Save the Dates!

Dear Section Members-
We will send out more detailed information soon, but for now I just want to make sure you are saving these important dates/times for our section events at ASAs.
8:30 a.m. – Section session on DOING DEVELOPMENT
10:30 a.m. – Section ROUNDTABLES
11:30 a.m. – Section BUSINESS MEETING–Vote on section business, celebrate our award
                     winners, and receive a copy of our brand new GUIDE TO GRANTS 
2:30 p.m. – Section session on POLITICS AND DEVELOPMENT
4:30 p.m. – Section session on HEALTH AND INEQUALITY AROUND THE GLOBE
6:30 p.m. – SPECIAL MENTORING EVENT for graduate students and junior scholars!  
                – “Publishing 101: Advice from Editors for Development Sociologists”
                – A panel of esteemed journal editors will discuss how to publish development
                   scholarship in Sociology journals and in the popular media.  There will be plenty
                   of time to ask questions.  
7:30  p.m. — on-site RECEPTION
                 — Joint with the sections on Global and Transnational Studies and Culture.  
                 –Level 7, Terrace, Palais des Congres
It’s a great line up, but your participation is required to convert these events into powerful intellectual exchanges.  Please join us for as many events as possible.
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Congratulations to SOC DEV award winners!


Winner: Pablo Lapegna. 2016. Soybeans and Power: Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Politics, and Social Movements in Argentina.  Oxford University Press.

Honorable mention: Tianna S. Paschel.  2016. Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Columbia and Brazil. Princeton University Press.

Honorable mention: Terence McDonnell. 2016. Best Laid Plans: Cultural Entropy and the Unraveling of AIDS Media Campaigns.  University of Chicago Press.


Winner: Michael Levien. 2015. “Social Capital as Obstacle to Development: Brokering Land, Norms, and Trust in Rural India.” World Development 74:77-92.

Honorable mention:  Şahan Savaş Karataşlı. 2017. “The Capitalist World-Economy in the Longue Durée: Changing Modes of the Global Distribution of Wealth, 1500–2008.” Sociology of Development 3(2):163-96.


Manuel Rosaldo. 2016. “Revolution in the Garbage Dump: The Political and Economic Foundations of the Colombian Recycler Movement, 1986-2011.” Social Problems 63: 351 – 372.


A huge thanks to these Development Sociology Section Award Committee Members:

Book Award
Jennifer Fish (Chair), Maryann Bylander, Xiaoshuo Hou, Yan Long, Craig Van Pelt

Faculty Article Award
Rachel Sullivan Robinson (Chair), Edwin Ackerman, Besnik Pula, Robert Wyrod

Student Article Award
Robert V. Clark (Chair), Ray Jussaume, Smitha Radhakrishnan, Kristen Shorette, Lorna Zukas

We look forward to seeing you all in Montreal in August!
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CFP: Social Theory and Intersectionality

Emerald Studies in Media and Communications is delighted to announce two new calls with a due date of  January 15, 2018:

Theorizing the Digital: Social Theory and Power, Media, and Everyday Life: Expanding the Intersectional. 


Call for Theorizing the Digital: Social Theory and Digital Culture

We welcome submissions using a wide variety of data and analytic techniques, assuming they are rigorously employed.  We also welcome theoretical submissions, assuming they focus squarely on the topic of the volume. Methodological papers will be considered as long as they are grounded in theoretical concerns. The scope of the volume is wide and includes application of classical and contemporary theorists in media contexts. Any topic that engages the volume’s theme is welcome. Potential topics could include: ethics, practices, and politics of “big data”; self, identity, and community; privacy, publicity and surveillance; personal and algorithmic patterns of curation; social network formation, maintenance, and change; news and (dis)information; visual representations; memes and virality; politics; mediated embodiment, etc. 


Call for Power, Media, and Everyday Life: Expanding the Intersectional

We welcome submissions using a wide variety of data and analytic techniques, assuming they are rigorously employed, and theoretical or methodological submissions, assuming they focus squarely on the topic of the volume. The scope of this volume is wide, as it aims to contribute phenomenological and epistemic knowledge to the growing field of intersectionality. Submissions are welcome on any topics that speak to intersectionality as it relates to media including gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and ability. In addition, we are also especially interested in papers that expand and broaden the discourse of intersectionality vis-à-vis media to include: Parenthood, Community, Religion, Nationality, Immigration, Language, Political Association, Aging, etc.


