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 (Unpublished) (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago)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 (Unpublished) (Department of Sociology, Northwestern University)

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Section Election Results – ASA Sociology of Development Section

We are pleased to announce the ASA Sociology of Development Section election results. Congratulations to those elected and thank you to everyone who volunteered to run!

Chair-Elect (1-year): Enrique Pumar, Santa Clara University

Secretary-Treasurer (3-year): Matthias vom Hau, Institut Barcelona d’Estudies Internacionals

Council Member (3-year): Marco Garrido, University of Chicago

Council Member (3-year): Depvarna Roy, Nazareth College

Graduate Student Council Member (1-year): Rahardhika Utama, Northwestern University 

The proposed bylaws amendment has also been approved. This award will allow us to formally recognize efforts to take sociology into the world, and acknowledge sociological and sociologically-inspired work in the field and outside of academic settings. 

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Join Us for DEVSOCLINK 2021!

Join us for DEVSOCLINK 2021, which kicks off on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021! Click here to register (for free!) for the events. You will be sent an email with the zoom links and passcodes.

The most up-to-date schedule is here and also listed below for your reference. We look forward to seeing you there!

DEVSOCLINK 2021

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCATION SECTION ON DEVELOPMENT 2021

PROGRAMME

ALL EVENTS ARE ON ZOOM

THE ZOOM LINKS WILL BE SENT TO OFFICIALLY REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS

WEDNESDAY JUNE 2

1 PM EASTERN/NOON CENTRAL/11 AM MOUNTAIN/10 AM PACIFIC

AN HOUR AND A HALF

FIRST KEYNOTE SESSION

THE SOCIAL SCIENCE OF DEVELOPMENT AND PANDEMICS

JAYATI GHOSH

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Development Challenges in the Time of COVID-19

PRERNA SINGH

(Brown University)

Contagion, Vaccination and a Moral Theory of Compliance

Fauzia Ahmed

(Miami of Ohio)

Moderator

MONDAY JUNE 7

NOON EASTERN/11 AM CENTRAL/10 AM MOUNTAIN/9 AM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

OPEN TOPIC TABLE: WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER INEQUALITY IN LIVELIHOOD OPPORTUNITIES

Conveners and Moderators:

Rachael Pierroti

Sophia Friedson-Ridenour

(World Bank)

THURSDAY JUNE 10

5 PM EASTERN/4 PM CENTRAL/3 PM MOUNTAIN/2 0M PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

OPEN TOPIC TABLE: DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Convener and Moderator:

Samuel Cohn

 (Texas A & M)

SATURDAY JUNE 12

4 PM EASTERN/3 PM CENTRAL/2 PM MOUNTAIN/1 PM PACIFIC

ONE HOUR

PAPER PANEL: GENDER AND CIVIL SOCIETY

JUNMIN WANG

(Memphis)

GABRIEL CHIU

(Harvard)

Global Financial Inclusion, Social Security Assurance and Gendered Entrepreneurial Intention in Developing Nations

ROBERT WOODBERRY

(Baylor)

Future of the Past: Protestant Missions’ Persistent Impact on Democracy

TUESDAY JUNE 15

2 PM EASTERN/1 PM CENTRAL/NOON MOUNTAIN/11 AM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

PAPER PANEL: GLOBAL HEALTH AND PANDEMICS

JULIANA DE CASTRO GALVAO

(CUNY)

LUISA NAZARENO

(Georgia State)

Analyzing the Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Poverty, Inequality and Employment Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Case Study From Brazil

IIM HALIMATUSA’DIYAH

(UIN Syarif Hidayatullah)

Mental Health as a Political Problem: Public Anxiety and State Capacity To Respond to Pandemics

PAYAL HATHI

(UC-Berkeley)

Estimating Stillbirth and Stillbirth-Adjusted Infant Mortality: How Ignoring the Burden of Stillbirth Mischaracterizes Child Health Challenges in Low and Middle-Income Countries

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JAMES G. LINN

(Optimal Solutions in Healthcare and International Development)

JORGE CHUAQUI

(Valparaiso)

