Sociology of Development Sessions at ASA 2020!

The ASA Virtual Annual Meeting is fast approaching, and SOC DEV will be holding three of our originally planned sessions, so please register and reconnect with us!

The conference will occur online from August 8-11, following the originally scheduled session dates and times. Note that dates/times are based on Pacific daylight time (PDT).

Registration is free to all ASA members and only $25 for non-members.

This is a great opportunity for us to build ties with non-members who conduct development research in other disciplines or who work as practitioners. If you are connected to other development societies, please feel free to disseminate our program to their listservs and encourage your colleagues to attend our exciting line up of sessions.

In order to register for the event or see the broader virtual program, please go to the ASA 2020 Annual Meeting page here:

https://www.asanet.org/annual-meeting-2020

Here is a listing of the 2020 Sociology of Development sessions that are occurring online:

1. Global South Perspectives on Development

Zoom Live Session on Monday, August 10, 4:30-6:10pm PDT

Session Organizer and Presider: Devparna Roy, Nazareth College of Rochester

2. Open Panel on Sociology of Development

Zoom Live Session on Tuesday, August 11, 12:30-2:10pm PDT

Session Organizer and Presider: Sam Cohn, Texas A&M University

3. Populism, Democracy, and Development

Zoom Live Session on Tuesday, August 11, 2:30-4:10pm PDT

Session Presider: Firuzeh Shokooh-Valle, Franklin & Marshall College

Session Organizer: Jennifer Keahey, Arizona State University

4. Sociology of Development Refereed Roundtables

Zoom Live Session on Tuesday, August 11, 11:10am to 12:10pm PDT

* Check the online schedule to see the tables that will conduct virtual presentations.

Here is a listing of broader ASA development sessions that are occurring online:

5. Limits to Capital in the 21st Century

Zoom Live Session on Monday, August 10, 10:30am-12:10pm PDT

Session Organizer and Presider: Michael Levien, Johns Hopkins University

6. Gender, Development, and the State

Zoom Live Session on Monday, August 10, 8:30-10:10am PDT

Session Organizer: Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut

Session Presider: Christobel Asiedu, Louisiana Tech University

7. Gender and Development in India

Zoom Live Session on Monday, August 10, 2:30-4:10pm PDT

Session Organizer: Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut

Session Presider: Rita Jalali, American University

Regrettably cancelled SOC DEV sessions:

Food and Agriculture in Development
Sociology of Development Business meeting

*We will disseminate business meeting information via the listserv and the fall Sectors newsletter

Much gratitude to the session organizers and presiders who have gone above and beyond to ensure a strong virtual presence at the ASA this year.

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Purchase a Gift ASA Membership for a Student or Colleague!

Please note that Friday, July 31 is the last day to purchase a gift ASA membership for a student or a colleague.

Currently, SOC DEV membership is 419, with 22 low-income country members, 121 student members, and 276 regular members.

The good news is that our membership has remained robust despite the pandemic, and we will qualify for the same number of sessions for the 2021 ASA meeting that we have previously enjoyed. However, our membership has slightly decreased. In particular, I would like to see greater representation from low-income countries and the student cohort.

If you are able to support our colleagues and section by purchasing gift memberships, please do so before the end of this week. Also, if you are in a department that has a group ASA membership then you can request free membership for the new graduate students in your program.

Here are the ASA instructions for purchasing gift memberships:

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I. Instructions for Gift Memberships

Gift Memberships – July 31

ASA members can gift an ASA membership for students or a section membership for existing ASA members of any membership type by logging into https://asa.enoah.com. The earlier you give a gift membership, the longer the member has to enjoy the benefits of membership and learn more about the section.

To purchase a gift ASA membership for students
Once you have accessed the member portal, please click “Purchase a gift membership for a student” under Contribute/Give. Students can be searched by name through the online member database. A new contact record can be created by the member making the gift if the student is not found in the database.

Your gift will be redeemable by the recipient for an ASA student membership. Your gift recipient will receive the gift credit via email immediately after your purchase. Please note that gift recipients will need to complete a membership form through the ASA member portal in order to redeem the gift membership. Gift memberships are not refundable if unredeemed within 30 days of purchase. Gift memberships are not tax deductible.

The deadline for a 2020 gift ASA membership for students is July 31, 2020.

To purchase a gift section membership for a student or a colleague
Once you have accessed the member portal, please click “Purchase a gift section membership” under Contribute/Give.

Select the section and search for your recipient by first and last name. Section membership requires 2020 ASA membership. Only 2020 ASA members who do not already have a membership in that section are eligible to receive a gift. Your recipient will receive an email immediately after your payment with notification of the section gift. Your name will be included in this message. If the recipient declines the gift within 30 days of receipt, you will receive a refund by mail. Please note that section gift recipients do not need to take any action to redeem gift section membership. Gifts are not tax deductible.

