shai Dromi
  • New book announcement: "American Generosity: Who Gives and Why" by Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price (Oxford Univ. Press) “Herzog and Price marshal a wide range of data—including both hard numbers and personal stories—to examine the factors that explain generous behavior. They show that generosity isn't just based on what you're able to give. It's based on who you are, how you think, and with whom you are in relationship. This will become a standard reference for understanding patterns of philanthropic behavior.” –Brian Steensland, Indiana University-Indianapolis American charitable giving veers from the hyperbolically generous to the hyperbolically stingy. On some days, no one has a quarter to spare; in times of disaster, Americans will put their lives on hold to build houses for those displaced by hurricanes. The crucial question of who gives ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2016, 6:35 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Letter from the Chair, Steve Hitlin (University of Iowa) Greetings from the Chair: Please allow me to welcome you to the Newsletter and the 2015-16 season of the Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. We are a young section, in multiple ways, and this carries a great deal of opportunity. First, while sociological discussion of morality traces back to our founding, as a Section we are chronologically young. We have only been in existence for a few years, thanks to the efforts of many people, primarily our first Chair, Vince Jeffries, and thus can hopefully gather more size over time. We have a lot of room to motivate the kinds of subjects and approaches that members find to be core to the study of AMSS. You can ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2015, 6:29 AM by Shai Dromi
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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...

  • 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
  • CfP: Cultural Sociology Working Papers Series Greetings! In anticipation of this year's ASA meeting, we at the Cultural Sociology Working Papers Series would like to reissue our call for papers. Conference papers are especially welcome ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 12:47 PM by Shai Dromi
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