EPIC, an international network of scholars and practitioners advancing ethnographic & social science approaches to industry & organizations, extends a call for participation to its annual conference, EPIC2016.  OOW members may be particularly interested in the paper track “Organizations & Change”.

EPIC2016 Call for Participation:

Organizations & Change Paper Track:

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“Can Comparative Historical Sociology Save the World?”

Mini-Conference of the Comparative Historical Sociology Section

Friday, August 19, 2016

Seattle, Washington

The Comparative Historical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association and the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program at Northwestern University are pleased to announce a mini-conference entitled “Can Comparative Historical Sociology Save the World?” The conference will take place August 19th, 2016 at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

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The Sociological Quarterly has just published a special issue, organized by Joyce Rothschild, on “The Logic of A Co-Operative Economy and Democracy 2.0: Recovering the Possibilities for Autonomy, Creativity, Solidarity, and Common Purpose.”  The articles cover findings, drawn from ethnographic research, interviews, and archival research, about how collectives engage in consensus-based decision making; how decentralization, storytelling, and communication help growing groups; how participatory practices obscure versus reveal inequality; how collectives redress gender inequality; how collectives dampen or harness emotions.  Even better: All articles are free!  Happy reading!

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Ivar Berg, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, remembered for his “warmth, humor, quick wit and encyclopedic knowledge” (as quoted by OOW Section member Jerry Jacobs) passed away on January 1st.  A few of Ivar Berg’s accomplishments are highlighted in the NYT obituary, and Arne Kalleberg will be writing up a longer entry for ASA’s Footnotes later this month.  An overview of Ivar’s career can also be found here.



Jonathan J.B. Mijs, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, has a forthcoming publication in Sociological Forum that may be of interest to members.  The full reference and link to the abstract can be found below:

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2016. The Missing Organizational Dimension of Prisoner Reentry: An Ethnography of the Road to Reentry at a Nonprofit Service Provider. Sociological Forum 31(2): forthcoming.

On December 18th, the existing GSS website will be replaced by a new site at

Past users of the GSS website should find essentially the same information and content that existed on the old site. Among the major changes are the following:

  • NESSTAR is no longer part of the GSS website and many of its features have been replaced by GSS Data Explorer (see description below).
  • A bibliography of GSS and International Social Survey Program (ISSP) research publications has been expanded to cover over 25,000 entries. Examples of recent GSS/ISSP uses in the media are provided.

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