The deadline for a 2020 gift section membership is July 31, 2020.

II. Instructions for Departments with ASA membership to Give New Students an ASA membership

It’s not too late for your 2019-2020 first-year graduate students to become 2020 ASA members at no cost. This is exclusive benefit for ASA Department Affiliates will give your first-year students all the same benefits as other ASA student members.

To give your 2019-2020 first-year graduate students access to this benefit:

1.    Log in to the ASA website with your department’s ID and password.

2.    Under the Graduate Department Resources heading, click the link that says “Activate free ASA membership for your first-year graduate students.”

3.    List the names and contact information for students who entered your program in 2019-2020. The students will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem their free membership for 2020. 

4.    Follow-up with your students to encourage them to redeem their membership.

When your department renews its affiliate membership for 2020-2021, your incoming first-year students will have access to this benefit for 2021. For now, don’t leave your 2019-2020 students behind. Help them connect with leading sociologists and develop their professional skills—submit their names today.

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Sociology of Development Policy Brief: “Why is Women’s Labor Force Participation So Low in the Middle East and North Africa?”

A new Sociology of Development Policy Brief is out! Volume 5, Issue 5 (2020) is: “Why is Women’s Labor Force Participation so Low in the Middle East and North Africa?” by Valentine M. Moghadam (Northeastern University)

Here is the fifth of the 2020 series of Policy Briefs from the Sociology of Development section of ASA.

The brief is titled: “Why is Women’s Labor Force Participation so Low in the Middle East and North Africa?”, and is by Valentine M. Moghadam  (2020, vol 5, iss. 5)

As usual, I welcome expressions of interest to contribute. While I am open to any ideas you have, your pitch should ideally include a reference to something you have published on the subject, so that we can assume a base level of peer reviewing of the material. There should also be some clear policy implications arising from the piece.

Alaka M. Basu, Professor
Department of Development Sociology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
ab54@cornell.edu

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2020 Section Awards Results!

Congratulations to our 2020 Section Award Winners!

Sociology of Development Section Book Award

Co-Winners:

Bobel, Chris. 2019. The Managed Body: Developing Girls & Menstrual Health in the Global South. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tarlau, Rebecca. 2019. Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education. Global and Comparative Ethnography Series. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Sociology of Development Section Faculty Article Award

Co-Winners:

Reyes, Victoria. 2018. “Port of Call: How Ships Shape Foreign-Local Encounters.” Social Forces, 96 (3): 1097–1118.

Paret, Marcel. 2018. “Critical Nostalgias in Democratic South Africa.” The Sociological Quarterly, 59 (4): 678-696.

Honorable Mention:

Ballakrishnen, Swethaa. 2019. “Just Like Global Firms: Unintended Gender Parity and Speculative Isomorphism in India’s Elite Professions.” Law & Society Review, 53 (1): 108-140.

Sociology of Development Section Graduate Student Paper Award

Winner:

Annavarapu, Sneha. “Risky Routes, Safe Suspicions: Gender, Class, and Cabs in Hyderabad, India.” (Unpublished) (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago)

Honorable Mention:

Utama, Rahardhika Arista. “Embedded Peasantry: Path-Dependence and Economic Transformation in Indonesia and Malaysia.” (Unpublished) (Department of Sociology, Northwestern University)

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A Message from the Sociology of Development President

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you with a message of interracial solidarity on this day of Juneteenth, a US holiday that celebrates the liberation of Black Americans from the brutal institution of slavery.

Although this day is a reminder of the potential for social transformation, we know that we have a long way to go if we are to end the systemic violence perpetuated against Black people around the world.

Black Lives Matter.

The struggle for racial justice is not limited to the protests currently occurring in US cities, but it also is happening within the academy, where Black, Brown and Global South sociologists remain underrepresented and their bodies of knowledge undervalued.

To demonstrate solidarity with our Black and Brown colleagues at a potentially pivotal moment in US history, the SOC DEV Council has unanimously agreed to donate the $1,600 we had budgeted for the ASA 2020 reception to the ASA Minority Fellowship Program. This program provides training and support to junior sociologists of color. For more information, visit their webpage: https://www.asanet.org/careers/grants-and-fellowships/minority-fellowship-program.

We are joining 37 ASA sections who already have committed to donating their reception funds to the MFP. Indeed, 50 out of the ASA’s 52 sections are considering donating, making this an ASA-wide movement in support of racial justice. It is my sincere hope that with such a critical mass of interracial support, more systemic change may become possible.