COVID in Chile: Personal and Political Implications

FRIDAY JUNE 18

NOON EASTERN/11 AM CENTRAL/10 AM MOUNTAIN/9 AM PACIFIC

THREE AND A HALF HOURS (INCLUDING 2 15 MINUTE BREAKS)

PAPER PANEL: URBAN INFORMALITY IN LATIN AMERICA

LISSETTE ALIAGA

(Nebraska-Omaha)

Disentangling the Effects of Informal Employment and Cash Transfers on the Spread of COVID-19 Across Peru During the 100-Day Lockdown

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JORGE DERPIC

(Georgia)

This is the Gate to the Wonder City: Ethnic Differentiation and Informal Market Competiton At a Station of the Cable Car System of El Alto, Bolivia

YU CHEN

(Toronto)

Adapting to Formality in the Financial Era: Informalities in Formally Produced Social Interest Housing Projects in Mexico

MATIAS DEWEY

(Saint Gallen)

Political Economy of Aspiration at in Informal Garment Marketplace

JACINTO CUVI

(London School of Economics)

Protecting Informal Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Comparison of Federal Policies in Brazil and Mexico

MONIKA STREULE

(ETH Zurich)

Popular Urbanization: Toward a More Decentered Vocabulary of Urbanization

MONDAY JUNE 21

2 PM EASTERN/1 PM CENTRAL/NOON MOUNTAIN/11 AM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

PAPER PANEL: LOCAL GOVERNANCE DYNAMICS

SIROJUDDIN ARIF

RISA WARDATUN NIHAYAH

SHINTIA REVINA

SYAIKHU USMAN

NIKEN RARASATI

(Smeru Research Institute)

Difficulty of Improving Learning: District Head’s Power and Education Policies in Indonesia’s Decentralized Political System

VITOR MARTINS DIAS

(Indiana)

Global Environmental Change, Local Government Challenges: Grappling with Subnational Climate Politics

ESTHER HERNÁNDEZ-MEDINA

(Pomona)

Institutional Catalysts and Citizen Participation: Case of the Historic Center’s Fiduciary Fund in Mexico City

AMANDA BERTANA

(Southern Connecticut State)

SARITA GAYTAN

(Utah)

Chasing Kava: From Economic Growth to Rural Counter-Productivity

THURSDAY JUNE 24

5 PM EASTERN/4 PM CENTRAL/3 PM MOUNTAIN/2 PM PACIFIC

TWO AND THREE QUARTER HOURS (WITH A FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK)

PAPER PANEL: OLD AND NEW IDEAS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

TUBA AGARTAN

(Providence)

Politics of Diffusion is More Than a Telephone Game: Tracing the Movement of Universal Coverage in the Developing-8

RYAN NEHRING

(Cambridge)

Digitinzing Agro-Diversity: Challenges for the Global Governance of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in the Twenty-First Century

OMRI TUBI

(Northwestern)

Devolutionary State Building: Making Israeli Structural Power in the Field of Public Health

MARY COLLIER-WILKS

(Virginia)

Divergent Partnerships: INGOs and Organizational Coupling in Cambodia

LANTIAN LI

(Northwestern)

Rentier Developmentalism: How Contradictory Health Reforms Spoiled the Pharmaceutical Industry in China

SATURDAY JUNE 26

1 PM EASTERN/NOON CENTRAL/11 AM MOUNTAIN/10 AM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

PAPER PANEL: TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT II

DIANA JUE-RAJASINGH

(Michigan)

Framing Social Impact for Exchange Partners: Field Experiment

Chasing Kava: From Economic Growth to Rural Counter-Productivity

KRISTEN HOPEWELL

(University of British Columbia)

China Paradox: What Rules for a (Developing) Economic Powerhouse?

JENNIFER KEAHEY

(Arizona State)

Decolonizing Trade: Post-Colonial History of Post-Soviet Latvia and Post-Apartheid South Africa

JOSE MORALES

MADISON POE

BRYSON BASSETT

YILIN LI

(Texas A & M)

Linkage-Based Growth: Analysis of Global Multiplier Variation and Its Size Determinants

MONDAY JUNE 28

6 PM EASTERN/5 PM CENTRAL/4 PM MOUNTAIN/3 PM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

OPEN TOPIC TABLE: GLOBAL CHINA – DEVELOPMENT PARTNER, CAPITALIST LENDER, BOTH, NEITHER?

Convener and Moderator:

Robert Wyrod

(Colorado)

TUESDAY JUNE 29

4 PM EASTERN/3 PM CENTRAL/2 PM MOUNTAIN/1 PM PACIFIC

ONE AND A HALF HOURS

PAPER PANEL: GENDER AND CIVIL SOCIETY II

FAUZIA ERFAN AHMED

(Miami of Ohio)

Progress or Patriarchy: Ascendent Muslim Masculinity in Bengladesh

YAO LI

MARION CASSARD

(Florida)

Acclaiming vs. Marginalizing Protest – Media Framing of the Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Movement and the French Yellow Vest Movement

JUDYANNET MUCHIRI

(Memorial)

Safe Spaces For Young Women’s Civic Participation in Kenya

THURSDAY JULY 1

6 PM EASTERN/5 PM CENTRAL/4 PM MOUNTAIN/3 PM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

OPEN TOPIC TABLE: STATE AND DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA

Convener and Moderator:

Lynette Ong

 (Toronto)

TUESDAY JULY 6

2 PM EASTERN/1 PM CENTRAL/NOON MOUNTAIN/11 AM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

OPEN TOPIC TABLE: SOCIOLOGY OF THE HIGH TECH SECTOR

Convener and Moderator:

Lynette Ong

 (Toronto)

WEDNESDAY JULY 7

4 PM EASTERN/3 PM CENTRAL/2 PM MOUNTAIN/1 PM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

OPEN TOPIC TABLE: CORRUPTION

Conveners and Moderators:

Leslie MacColman

 (Ohio State)

Luiz Vilaca

Tomas Gold

(Notre Dame)

SATURDAY JULY 10

NOON EASTERN/11 AM CENTRAL/10 AM MOUNTAIN/9 AM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

OPEN TOPIC TABLE: FUTURE OF THE PEASANTRY

Conveners and Moderators:

Devparna Roy

 (Nazareth)

Mushahid Hussain

(Cornell)

MONDAY JULY 12

5 PM EASTERN/4 PM CENTRAL/3 PM MOUNTAIN/2 PM PACIFIC

TWO HOURS

PAPER PANEL: ROOTING AND ROTTEN PLANTATION COMMUNITIES IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

RAHARDHIKA UTAMA

(Northwestern)

Politics of Memory, Underdevelopment, and Remnants of Political Violence in the Sumatra Rubber Belt

PERDANA ROSWALDY

(Northwestern)

How Many Plantations Does a State Need? Revitalization of Indonesia’s Plantations

SOFYAN ANSORI

(Northwestern)

Negotiating the Burning Future: Indigenous People, Plantation Infrastructure and Fire Governance in Indonesia

ATMAEZAR HARIARA SIMANJUNTAK

(Northwestern)

Stuck and Confused: Plantation Agriculture and the Morality of Impoverishment

WEDNESDAY JULY 14

3 PM EASTERN/2 PM CENTRAL/1 PM MOUNTAIN/NOON PACIFIC

AN HOUR AND A HALF

CLOSING KEYNOTE SESSION

DEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD

THE PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:

MATT SANDERSON

(Kansas State)

Development Sociology Now

THE FOUNDER’S ADDRESS:

SAMUEL COHN

(Texas A & M)

Could Development Die?

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Sociology of Development Policy Brief: “Workplace Disability and Death in an Era of Mass Incarceration: Insights from the US Military”

A new Sociology of Development Policy Brief is out! Volume 6, Issue 2 (2021) is: “Workplace Disability and Death in an Era of Mass Incarceration: Insights from the US Military” by Eiko Strader (George Washington University)

A message from our Policy Brief editor Alaka Basu:

Here is the second of the 2021 series of Policy Briefs being edited by me for the Sociology of Development section of ASA: “Workplace Disability and Death in an Era of Mass Incarceration: Insights from the US Military” by Eiko Strader (vol 6, no. 2). It describes the special risks faced in the military by recruits with criminal records.

