Development in the Face of Global Inequalities

Dear all,
Last May the conference ‘Development in the Face of Global Inequalities‘, co-organized by our section, brought together scholars from multiple disciplines, and across the Global South and North, to Barcelona. Over the course of the 3 days, we saw over 120 researchers and scholars participate in 40 panels, with our 6 keynote speakers delivering some great lectures on important themes, such as land rights in rural Africa, urban citizenship in India and the changing global economic landscape, to name a few.
This week, we are launching our website – in partnership with democraciaAbierta (openDemocracy) – to showcase many of the ideas that came out of the conference. On the website you can find:
  • Conversations with the keynote speakers
  • Interactive roundtables on inequality and sustainable development
  • Videos from the conference
To further communicate these ideas to the wider community of students, researchers and policy-makers, we kindly ask that you help us distribute any of the content that you enjoy among your networks:
We also hope that the interactive roundtables serve as useful teaching tools. These have been designed to help users explore some of the most pressing issues  surrounding inequality and sustainable development, and also provide clear examples.
Matthias vom Hau, Fulya Apaydin, Sam Cohn & Brian Dill
(in the name of the conference organizing committee)
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New book on poverty and politics

 by Rossi, Federico M.  Cambridge University Press – Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics ©2017 – discount code: TPSFPI2017

This book offers an innovative perspective on the ever-widening gap between the poor and the state in Latin American politics. It presents a comprehensive analysis of the main social movement that mobilized the poor and unemployed people of Argentina to end neoliberalism and to attain incorporation into a more inclusive and equal society. The piquetero (picketer) movement is the largest movement of unemployed people in the world. This movement has transformed Argentine politics to the extent of becoming part of the governing coalition for more than a decade. Rossi argues that the movement has been part of a long-term struggle by the poor for socio-political participation in the polity after having been excluded by authoritarian regimes and neoliberal reforms. He conceptualizes this process as a wave of incorporation, exploring the characteristics of this major redefinition of politics in Latin America.  

•       Presents a theory for understanding the cyclical pattern of expansion and contraction of the polity in Latin America

•       Critically evaluates conceptual innovation in strategy making analysis from a historical and collective perspective

•       Provides a comprehensive analysis of the largest movement of unemployed people in the world


‘The wave of anti-austerity protest that spread globally in response to exclusionary neoliberal policies in the 2010s had, in Latin American social movements, a major source of inspiration which calls for more scientific reflection. Theoretically original and empirically rich, this volume provides a most valuable contribution in this direction, bridging social movement studies and historical institutionalism, through a critical conceptualization of contentious politics as a relational phenomenon.’

Donatella della Porta, Dean of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Centre on Social Movement Studies, Scuola Normale Superiore

‘Federico M. Rossi’s study of the unemployed workers’ movement in Argentina sheds new light on the patterns of social mobilization that lie behind the political reincorporation of popular sectors following neoliberal reform in Latin America. Rossi explains how historical patterns of class-based corporatist representation have given way to new kinds of social actors, more territorial forms of collective action, and new repertoires of contentious politics. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how Argentina’s piqueteros and other grass-roots actors have reshaped state – society relations and constructed new forms of social citizenship that challenge market orthodoxy.’

Kenneth M. Roberts, Richard J. Schwartz Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University, New York 

‘The Poor’s Struggle for Political Incorporation provides a refreshing new framework on how popular movements struggle within historical pendulums swaying between social exclusion and institutional access. Focusing on arguably one of the most potent social movements in contemporary Latin America, the unemployed workers’ movement, Rossi passionately demonstrates how economically marginalized groups negotiate the treacherous path toward inclusion through assertive and strategic interactions with the state, political parties, and ossifying corporatist structures. In short, The Poor’s Struggle offers a fascinating new model on how to understand the complex terrain of social movement mobilizations in the age of free market driven globalization.’

Paul D. Almeida, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced


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New Guide to Grants and Post Docs

Sociology of Development is pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive guide to funding sources for development sociologists.

The guide is available here and on the Resources page of this website, by clicking on Guide to Grants for Development Sociologists.

Thank you Jeffrey Swindle and Karin Johnson for preparing this wonderful resource for our section!

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Methods Workshop

8th Annual Arizona Methods Workshops, School of Sociology, University of Arizona, January 4-6, 2018

Please join us for the 8th Annual Arizona Methods Workshops, January 4-6, 2018.

This year we will offer workshops in R, Data Science, Social Networks, Stata Programming, Field Experiments and Audit Studies, and QCA.