Submission Guidelines: Deadline January 15, 2018 by email to

Submissions should be approximately 7,000-10,000 in length inclusive of abstract, references, and notes. American or British spelling may be used. All submissions must include 1) title of manuscript, 2) abstract up to 250 words, and 3) up to 6 keywords, 4)  main text with headings, 5) references, and 6) as appropriate to the submission appendices, images, figures, and tables. While no special formatting is requested at the outset, upon acceptance authors must gain all permissions and format their manuscripts in accordance with the series’ guidelines. Submissions may be considered for either volume.


For initial submissions, please follow these four steps or the submission may not be considered:

  1. Create two copies of your submission: one in PDF for anonymous review and one in Word with all author information.
  2. Use the title of your submission when naming your copies of your submissions in both Word and PDF.
  3. ​Put the title of your submission and the name of the volume you prefer in the subject line of your email.
  4. Email both copies of your submission in a single email to by the deadline.

Anonymized Review Copy in PDF

Title of your submission + Anonymized (example: “Submission Title Anonymized”)

Remove any author information and affiliations and save doc as PDF


Editorial Copy in Word

Title of your submission + Editorial (example: “Submission Title Editorial”)

In a Word document, include all elements above, as well as a title page with all author names, emails, and bios of up to 250 words.


For more information, see

Please address any questions to:

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Election Results!!!

Please join me in congratulating our new Sociology  of Development section officers!
Chair Elect:  Andrew Jorgenson
New Council Members:  Kristy Kelly and Poulami Roychowdhury
New Graduate Student Council Representative:  Ryan Nehring
Thanks to everyone who was willing to run and  serve–your participation is the foundation  that keeps our section strong and growing.
With best wishes,
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New Sectors Newsletter!

​Wow, wow, wow!  ​Click on the Sectors Newsletters tab to access the spring edition of SECTORS, our Sociology of Development newsletter.  It is packed with information about Sociology of Development events, publications, and people.  This edition also contains a complete guide to Development-related events and sessions at the 2017 ASA Annual Meeting.
Please join me in thanking Svetla Dimitrova and Kelly Birch Maginot, our talented newsletter editors, for their tremendous work in putting this together.
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CFP: Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers

Michigan State University invites the submission of article-length manuscripts (6,000 – 9,000 words) for peer review and publication in our GPID Working Papers series. We seek materials at a late stage of formulation that contribute new understandings of women and men’s roles and relations amidst social, economic, and political change in the developing world. The goals of GPID are: (1) to promote research that contributes to gendered analysis of social change, (2) to highlight the effects of international development policy and globalization on gender roles and gender relations, and (3) to encourage new approaches to international development policy and programming.

GPID cross-cuts disciplines, bringing together research, critical analyses, and proposals for change. Individual papers in the series address a range of topics, such as gender, violence, and human rights; gender and agriculture; reproductive health and healthcare; gender and social movements; masculinities and development; and the gendered division of labor. We particularly encourage manuscripts that bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice. Accepted papers are individually printed for distribution as well as published online. We are an open access publication, and previously published papers can be viewed at You can also follow us on Facebook:

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the series, please send a 150-word abstract summarizing the paper’s essential points and findings to Dr. Amy Jamison, Editor, and Kelly Birch Maginot, Managing Editor, at If the abstract suggests your paper is suitable for the GPID Working Papers, the full paper will be invited for peer review and publication consideration.

The Gender, Development, & Globalization Program at MSU is also pleased to announce three new working papers in our GPID series (download PDFs free of charge on our website):

WP #307 Competing Gender Perspectives in Security Sector Reforms in Turkey, by Sabine Mannitz, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, and Stephanie Reckhaus, Mainz Institute for Social Pedagogic Research

Abstract:  Since the 1990s, the human security norm has contributed to reframing the discourse and practice surrounding Security Sector Reforms (SSR). People-centered security thinking brings vulnerable groups into the center of attention and declares gender-sensitive approaches to be crucial. However, while the inclusion of gender perspectives into SSR may seem perfectly logical in the theory, it creates dilemmas in practice: Who represents whom? How should SSR programs involve women (and which ones)? Should women’s organizations cooperate with state institutions that regularly fail to protect women at all? A study of local women’s rights organizations in Turkey illustrates that there cannot be just one definition of women’s security needs. The diversity of female life-worlds leads to public contestations surrounding the right forms of representation. It is, however, essential to recognize that such conflicts are important contributions in the evolution of localized gender security norms. The article draws on fieldwork with Turkish women’s organizations and expert interviews carried out in 2013 and 2014.

