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...

  • 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
  • "Toward a Positive Sociology" Session at ASA, by Clara Gaddie (Centre College) The Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity held a session titled “Toward a Positive Sociology” at the recent ASA meeting in Chicago. Panelists discussed how positive sociology can better organize its development with reference to related positive studies, including positive economics and positive psychology. Additionally, panelists noted that sociologists must develop a positive sociology research agenda, because positive sociology is a necessary complement to the study of social problems and a counterpart to the cynicism that develops from this. The first presenter was Jennifer Smith, a positive psychologist (Mather Lifeways Institute), who spoke about positive psychology and how positive psychology can be used to inform positive sociology.She spoke about her research on savoring, describing how savoring is associated ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2015, 5:30 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Syllabus bank Our syllabus bank is growing, with syllabi relating to altruism, morality, and social solidarity generously contributed to us by section members.Please consider contributing your own syllabus to our site! Contact us if you would like to help.
    Posted Oct 4, 2015, 10:47 AM by AMSS ASA Section
  • Free first-time student memberships for 2015-2016 are available! Thanks to an anonymous section donor and a former AMSS Chair, gift memberships for graduate students who are joining the section for the first time are available.Students who wish to join the section should send their name and ASA ID number to Vince Jeffries at vcjeff@earthlink.net and he will take care of the registration. Since it is so late in the membership year of 2015, gift memberships for graduate students joining the section for the first time will be given for both 2015 and 2016 membership years. After the membership year closes for 2015, we will contact all who joined for that year and ask them to inform us when they join ASA for 2016 so that ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2015, 11:05 AM by Shai Dromi
  • 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
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Listen to our session Toward a Positive Sociology at ASA 2015!


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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.

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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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