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

ASA 2016


From the blog...

  • “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
  • Letter from our incoming chair, Jan E. Stets (UC Riverside) Dear AMSS Members,By now, everyone is back to a new school year. I hope you are enjoying the new students and your classes! The ASA meetings in Seattle was a great success for the section. We had some lively sessions, a good roundtable session, and we honored our award winners. Thank you all for your participation! We look forward to our ASA meetings in Montreal in 2017 being just as successful.Currently, we are working hard on our membership drive to get our section number back up to 300. We are 45 short of where we should be. Having 300 members allows us 2 sessions at the ASA meetings. If we don’t meet our quota, we will lose ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2016, 5:35 PM by Shai Dromi
  • "The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity" reviewed by Erik Schneiderhan There is a review of "The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity: Formulating a Field of Study", which was edited by Vincent Jeffries (California State University - Northridge). The book was reviewed by Erik Schneiderhan (Univ. of Toronto):"Altruism, morality, and social solidarity are on the rise, at least in terms of the amount of time and energy sociologists put into studying them. So says Vincent Jeffries in his important and interesting edited volume The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. It is a book with significant breadth and depth that should serve as the starting point for those interested in learning more about the sociology of how and why we help others. Jeffries has big ambitions ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2016, 9:04 AM by Shai Dromi
  • New position of interest: Tenured Position in Business Ethics at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (deadline Sept. 30, 2016) Tenured Position in Business EthicsThe Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) invites applications for a new professorship in the broad area of Business Ethics, which could include the study of Responsible and Social Impact Investing, ESG-based risk management and/or accounting, Strategy and Corporate Responsibility, Values-based Corporate Culture, and Ethical Decision-Making, broadly construed. Although we will consider applications at all levels of seniority, we are particularly interested in recruiting a scholar at the associate professor level. Applicants should have a strong record of high-quality research in a business-related field and should have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline such as Business/Management, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Political ...
    Posted Aug 27, 2016, 5:24 PM by AMSS ASA Section
  • Job opening of interest: UC Riverside, Social Psychology (deadline October 17, 2016) University of California, RiversideDepartment of SociologyAssistant Professor, Social PsychologyThe Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in social psychology. Candidates must demonstrate a strong record of publication and potential for teaching excellence. Experience in extramural funding is preferred. Competitive candidates for this position will be expected to have research interests that overlap with one or more of the department’s other areas of emphasis, which will contribute to promoting a diverse and multicultural curriculum. We prefer candidates who can teach graduate and undergraduate research methods.Applicants must be ABD and must have completed the requirements for the PhD by the time of appointment July 1, 2017. Salary ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 11:59 AM by Shai Dromi
  • "More Religious, Less Dogmatic: A New Framework for Gender Differences in Religion", by Landon Schnabel, Indiana University-Bloomington The gender gap in religiosity is one of the most consistent findings in the sociology of religion. Although frequently demonstrated, explanations for why women tend to be more religious remain limited and incomplete. Much past research has tried to find universal differences between women and men to explain gender gaps in religiosity, sometimes even falling back on physiological arguments. I apply gender theory and shift the empirical question to not just gender gaps in religiosity, but also gender gaps in religious dogmatism. I find that women and men are both “doing gender” and “doing religion” in different ways, with women more religiously altruistic, less absolutist, and in greater solidarity with religious others.To sum up my argument, gender gaps in ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2016, 5:01 AM by Shai Dromi
  • 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
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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...

  • 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 Nov 10, 2016, 3:07 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
  • 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
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