Hochschild’s new book on understanding the American right

Hochschild, Arlie Russell. 2016. Strangers in Their Own Land Anger and Mourning on the American Right. The New Press.

Strangers in their own land coverHochschild travels deep into a stronghold of the conservative right: Louisiana bayou country—an area on the brink of environmental crisis and suffering from poor health, widespread poverty, and low literacy rates and life expectancy. Her mission: to scale the “empathy wall” and do what so few of us do: trulylisten to the other side in order to understand why they believe—and feel—the way they do.

Over the course of five years, Hochschild situated herself in “red” America: she attends fish fries, gumbo cook-offs, Pentecostal church services and Trump rallies; visits schools, political party groups and oil-soaked wetlands; and engages in long, thoughtful conversations while pouring over photo albums, during card games, and over cookies at kitchen tables. Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that many on the political right have been “duped” into voting against their interests. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces—fear of cultural eclipse, economic decline, perceived government betrayal—which override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump. Even as Hochschild gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she champions, she discovers surprising common ground in philosophy (belief in fairness and hard work ), in ideas (“let’s get big money out of government,” one Tea Party member tells her) and in policy (“Lets ban the deposit of fracking waste in our nature preserves.”)

For desk and exam copies, please contact Sam Hall.

Book Series 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, and accessible books that offer synthetic analyses of existing fields, challenge prevailing paradigms, and/or offer fresh views on enduring controversies. Books published in the Series reach a broad audience of sociologists, other social scientists, and policymakers. Please submit a 1-page summary and CV to: Lee Clarke, rose.series@sociology.rutgers.edu. For more information, visit http://www.asanet.org/research-publications/rose-series-sociology.

PPST special issue on Perverse Politics

From an interview with the co-editors of the issue:

Evren Savci: We align ourselves with transnational and anti-imperialist feminists who problematize “woman” as a universal category that is assumed to represent shared interests that follow from core elements of experience and existence that are also assumed to be shared among women. The volume brings together key empirical examples from around the world that demonstrate the limitations of such assumptions, and tries to think about alternative epistemologies that will lead to a more promising and relevant feminist politics.

The issue contains contributions by Savina Balasubramanian, Elizabeth Berstein, Jennifer Carlson, Kimberly Hoang, Ann Orloff and Talia Shiff, and Evren Savci, and is available here.

ASA Election Results

The election results are in and we have a new Chair-Elect and two new Section Council members. Please join us in congratulating

Thomas Janoski (University of Kentucky): Chair-Elect

G. Cristina Mora (UC Berkeley): Section Council

Jennifer Hsu (University of Alberta): Section Council

We look forward to working with you!

ASA Sessions and Meeting

Reception and Business Meeting

Joint Reception with Global & Transnational Sociology and Sociology of Culture

Saturday, August 20, 6:30pm

Section on Political Sociology Business Meeting

Sunday 1:30-2:10pm


Sat, Aug 20


147. Regular Session. Political Sociology 2

Session Organizer: Rebecca R. Scott, University of Missouri-Columbia

Presider: Joshua Edward Olsberg, National University

Has the Tea Party Radicalized the Political Conversation? Suggestions from the 2012-2016 Republican Primary Debates. David R. Dietrich, Texas State University

The Political Epistemics of Rural Conservatism. Philip George Lewin, Florida Atlantic University

The Politicization of Immigration and Welfare: A New Swedish Dilemma. Maureen A. Eger, Umeå University; Joakim Kulin, Stockholm University

Neoliberal Spirit as an Oppositional Political Culture in Turkey’s Gezi Park Movement. Onur Kapdan, UCSB

On Shaky Ground: Power,Spatial Inequality and the Politics of Energy Development. Peter M. Hall, Colorado State University; Stacia S. Ryder, Colorado State University



Joint Reception with Global and Transnational and Culture


Sun, Aug 21


191. Section on Political Sociology Invited Session. Political Representation in Crisis? Movements, Parties, and New Activisms

Session Organizer: Gianpaolo Baiocchi, NYU



226. Section on Political Sociology Paper Session. How Political Culture Matters

Session Organizer: Paul R. Lichterman, University of Southern California

Presider: Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan

Collective Memories, Political Culture, and Policy: The Case of Irish Humanitarianism. Joachim J. Savelsberg, University of Minnesota

Geopolitical Cultures of Race and the Power of Modern Culture. Chandra Mukerji, University of California, San Diego

Political Cultures, Social Movement Dynamics, and the Life Course: Understanding the Impacts of Biographies on Mobilization. Pablo Lapegna, University of Georgia

