Election Results, June 2012
By Karen A. Hegtvedt, Nominations Chair
ASA announced this week the results of the section elections. For the Emotions section, the membership elected Jody Clay-Warner (University of Georgia) as chair-elect. Assuming council positions will be Lisa Slattery Walker (UNC Charlotte) and Lauren Rivera (Northwestern University). And, Lindsey Ayers (Kent State University) was elected as the student representative to council. I want to thank the nominations committee, consisting of Alison Bianchi (University of Iowa), Tim Hallet (Indiana), Richard Serpe (Kent State University), and Amy Wilkins (University of Colorado), for their diligent efforts to compose a slate. We are grateful to all of the candidates who agreed to run.
The membership also voted to approve changes to by-laws regarding: (1) the length of terms for council members and secretary/treasurer from two to three years, and (2) the timing of the Lifetime Achievement Award from every year to every three years.
2012 Section Award Winners Announced
This year’s book award committee is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s award goes is Clare Stacey, for her ethnographic study, The Caring Self: The Work Experiences of Home Care Aides (ILR/Cornell University Press). Home care aids - underpaid workers who are disproportionately women of color - bathe, feed, and offer companionship to the elderly and disabled in the context of the home. As one committee member noted, “ By choosing to focus on an occupational group that has been largely invisible [Stacey] reveals some unique aspects of emotional experiences and management among home care aides but also show how their emotional experiences are affected by their crisscrossing social locations. In so doing, [she] demonstrates how emotional resources are enabling home care workers to fulfill the values that authentically underlie their caring selves at the same time that framing their jobs in emotion-laden terms exempts them not just from higher pay and benefits, but from large-scale social policies guaranteeing worker protections.” Dr. Stacey is an assistant professor of Sociology at Kent State University. Her other published work appears in such outlets as Sociology of Health and Illness, Social Science and Medicine, and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. The Caring Self is her first book.
The committee would also like to offer an honorable mention to Nancy Berns for her book, Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What it Costs Us. Dr. Berns is as Associate Professor of Sociology at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.
Kathryn J. Lively, Chair of the Book Award Committee
GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD
It’s a pleasure to announce that Yuval Feinstein is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. His paper, “American Nationalism, Emotions, and Public Support for Military Action: Evidence from a Survey-Based Experiment” employs a nationally representative sample of Americans to assess the role of pride and confidence in decisions to support the use of military action. Dr. Feinstein successfully defended his dissertation in sociology at UCLA in May 2012 and will begin a tenure-track position at the University of Haifa this fall. More information about Dr. Feinstein and his research will appear in the next edition of the emotions newsletter.
Ellen Granberg, Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee
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