When the SOC DEV Council meets this August, we will be discussing strategies for supporting Black development scholarship as well as our Black, Brown, and Global South section members, on a more permanent basis. If you have any ideas you would like to share, or if you would like to volunteer your time to this effort, please feel free to email me personally at Jennifer.Keahey@asu.edu. I will share any emails that I receive with Council in August.

If you would like to do more to support Black and Brown junior sociologists in the US, you may donate individually to the ASA Minority Fellowship Program here: https://www.asanet.org/donate.

Finally, I would like to take a moment to personally thank our incoming Council Member, Shiri Noy, for approaching me with the idea of making a donation.

In solidarity,

Jennifer Keahey

Chair, Section on Sociology of Development

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Sociology of Development Policy Brief: “Ease of Transportation and Women’s Employment in India”

A new Sociology of Development Policy Brief is out! Volume 5, Issue 4 (2020) is: “Ease of Transportation and Women’s Employment in India” by Lei Lei (Rutgers University), Sonalde Desai (University of Maryland), and Reeve Vanneman (University of Maryland).

Also, here is a message from our Policy Brief editor Alaka Basu:

Here  is the fourth of the 2020 series of Policy Briefs being edited by me for the Sociology of Development section of ASA.

The policy brief is titled: “Ease of Transportation and Women’s Employment in India” by Lei Lei, Sonalde Desai, and Reeve Vanneman (2020, vol 5, iss. 4)

I welcome expressions of interest to contribute. While I am open to any ideas you have, your pitch should ideally include a reference to something you have published on the subject, so that we can assume a base level of peer reviewing of the material.

Thanks again,

Alaka M. Basu, Professor
Department of Development Sociology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
ab54@cornell.edu

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Spring 2020 Edition of Sectors Newsletter

The latest edition of our section’s newsletter, Sectors (Spring 2020), is now out! Inside you will find a message from our chair, essays written by section members about the COVID-19 pandemic, and reflections on recent fieldwork in the section “Notes from the Field.” The newsletter also contains a list of new member publications–including many great books–and other section news and opportunities.

A big thank you to the editors, Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague, for their work in putting another fantastic newsletter together!

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Rebooted Member Feedback Survey

We had an issue with the survey link sent out in the general announcements last week. Thank you to those who alerted us of the glitch and to everyone else for their patience while we corrected and relaunched it. If you already participated, please take a moment to answer the survey questions again.

The new link: https://forms.gle/ETYR9ez34GF6QzB46

Please complete the 13-question survey by May 30, 2020. It should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. The purpose of the survey is to continually improve our services to you. We will provide a report on the survey outcome at the ASA annual conference this August.

A reminder will go out in the Spring Sectors newsletter. Contact Karin Johnson (University of California Riverside) at kjohn033@ucr.edu with any questions. Thank you again and we look forward to your participation!

Sincerely,

The SocDev Survey Committee

Karin Johnson (Chair)

Sam Cohn (Member)

Alvin Camba (Member)

Annika Rieger (Member)

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Sociology of Development Member Survey

Dear SocDev members,

We hope you and yours are safe and well during the COVID-pandemic. We would like to invite you to participate in a short, 13-questions survey. It should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. The purpose of the survey is to continually improve our services to you. We will provide a report on the survey outcome at the ASA annual conference this August.

Please complete the survey by May 30, 2020. A reminder will go out in the Spring Sectors newsletter. Contact Karin Johnson (University of California Riverside) at kjohn033@ucr.edu with any questions. We look forward to receiving your input!

Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ef3I5iSwUXNJo5MGiFlY3-Kg89zRM7ZtNfzXYP2pGZg/edit

Sincerely,

The SocDev Survey Committee

Karin Johnson (Chair)

Sam Cohn (Member)

Alvin Camba (Member)

Annika Rieger (Member)

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Sociology of Development Policy Brief: “The Revival of Population Control and Technocratic Family Planning in the 21st Century”

A new Sociology of Development Policy Brief is out! Volume 5, Issue 3 (2020) is: “The Revival of Population Control and Technocratic Family Planning in the 21st Century” by Daniel Bendix (Friedensau Adventist University) and Susanne Schultz (Goethe University Frankfurt).

Also, here is a message from our Policy Brief editor Alaka Basu:

Here  is the third of the 2020 series of Policy Briefs being edited by me for the Sociology of Development section of ASA.

The policy brief of 2020 is titled: “The Revival of Population Control and Technocratic Family Planning in the 21st Century,” by Daniel Bendix and Susanne Schultz (2020, vol 5, iss. 3)

I welcome expressions of interest to contribute. While I am open to any ideas you have, your pitch should ideally include a reference to something you have published on the subject, so that we can assume a base level of peer reviewing of the material.

Thanks again and looking forward to keeping this going.

Alaka M. Basu, Professor
Department of Development Sociology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
ab54@cornell.edu

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