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New Books By Section Members

Digital Nomads: In Search of Freedom, Community, and Meaningful Work in the New Economy by Rachael A. Woldoff and Robert C. Litchfield

A small but growing group of today’s knowledge workers actively seek a lifestyle of freedom, using technology to perform their jobs, traveling far and wide, and moving as often as they like. These digital nomads have left their local coffee shops behind and now proudly post their “office of the day” photos from exotic locales, but what do their lives really look like?

In Digital Nomads, Rachael Woldoff and Robert Litchfield take readers into an expatriate digital nomad community in Bali, Indonesia to better understand this growing demographic of typically Millennial workers. Through dozens of interviews and several stints living in a digital nomad hub, Woldoff and Litchfield present new answers to classic questions about community, creativity, and work. They further show why digital nomads leave their conventional lives behind, arguing that creative class and Millennial workers, though successful, often feel that their “world class cities” and desirable jobs are anything but paradise. They first follow their transitions into freelancing, entrepreneurship, and remote work, then explain how digital nomads create a fluid but intimate community abroad in the company of like-minded others. Ultimately, Woldoff and Litchfield provide insight into digital nomads’ efforts to live and work in ways that balance freedom, community, and creative fulfillment in the digital age.

A sympathetic yet critical take on this emerging group of workers, Digital Nomads provides a revealing take on the changing nature of work and the problems of the new economy.

Chasing World-Class Urbanism: Global Policy versus Everyday Survival in Buenos Aires by Jacob Lederman

What makes some cities world class? Increasingly, that designation reflects the use of a toolkit of urban planning practices and policies that circulates around the globe. These strategies—establishing creative districts dedicated to technology and design, “greening” the streets, reinventing historic districts as tourist draws—were deployed to build a globally competitive Buenos Aires after its devastating 2001 economic crisis. In this richly drawn account, Jacob Lederman explores what those efforts teach us about fast-evolving changes in city planning practices and why so many local officials chase a nearly identical vision of world-class urbanism.

Lederman explores the influence of Northern nongovernmental organizations and multilateral agencies on a prominent city of the global South. Using empirical data, keen observations, and interviews with people ranging from urban planners to street vendors he explores how transnational best practices actually affect the lives of city dwellers. His research also documents the forms of resistance enacted by everyday residents and the tendency of local institutions and social relations to undermine the top-down plans of officials. Most important, Lederman highlights the paradoxes of world-class urbanism: for instance, while the priorities identified by international agencies are expressed through nonmarket values such as sustainability, inclusion, and livability, local officials often use market-centric solutions to pursue them. Further, despite the progressive rhetoric used to describe urban planning goals, in most cases their result has been greater social, economic, and geographic stratification.

Chasing World-Class Urbanism is a much-needed guide to the intersections of culture, ideology, and the realities of twenty-first-century life in a major Latin American city, one that illuminates the tension between technocratic aspirations and lived experience.

New City & Community Editor

Dear CUSS Membership,

I’m writing to deliver an important announcement.

I’m pleased to announce that our section’s journal, City & Community (C&C), has a new editor-in-chief: Richard E. Ocejo. Richard’s vision is to build upon the journal’s strong foundation and broaden its influence within the discipline of sociology and the field of urban studies. In the coming years, C&C readers and authors can expect a lot of continuity from Deirdre Oakley’s outstanding editorship (e.g., an increasingly international focus, quick turnaround on reviews, and publication timeline) as well as some new initiatives. Among Richard’s plans are a revamped, active, and inclusive editorial board, additional website content (like podcast interviews), and a professional development program for young scholars. I’m very excited to see how he advances our journal over the next few years.

I want to thank Richard for taking on this critical CUSS role as well as acknowledge Kirsta Paulsen (chair, CUSS Publications Committee), Japonica Brown-Saracino (past CUSS chair), and the Publications Committee and Council members for their great work in helping to select our new C&C editor. I also want to sincerely thank Deirdre Oakley for her incredible effort as C&C’s editor for the last three years.

As the fall semester gets underway, I hope you manage to remain productive and energized during these difficult times. Our collective work on urban dynamics, race, and social justice is so important right now and I urge you to stay engaged with the academy, CUSS, and your community.

Best,

Derek Hyra

Section Chair

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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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).

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