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2021 ASA Annual Meeting: Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS) Sessions

Submit your paper for the 2021 ASA Annual Meeting!

Racial Equity, Repair, and the Global Movement for Black Lives

Session Organizer/Chair: Monica Bell, Yale University

In the seven years since George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin, activists and organizers have taken to the streets to build a global movement for Black lives, making demands of their cities and communities to dismantle racism in the criminal legal system and invest in structures that support Black futures. Most recently, the uprisings of 2020 have unfolded amidst the health inequities magnified by COVID-19, highlighted racialized police violence, and a global concern over anti-blackness. This session seeks paper submissions that broadly attend to the linkages between this global movement for Black lives and the ways it has been situated and experienced locally in cities, suburbs, and rural communities. Papers in this session may address questions about the range of demands that activists are making (from prison and police reform to abolition); the range of tactics used within the social movements; the influence of contemporary queer and intersectional organizing; coalition building with Latinx, indigenous, and immigrant social movements; and the continuously changing and colliding notions of the city’s racial landscapes in relationship to protest and racial discourse. 

Pandemic and the Modern Metropolis

Session Organizer/Chair: Neil Brenner, University of Chicago

The COVID19 pandemic has changed the structure and organization of urban life, globally. As cities grappled with whether and how to enforce new safety measures, from physical distancing to quarantine, urban sociologists have been attentive to questions about how social life is changing, and with what consequences. What unique impact has COVID19 had on urban places? And will urban life ever be the same? Papers in this session will answer questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted social life and inequality in the city: from issues related to density and population; to housing and the looming eviction crisis; surveillance and social unrest; the use or misuse of public space; food and work (in)security, mobilities, and vulnerabilities; and the newly emerging (or disappearing) formations of urban community and social life.  

Community, Policy and the Politicization of Space 

Session Organizer/Chair: Claudia Lopez, California State University – Long Beach

In the summer of 2020, President Trump announced that he would send a “surge” of federal law enforcement officers to U.S. cities that he deemed to be riddled with disorder and lawlessness. He warned that nearby suburban enclaves could become overrun with crime if they supported the inclusion of, for example, low-income housing. These comments highlight ongoing questions about landscape hierarchies and spatial inequality as zoning and land-use regulations that continue to fuel racial/ethnic and economic disparities across multiple global contexts and scales. This session welcomes papers that investigate issues related to rural-urban-suburban divides; global migration, political segregation; and spatial conflict across regions.

A Critical Lens on Urban Sociology

Session Organizer/Chair: Orly Clerge, University of California, Davis

This session invites papers that broadly theorize about the origins and expansions of urban sociology as a discipline, and questions about who has benefited or lost. Papers may theorize or answer the following: What would decoloniality mean as an approach to urban sociology? How has urban sociology, as a tool, served the interests of white supremacy, patriarchy, empire, or capitalism? What is the composition of urban sociology’s “workforce,” and who earns credit and prestige? How can urban sociologists rethink curriculum, canon, epistemology, and method? What other origin stories in urban sociology remain concealed or obscured? What urban sociological approaches or schools of thought have caused harm for the communities they study? And within the field of urban sociology, what could it look like to redistribute resources or repair harm?  

CUSS Digest (August 2020)

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Dear all,

Please find our August digest below.  Contents include:

  1. Community and Urban Sociology Section Newsletter
  2. Virtual Engagement Event
  3. Faculty Position
  4. New Book Announcement

This is my final digest as the chair of the section. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve the section in this role. I look forward to the great work that incoming chair Derek Hyra and the other section officers, council, and committee members will accomplish in the year ahead.

All the best,

Japonica

Japonica Brown-Saracino
Professor of Sociology & WGS

Boston University
Chair, ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section

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Chair’s Message

Japonica Brown-Saracino
Boston University
Summer 2020, Vol. 33, No. 2

Under ordinary circumstances, many of us would be preparing for travel to San Francisco.  We would be looking forward to gathering together, in person, at our sessions, business meeting, roundtables, and for a reception at the Tenderloin Museum.    I am certain that I am not alone in regretting the missed opportunity to engage with one another at our sessions, as well as to talk more informally in a variety of conference settings – from the book exhibit, to the crowded hallways where we would ordinarily gather between panels.

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CUSS Digest (June 2020)

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Dear all,

I am thinking of everyone and looking forward to coming together – virtually – in August with those who are able to participate in the remote ASA conference.  It is a crucial moment for urbanists to be in conversation with one another as our current context brings to light and exacerbates longstanding inequalities and injustice.  Racist state violence, police brutality, and protest suppression are pressing urban concerns that should be central to conversations within our subfield.  I will be in touch in coming weeks about plans for virtual section activities during the conference, and welcome emails (my address is below) from section members about how, as a section, we can elevate these concerns and conversations within and beyond our scholarship and meetings.

Below, you will find our June Digest.  Contents include:

A) Section Election Results

B) Section Award Winners

Best,

Japonica

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News & Notes

A. Call for Nominations for CUSS Positions

Section leadership is a great way to get involved in shaping the section’s makeup and direction. The nominations committee is accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for the following positions:

1 Chair (2 candidates, 1-year term)

1 Secretary/treasurer (2 candidates, 3-year term)

2 Council members (4 candidates, 3-year term)

1 Student representation (2 candidates, 1-year term)

2 Publications committee members (4 candidates, 3-year term)

Membership committee chair (2 candidates, 3-year term)

If interested in nominating others or yourself to any of these positions, please contact Zaire Dinzey at zdinzey@lcs.rutgers.edu. Thanks.

