Political sociology at the ASA meetings

We have an impressive line-up of political sociology panels and roundtables at this year’s ASA meetings in Chicago. Look for our section events on SATURDAY, August 24.

The section reception is organized jointly with Economic Sociology section, and will be held in the Hilton on MONDAY, August 24. Note that the incorrect date was listed in the preliminary online program and in Footnotes. The correct time and place will be listed in the conference program.

New Book on American Evangelism

Markofski, Wes. 2015. New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism. New York: Oxford University Press.

New Monasticism coverFor 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 account, Wes Markofski has immersed himself in the paradoxical world of evangelical neo-monasticism, focusing on the Urban Monastery-an influential neo-monastic community located in a gritty, racially diverse neighborhood in a major Midwestern American city. The resulting account of the way in which this movement reflects and is contributing to the transformation of American evangelicalism challenges entrenched stereotypes and calls attention to the dynamic diversity of religious and political points of view which vie for supremacy in the American evangelical subculture. New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism is the first sociological analysis of new monastic evangelicalism and the first major work to theorize the growing theological and political diversity within twenty-first-century American evangelicalism.

Conference announcement: Revisiting Remaking Modernity

Elisabeth Anderson and Barry Eidlin are pleased to announce Revisiting Remaking Modernity: New Voices in Comparative-Historical Sociology, a mini-conference sponsored by the ASA Comparative-Historical Section, the Northwestern University Department of Sociology, and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. The conference will be held at Northwestern University on August 21 from 9am-6:30 pm.

Ten years after the publication of the landmark edited volume Remaking Modernity (Duke 2005), the time is ripe to take stock of comparative-historical sociology’s past, present and future. The conference will open with a plenary panel featuring the book’s editors (Julia Adams, Elisabeth Clemens, and Ann Shola Orloff) in conversation with scholars in the early stages of their careers (Robert Braun, Marcus Hunter, and Catherine Lee).

A central aim of the conference is to bring comparative-historical sociology into fruitful dialogue with other areas of sociology. Panel topics include gender & sexuality, race & ethnicity, religion, collective action, war and organized violence, social policy, environment, development, colonialism, and cities in comparative-historical perspective.

Registration includes lunch and a post-conference reception, and is $15 for students, post-docs, and adjuncts, and $25 for faculty.

For more information about the program, location, and how to register, please visit http://www.revisitingremakingmodernity.org/.

Section Award Winners!

2014 was a great year in political sociology.

The Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Book) Award will be awarded jointly to two books:

David Scott Fitzgerald and David Cook-Martín, Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014) and Mara Loveman, National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

The Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (article) Award will be awarded to Malcolm Fairbrother, University of Bristol, for “Economists, Capitalists, and the Making of Globalization: North American Free Trade in Comparative-Historical Perspective,” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 119, no. 5, with an honorable mention to Delia Baldassarri and Amir Goldberg for their article “Neither Ideologues nor Agnostics: Alternative Voters’ Belief System in an Age of Partisan Politics,” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 120, no. 1.

The Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be awarded to Robert Braun of Cornell University for “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide,” with an honorable mention to Pablo Gaston of the University of California-Berkeley for “Contention Across Social Fields: Labor Organizing and Community-Based Living Wage Campaigns in the Southern California Hospitality Industry.”

All award winners will be recognized at our business meeting on SATURDAY, August 22, at 11:30 AM. Please come to congratulate them!

Thank you to all the awards committee members who did the hard work of deciding among the many entries, and to the section members who kept them busy by writing and publishing and nominating so much excellent scholarship this year.