Remaking Socialism: Ideology, Legitimacy and Economic Transformation in China, 1976-1992. Wen Xie, University of Chicago

Self-interest and Shared Struggle: The Role of Cultural Individualism in Multi-issue Social Justice Activism. Jack Delehanty, University of Minnesota; Michelle Oyakawa, The Ohio State University

Discussant: Paul R. Lichterman, University of Southern California



261. Section on Political Sociology Roundtable Session and Business Meeting

Roundtables Session Organizer: Rhys H. Williams, Loyola University Chicago


Table 1. Partisanship and Polarization

Table Presider: Kate Pride Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology

Associational Networks in America: Political Polarization on the Rise. Ya-Feng Lin; Isaiah Fink Avraham Cohen, Louisiana State University

Building Identities and the Boundaries Between Them in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. Morgan Johnstonbaugh

Partisanship, Political Culture, and Minimum Wage Policy. Daniel Tope, Florida State University; Clayton M. Gumber, Florida State University; Daniel Lanford, Florida State University

Pathways to Policy: Partisanship and Bipartisanship in Renewable Energy Legislation. Kate Pride Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology; David J. Hess, Vanderbilt University

Tweeting Ideology: Using Text Analysis to Create a Measure of Partisanship. Jason Scott   Radford, University of Chicago; Betsy Sinclair, Washington University in St. Louis


Table 2. Activism and Social Movements

Table Presider: Emily Brissette, Bridgewater State University

Beyond the Spectacle of “Violent Protest”: Rethinking Violence at Occupy Oakland. Emily Brissette, Bridgewater State University

Prefigurative Social Movements and the State in the 21st Century. Heather Anne Hax, Towson University; William Tsitsos, Towson University

Repertoires of Activism: Accounting for Individual, Cultural and Contextual Factors. Anna Slavina, University of Toronto

The Irvine Robustness Assessment for Qualitative Comparative Analysis. C. Ben Gibson, University of California, Irvine; Burrel James Vann, University of California, Irvine


Table 3. Parties, Movements, Regimes

Table Presider: Deniz Ilhan, Stony Brook University

Brokers, Clients and Elite Political Networks in Mexico. Tod Stewart Van Gunten, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Cellular Protest: Community Organizing and Party Politics in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Marcel Paret, University of Utah

Military Authoritarianism and Islamic Political Parties in Pakistan: A State of Social Imbrication. Ghazah Abbasi, UMass Amherst

Political Parties, Movements, and American Exceptionalism. Luke Elliott-Negri,

Understanding the Predominant Party: Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi and Political Linkage Strategies. Deniz Ilhan, Stony Brook University


Table 4. Politics of Family, Gender, Sexuality

Table Presider: Keith Gunnar Bentele, University of Massachusetts Boston

Comparing Public and Private Support for Same-Sex Marriage in the United States. Evan Stewart, University of Minnesota; Ryan Steel, University of Minnesota; Caitlin   Taborda, University of Minnesota; Penny Edgell, University of Minnesota

Rewinding Roe vs. Wade: Political Mediation and State Adoption of Restrictive Abortion Legislation, 2008-2014. Keith Gunnar Bentele, University of Massachusetts Boston; Rebecca Sager, Loyola Marymount University; Amanda Aykanian, University at Albany, State University of New York

The Politics of Pregnancy: How Sexual Behavior Relates to Abortion Opinion. Jennifer Elizabeth Marie Hill, Stanford University

Why No Family Allowances in the United States?: Benchmark Events in North American Social Policy. Joshua Thomas McCabe, Wellesley College


Table 5. Policy Determinants and Outcomes

Table Presider: Helena Lyson, University of California – Berkeley

An Exploration of the Factors Influencing Farm to School Program Prevalence in the United States. Helena Lyson, University of California – Berkeley

Democratic Responsiveness and Saliant Policy in the United States over a Quarter Century: Medicaid Generosity. Daniel Lanford, Florida State University

Politics of Regulatory Reform: The Enactment of Dodd-Frank. Basak Kus, Wesleyan University

States Stepping In: The Meaning of the Foreclosure Crisis and States’ Foreclosure Prevention Laws. Alicia Eads, Cornell University

The Perils of Hidden Policy Change: Policy Drift and the Charitable Contributions Deduction. Kelly Russell, University of Michigan


Table 6. Political Talk and Discourse

Table Presider: David L. Swartz, Boston University

Scholars and Politics: Intellectual Strategies for Peacebuilding. David L. Swartz, Boston University

