ASA Online Submission Now Open!

Its that time of year again! The American Sociological Association is accepting submissions for its annual meeting. See the call for papers. Read on for information about these exciting SPPS sessions…

The Contributions of Sociological Practice and Public Sociology to Building Better Futures.

As President of the ASA, Alfred McClung Lee inspired us to do sociology for people when he said, “The character of any sociological inquiry depends upon by and for whom it is conceived and applied.” Then Michael Burawoy, as ASA President, challenged us to engage in a public sociology when he asked, “What else could sociology be, if not an engagement with diverse publics about public issues?” For this panel papers are invited that respond to Lee’s inspiration and Burawoy’s challenge, whether we are housed inside or outside the hallowed halls of academia. How have we as practicing and public sociologists contributed to a better future? Session Organizer: Augusto Diana, National Institute on Drug Abuse

How Can the Application of Sociological Knowledge and Skills Enhance the Viability of Existing, or Future, Social Institutions?

As students, we study sociological theory and research methods and we learn what we will need to know to be sociologists. But if we are going to be practicing or public sociologists, we need to learn to appreciate how we can use our knowledge and skills to contribute to society and the social institutions that are central to our experience with other people around us. For this panel papers are invited that exemplify or demonstrate how sociological knowledge and skills have been or can be used in this way. Papers that draw from real experience in institutional environments are especially encouraged. Session Organizer: Henry Brownstein, National Opinion Research Center

Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Roundtables (one-hour)*.

This is an open session and all papers are invited for discussion at roundtables with people sharing similar interests. As much as possible, these papers should draw on the ways sociological principles have contributed to our understanding of and attempts to create improved futures for all. Session Organizer: Augusto Diana, National Institute on Drug Abuse

*Session will be 1-hour in length; followed by the Section’s 40-minute business meeting

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