B. Call for Submissions, Section Awards

Please see below for calls for four section awards, including updated submission instructions.Community and Urban Sociology Section’s Robert E. Park Book Award

The Park Award (formerly the Park Book Award) goes to the author(s) of the best book published in the past two years (2018 and 2019). To nominate a book for this award: 1) By March 1 send an email nominating the book to Committee Co-Chair Evelyn Perry (perrye@rhodes.edu); and 2) When you nominate the book, you will receive an email with committee members’ addresses and additional instructions for the publisher.  Using those addresses and instructions, books should arrive to committee members by April 1.

Bruce Haynes (UC Davis) – Co-Chair
bdhaynes@ucdavis.edu

Evelyn Perry (Rhodes College) — Co-Chair
perrye@rhodes.edu

Esther Sullivan (University of Colorado, Denver)
ESTHER.SULLIVAN@UCDENVER.EDU

Max Besbris (Rice University)
mb89@rice.edu

Junia Howell (University of Pittsburgh)
juniahowell@pitt.edu
Community and Urban Sociology Section’s Jane Addams Article Award

The Jane Addams Award (formerly the Park Article Award) goes to authors of the best scholarly article in community and urban sociology published in the past two years (2018 or 2019).   Please send electronic copies of the paper via email to all four members of the committee by April 1, 2020.  Email addresses are listed below.

Andrew Papachristos (Northwestern University) – Chair
avp@northwestern.edu

Sara Bastomski (Urban Institute)
SBastomski@urban.org

Meaghan Stiman (College of William & Mary)
mlstiman@wm.edu

Ana Villarreal (Boston University)
anav@bu.edu

Community and Urban Sociology Graduate Student Paper Award

The CUSS Student Paper Award goes to the student author of the paper the award committee regards as the best graduate student paper in community and urban sociology.  Please send electronic copies to all three members of the committee by April 1, 2020. Email addresses are listed below.

Anna Rhodes (Rice University) – Chair
anna.rhodes@rice.edu

Zachary Hyde (University of British Columbia)
Zachary.hyde@alumni.ubc.ca

Watoii Rabii (Oakland University)
wrabii@oakland.edu

Community and Urban Sociology Section’s Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Robert and Helen Lynd Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes distinguished career achievement in community and urban sociology.  Nominations are due by April 1, 2020.  Please send nominations to all five members of the committee.  Email addresses are below.

Kevin Gotham (Tulane University) – Chair
kgotham@tulane.edu

Sarah Mayorga-Gallo (UMASS Boston)
Sarah.MayorgaGallo@umb.edu

Kristin Perkins (Georgetown University)
Kristin.perkins@georgetown.edu

Jaleh Jalili (Oberlin College)
jjalili@oberlin.edu

John Eason (University of Wisconsin)
jeason2@wisc.edu

C. Section Sessions at ASA 2020

Thanks to our Conference Planning Committee (Jean Beaman, Maggie Kusenbach and Jessica Simes) for selecting four terrific sessions for the 2020 ASA Conference: “Power, Inequality and Resistance at Work”.  All sessions are open.  See the ASA website for submission deadlines and instructions.

Session 1: Cities and Big Data
Session Organizers: Daniel Silver and Fernando Calderón Figueroa

Session 2: Work, Community, and City
Session Organizer: Rachael Woldoff

Session 3: Theorizing the Renters and Rental Housing in the United States
Session Organizers: Christine Jang, Robin Bartram, and Steven Schmidt

Session 4: New forms of precarious urban labor
Session Organizers: Alexandrea Ravenelle and Sofya Aptekar

Community and Urban Sociology Section Roundtables
Session Organizers: Jennifer Candipan and Alfredo Huante

D. News and Announcements
Orly Clergé announces the publication of her book: The New Noir: Race, Identity, and Diaspora in Black Suburbia (UC Press, October 2019).

2019 CUSS Awards

Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Distinguished Career Achievement

Anne B. Shlay, Georgia State University

Robert E. Park Book Award co-winners

Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson. 2018. Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

and

Esther Sullivan. 2018. Manufactured Insecurity: Mobile Home Parks and Americans’ Tenuous Right to Place. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Jane Addams Article Award

Papachristos, Andrew and Sara Bastomski. 2018. “Connected in Crime: The Enduring Effect of Neighborhood Networks on the Spatial Patterning of Violence.” American Journal of Sociology 124:517-568.

CUSS Graduate Student Paper Award

Winner: Zachary Hyde, University of British Columbia. 2018. “Giving Back to Get Ahead: Altruism as a Developer Strategy of Accumulation Through Affordable Housing Policy in Toronto and Vancouver,” Geoforum (online ahead of print)

Honorable mention: Christine Jang-Trettien, Johns Hopkins University, “Social Structure of the Informal Housing Market”

The awards will be presented at the CUSS Business Meeting and Award Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 10 @ 3:30-4:10pm in the Empire Ballroom East on the Second Floor of the Sheraton New York (though double check final program to verify location). Please join us to celebrate!

Mentorship Sessions at ASA 2019

2019 Annual Meeting

This is the last call for participants for the mentoring sessions for the ASA annual meeting in NYC! 

Thanks to all who have already signed up. Our team will begin matching folks soon, but we want to give one last chance to anyone else. Perhaps your schedule shifted and you’ll be attending? Perhaps you know a grad student whose paper was accepted and can now participate?

Fill out the form (CLICK HERE) by Friday, May 31st, and we’ll find a place for you.

Jon Wynn and Albert Fu

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