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

Email: ab54@cornell.edu

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Sociology of Development Policy Brief: “Good Governance Can Reduce the Gender Gap in Secondary Schooling”

A new Sociology of Development Policy Brief is out! Volume 6, Issue 1 (2021) is: “Good Governance Can Reduce the Gender Gap in Secondary Schooling” by Jamie M. Sommer (University of South Florida) and Kathleen M. Fallon (Stony Brook University).

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

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.

Thanks again,

Alaka

Email: ab54@cornell.edu

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DevSoc Link 2021: ASA Sociology of Development Section Conference

Last year was the first year since the inception of the section that we were not able to hold an annual section conference.  The pandemic continues to disrupt our plans, and we continue to adapt. This year, we are planning to renew our annual section conference this summer with a virtual conference: DevSoc Link 2021! The call for papers and details are below. The due date of April 20, 2021! You can email your applications (here is the form) to socdevlink@gmail.com.

The Conference Organizing Committee is: Sam Cohn, Robert Clark, Rita Jalal, Karin Johnson, Amber Blazek, Barbara Wejnert, Tuba Agartan, Fauzia Ahmed, Heidi Rademacher, and Anthony Roberts. We thank them for their hard work organizing this wonderful event!

GOOD NEWS!

THERE WILL BE A SOCIOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE THIS SUMMER!

IT IS CALLED DEVSOC LINK 2021!

IT WILL BE ON ZOOM!

IT WILL BE ZOOM PAIN FREE!

IT WILL BE LOW PRESSURE LOW INTENSE!

AND YOU GET TO MEET A TON OF OTHER DEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGISTS

 WHO ARE INTO THE SAME THINGS YOU ARE!

OKAY HERE ARE THE SPECS FOR DEVSOC LINK 2021

WITH THE TIMING THE DEADLINES AND

THE COOL STUFF WE HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE!

When: The Six Weeks Between June 15 and August 1

Intensity: No More Than One or Two Sessions a Day

Do As Many or As Few As You Like

Deadline for Submitting Proposals/Materials: April 20.

Level of Effort Required To Put In A Proposal: Pretty Minimal

Possibilities For Connecting With Other Development Sociologists and Having Intellectual Conversations You Like: High

We will be running all sorts of Zoom Sessions

Between June 15 and August 1.

These will be at different times of day to accommodate different people with different real world responsibilities. (Child care, Teaching Classes, Sleep, Survival)

The number of sessions per day will be kept minimal to keep people from having to take whole days off to attend a conference.

What Will Be At Devsoc Link 2021:

Ranging From the Most Orthodox to the Least Orthodox

1) Keynotes By Famous Sociologists

2) Traditional Paper Sessions

(You only need to submit an abstract. We Are Open To Both Receiving Preconstructed Sessions of Papers and To Receiving Proposals For Individual Papers To Be Put In a Session )

3) Open Topic Tables For Free Discussion

YOU Choose the Topic

(You Send Us a Topic. We Schedule a Zoom Room Where Anyone Who Wants To Discuss the Topic Can Show Up)

4) Soulmate/Wild Combo One-on-One Dialogues

The Biggest Attraction of Going to Conferences Is Having One on One Discussions Over Dinner, Coffee or Beer With Someone You Never Would Have Met At Home. This Person Often Unblocks Your Research Or Sets You In A Direction You Never Would Have Thought Of Yourself.

We Are Going To Try to Replicate This On Zoom.

We Are Asking People Who Want To Have High Quality Discussions On Their Research To Send Us A Mini-Briefing On What They Are Working On.

We Will Match Them Up with TWO Different People.

One of them will be a SOULMATE. This is the person doing work most similar to your own. The two of you can have a conversation on subjects the two of you understand better than anyone else at the conference. Your partner really really “gets it”.

A different conversation will be set up for you in a WILD COMBO.

This is some one working on something radically different than what you work on and in a radically different way. The purpose of Wild Combos is cross-fertilization. Often we are stuck because we are in the rut implied by one tiny literature. Someone from a completely different perspective can throw something into your mix you never would have come up with any other way.

HOW DO YOU GET IN?

DEVSOC LINK 2021 is Open To All Members of the ASA Development Sociology Section.

The Conference is Free.

You Do Have to Register For the Conference.

We Will Open Up Registration After We Publish the Program So You Can Decide If This Is Worth Your While.

