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

Photos from the 2014 ASA Meeting

From the blog...

  • 2015 Distinguished Career Award goes to Jane Allyn Piliavin (University of Wisconsin–Madison) This year’s Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Committee Distinguished Career Award Committee recognizes Jane Allyn Piliavin, Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology, Emerita, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her contributions to our understanding of altruism and pro-social behavior. Dr. Piliavin received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University in 1962. She then spent time on faculty at UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania before moving to the University of Wisconsin in 1970. Dr. Piliavin was one of the pioneers in the study of helping behavior. In the 1960's and 70's she conducted now iconic studies of bystander intervention on subways. This work was systematic, realistic, and provided new rigorous models of how features of ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2015, 7:31 PM by Shai Dromi
  • New book announcement: New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism by Wes Markofski (Oxford, 2015) For most of the last century, popular and scholarly common sense has equated American evangelicalism with across-the-board social, economic, and political conservatism. However, if a growing chorus of evangelical leaders, media pundits, and religious scholars is to be believed, the era of uncontested evangelical conservatism is on the brink of collapse—if it hasn't collapsed already. Combining vivid ethnographic storytelling and incisive theoretical analysis, New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism introduces readers to the fascinating and unexplored terrain of neo-monastic evangelicalism. Often located in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods, new monastic communities pursue religiously inspired visions of racial, social, and economic justice-alongside personal spiritual transformation-through diverse and creative expressions of radical community.  In this ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2015, 7:19 PM by Shai Dromi
  • A review of the movie In Our Son's Name by past chair Matthew Lee Dear Colleagues,A reminder that the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section is co-sponsoring a screening of the film, In Our Son's Name, at this year's ASA meetings. The current issue of Footnotes has a review of the film by our Past Chair, Matthew Lee. http://www.asanet.org/footnotes/julyaugust15/documentary_0715.htmlThe film will be shown in the film screening room at the Hilton Chicago on Monday August 24, 2015 at 10:30am.  Dr. Orlando Rodríguez and film maker Gayla Jamison will be available for Q&A after the screening.Description of the film from ASA's website: In Our Son’s Name is an intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez whose son ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2015, 7:26 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Abend and Jeffries are co-winners of the Outstanding Published Book Award The American Sociological Association Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity is pleased to announce this year’s co-recipients for the Outstanding Published Book Award: Gabriel Abend, author of The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014) and Vincent Jeffries, editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). In his work, Abend presents the moral background as a theoretical concept and shows its utility through empirical work on business ethics. Throughout The Moral Background, Abend underscores social and sociological aspects of morality that psychological, philosophical, and neuroscientific treatments of morality may miss. The Palgrave Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity includes ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2015, 3:49 PM by Shai Dromi
  • New Book Announcement : "The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years
" by Corey M. Abramson (Harvard University Press) Senior citizens from all walks of life face a gauntlet of physical, psychological, and social hurdles. But do the disadvantages some people accumulate over the course of their lives make their final years especially difficult? Or does the quality of life among poor and affluent seniors converge at some point? The End Game investigates whether persistent socioeconomic, racial, and gender divisions in America create inequalities that structure the lives of the elderly. Corey Abramson’s portraits of seniors from diverse backgrounds offer an intimate look at aging as a stratified social process. They illustrate that disparities in wealth, access to health care, neighborhood conditions, and networks of friends and family shape how different people understand and adapt to the challenges ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2015, 7:00 AM by Shai Dromi
  • 2015 Outstanding Published Article Award: "Hidden Paths from Morality to Cooperation" by Simpson, Harrell, and Willer The winner of the 2015 Outstanding Published Article Award is "Hidden Paths from Morality to Cooperation: Moral Judgments Promote Trust and Trustworthiness" by Brent Simpson (University of South Carolina), Ashley Harrell (University of South Carolina), and Robb Willer (Stanford University). The article was published in Social Forces 91 (4) in 2013:"Classic sociological solutions to cooperation problems were rooted in the moral judgments group members make about one another's behaviors, but more recent research on prosocial behaviors has largely ignored this foundational work. Here, we extend theoretical accounts of the social effect of moral judgments. Where scholars have emphasized the roles of moral judgments in clarifying moral boundaries and punishing deviants, we present two less intuitive paths from moral ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2015, 8:31 AM by Shai Dromi
  • 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award goes to "Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide" by Robert Braun The article "Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide:  The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust" by Robert Braun (Cornell University) is the winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. The article is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review.The paper hypothesizes that religious minority groups are more likely to protect persecuted groups during episodes of mass killing. The author builds a geo-coded dataset of Jewish evasion in the Netherlands during the Holocaust to test this hypothesis. Spatial regression models of 93 percent of all Dutch Jews demonstrate a robust and positive correlation between the proximity to minority churches and evasion. While proximity to Catholic churches increased evasion in dominantly Protestant regions, proximity ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2015, 3:16 PM by Shai Dromi
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Towards ASA 2015...

The 2015 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting is coming up soon! Section events are scheduled for Tuesday, August 25th, 2015:




1:30 - 2:15 Business Meeting

2:30-4:10 Paper Session: Emotion and Social Solidarity (co-sponsored with the Emotions Section)

Don't miss our joint reception with the Section on the Sociology of Emotions on Sunday, August 23, at 7:30!

Location: The Bar Below, 127 S State Street, Lower level Chicago, IL 60603

In addition, please join us for a special film screening of “In Our Son’s Name”, followed by discussion, on Monday August 24, 2015 at 10:30am.

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.
 

Kieran Healy about the Ethics of Organ Donation


"Is Civil Society the Good Society?" - Jeffrey Alexander and Maeve Cooke



Recent calls for papers...

  • 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
  • Call For Panel Papers: Personal Bonds Beyond the Private Sphere (ESS Session) Call For Panel Papers: Personal Bonds Beyond the Private Sphere  Eastern Sociological Society, March 17-21, 2016, Boston We are inviting proposals for a themed session at the 2016 Eastern ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2015, 7:32 PM by Shai Dromi
  • CfP: Alleviating World Suffering: The Challenge of Negative Quality of Life (Ronald E. Anderson, ed.) August 1, 2015 Call for Papers for Forthcoming Book entitled: Alleviating World Suffering:  The Challenge of Negative Quality of Life (This book has been given preliminary approval by Springer.) Editor ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2015, 7:39 PM by Shai Dromi
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