The Negation of Agency: the Discursive Tactics of Hindu Nationalists in Nepal. Luke Wagner, Yale University

Everyday Political Talk in Confidant Networks: the Effect of Physical Distance and Confidant Group Structure. Tunde Cserpes, University of Illinois at Chicago

Political Speech, The Presidency, and Ethnomethodology. Jasmón Bailey

Right-wing Ideologies and Ideological Diversity in the Tea Party. Kristin Haltinner, University of Idaho


Table 7. Dynamics of Democratization

Table Presider: Elizabeth Lynn Young, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Beginning the World Again: Constitutional Change and Democratization. Ben Manski, University of California, Santa Barbara

Democratization, Islam, and the 2014 Tunisian Elections. Elizabeth Lynn Young, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Does Oil Hinder State Building? Parastatal Organizations and The Civil Sphere In Iraq.

Zeinab F. Shuker, University of California, Riverside

Social Capital and Transformation of Political Culture in the Countries of Post-Soviet Eurasia: 1990- 2015. Kseniya Kizilova, World Values Survey Association


Table 8. Determinants of Congressional Voting and Legislation

Table Presider: Kadie Manion

Class Conflict in the Political Arena: Business versus Labor in the U.S. House. Clayton D. Peoples, University of Nevada, Reno

On Position-taking in Congress and the Effects of Vote Share and Socioeconomic Context. Nicholas Clark Judd, University of Chicago

Right-wing Mobilization and Right to Work Laws: A Dynamic Approach to Right-wing Successes and Failures. Kadie Manion,


Table 9. Political Dynamics of Individual Actions

Table Presider: Dmitri Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Chinese Youth and Alternative Narratives of Volunteering. Anthony J. Spires, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Gambling, Fatefulness, and Risk Society. Dmitri  Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Care for the Self as a Practice of Statehood: Malaria and State-formation in Mandatory Palestine. Omri Tubi, Northwestern University

Who Walks, Who Runs, Who Cares? Participation in Fitness Fundraisers and its Correlates. Peter Hart-Brinson, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Table 10. Recruitment and Mobilization

Table Presider: Corrie Ellis Grosse, University of California Santa Barbara

Recruiting Rebellion: An Ecology of Affiliation in Civil War. Andrew Davis, University of Arizona

The Creation of Youth Climate Justice Cultures in Santa Barbara, California. Corrie Ellis Grosse, University of California Santa Barbara

The Unprecedented Protest of 25 January: Political Realignments, Opposition Forces and Labor. Nada Matta, New York Univeristy

Political Culture and the Peace Movements in Israel. Nahed Habiballah, Arab American University – Palestine


Refereed Roundtables

Table 11. Race and Racialized Politics

Table Presider: Madison Van Oort, University of Minnesota

Racialized Tactics: The Use of Threat in the Fight Against Affirmative Action. J. Scott Carter, University of Central Florida; Andrew Frederick Baird, University of    West Georgia; Shannon K. Carter, University of Central Florida

Shut It Down!: Black Lives Matter and Retail Disruption. Madison Van Oort, University of Minnesota

The Political Uses of Race and Ethnicity: Ethno-racial References in the Toronto and Chicago Municipal Elections. Jan Doering, University of Toronto


Table 12. Issues in Governance

Table Presider: Greg Williams, Fielding Graduate University

Governance by Scandal? Reconsidering the Influence of Media Interest on State Agencies. Thomas Crosbie, University of Maryland College Park

What Is the Impact of Global Institutions’ Governance on Globalization and Economic Inequality? Greg Williams, Fielding Graduate University

Why American Political Culture Interferes with Developing More Democratic Corporate Governance. Jerome Braun


Table 13. Political Attitudes and Values

Table Presider: Anne Boyle Cross, Metropolitan State University

Individual Education and Societal Conditioning Effects on Liberalism Values: Evidence from World Value Survey. Tony Huiquan Zhang, University of Toronto

Professional Territories and Public Spaces: The Role of the Public Eye in Shaping   Procedural Justice. Anne Boyle Cross, Metropolitan State University

Wife Beating Attitudes and The Effects of Religion, Urbanity, and Education in Egypt. Golshan Golriz, McGill University; Skye Miner, McGill University


Table 14. Structural roots and political outcomes

Table Presider: Barbara Wejnert, University at Buffalo

Global Diffusion of Democracy, Globalization and Disempowerment of Women: Multilevel Growth Models. Barbara Wejnert, University at Buffalo