There Is No Minimum Attendance Rule For Registrants – So There Is No Downside To Registering.

To Get On the Program – Either For Giving a Paper, For Organizing a Fully Constituted Paper Session, For Nominating a Topic for the Open Table Discussions or For Getting Matched Up in a Soulmate/Wild Combo Duo – You Have To Send in an Application.

There are Separate Applications for Individual Papers, Full Paper Sessions, Open Table Topics and for Soulmate/Wild Combo Duos.

All Four Types of Application are Due APRIL 20

You email them to socdevlink@gmail.com.

We will be notifying people of the results by MAY 20.

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ASA Sociology of Development Section Mentorship Program 2021 Call

We are pleased to announce that the ASA Sociology of Development Section Mentorship program continues in an online format this year.

If you would like to participate, we would like to solicit applications for mentors and mentees. Click here and fill out your information. Applications accepted through Monday, July 19th.   

Karin Johnson (US Census Bureau at Texas A&M University), Mentorship Coordinator, will pair up graduate students and junior faculty with a scholar more advanced in their career. Pairs will be matched based on their desired areas of mentorship, then by substantive research interests. Mentorships groups will consist of at least one mentor and one or more mentees. Mentors and mentees will personally schedule and meet up anytime by video, phone, or whatever means preferred. You will be notified of your pairing by Friday, July 23rd.

Reminder emails will be sent to SocDev members on May 31st and July 12th.

Questions? Email Karin Johnson at kacjohnson354@tamu.edu

Sign-up link: https://forms.gle/8zchmuhNAKq7oWNp8

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2021 ASA Elections Open April 27

The 2021 ASA elections will open on Tuesday, April 27, and close on Friday, May 28, at 5 p.m. EST. Ballots will be sent out via email from “Sociological.ballot@intelliscaninc.net.” Please add this email address to the permitted senders list on your spam filter to ensure timely delivery of your ballot. All members, with the exception of affiliate members, will receive ballots and are eligible to vote in the ASA-wide elections and in the elections for the sections in which they have membership. If you have any questions regarding the elections, contact Mark Fernando (mfernando@asanet.org). To see the ballot and learn about the candidates for ASA-wide positions, visit www.asanet.org/election.

The last day to join a section to participate in the election is March 31.

Submit Suggestions for Elected and Appointed Offices 2022

Elected Positions. ASA members are invited to suggest names for consideration for elected offices, including: President-Elect, Vice President-Elect, Council Members-at-Large, Committee on Committees, Nominating Committee, and Publications Committee. Suggestions for elected positions will be sent to the relevant body that determines the ballot for each position—either Committee on Committees, Nominating Committee, or Council Members-At-Large. Selected nominees will ultimately appear on the 2022 election ballot for ASA member vote.

Appointed Positions. ASA members are invited to suggest names for consideration for appointment to ASA committees, including the Annual Meeting Travel Fund Award Selection Committee, Awards Committee, Committee on Professional Ethics, Sections Committee, and the ASA award selection committees. Suggestions for appointed positions are reviewed by the Committee on Committees. Committee members are formally appointed by Council. All terms begin on January 1, 2022.

When submitting a suggestion for either an elected or appointed position, consider how well the person meets the standards of professional ethics as articulated in the ASA Code of Ethics (e.g., harassment, plagiarism, discrimination). Submit suggestions by May 1 to nominations@asanet.org.

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Call for Submissions – Sectors, Spring/Summer 2021

We are seeking your submissions for the Spring/Summer 2021 Sociology of Development newsletter, Sectors. Specifically, we are calling for general content (see below) and short, original pieces related to Global COVID-19 Vaccine Testing, Production, and Distribution.

Call for original contributions: Amidst the collective anxiety of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccine offers a ray of hope. However, vaccines are tested, produced, and distributed unevenly across the globe. There are live debates about relative vulnerability and strong calls for equity in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. But, access to the vaccine is also being shaped by considerations of profitability, global power distribution, sovereignty, and public health infrastructure. 

For the Spring/Summer 2021 edition of Sectors, we seek original contributions from section members that discuss a specific aspect of Global COVID-19 Vaccine Testing, Production, and/or Distribution. Original pieces should be short (4-8 paragraphs) and can be built around current research or in-depth international, regional, or country knowledge. Topics might include any of the following: COVAX design and operations; Human vaccine trials in the Global South; Vaccine acquisition among middle-income countries; Vaccination among refugees and IDPs; Impacts of US, EU, and UN sanctions on vaccination; Intellectual property rights as related to vaccine production; Emerging black markets for vaccines, or; Variable strategies of key vaccine producers, including the US, the UK, China, and Russia. If you are interested in submitting a short piece please send a brief email (a few sentences) to SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com by February 28, 2021. The final text for original contributions will be due by April 18th 2021.

For the general content of Sectors, we welcome:

  • New books (include an image of the cover, a citation, and a short abstract)
  • New journal publications, book chapters, and policy publications (include the full citation, using the ASA Style Guide)
  • News of completed dissertations, research grants and awards, and/or new positions and promotions
  • Links to “public sociology” pieces written by development sociologists or research by section members mentioned in the news
  • New data sets
  • Upcoming conferences and workshops organized by section members, calls for proposals or papers, opportunities related to jobs, fellowships, post-docs, grants, or collaborations (with May 2021 deadlines or later)
  • Job market candidate spotlights, including (1) name, (2) affiliation/school, (3) email and website, (4) specializations, (5) dissertation title, (6) short dissertation abstract (150-200 words), and (7) optional photo
  • Photographs related to member research, with an accompanying description

We also encourage junior scholars to share their research with the section by submitting short articles (500-600 words) for Notes from the Field. Submissions can be based on qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research. Ethnographic pieces typically contextualize the research and provide an excerpt from recent fieldwork. Historical pieces may reflect on the researcher’s experiences working with particular archives. Quantitative pieces may discuss constructing a data set, developing a set of analytic strategies, or some other “behind the scenes” aspect of producing a polished piece of research. For the Spring 2021 newsletter, scholars might also discuss the creative strategies they have adopted to overcome challenges created by COVID-19, Junior scholars (i.e., graduate students, recent grads, postdocs, and new faculty) are especially encouraged to submit their work. The deadline for all Notes from the Field submissions is April 18th.

Please send materials to Sectors co-editors Jeb Sprague, Leslie MacColman and Preethi Krishnan at SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com by April 18th, 2021.

***If you have any questions, please contact us at: SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com

Best,

Jeb Sprague, Preethi Krishnan, and Leslie MacColman
2020-21 Editors of Sectors, the newsletter of the ASA Sociology of Development section

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Call for Applications: Sectors Co-Editor (2021-2023)

The Sociology of Development section is seeking a new co-editor of our newsletter, Sectors. This is a great opportunity for a junior scholar to get more involved with the section and its diverse members. Sectors is published semi-annually (generally in December and May), e-mailed to all current section members, and posted on the section’s website. The newsletter includes section news and reports, information about calls for papers and conferences, and feature stories.

The new Sectors co-editor will have a two-year term from August 2021 to July 2023. During the first year (2021-2022), they will work with current co-editors. During the second year (2022-2023), they will continue working with a new co-editor selected in 2022. The editorial team will work collaboratively to shape the content and formatting of the newsletter. They will seek out and develop original content and maintain regular features.

As part of the Sectors editorial team, the new co-editor will report to the Section Council (during council meetings) and work closely with the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer.

Qualifications:

• Member of the Sociology of Development Section;

• Strong organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines;

• Strong written communication skills;

• Strong MS Word and Acrobat Reader skills

• Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Application consists of:

• a one-page statement of interest, qualifications, and ideas for the newsletter

• a one-page CV

Please submit applications to: socdevsectors@gmail.com by March 31, 2021. Applicants will hear back by the end of the Spring 2021 term.

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Fall/Winter 2020 Edition of Sectors Newsletter

The latest edition of our section’s newsletter, Sectors (Fall/Winter 2020), is now out! It is full of information about Sociology of Development events, publications, and people.  

A big thank you to the editors, Jeb Sprague, Leslie MacColman, and Preethi Krishnan Ramaswamy, our exceptionally dedicated and talented newsletter editors, for their tremendous work in assembling this issue, entirely on their own, in addition to everything else pulling on their time, in the midst of a pandemic. 

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