WP #308 Empowering Women for Food and Income Security: The Case of Pigeon Pea in Malawi, by Nathalie Me-Nsope and Michelle Larkins, Michigan State University

Abstract: Legume-intensified maize systems have been identified as a potential “one stop” solution to the problem of food insecurity in Malawi. Previous research has failed to examine how gender relations and intra-household dynamics may influence decisions and potential food security gains at the farm level, or how gender may impact participation, performance, and benefits at later value chain stages. We identify gender-based constraints and opportunities along the chain and their implications for household level food security and poverty. We find the decision to adopt/expand pigeon pea at the farm level; the ability to participate at the various nodes of the value chain; and control over the gains derived from value chain participation are influenced by intra-household gendered patterns of resource allocation, the gendered division of roles and responsibilities, and differential power relations in decision-making between men and women. For example, lack of transportation assets and cultural restrictions on women’s mobility limit their participation in markets, affecting their access to and control over income derived from legume sales. Our findings must be taken into account by development efforts targeting food, income, and nutrition security via the development of legume value chains. We argue that empowering women economically is essential for harvesting the potential food security and poverty reduction benefits of legume expansion and commercialization.

Working Paper #309 On the Frontlines of Health Care: Xhosa Nurses in South Africa’s Rural Ciskei, 1960s-1980s, by Leslie Anne Hadfield, Brigham Young University

Abstract: The work and history of female Xhosa nurses in the Ciskei region of South Africa’s Eastern Cape has largely been ignored by scholars; yet, the region has the longest history of training African professional nurses in South Africa and it is representative of rural or “homeland” health care. The purpose of this article is to highlight the important role these nurses played in delivering western biomedicine during the dynamic period of the 1960s through the 1980s, by analyzing their successful characteristics and approaches. Based upon archival research and interviews with 67 retired nurses, this article argues that the nurses’ dedication, training, and acknowledgment of “traditional” beliefs contributed to their success. In doing so, the article presents these nurses as an historical example of how women from local communities have been vital to delivering health care and building rural communities.

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Problem-solving Sociology Grants

Problem-Solving Sociology “Ideas Incubator” Grants: Responding to an Automated World

Key contemporary problems, including rising inequality, a shrinking middle class, falling wages, skills mismatch, and the resulting rise of populism, can be traced at least partially to the same cause: significant and rapid advances in technology and innovation.

Advancements in technology and innovation create productivity gains, lower costs, and more aggregate wealth, but also eliminate the need for, or reduce the value of, some existing employment opportunities. This results in less wealth for segments of the population that have trouble adapting, and causes many problems.

We invite scholars to apply for grants to attend a one-day “ideas incubator” workshop at Northwestern University on November 16, 2017, focused on developing proposals for research projects to answer the following question:

How does society need to adjust to the employment changes that improved and new technologies (artificial intelligence, robotics, etc.) will likely bring over the next twenty years?

We will focus on addressing the following questions:

1)      How to address the loss of middle-class and working-class jobs and skills mismatch caused by rapid advancements in technology and innovation.

2)      How to address the fall in wages in the middle and lower parts of the income distribution, as well as the relative fall in wages in less productive parts of the economy, caused by rapid advancements in technology and innovation.

3)      How to address the rise in casual labor caused by rapid advancements in technology and innovation.

4)      How to address rising inequality caused by rapid advancements in technology and innovation.

5)      How to estimate the potential for significant social disruptions caused by rapid advancements in technology and innovation over the next twenty years.

The workshop will consist of lectures, discussions of readings, and several brainstorming sessions geared to helping participants use sociological theory to shed light on solving these problems, and to use these problems to further sociological theory.  The workshop proceeds from the assumption that mitigating critical social problems can be a catalyst for breakthroughs in the basic understanding of society.

Northwestern University will pay for economy-class airfare and two nights’ accommodation in Evanston, IL, plus meals and transportation expenses, for all invited scholars.  At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to submit proposals for research grants to further pursue these questions.

To apply, please submit a c.v., a writing sample of your best work to date (not necessarily on this topic), and a one-page explanation of why you want to take part in this workshop by August 15, 2017 to

Scholars at all levels are welcome to apply, but we particularly encourage graduate students in the first three years of their doctoral programs to apply.

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