From now and until January 31, 2017, ASA is accepting nominations for its nine major awards.  Each August the American Sociological Association proudly presents awards to individuals and groups deserving of recognition.  ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. The deadline for nominations is provided with each award criteria. Each award selection committee is appointed by Committee on Committees and approved by ASA Council. The award selection committees are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August. Remember! The deadline for submission of nominations is January 31, 2017. Currently, the ASA presents the following awards:

Any questions or concerns should be sent to Governance at We hope you will help us find those special sociologists who disserve this kind of recognition.

Please see the request below from Darina Lepadatu at Kennesaw State University (

I teach Organizational Sociology and am writing to see if you or any of our colleagues in the OOW section could share a list of movies/ documentaries that we can use in the classroom on the topic of Organizations, Occupations and Work.  Thanks a lot for any suggestions!!

Mark Suchman Note: This has always been a favorite topic of mine.  So I’ve created a Google spreadsheet to gather suggestions.  Please add yours here:  OOW at the Movies.

Organization studies and industrial relations: Overlapping concerns and new possibilities 

Sub-theme for EGOS 2017, 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

Markus Helfen, Freie Universität Berlin 

Andreas Pekarek, The University of Melbourne 

Rick Delbridge, Cardiff University 

Today’s relationship between organization studies and industrial relations research is marked by a strange absence of dialogue. In contrast to earlier periods (Child et al., 1973; Maurice et al., 1980; Streeck, 1981) and in spite of a common theoretical heritage (e.g. Jackson & Müllenborn, 2012), much of the present theorizing in organization studies ignores or obscures the fact that the bulk of organizational activity is undertaken by employees working under formal contracts of employment; hence, labour and employment relations are an important area for theorizing organizations (e.g. Vidal, Adler & Delbridge, 2015). Yet insights from industrial relations research are largely absent from organization studies, and vice versa. In the aftermath of the 2008/2009 crisis, organization scholars have realized anew that organizational practices influence and produce inequality between workers within firms as well as within society, and are themselves affected by societal inequalities (Lawrence et al. 2013; Gray & Kish-Gephart, 2013; Stainback et al., 2010). However, there remains an almost complete neglect of the idea that labour’s voice through unions, collective bargaining, and workplace representation is a mechanism for reducing inequality that has been undermined by recent trends in corporate strategizing and restructuring.

Equally disturbing, in the field of industrial relations, organization studies’ contributions to understanding organizations and organizing are rarely taken into account explicitly, despite considerable interest in related themes such as organizing the unorganized (e.g. Heery, 2009), changes in the organizational forms of unions and employers (e.g. Behrens & Pekarek, 2012), and how industrial relations shape and are shaped by corporate restructuring (e.g. Helfen & Fichter, 2013). It is our contention that both fields of study are ill-served by this absence of mutual engagement and dialogue. 

The subtheme aims to break this silence by reviving the interdisciplinary exchange between the fields of organization studies and industrial relations. By exploring common theoretical ground as well as divergent insights, we invite contributions that reveal how industrial relations helps in understanding how organizations operate in practice, and to uncover how organisation theory assists in resolving puzzles in contemporary industrial relations. Such a dialogue promises insights in at least three important ways:

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Precarious Work: Causes, Characteristics and Consequences

 Call for Papers to be Published in Research in the Sociology of Work

 Arne L. Kalleberg and Steven Vallas, editors

The economic crisis of 2008-9 has exacerbated a long-standing trend in industrial nations toward the rise of precarious work, or work that is uncertain, insecure and in which risks are shifted from employers (and governments) to workers. Notable examples of precarious work include temporary and contract work as well as the jobs in the “gig” or sharing economy.  Surely, many workers derive an increased sense of autonomy from the rise of these forms of work. But for other workers—very likely a majority of those affected—the expansion of precarious work represents a shift toward more insecure and unrewarding positions, signaling a dramatic shift in the very logic that governs work and employment under contemporary capitalism. Though these developments have been much studied, much remains to be known.

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The following Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) sessions may be of interest to OOW members.

Title: Couple Relationships.
Summary: Both theoretical and empirical research have examined a range of relationship characteristics and processes (including attraction, love, intimacy, commitment, power, communication, and conflict) that may have an impact on the development, quality, and dissolution of intimate relationships. This session is looking for research that examines different aspects of relationship dynamics within couples. Research on non-heterosexual couples and comparative research is encouraged. Please submit abstracts (not longer than 250 words) to Deniz Yucel ( Deadline for abstract submission: October 10, 2016.

Title: Race, Gender, and Inequality in Higher Education.
Summary: Inequality in higher education is more pronounced in certain aspects of educational systems, such as access to higher education, college experiences and post-graduation outcomes. Large disparities continue to exist among racial and ethnic groups in higher education, even for younger generations, and women are surpassing men in postsecondary attainment. This session is looking for research that examines such elements of inequality in higher education. Papers that focus on uncovering issues such as race and gender gaps are encouraged, as is comparative research. Please submit abstracts (not longer than 250 words) to Deniz Yucel ( Deadline for abstract submission: October 10, 2016.

Mini-Conference: Race, Organizations, and the Organizing Process
2017 ESS Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, February 23-26

When researchers analyze race and organizations they primarily do so at the individual level. A person’s racial categorization influences their organizational experiences, such as by affecting their chances of accessing and receiving adequate employment, education, and healthcare. A body of sociological evidence confirms that organizations produce inequality or systematic disparities between racial groups. In particular, all else being equal, Whites have far better experiences and outcomes with the organizations – firms, schools, hospitals, etc. – that we have come to depend upon for our livelihood than racial minorities.

Though important, this individual-level focus limits our ability to understand the intersection of race and organizations to its fullest extent. This mini-conference represents an attempt to understand race as a property that also operates at the organizational level.

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The Department of Sociology ( ) and FSU’s African American Studies Program ( invite applications for a tenure track or tenured faculty member, effective August 2017. The position is open with respect to specialization, and the candidate’s doctoral degree may be in Sociology or African American Studies. We are especially interested in candidates who will build on department strengths in inequalities and social justice, health and aging, and demography. Applications should show evidence of scholarship and teaching with respect to African Americans or the African diaspora. Teaching duties will include at least one course per year in the African American Studies undergraduate curriculum.
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