Become a Section Member

Membership in the Sociology of Development section is open to any member of the American Sociological Association. Section membership is $10 for regular members, $5 for student members, and $10 for low-income members..

Join Online: To join the ASA and/or the Develpoment section online, go to the ASA Membership Information Website. On this webpage log in with your member number and last name (all lower case), then click on “Join a Section” and add the Sociology of Development  (Section 51).

Need help? If you are uncertain about your membership status in either the ASA or the Sociology of Development Section or need any other assistance, contact ASA membership services:

by email: membership@asanet.org
by phone: 202-383-9005

Sections of the American Sociological Association

All current members of the American Sociological Association (ASA) are eligible to join one or more Sections of the ASA by paying the appropriate section dues. Participating in sections is a good way to become involved in ASA. In addition to staying current in special interest areas, sections provide excellent networking opportunities. Sections publish newsletters (print and/or online) which are disseminated to current section members. Section newsletters detail current research in the particular subfield, grant opportunities, book announcements, and other pertinent information. Sections also feature webpages on the ASA website, listservs for announcements and discussions, and occasional mini-conferences. Last but not least, sections sponsor sessions during the ASA Annual Meetings. Section Program Committees design the section themes, coordinate the Call for Papers, and organize the presentations. Section sessions are diverse and rich in specified areas of sociology.

You must be a current member to join sections. If you are a current member, go to the member portal and add a section to your membership. (Use your ASA ID and password to log in.) If you are not a current ASA member, you can join on asanet.org.

What are Sections?

Sections are constituent parts of the American Sociological Association. The purpose of Sections is to promote the common interest of Association members in specified areas of sociology. Both the growth of membership in the Association and proliferation of specialties in sociology have brought about a need for Sections; they are a means of increasing communication and interaction among persons of similar interests within the framework of a larger organizations. While Sections facilitate relationships and work among persons with a common interest, they also provide an opportunity for individuals to participate actively in their national association.

Why should I join a section?

Participating in sections is a great way to become involved in ASA. In addition to staying current in special interest areas, sections provide excellent networking opportunities. Sections produce newsletters which are mailed to current section members. Section newsletters detail current section research, grant opportunities, book announcements, and other pertinent information. Sections sponsor sessions during the ASA Annual Meetings. Section Program Committees design the section themes, coordinate the Call for Papers, and organize the presentations. Section sessions are diverse and rich in specified areas of sociology. At each Annual Meeting, representatives from each Section volunteer to staff an ASA Section information table to talk to prospective members about current section events. Sections also participate in the ASA Annual Meeting Welcoming Party to further provide opportunities for face to face interaction.

How do I join?

Since Sections are integral parts of the Association, section membership requires membership in the Association as well. Full, associate, student, and emeriti members may join as many Sections as interest them by paying the appropriate dues. If you have questions about ASA Sections, please contact ASA’s Governance and Sections Office at (202) 383-9005, ext. 330 or e-mail at sections@asanet.org.

If you not are already a current ASA member and would like to become a member, go to ASA Membership Application to register on-line.

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