CFA: Sectors Editor

CFA—Sectors Editor

We are seeking a new co-editor of our section newsletter, Sectors. This is a great opportunity for a junior scholar to become involved with the section and network with other individuals in our subfield. The newsletter is published semi-annually (in the fall and spring semesters) and includes Council and section news, feature stories, calls for papers and other opportunities in the field, and the section’s official reports. Sectors is e-mailed to all current section members through the listserv and posted on the section’s website.

The co-editor will have a two-year term from August 2018 to July 2020. During the first year (2018-2019), the new editor will work in a team with one of the current co-editors. During the second year (2019-2020), they will continue working with a new co-editor selected in 2019. Both co-editors will work collaboratively to shape the content and formatting of the newsletter. They will seek out and develop original content for the newsletter and maintain regular features.

The Section Council will select the co-editor from all interested parties, and the co-editor will report to the Council regularly (during council meetings). The co-editor will work closely with the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Section.


  • Member of the Sociology of Development Section;
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Strong MS Word and Acrobat Reader skills 
  • Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Application consists of:

  • a one-page statement of interest, qualifications, and ideas for the newsletter
  • a one-page CV

Please submit applications to: by December 31, 2017. Applicants will hear back by the end of the Spring 2018 term.

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CFP: World Society Foundation


Democracy in the 21st Century: Challenges and the Ways Forward

An international conference sponsored by the World Society Foundation

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 9-10 July 2018


At the 2005 World Summit, all the world’s governments reaffirmed “that democracy is a universal value, based on freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their participation in all aspects of their lives”. However, values of democracy and human rights are different in every region. In Europe and America democracy is highly valued, while in Africa and Central Asia it is least valued. Although developed countries set examples and good practices of democracy, they also show signs of back-pull, given the recent cases of the USA’s presidential elections and Great Britain’s “Brexit” proposal to leave EU.

With this call for papers the World Society Foundation (WSF) and the Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM) encourage scholars to investigate the evolution of democratic structures, the main challenges and the ways forward to advance democracy in the 21st century. In order to investigate these topics, we are inviting academics to submit papers on any of the following focus areas. Presentations will promote the sharing of knowledge and information between participants:

• Urban-Rural cleavages and democracy

• Impacts of rural-urban cleavages on democratic processes and foundation •
• Political differences between rural and urban areas in Asia

Quality of democracy and its dimensions in rural and urban areas

Democratization and value change in rural and urban areas

Freedom of information, human rights and gender in rural-urban settings

• Voter behavior, political parties and the electoral system
• Social cohesion in rural and urban areas and democracy
• Civil society and democracy

• Role of civil society in democratic governance
• Role of civil society in promoting democracy and good governance
• New forms of citizen participation and democratic engagement
• Citizen participation and public confidence
• Role of civil society in democratic consolidation in Asia
• Role of civil society organizations for democracy’s leadership
• The role of social media for civil society’s political engagement and democracy

3. Extractive economics, resources-rich countries and democracy

The conference activities will be in English. There is no fee for registration. We welcome original work from all scholars and academics on any related to the topic of challenges and ways forward in development trends for democracy and leadership in the 21st century.

• Governance transparency and accountability (corruption)

• How does democracy work in a resource based world economy system
• The relationships between natural resources, democracy and corruption
• Democratic governance and multinational corporations: Political regimes and inflows of foreign direct investment

Travel grants

The WSF provides funding for up to 15 hospitality grants for authors that have submitted the most outstanding papers. The grants will cover conference travel to Ulaanbaatar and accommodation (for four nights) and will be awarded to the most outstanding papers, though with a strong affirmative action policy for submissions by scholars from Central and South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, as well as graduate students and early career scholars.

Instructions for submission of abstracts and paper drafts

Interested applicants wishing to present original research should send their abstract to The abstract should not exceed 1000 words and it should include the title of the paper, the name of the author(s), present address (including e-mail address), the name of the institution to which the author is affiliated, as well as the issues/theories, research methods, data sources and analytical tools to be used. The World Society Foundation will give highest priority to papers that combine a general theoretical discussion with new empirical findings. The scientific advisory board members and the World Society Foundation’s board members will evaluate the abstract proposals and ask successful applicants to elaborate their proposals into full papers (25-30 pages, but no more than 8000 words) in English.

Deadline for submitting abstracts and full papers

• Abstract submission: October 31, 2017
• Acceptance/rejection notification: November 15, 2017
• Submission of full papers: February 28, 2018
• Final paper acceptance/rejection notification: March 15, 2018

Local organizing committee members: Yadmaagiin BYAMBASUREN (National Academy of Governance, Mongolia), Aldaryn DOLGION (IRIM), Chultemsurengiin TAMIR (National University of Mongolia).

Scientific advisory board members: Khasbazaryn BEKHBAT (IRIM), Yadmaagiin BYAMBASUREN (National Academy of Governance, Mongolia), Aldaryn DOLGION (IRIM), Oidovyn KHATANBOLD (National Academy of Sciences, Mongolia), Christian Suter (World Society Foundation Zurich / University of Neuchâtel), and Chultemsurengiin TAMIR (National University of Mongolia).

Publication: The most outstanding conference contributions will be published in a forthcoming conference volume.

Conference Sponsorship: The main sponsor of the conference is the World Society Foundation (Zurich, Switzerland).

Contact: For all conference issues contact and visit our website for updates at and

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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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