The Political Economy of Anti-immigrant Parties. Winston Chou, Princeton University The Structural Roots of the Paranoid Style – The Rational Roots of Irrational Politics. John D Kincaid, UC Davis

Class without Place: Right-to-Education Petitions among the Migrant Middle Class in Beijing. Irene Pang, Brown University


Table 15. Political community and power

Table Presider: Louisa M. McClintock, Columbia University

Beyond Poverty: A Cultural Approach to Vote Buying. Mariana Borges Martins da Silva, Northwestern Collaborators

One and All? Jews, Volksdeutsche, Poles and the (Re)Construction of Community in Postwar Poland. Louisa M. McClintock, Columbia University

Multiple Policings and Police Masculinities in Turkey. Betul Eksi, Northeastern University & Marmara University

Politicizing Spirituality: State-society Relations in China through the Case of Falun Gong. Myunggyo Kim, Harvard University



Section on Political Sociology Business Meeting



  1. Section on Political Sociology Paper Session. The Consequences of Social Movements

Session Organizer: Matthias vom Hau, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

Creative Destruction: Local Outcomes of G20 Summit Protests in Pittsburgh and Toronto. Lesley J. Wood, York University; Suzanne Staggenborg, University of Pittsburgh; Glenn Stalker, Brock University; Rachel V. Kutz-Flamenbaum, University of Pittsburgh

How Social Movement Targets Shape Movement Outcomes. Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, University of San Diego

Popular Mobilization and the Durability of New Democracies. M. Ali Kadivar

The Child Health Consequences of Pragmatist Social Movements in Urban Brazil. Christopher Laurence Gibson, Simon Fraser University


Mon, Aug 22


336. Section on Political Sociology Paper Session. Citizenship and Protest in the 21st Century: #Blacklivesmatter and Other Recent Movements in Context

Session Organizer: Catherine Lee, Rutgers University

Presider: Glenn Edward Bracey, Hollin University

Building Protest Movements on Twitter: Geographical Anatomy of the Open Source Campaigns #not1more and #blacklivesmatter. Sander van Haperen, University of Amsterdam; Walter Nicholls, University of California-Irvine; Justus L. Uitermark, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Hashtag Activism Is New But Movements Are Not: Organizational Age and Political Protest. Jen Schradie, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Hegemony Versus Globalization: Protest, Repression and the Struggle for Power in Post-Chávez Venezuela. David A. Smilde, Tulane University; Jennifer Triplett

Tweeting from Gezi Park: Social Media and Repression Backfire. Heidi Reynolds-Stenson, University of Arizona; Meltem Odabas, University of Arizona



374. Section on Political Sociology Paper Session. Formal and Informal Strategies of Resistance to Authoritarianism

Session Organizer: Samuel Greene, King’s College London

Presider: Samuel Greene, King’s College London

Allies in Action: Institutional Actors and Grassroots Environmental Activism in China. Yang Zhang, University of Chicago

Emotions in Environmental Self-Organized Grassroots Groups in Mexico: Activism, Burnout, Collective Identity and Organization. Alice Poma; Tommaso Gravante, UNAM FES Iztacala

How Social Media Complicates Concealment and Disclosure of Stigmatized Political Beliefs in an Authoritarian Setting. Katy Elizabeth Pearce, University of Washington; Jessica Vitak, University of Maryland

Street-collar Crime: How Culture, Opportunity, and Utility Shape Citizen Participation in Bureaucratic Bribery. Marina Zaloznaya, The University of Iowa; Vicki Hesli Claypool, University of Iowa; William Reisinger, University of Iowa

Discussant: Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina



439. Regular Session. Political Sociology

Session Organizer: Rebecca R. Scott, University of Missouri-Columbia

Presider: Rebecca R. Scott, University of Missouri-Columbia

Capital Strikes as a Corporate Political Strategy: The Structural Power of Business in the Obama Era. Tarun David Banerjee, University of Pittsburgh; Kevin Young, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Michael Schwartz, Stony Brook State University

Environmental Protection through Political Participation: The Activation and Effects of Popular Consultations in Latin America. Diana Rodriguez-Franco, Northwestern University

Black Feminist Mobilizing in the Digital Age. Paula Ashe, Purdue University

The Impact of Social Media on Election Results: Tweets, Votes, & State Politics. Benjamin Jared Dowd-Arrow, Florida State University; Daniel Tope, Florida State University

The U.S. State as Enforcer of Inequality and Preemptor of Protest and Social Movements. Vince Montes, San Jose State University