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

ASA 2016


From the blog...

  • Junior Theorists Symposium 2017 - UQAM, Montreal 11th Annual Junior Theorists Symposium Friday, August 11, 2017 Université du Québec à Montréal Pavillon De-Sève, 320 St Catherine St E, room DS-R520 8:30 – 9:00 | Coffee and Bagels 9:00 – 10:50 | Panel 1. Discussant: Richard Biernacki (University of California - San Diego)Pablo Gaston (UC Berkeley)Conflict and the Moral Economy: The Moral Dilemmas of Economic Conflict in California Hospitals, 1946-1974.Till Hilmar (Yale University) Knowing what it’s like. Theorizing Moral-Economic Reasoning and Notions of Deservingness in Newly Capitalist Societies. Allison Ford (University of Oregon) Self-sufficiency: Emotional-Cultural-Material Trajectories of Environmental Practices.10:50 – 11:00 | Break (coffee & tea provided)  11:00 – 12:50 | Panel 2. Discussant: Raewyn Connell (Professor Emerita ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2017, 8:34 AM by Shai Dromi
  • New book announcement: "Stealth Altruism: Forbidden Care as Jewish Resistance in the Holocaust" by Arthur B. Shostak Though it has been nearly seventy years since the Holocaust, the human capacity for evil displayed by its perpetrators is still shocking and haunting. But the story of the Nazi attempt to annihilate European Jewry is not all we should remember. Stealth Altruism tells of secret, non-militant, high-risk efforts by “Carers,” those victims who tried to reduce suffering and improve everyone’s chances of survival. Their empowering acts of altruism remind us of our inherent longing to do good even in situations of extraordinary brutality.Arthur B. Shostak explores forbidden acts of kindness, such as sharing scarce clothing and food rations, holding up weakened fellow prisoners during roll call, secretly replacing an ailing friend in an exhausting work ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2017, 11:52 AM by Shai Dromi
  • A message from our Membership Chair, Vincent Jeffries Dear section members, On Wednesday, March 22, our membership was 210. This is the same number of members we had last year on the same date. This means we need 90 more members to reach the goal of 300. A minimum of 300 members is necessary for the section to be able to offer 3 sessions at the 2018 ASA Meetings next year. Three sessions will allow more members to present papers and will increase the visibility of the section. Please consider asking someone to join the section. For graduate students who are members of ASA for 2017 but are not section members for the year 2017, a guest membership is available. All they need do is send me their ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2017, 4:33 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Webinar with Andrew Sayer on "Flourishing: A Necessary Concept for Social Science." As part of the Critical Realism Network Webinar Series, Professor Philip Gorski of Yale University would like to invite you to join the upcoming webinar with Professor Andrew Sayer (Department of Sociology at Lancaster University) on "Flourishing: A Necessary Concept for Social Science."Date: Friday, March 17Time: (12:00-1:30 pm EST)  Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4315248167462938881 Brief Description: Why does social science need a conception of human flourishing? Like any living beings, humans have definite things that are good or bad for them, and if we don’t know whether they are flourishing or suffering then we don’t know much about them. But social scientists are often reluctant to make such ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2017, 2:21 AM by Shai Dromi
  • New book announcement: "Sociology of Well-being: Lessons from India" by Steve Derne This new book may be of interest to section members: "Sociology of Well-being: Lessons from India" by Steve Derne (SUNY Geneseo).Sociology of Well-being "Identifies the nature of well-­being through analysis of in-­depth interviews with Indians on what good life means to them".From the publisher, SAGE publications:"This book explains well-being through insights gathered from qualitative interviews with Indians from different walks of life. It shows that well-being is mixed and transient, shifting in interactions. It reveals the universals that lead to well-being, bringing out interlinkages between health, wealth, and pleasure. Explaining variations by gender, class, age, and individual choice, the book highlights the distinctive insights in Indian religious traditions about life ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 10:56 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Sessions at ASA 2017 - submission deadline 1/11/17! The ASA paper submission deadline is just around the corner! Please consider submitting your paper to one of our sessions!1. The Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Open Topic Session, organized by Monica M. Whitham (Oklahoma State University)2. Morality, Rationality and Collective Action (co-sponsored with the Rationality and Society Section), organized by Vincent W. Buskens (Utrecht University) (this session appears under the Rationality section in the submission system).3. Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Refereed Roundtables, organized by Kelly Bergstrand (The University of Texas at Arlington)!
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 1:18 PM by Shai Dromi
  • “Volunteering and Selfishness” Session at ASA, by Shanna Corner (University of Notre Dame) During the first day of the recent ASA meeting in Seattle, the Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity and the Section on Rationality and Society co-sponsored a well-attended session entitled “Volunteering and Selfishness.” Steven Hitlin (University of Iowa) organized the session and Ko Kuwabara (INSEAD) acted as the presider. In the first presentation, Patricia Snell Herzog (University of Arkansas) brought attention to three notable surprises about the concept of generosity and its relationship to altruism. First, she pointed out that the concept of generosity itself is surprising given assumptions about the role of self-benefiting action embedded in both rational choice theory and theories of altruism. Drawing on data from the Science of Generosity Initiative, she explained ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2016, 6:50 AM by Shai Dromi
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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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