Call for Section Members to Submit Notes from the Field

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:

Please send all essays to Sectors co-editors Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes at 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!


Kelly Birch Maginot and Victoria Reyes,

2017-2018 Sectors Co-editors

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CFP: Past, Present and Future of African-Asian Relations

Call for Papers
International Conference on the Past, Present and Future of African-Asian Relations
University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
April 25-27, 2019

For more information on the conference and for updates, please check at:

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New Issue of Sociology of Development

We are pleased to share that the new issue of Sociology of Development is now published and live (Volume 4, Issue 1, Spring 2018).

The table of contents is listed below. Please share this announcement far and wide.

Sociology of Development
Table of Contents, Vol. 4 No. 1, Spring 2018
Access issue here:

“Progress without Progressives? The Effects of Development on Women’s Educational and Political Equality in Cultural Context, 1980 to 2010″
by Wade M. Cole, Claudia Geist
(pp. 1-69) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2018.4.1.1

“Circulating Discourses: The Case of Agricultural Development in Tanzania.”
by Ronald Aminzade, Rachel Schurman, Francis Lyimo
(pp. 70-93) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2018.4.1.70

“Hydro/Power? Politics, Discourse and Neoliberalization in Laos’s Hydroelectric Development.”
by Kathryn A. Olson, Brian J. Gareau
(pp. 94-118) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2018.4.1.94

“Environmental Sustainability in Africa: What Drives the Ecological Footprint over Time?”
by Riva C. H. Denny, Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt
(pp. 119-144) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2018.4.1.119

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CFP: Conference on Global Inequalities

Development Studies Association conference on Global Inequalities in Manchester, 27th-29th June 2018

Inviting paper proposals for panel on “Critical Junctures of Change: Comparative Subnational Politics, Spatial Inequalities and Development”. Deadline for submission is 5th March. See details of other panels and submit proposals here:

Panel abstract

The uneven nature of development outcomes within countries has led to a surge of interest in subnational research for illuminating problems that national level research misses. The persistence of spatial inequalities within countries has focused attention on the subnational political unit as a basis for uncovering the most significant drivers of difference.

Within this growing body of scholarship however, limited attention has been given to the role of critical political junctures in explaining divergences in subnational development trajectories through their impact on political environments, the roles assumed by key political actors and development institutions. Some scenarios of change could include: spatial or territorial reorganisation of subnational units, institutional shifts, political regime change, new forms of identity politics or subaltern mobilisation, the introduction and expansion of social protection policies or new forms of extraction.

What are the most salient subnational inequalities and variations in development trajectories?

What are the critical political junctures that have produced these differences?

What are the historical, social, political and other characteristics of these junctures?

How do these critical junctures interact and transform the pre-existing political context, social configurations and institutional capacities to produce unequal development outcomes?

These questions aim to shed new light on persistent inequalities as well as the possibilities for change. This panel calls for papers that compare either across time or space or both, while drawing upon a critical watershed to interrogate distinctive subnational trajectories of development.

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Sociological Insights for Development Policy: New Issue

Volume 3, Issue 1 of Sociological Insights for Development Policy is now available HERE or by clicking on the Policy Brief tab of the Section Website.

In this issue, Professor Victoria Reyes provides a fascinating discussion of the impacts of ships on host communities, and makes recommendations to address the social problems that ships create and reproduce.

Thanks to Victoria, as well as to Brian Dill for his work on the policy brief series.

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CFP: Junior Theorist Symposium

We have extended the submission deadline to February 22nd.

The JTS is a one-day conference featuring the work of up-and-coming sociologists, sponsored in part by the Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career-stage sociologists (ABD graduate students and early career faculty) who engage in theoretical work, broadly defined. We especially welcome submissions that broaden the practice of theory beyond its traditional themes, topics, and disciplinary function.

Details can be found here, online.


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In the News!

Dear development sociologists,

I want to share some exciting news with you: As you know, the Sociology of Development section sponsors a policy brief series called Sociological Insights for Development Policy. This is an important vehicle for the section to raise awareness of the important work being done by our members, and to promote engagement between scholars, policy makers, development practitioners, and the public at large. Recently, we received some really positive feedback on the series from the director of the communications office at ASA. In fact, Sociological Insights for Development Policy is currently being featured on the ASA’s main homepage in the “In The News Section.” Check it out here:

Thanks to all who have contributed their expertise to make the Policy Brief series a success. In addition, I’d like to offer a special thanks to Brian Dill for his work on the series, and to Victoria Reyes for getting the ball rolling with the ASA outreach folks.

Onwards and upwards!


Jennifer Bair
Associate Professor & Associate Chair
Department of Sociology
University of Virginia

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