ASA 2018 Annual Meeting Sociology of Development Section Schedule

Session 2180: Section on Sociology of Development Refereed Roundtables and Business Meeting

Sun, August 12, 8:30 to 9:30 am, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Salon C – Roundtables

Sun, August 12, 9:30 to 10:10 am, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Salon C – Business Meeting


Session 2267: Cities and Development

Sun, August 12, 10:30 am to 12:10 pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 3

Organizer and Presider: Patrick G. Heller

Since the mid-20th century, poor countries have undergone accelerated processes of urbanization, and the majority of the world’s population now lives in cities. Varied theoretical approaches from the sociology of development, from modernization to dependency, have emphasized “over-urbanization” and “urbanization without industrialization”, while recent scholarship has turned to questions about the effects of neoliberal restructuring. The degree to which newer urban contexts are defined by the politics of a “reserve army of the unemployed”, clientelism and populism, has been subject to considerable debate, as has the relationship between governing institutions and social inequalities in such contexts. This panel invites contributions that address how and why cities are increasingly central for rethinking the politics of development and state-building.

  • Conflictive Clients and Peripheral Partners: Popular Participation in Market-Driven Housing Programs in Chile and Brazil – Carter M. Koppelman
  • Embedded Cohesion: The Regime of Public Goods Distribution in São Paulo, 1989-2016 – Benjamin Bradlow
  • State Building and the Rise of Urban Clientelism in 20th Century Latin America – Simeon J. Newman
  • The Urbanization of People: Development, Migration, and Schooling in the Chinese City – Eli David Friedman


Session 2367 – Frontiers in Feminist Development

Sun, August 12, 12:30 to 2:10 pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 3

Organizer: Kristy Kelley and Jennifer Keahey

This panel highlights emerging topics and issues in development theory and practice by drawing on feminist, intersectional, post-colonial, and/or indigenous perspectives. Critical questions of interest include: What are the frontiers of feminist development theory, research methodology, and practice? How can the practices of development institutions be improved by integrating insights from feminist, post-colonial, and/or indigenous approaches? The papers in this session: (1) introduce methodological and theoretical innovations in feminist research; (2) cover topics ranging from health, education, and trade to citizenship, democratization, and governance; (3) and engage findings from diverse geographic contexts. Presentations will be brief leaving time for formal discussion with panelists led by the session organizers.

  • Voice and Power: Feminist Governance as Transnational Justice in the Globalized Value Chain – Fauzia Erfan Ahmed
  • Education is the Antidote: Individual- and Community-Level Effects of Maternal Education on Child Immunizations in Nigeria – Rebekah Burroway and Andrew Hargrove
  • The “Created Biology” of Gender Stratification”: From Hunter-Gatherers to Low-Education U.S. White Men – Rae Lesser Blumberg
  • Democratization and Women’s and Men’s Well-being: Differential Temporal Effects – Barbara Wejnert


Session 2467 – States, Parties, and Movements in the Global South: Rethinking the “State” in Development

Sun, August 12, 2:30 to 4:10 pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 3

Organizers: Gowri Vijayakumar and Poulami Roychowdhury

Discussant: Patrick Heller

Traditional theories of the state have tended to conceptualize it as a unitary entity, separate from political parties and social movements. Development sociologists focusing on the global South have increasingly offered broader understandings of states, their role in development, their relation to political parties, and their engagement with civil society, including populist movements on the right and left, labor movements, feminist and LGBTQ movements, and movements of ethnic and racial minorities. This panel invites papers that offer innovative approaches to states and state programs, global development institutions, political parties, and social movements in the global South. Papers drawing on research from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, or offering comparative approaches, are particularly welcome.

  • Embedded Mutuality: Reconsidering the State-NGO Relationship in International Development Projects – Tamara Kay and Asad L. Asad
  • Inside South Africa’s Passive Revolution: Protest, Parties, and the State – Marcel Paret
  • Making Medicines in East Africa in the AIDS Era: Toward a Sociology of Developmental Foreign Aid – Nitsan Chorev
  • Peace by Committee: State and Civil Society in the Control of Communal Violence – Aditi Malik and Monica Prasad
  • When Strong States are Also Messy: Policy Articulation and Bureaucratic Competition in China’s Industrial Policymaking – Yingyao Wang


Joint Section Reception: Sociology of Development, Peace, War and Social Conflict, and Political Economy of the World-System

Sun, August 12, 7:30 to 10:00 pm, Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ladder 15 is approximately a 10 minute walk from the ASA conference venue. Come early to get drink tickets and light appetizers!



In addition, section members may want to attend the regular (non-section-sponsored) development session, which is Sat, August 11, 2:30 to 4:10 pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 4, 408




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