Spring Sectors Newsletter

Dear development sociologists,

I am delighted to share with you the very substantial spring 2018 issue of Sectors, the Sociology of Development section newsletter. In it, you’ll find essays on the state of the field, interviews with section award winners, announcements, updates and reports of various kinds, and reminders of upcoming events of interest to development sociologists, including our ASA section schedule. It’s really worth a close look!

Thanks to the many section members who contributed to the issue, and a special thanks to our wonderful newsletter editors, Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes.

Sincerely,

Jenn Bair

 

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New Issue: Sociological Insights for Development Policy

Dear development sociologists,

I am delighted to share our latest Policy Brief, Sociological Insights for Development Policy. This issue is devoted to the very timely topic of the industrial sector. Specifically, Roshan Pandian (our section’s 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award recipient) discusses the declining developmental impact of manufacturing employment for less developed countries.

Thanks to Roshan for sharing her expertise, and as always, to our Policy Brief editor Brian Dill and his terrific team.

Jenn Bair

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CFP: Extended Deadline for Sociology of Development Conference

Obstacles to Development

7th Annual Sociology of Development Conference

19–21 October 2018

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

Development investments and interventions should ultimately lead to self-sustaining solutions that are supported by local governments, institutions, and stakeholders. There are many obstacles to such development efforts, however, that occur at multiple scales and extend over varying periods of time. Local actors, national inequalities, and regional policies may impede change, just as longstanding elements in the international economic system could also serve as significant obstacles to development.

The purpose of the Seventh Annual Sociology of Development Conference is to identify and explore some of the many obstacles to development present in the world today. We are seeking thought-provoking presentations and engaging conversations on numerous topics from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, scales, and disciplines. The University of Illinois is pleased to provide development scholars with an outstanding venue to exchange ideas and to explore the essential features of development’s underlying challenges.

Instructions for submissions of papers or sessions

Individuals wishing to present original research should send their paper abstracts or session proposals to SOC-DEV2018@illinois.edu.

Paper abstracts should not exceed one page (approximately 250 words) and should include the title of the paper and the name, rank, institutional affiliation and email address of all authors.

Session proposals should include the name, rank, institutional affiliation, and email address of the session organizer(s). The proposal should include a title and a brief abstract (250 words maximum) that describes the session and ideally how the session fits into the conference theme. For pre-constituted sessions, please include the names, paper titles, ranks, and institutional affiliations of the presenters in the session.

The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2018. Acceptance/rejection notifications will be sent out by the middle of July.

Detailed information about the program, including the venue, accommodations, and registration information, is available on the conference website:
https://socdev2018.sociology.illinois.edu

There is a small fee for registration: $50 for faculty and $25 for graduate students.

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Call for Submissions to Sectors

Please see the call for submissions below, and note the 15 April deadline!  Please send all materials to our fantastic newsletter editors at the email address below…

Dear Section Members,

The editors of the Sociology of Development section’s newsletter, Sectors, invite you to submit news, recent publications, calls for papers, and job market announcements for the Spring 2018 issue of Sectors. Job market candidates are especially encouraged to submit a spotlight as a way to introduce themselves and their work to the section in advance of the annual meetings.

In particular we welcome:

·       new book or journal publications, with citation and abstract (abstract is not required, but encouraged). Cover images for new book announcements and links to publications are welcome.
·       book reviews of texts with a development focus. Junior scholars are particularly encouraged to submit reviews, and faculty are welcome to recommend reviewers.
·       job market candidate spotlights, including (1) name, (2) affiliation/school, (3) email and website, (4) specializations, (5) dissertation title, and (6) short dissertation abstract (150-200 words)
·       calls for proposals and papers (with deadlines of June 1 or later)
·       job and fellowship/grant opportunities (with deadlines of June 1 or later)
·       upcoming conferences and workshops organized by section members
·       reports of development sociologists or scholarship in the news
·       commentary on recent news stories and events
·       news of completed dissertations, research grants and awards, and/or new positions and promotions
·       short descriptions of member research projects in process
·       photographs related to member research, with an accompanying description

Please send all materials to Sectors co-editors Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes at SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com by Sunday, April 15, 2018. The Spring 2018 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in early May, so time-sensitive news items (such as calls for papers, job applications, etc.) should have deadlines in June or later.

Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes
2017-2018 Sectors Co-editors

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New Issue of Sociological Insights for Development Policy

In the newest policy brief, our colleague, Professor Maryann Bylander extends our understanding of the potential harms of microcredit.  Drawing on her extensive research in Cambodia, she argues that microcredit can compel unwanted migration.  The combination of indebtedness and migration can exacerbate individuals’ vulnerability, causing them to move into potentially exploitative work.  She recommends that policy makers take steps not only to understand better the scope of migration resulting from over-indebtedness but also to regulate the sector further in an effort to curb predatory forms of lending and debt collection.

This brief is available under the policy brief tab on this website or by clicking HERE.

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Call for Notes from the Field: Sectors Newsletter

Dear Section Members,
The editors of the Sociology of Development section’s newsletter, Sectors, invite junior scholars (i.e. graduate students, recent grads, postdocs, and tenure-track faculty) to submit short descriptive articles (500-600 words) about their research for Notes from the Field. Notes from the Field is a feature that highlights ongoing and recent experience related to field work, and offers an opportunity for junior scholars to raise their profile by sharing their work with scholars interested in development sociology. Recent essays highlight archival research in Geneva, working with a translator in Bangladesh, and handling ethical dilemmas in India. You can find these and other essays in past issues on our section website: https://sociologyofdevelopment.com/sectorsnewsletters/.
Please send all essays to Sectors co-editors Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes at SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com by Monday, April 2nd, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Essays will undergo a review by the Sectors editorial team, and accepted essays may be published in either the Spring 2018 or Fall 2019 issue.
Please consider submitting a piece and/or encouraging your students and colleagues to submit. We would like to read more about your research!
Best,
Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes,
2017-2018 Sectors Co-editors 
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Call for announcements: Sectors Newsletter

Dear Section Members,

The editors of the Sociology of Development section’s newsletter, Sectors, invite you to submit news, recent publications, calls for papers, and job market announcements for the Spring 2018 issue of Sectors. Job market candidates are especially encouraged to submit a spotlight as a way to introduce themselves and their work to the section in advance of the annual meetings.

In particular we welcome:

·       new book or journal publications, with citation and abstract (abstract is not required, but encouraged). Cover images for new book announcements and links to publications are welcome.
·       book reviews of texts with a development focus. Junior scholars are particularly encouraged to submit reviews, and faculty are welcome to recommend reviewers.
·       job market candidate spotlights, including (1) name, (2) affiliation/school, (3) email and website, (4) specializations, (5) dissertation title, and (6) short dissertation abstract (150-200 words)
·       calls for proposals and papers (with deadlines of June 1 or later)
·       job and fellowship/grant opportunities (with deadlines of June 1 or later)
·       upcoming conferences and workshops organized by section members
·       reports of development sociologists or scholarship in the news
·       commentary on recent news stories and events
·       news of completed dissertations, research grants and awards, and/or new positions and promotions
·       short descriptions of member research projects in process
·       photographs related to member research, with an accompanying description

We also encourage junior scholars (i.e. graduate students, recent grads, postdocs, and new faculty) to submit short articles (500-600 words) for Notes from the Field, a series that offers junior scholars an opportunity to share their research with the section community. Notes from the Field articles should provide a description of recent fieldwork. Faculty mentors are welcome to encourage their students to submit. The deadline for all Notes from the Field submissions is Monday, April 2nd.

Please send all materials to Sectors co-editors Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes at SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com by Sunday, April 15, 2018. The Spring 2018 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in early May, so time-sensitive news items (such as calls for papers, job applications, etc.) should have deadlines in June or later.

Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes
2017-2018 Sectors Co-editors

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