Graduate students can apply for the Scott R. Eliason Award, which covers all but the $50 registration fee.

Website (links to workshop descriptions, instructor bios, award application, & online registration):


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Call for Sectors Newsletter Announcements

The editors of the Sociology of Development section’s newsletter, Sectors, invite section members to submit news, information, recent publications, calls for papers, and job market announcements for the Fall 2017 issue of Sectors.

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 January 1 or later)
• job and fellowship/grant opportunities (with deadlines of January 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

We also encourage junior scholars (i.e. graduate students, recent grads, postdocs, and new faculty) to submit short articles (500-600 words) for Field Notes, a series that offers junior scholars an opportunity to share their research and be part of the section community. “Field Notes” articles should provide a description of recent fieldwork. Faculty mentors are welcome to encourage their students to submit. The deadline for all Field Notes submissions is October 30th, 2017.

Please send all materials to Sectors co-editors Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes at by November 15, 2017.

The Fall 2017 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in early December, so time-sensitive news items (such as calls for papers, job applications, etc.) should have deadlines in January or later.

Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes
Sectors Co-editors

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Message from Section Chair

Dear Development Sociologists,

I’m delighted to be sending my first email as section chair, and even more delighted to be able to share with you some terrific news: As you may know, the ASA conducts its annual section census on September 30, meaning the number of members you have on that date is the official section count used to determine how many sessions you get in next year’s annual program. We are guaranteed three regular paper sessions as long as we have at least 400 members. As September 30 approaches, not only are we once again safely above that number, but for the first time ever we have exceeded 500 members! Congratulations to everyone, especially to the section’s past officers. This is a terrific milestone and we should celebrate it. But, since we eventually want to climb to 600 members and get that additional ASA session, please keep up your recruiting efforts!

I have a few other pieces of business: 1) call for 2018 ASA meeting session proposals; and 2) call for proposals for the 2019 development sociology conference.

1.       Call for ASA Session Proposals:

I would like to invite the membership to provide input regarding our section’s 2018 ASA program. The overall conference theme of the  meeting will be “Feeling Race: An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions.” We have three regular paper sessions, plus the session designated for the roundtable and business meeting. What themes and topics do you want to see on the program? I welcome both informal suggestions and more formal proposals; the latter should include proposed title, short abstract, and your willingness to organize your proposed session (not a prerequisite). My hope is that there will be some overlap or synergies between the proposals/suggestions I receive. The ASA program deadline is looming, so please get these to me as soon as possible (like before October 12)!

2.       Call for Proposals: Sociology of Development Section Conference

Believe it or not, it’s time for us to start thinking about the 2019 Sociology of Development section conference. If your institution is interested in hosting this fabulous event, please send a short (2-5 page, single spaced) proposal that includes the following information to Matthew Sanderson ( before December 31, 2017: a) Proposed Organizers; b) Proposed Dates; c) Location and venue: Description of facilities and interesting development-related aspects of the location; d) Sponsoring organization(s); e) Proposed Theme and format; and, f) Resources (please indicate what resources, if any, you already have secured—e.g. organizational support, facilities, financial commitments, etc. Contact Matthew Sanderson, secretary-treasurer, with any questions: mattrs@ksu.eduThanks, everyone, for helping us break the 500 member mark, which is a real accomplishment. Onwards and upwards!Jennifer Bair

Associate Professor & Associate Chair
Department of Sociology, University of Virginia
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CFP: ISA Development Sociology Deadline

Don’t fall asleep on the International Sociology Association Development Sociology Deadline!

RC-09 is the ISA Development Sociology section and they run great great meetings!
The ISA meetings are in Toronto July 15-21.
The deadline for a submission is September 30.
You DO NOT need a full and complete paper.
Just an abstract.
Acceptance rates are high.
(Not 100% and not always in the exact session you want – but still better odds than ASA.)
That said you do need to get it into the system by September 30.
Here is useful information from our colleagues at the CANADIAN development sociology section about how to get your paper into the ISA meetings. (Thank you Jasmin Hristov!)

This is a reminder that the September 30th submissions deadline for ISA 2018 is approaching quickly.

The sessions in the field of development are listed under “RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development” found here:

Note that the topic list for the RC-09 sessions is very specialized.
But there is an open session and this is expandable to multiple sessions.
The Next Generation of Work in Development Sociology is open to all topics.
If you can find a fit on the standard list – great.
If not – you still have a home.

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