- Call for Applications for Editor(s) of City & Community
- New Book Announcement
- Job Announcements
- Summer Opportunity
- Call for Papers
- Notices from ASA
Please find the Community and Urban Sociology Section January Digest below. Items include:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.com); 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
Evelyn Perry (Rhodes College) — Co-Chair
Esther Sullivan (University of Colorado, Denver)
Max Besbris (Rice University)
Junia Howell (University of Pittsburgh)
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
Sara Bastomski (Urban Institute)
Meaghan Stiman (College of William & Mary)
Ana Villarreal (Boston University)
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
Zachary Hyde (University of British Columbia)
Watoii Rabii (Oakland University)
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
Sarah Mayorga-Gallo (UMASS Boston)
Kristin Perkins (Georgetown University)
Jaleh Jalili (Oberlin College)
John Eason (University of Wisconsin)
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).
Doctoral students in departments of sociology who have not yet defended their dissertation proposals are invited to apply to a dissertation proposal development workshop on “problem solving sociology.” Northwestern University will pay for economy-class airfare and accommodation in Evanston, IL, plus meals and transportation expenses, for a one-day workshop to be held on May 21, 2020. This workshop is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.Read more
Max Holleran has an article in The Atlantic called “The Water Wars are Here.” It looks at the ideological battles regarding water in the United States.
Victoria Reyes has a piece on The Conversation “For some children born abroad, US citizenship has never been a guarantee.” Reyes looks at the history of granting citizenship to some children of parents stationed abroad as employees or members of the U.S. armed forces.
Precarious Workers in the Speculative City: The Untold Gentrification Story of Tenant Shopkeepers’ Displacement and Resistance in Seoul
-Yewon Andrea Lee
University of Toronto
University of California, Los Angeles.
-César Ayala (chair)
Precarious Workers in the Speculative City: The Untold Gentrification Story of Tenant Shopkeepers’ Displacement and Resistance in Seoul demonstrates how the life chances of tenant shopkeepers in Seoul, Korea, have been critically compromised by the displacement and dispossession that accompany Korean-style gentrification. I focus on tenant shopkeepers as self-employed workers whose capacity to organize has been overlooked within both the labor literature on precarious workers and the urban literature on gentrification. The dissertation explores a classic sociological question first articulated by Marx: How and when can the spatial constraints of fragmented work experience of the self-employed be overcome to activate collective identity formation? Through both ethnographic as well as historical comparative research, the dissertation analyzes how spatial precarity—such as tenant shopkeepers’ lack of ownership rights to their shops, their crucial means of production—is transformed into unique spatial leverage in organizing. Especially, the dissertation identifies how the unprecedented commodification of urban space taking place in the Global South is paving the way for new locations of resistance and new vocabularies of rights challenging the status quo.
The ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section is pleased to announce a one-day conference on Inequalities and Social Justice in the 21st Century City to be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Below is the exciting program for the conference.
At present we are not charging a registration fee now but may begin to charge for registrations after the first 120 participants or after July 26.
NOTE: WE ARE AT CAPACITY AND THUS FURTHER REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ADDED TO OUR WAITLIST. IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED AND CAN NO LONGER ATTEND, PLEASE INFORM US: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also encourage all participants to become CUSS members.