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And the Featured Books Are…

Author Meets Critics sessions bring authors of recent important books together with discussants chosen to provide different viewpoints. The Program Committee selected nine books to be featured on this year’s program.

  • The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton by Jerome Karabel (Houghton Mifflin Company, October 2005)

  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Civil Rights Struggle in Mississippi and Its Legacy by Kenneth Andrews (University of Chicago Press, 2004)

  • Locked in Place: State Building and Late Industrialization in India by Vivek Chibber (Princeton University Press, 2003)

  • Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas (University of California Press, 2005)

  • The Purchase of Intimacy by Viviana Zelizer (Princeton University Press, 2005)

  • Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil by Edward Telles (Princeton University Press, 2004)

  • Rampage: Social Roots of School Shootings by Katherine Newman (Basic Books, 2004)

  • Reorganizing the Rust Belt: An Inside Study of the American Labor Movement by Steven Lopez (University of California Press, 2004)

  • Working on a 24/7 Economy: Challenges for American Families by Harriet Presser (Russell Sage Foundation, 2003)
Three sections have also organized book sessions as part of their formal programs, and one section has dedicated a roundtable to a book discussion.
  • The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences by Louis Uchitelle (Knopf Publishing Group, 2006), session sponsored by the ASA Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work

  • The Gold Standard: The Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standarization in Health Care by Stefan Timmermans and Marc Berg (Temple University Press, 2003), session sponsored by the ASA Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology.

  • The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others edited by George Steinmetz (Duke University Press, 2005), session sponsored by the ASA Theory Section

  • There’s Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence by David Cunningham (University of California Press, 2004), table sponsored by the ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements