Elizabeth Popp Berman is currently serving on the OOW Council. Berman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Albany, SUNY. Her current book project, Thinking Like an Economist: How Economics Became the Language of U.S. Public Policy (Princeton University Press), examines the role of economics in the development of science, antitrust and antipoverty policy in the U.S. from 1960 to 1985. Her first book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine (Princeton University Press, 2012) earned the OOW’s Max Weber Book Award in 2013. Below, Berman expands upon her research and teaching, as well as her thoughts on the state of the subfield. Continue reading “Meet Your Council: Elizabeth Popp Berman”
Special edition of the Journal of Sociology 2019 on inequalities in the gig economy era: gender and generation challenges edited by Brendan Churchill, Signe Ravn and Lyn Craig, University of Melbourne. The special edition will focus on the intersecting implications for gender and generational inequalities in the ‘gig economy’ era, a term which we use to describe the contemporary labour market characterised by precarious employment and new (digital) forms of job seeking and entrepreneurship that expose workers to greater financial risks, social insecurities and inequalities. It will also consider the gendered dimensions of educational participation outcomes in the light of these changed labour market conditions. Deadline for submission of a 300-word abstract for consideration: 8 April 2018. More details: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/e/gig-economy
OOW members are encouraged to submit to the following sections organized by the Labor and Labor Movements Section:
Race and labor and the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Strike
In February 1968, 1,300 black Memphis sanitation workers struck for safer jobs, better pay, and union recognition, carrying signs that said “I am a man”. Rev. Martin Luther King visited Memphis repeatedly to support the strike, and on one of those visits, on April 4, 1968, he was assassinated. Despite vicious union-busting by the city government, the workers went on to win the strike.
School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
Indiana University-Bloomington Campus
Full-Time, Open-Rank Lecturer or Clinical Faculty Position in Nonprofit Management
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, Bloomington campus, invites applications for a full-time, open-rank Lecturer or Clinical faculty position in the area of nonprofit management. Applicants with professional experience and the ability to teach in the areas of nonprofit management and leadership, nonprofit financial management and revenue planning, nonprofit marketing and communications, and/or social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. Applicants with experiences or interests in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and its credential program are especially encouraged. Qualified candidates for either position will have an excellent academic record, including a graduate degree, professional experience in nonprofit management and/or social entrepreneurship, and a commitment to high quality teaching.
EGOS 2018 – Tallinn, Estonia
Subtheme 23: “The Impact of Organizational Practices on Career Outcomes”
We would like to bring to your attention the colloquium on “The Impact of Organizational Practices on Career Outcomes,” which we are convening as part of the European Group of Organization Studies’ (EGOS) 34th annual conference in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference will take place on July 5-7, 2018.
The Marxist Section of ASA is offering six-month gift subscriptions to Monthly Review for the next 14 people who sign up to become a Section Member before 30 September. Monthly Review is an independent socialist magazine covering economics, politics, inequality, race, gender and other issues from a global and Marxist perspective.
Congratulations to OOW member, Clayton Childress, for his recently published book with Princeton University Press. Details can be found below.
Under the Cover follows the life trajectory of a single work of fiction from its initial inspiration to its reception by reviewers and readers. The subject is Jarrettsville, a historical novel by Cornelia Nixon, which was published in 2009 and based on an actual murder committed by an ancestor of Nixon’s in the postbellum South.
Clayton Childress takes you behind the scenes to examine how Jarrettsville was shepherded across three interdependent fields—authoring, publishing, and reading—and how it was transformed by its journey. Along the way, he covers all aspects of the life of a book, including the author’s creative process, the role of the literary agent, how editors decide which books to acquire, how publishers build lists and distinguish themselves from other publishers, how they sell a book to stores and publicize it, and how authors choose their next projects. Childress looks at how books get selected for the front tables in bookstores, why reviewers and readers can draw such different meanings from the same novel, and how book groups across the country make sense of a novel and what it means to them.
Drawing on original survey data, in-depth interviews, and groundbreaking ethnographic fieldwork, Under the Cover reveals how decisions are made, inequalities are reproduced, and novels are built to travel in the creation, production, and consumption of culture.
Call for abstracts for panel entitled “Price, value and worth: Conceptualizing social practices of (e)valuation” at the International Sociological Association’s World Congress next summer in Toronto, Canada, 15-21 July 2018. This will be one of 13 sessions organized by Research Committee 35 Conceptual and Terminological Analysis, and one of 23 sessions organized by the Economy & Society research committee (RC02). Although the conference is next summer, the deadline for submitting abstracts is fast approaching: September 30, 2017, 24:00 GMT.
Dates and location:
Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) of the University of Mannheim on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 2017.
Labor market and economic sociologists take notice of each other less often than common concerns might suggest. This ignorance is particularly troubling amid the large-scale influx of immigrants and refugees into established economies over the past few years in particular and the past decade in general. Among these changes, issues of employment and emergent economic activities, which both fields focus on, gain in significance and salience. Labor market sociologists demonstrate that unregulated labor markets are neither free nor fair, diminishing hopes for quick integration. A focus on the distribution of relevant worker characteristics over a range of social dimensions such as class, gender, and ethnicity allows labor market sociologists to develop more constructive views of labor market mechanisms. Economic sociologists scrutinize dynamics around the establishment of larger social objects such as industries and “informal economies”, some of which are dominated by immigrant ethnic groups. In more specific settings, economic sociologists have found evidence that ethnic diversity—an obvious consequence of migration—increases the resilience of common market mechanisms. The conference seeks to foster a dialogue between the two views in order to develop conceptual, analytical, and empirical strategies that help us study and understand the forces undergirding the recent developments and their consequences.
Name, title, and abstract (250 words)
Deadline: September 10, 2017 (LEMS2017@mzes.uni-mannheim.de)
Continue reading “CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Labor market and Economic perspectives on large-scale Migration in Sociology (LEMS)”
The Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking candidates for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level beginning August 2018. We seek candidates who have a substantive research agenda in the areas of work, organizations, and the economy. The candidate should use statistical methods in their research and be able to contribute to mentoring and teaching of quantitative and statistical methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels.