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...

  • 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 by Shai Dromi
  • May 2016 Newsletter is now available! Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Colleagues, Our newsletter is now available on the website at the following link: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxhbHRydWlzbW1vcmFsaXR5c29saWRhcml0eXxneDpmNzk1YTQyZmFhNTUyYjQPlease see the newsletter for updates on Section Award Winners and information about our August meeting.  As a reminder, we are always looking to include original contributions such as:* Short essays related to the theoretical and empirical focus of our section (in formal academic writing style as you would write for newsletters, 500-4,000 words preferably); * Research notes and reflections that you would like to share (same as above);* Reports about conferences or sessions relevant to our section (2000 words maximum);* Announcements regarding publications, promotions, awards, etc.; * Book reviews (500 ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 1:55 PM by Shai Dromi
  • The Outstanding Published Article Award goes to Wayne E. Baker and Nathaniel Bulkley for "Paying It Forward vs. Rewarding Reputation: Mechanisms of Generalized Reciprocity” The Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Section's Outstanding Published Article Award goes to Wayne E. Baker (Univ. of Michigan) and Nathaniel Bulkley (Innovation Places, LLC) for their 2014 article, "Paying It Forward vs. Rewarding Reputation: Mechanisms of Generalized Reciprocity”, published in volume 25, issue 5, of Organization Science!From the award committee chair, Wesley Longhofer:"Baker and Bulkley's innovative paper examines a lingering question in our understanding of reciprocity: Do we help others because we were helped ourselves or because we think helping will boost our own reputation? The paper is the first to test both theories ("paying it forward" and "rewarding reputation") using longitudinal data on 44,0000 decisions in two organizational groups. The authors ultimately ...
    Posted May 20, 2016, 5:10 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award goes to Landon Schnabel (IU) This year's Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award goes to Landon Schnabel, from Indiana University, for the paper "More Religious, Less Dogmatic: Reexamining Gender Differences in Religion"!Using U.S. data from the Baylor Religion Survey and cross-national data from the International Social Survey Programme, Landon Schnabel demonstrates that women are generally more religious, but less dogmatic than men. Consequently, intolerance and absolutism operate not as inevitable consequences of religion, but instead arise at the intersection of religion and masculinity. This analysis of gender differences in religiosity makes an important contribution by revealing broader complexities in the relationship between religion and morality.Our sincere thanks to the committee members--Patricia Herzog, Candice Robinson, and Olga Simonova--and chair--Justine ...
    Posted May 19, 2016, 4:19 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Outstanding Published Book Award goes to "The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict" by Justin Farrell (Yale) "The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict" by Justin Farrell (Yale) has been selected to receive the Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Section's Outstanding Published Book Award!From the publisher, Princeton University Press:"Yellowstone holds a special place in America’s heart. As the world’s first national park, it is globally recognized as the crown jewel of modern environmental preservation. But the park and its surrounding regions have recently become a lightning rod for environmental conflict, plagued by intense and intractable political struggles among the federal government, National Park Service, environmentalists, industry, local residents, and elected officials. The Battle for Yellowstone asks why it is that, with the flood of expert scientific, economic ...
    Posted May 18, 2016, 5:32 AM by Shai Dromi
  • ASA2016 Invited Session: Bridging Rationality and Altruism: Volunteering and Selfishness (co-sponsored with Section on Rationality and Society) Section on Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Invited Session. Bridging Rationality and Altruism: Volunteering and Selfishness (co-sponsored with Section on Rationality and Society)Sat, August 20, 10:30am to 12:10pm, TBAThese phenomena (volunteering, philanthropy, and heroism) can all be seen as forms of altruistic behavior that are difficult to explain from the perspective of a strict form of rational choice theory that uses an explicit selfishness assumption. The session with the altruism section then provides an opportunity to expel the common notion that rational choice is about denying altruistic motives and to find common ground or contrast alternative approaches to the explanation of altruistic behavior, and about how one can build theory to predict under what circumstances ...
    Posted May 8, 2016, 6:22 PM by Shai Dromi
  • ASA 2016: Section on Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Open Topic Paper Session. Sat, August 20, 4:30 to 6:10pm Section on Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Open Topic Paper Session. Sat, August 20, 4:30 to 6:10pmOrganizer: Andrew Miles, University of Toronto MississaugaPresider: Joshua R. Bruce, Rice UniversityA New Measure of Moral Boundaries: Investigating Group ValuesRengin Bahar Firat, Georgia State UniversityEthan Rogers, University of IowaTye Won Kwon, University of IowaSteven Hitlin, University of IowaValues are core to the self and represent an individual’s social location. We suggest their perceived moral properties are crucial for signaling social identities, though little quantitative research has empirically linked value orientations with social inclusion and exclusion. The growing literature on boundary formation can begin to be specified through a new measure of values expanded ...
    Posted May 8, 2016, 6:07 PM 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...

  • 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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