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 (Unpublished) (Department of Sociology, University of Chicago)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 (Unpublished) (Department of Sociology, Northwestern University)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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Call for Submissions: Spring 2020 Sectors Newsletter

Sectors editors Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague are seeking submissions for the Spring 2020 issue! Please submit all materials to Sectors editors Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague at SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com by Friday, May 8, 2020. Please see below for content guidelines:

We hope you and your families are all doing well and staying healthy in these unusual and uneasy times. We’re writing to let you know that we are proceeding with the Spring 2020 issue of Sectors, and to invite you to submit recent publications, calls for papers, and other news. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 8th.

In addition to usual newsletter content, we invite you to submit your reflections relating to the pandemic. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please send us a quick summary of what you plan to write and we’ll send you a few additional guidelines. These submissions may take the form of:

  • A short op-ed/essay about public health and COVID-19 as they relate to the sociology of development (e.g., global inequalities, experiences of/responses to the pandemic in the Global South)
  • A short op-ed/essay on adaptations you’ve made to your teaching as a result of the switch to online courses (or how you’ve substantively incorporated COVID-19 into your courses relating to the sociology of development)
  • A short op-ed/essay about how you are adapting your research plans, given travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines
  • Research and teaching resources that may be useful for section members

For general content, we welcome:

  • New books (please send an image of the cover, a citation, and a short abstract)
  • New journal publications, book chapters, and policy publications (please send a 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 and papers, and other opportunities (with late May 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

Please submit all materials to Sectors editors Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague at SOCDEVSectors@gmail.com by Friday, May 8, 2020. The Spring 2020 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in mid/late May, so time-sensitive news items should have deadlines in late May or later.

We also encourage section members to to submit short articles (500-600 words) for Notes from the Field, a series that offers scholars an opportunity to share their research in progress with the section community. We are happy to receive submissions based on research using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method approaches. 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. Junior scholars (i.e., graduate students, recent grads, postdocs, and new faculty) are especially encouraged to submit their work. Faculty mentors are welcome to encourage their students to submit.

 

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

 

All the best,

 

Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague

Sectors Editors

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CFP: Contexts Special Issue: “The Global Impact of the Coronavirus”

The ASA journal Contexts is working on a special online issue on “The Global Impact of the Coronavirus” and would once again be so grateful if your section could circulate our call for papers to help us reach a broader audience.

In early 2020, it became very clear that a new contagion had entered the human population and was spreading across the globe. The novel coronavirus, first appearing in China, has now spread throughout the world and threatens to kill thousands, possibly millions, of people. Consistent with our mission of bringing sociology to the public, Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public is issuing a call for papers that address the spread of this disease from a social science perspective. We are particularly interested in hearing from scholars across the world facing nuanced challenges in their own countries at the local, state, and national level.

We ask that authors send the editors an opinion piece of 500-1000 words by March 20, 2020 at 5pm to editors@contexts.org. We have a preference for pieces that employ empirical data and/or policy approaches to illustrate how the rise of coronavirus impacts society and how social behaviors change the spread of the virus.

The call for papers is both attached to this email and accessible via link: https://contexts.org/blog/call-for-papers-the-global-impact-of-the-coronavirus/.

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Volunteers Needed! Sociology of Development Roundtable Presiders

Please see the important message below from Fauzia Ahmed, our Roundtable organizer! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Fauzia at ahmedfe@miamioh.edu by March 13!

As the Round Table Sessions organizer for our section, I am writing to ask you for immediate assistance: I need volunteers to act a presiders for tables 3-8 ( see below). In essence, a presider keeps time ensuring that all presenters get a certain amount of time to present their papers and then leaves room for discussion. This role therefore, does not require expertise in any particular arena.

I have had a very difficult time finding presiders- perhaps due to the policy that limits people to two appearances on the program. (Non-presenting co-author and session organizer do not count towards that policy.) I cannot submit tables without a presider. Michelle Randall has graciously extended the deadline to March 13.

For the sake of the section, I urge you to volunteer, so that we can have  Round Table sessions at ASA this year. I would be grateful if you would  let me know immediately if you can serve.

May I take this opportunity to thank Jennifer Keahey and Joe Harris for all their support.

All best wishes

Fauzia

Table 1.  Health and Human Rights, Presider Joe Harris

Table 2.  Gender and Development, Presider Fauzia Ahmed

Table 3.  World Systems and Populism

Table 4.  Agriculture and Energy 

Table 5.  Globalization and Resistance

Table 6.  Developmental State 

Table 7.  Market-based Development

Table 8.  Social and Human Capital 

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