Inaugural AMSS webinar now online

The Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity is delighted to announce the launch of a webinar series exploring the broad range of research topics that fall under the AMSS umbrella! This ongoing Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity webinar series will allow interested scholars from across many different ASA sections to come together in a virtual meeting room and hear invited presentations, research, and talks from prominent scholars in the field in real time; all talks will happen live and be recorded. Each talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the speaker.

Our inaugural Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity webinar was "Escape from Empathy and Altruism: The Case for Sociologically Mindful Compassion" by Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron.  The recording is available here: https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/799316B4126AC2C7CDE69A2B37706D8E [the webinar starts at minute 5:45].

From the blog...

  • Call for Award Nominations 2018 ASA-Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section Awards – Call for Nominations   Distinguished Career Award. DEADLINE: 2/1/2017 Awarded to an individual who has made a number of significant contributions to the study of altruism, morality, and/or solidarity over an extended period of time. The Distinguished Career Award is intended to recognize a senior scholar’s cumulative achievements. Please direct any inquiries to the committee chair, Brent Simpson. Please email nomination materials to all members of the committee at: Committee:             Brent Simpson, University of South Carolina (Chair), BTS@mailbox.sc.edu             Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University, smithlov@soc.duke.edu             Lynette Spillman, University of Notre Dame, spillman.1@nd.edu     Outstanding Published Book Award, DEADLINE: 2/1/2017 ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 4:20 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Sociology of Morality Webinar with Steve Hitlin - December 14, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST The scientific study of morality is undergoing something of a renaissance over the last decade. While sociology was once central to this enterprise, the study of morality had gone out of fashion until recently. This webinar will discuss how one can think about and empirically measure morality, and will outline how sociological can contribute to an interdisciplinary dialogue. I will then talk about a couple of ongoing empirical projects as examples attempting to bridge a sociological understanding of morality with more conventionally psychological treatments.This webinar is organized and hosted by the Critical Realism Network. Register to get access to the webinar here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9003676806686642689 
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 7:36 AM by Shai Dromi
  • New book announcement: Someone to Talk to, by Mario Small (Harvard University) Mario Small's new book, Someone To Talk To, is now published with Oxford University Press! Someone To Talk To examines how people use their networks to cope with loss, victimization, failure, and other debilitating stressors.  An important part of this process is deciding whom to turn to for support, and both network analysis and common sense would suggest that people will turn to their strong ties, their close friends and family.  Someone To Talk To probes this idea based on repeated in-depth interviews with graduate students coping with stress, self-doubt, failure, health problems, and poverty.  Shifting attention from what people say about themselves to what they have actually done, Small finds that people are far more likely ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2017, 3:35 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Now available in paperback: "The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years" by Corey M. Abramson "The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years" by Corey M. Abramson * Winner of the Outstanding Publication Award, Section on Aging and the Life Course, American Sociological Association 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. “Avoiding reductionist frameworks and showing the hugely varying lifestyles of Californian seniors, The End Game poses a profound question ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 8:44 PM by Shai Dromi
  • "Putting Power in the Right Hands: Prosocial Leadership in Collective Action Groups" by Ashley Harrell (University of Michigan, Department of Organizational Studies) Collective action problems are a ubiquitous part of social life, ranging from everyday problems such as productivity in small work teams to nations organizing to come to terms on international trade agreements. Given their pervasiveness, much past work in a variety of disciplines has considered how to solve collective action problems – how do we motivate people to put aside their self-interest for the good of the group? In the lab, the “gold standard” solution to collective action problems has centered on the introduction of peer sanctions, where all can punish (or reward) all – and can do so to the same extent. But in the real-world groups and organizations to which we belong, the ability to administer sanctions is ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2017, 5:29 PM by Shai Dromi
  • "Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines" - a guest post by AMSS Outstanding Published Book Award winner Jennifer Reich (CU Denver) When I started studying parents who refuse to consent to some or all vaccines for their children, I was most interested in understanding how individuals make decisions about law and policy in their daily lives. I did not anticipate that it would take me nearly a decade to understand their perspectives and how they weigh information about science, risk, and what it means to be a good parent to make what they see as the best decision for their family.Vaccine decisions are at the heart of what it means to be altruistic. Although vaccines are marketed as a technology of self-protection, many of the diseases they protect against are actually of greatest risk to others in the community ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 6:22 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Recording available online: AMSS webinar "Escape from Empathy and Altruism: The Case for Sociologically Mindful Compassion" by Matthew T. Lee There is a recording of the inaugural Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity webinar, "Escape from Empathy and Altruism: The Case for Sociologically Mindful Compassion" by Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron, available!The webinar took place Monday, June 19th, and is available here: https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/799316B4126AC2C7CDE69A2B37706D8E [the webinar starts at minute 5:45]. Please feel free to comment at the bottom of this page!Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of the Experiential Learning Center at the University of Akron, where he teaches classes such as "Love in Action" and "The Meaning of Life."  He has served as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2017, 5:59 AM by Shai Dromi
  • "Minorities and Resistance to Genocide" by Robert Braun (Northwestern University)  200 kilometers from the Dutch capital Amsterdam, in the region of Twente, lie the medium sized villages Almelo and Borne. Before the outbreak of World War Two, Almelo and Borne had a similar socio-cultural outlook. The population in both cities was relatively prosperous and labored in local textile factories. Ever since the turn of the nineteenth century, the villages were home to sizable Jewish communities. During the German occupation both communities faced similar challenges and underwent identical structural transformations. From 1941 onwards, Jews were no longer allowed to take part in public life. After being segregated socially and spatially, German officers, helped by local policemen, started organizing roundups to track down Jewish inhabitants and send them to the infamous ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 5:08 PM by Shai Dromi
  • Ashley Harrell and Brent Simpson received an honorable mention for Outstanding Published Article From the award committee:"Ashley Harrell’s and Brent Simpson’s paper, “The Dynamics of Prosocial Leadership: Power and Influence in Collective Action Groups” explores how the characteristics of leaders help solve collective action problems. Harrell and Simpson argue that prosocial individuals who become leaders contribute more to the group than self-interested leaders (in part because being in a leadership position exacerbates differences in contributions), that groups led by prosocial leaders have higher levels of contribution than those led by proself leaders, and that groups with prosocial leaders fare better than groups that rely on peer punishment. The results of a lab experiment support these predictions."Committee membersChristine Horne (chair), Washington State UniversitySarah Harkness, University of Iowa ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 2:33 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award to Louisa Roberts for “Changing Global Attitudes toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region-Specific Cultures, 1981-2012.” The Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award goes to Louisa Roberts (University of South Dakota) for “Changing Global Attitudes toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region-Specific Cultures, 1981-2012.”From the award committee: "The winner of the "Outstanding Graduate Student Paper" award, Louisa Roberts, produced a fascinating piece of scholarship. In it, she shows that the globalization of Western culture, in addition to receding religiosity, is driving higher rates of acceptance of homosexuality worldwide. However, she also finds that an attitudinal gap in acceptance of homosexuality is growing between the West and other parts of the world like Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the Middle East. She concludes with the consideration that some societies may be less receptive ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 2:44 AM by Shai Dromi
  • Outstanding Published Article Award to Robert Braun's “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust” The Outstanding Published Article Award goes to Robert Braun (Northwestern University) for “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust.”From the award committee: "Robert Braun’s paper 'Religions Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust' seeks to explain variation in Jewish victimization under the Nazi regime. Within the Netherlands, there was substantial cross-community variation in the numbers of Jews who survived the war. Braun argues that this variation was due to the religious composition of the local community -- religious groups that were minorities in their communities were more likely to help Jewish residents than groups that were not minorities. This ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:03 PM by Shai Dromi
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Call for nominations - section awards!

Section award committees are accepting nominations! Please consider sending in a nomination. More details here.
Photos from our awards ceremony in Montreal, 2017!

Congratulations to our 2017 award winners!

2017 Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section Award Winners:

1. Distinguished Career Award:

Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University

2. Outstanding Published Book Award:

Jennifer Reich, University of Colorado, Denver for Calling the

Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (2016, New York: New York University Press).

3. Outstanding Published Article Award:

Robert Braun, Northwestern University for “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust.” American Political Science Review 119 (1) 127-147.

Honorable Mention:

Ashley Harrell, University of Michigan and Brent Simpson,

University of South Carolina for “The Dynamics of Prosocial

Leadership: Power and Influence in Collective Action Groups.” Social Forces 94(3): 1283-1308.

4. Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Louisa Roberts, University of South Dakota for “Changing Global Attitudes toward Homosexuality: The Influence of Global and Region-Specific Cultures, 1981-2012.”

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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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