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Thematic Sessions and Special Sessions

Thematic Sessions

Thematic Sessions provide abundant opportunities to think about “Great Divides: Transgressing Boundaries.”­ Over sixty sessions delve into important social issues, explore international and interdisciplinary viewpoints, and evaluate the status of sociological contributions, including:

  • Ascriptive Boundaries at Work
  • Backstage and Frontstage in Social Life: Goffman’s Legacy
  • Boundaries, Identity, and Social Agency
  • Bourdieu, Ethnography, and Theory
  • Changing Boundaries among Organizations
  • Changing Boundaries of Age and Life Course Trajectories
  • Class Boundaries in Comparative Perspective
  • Classification: The Institutionalization of Categories of Race
  • Comparing U.S. and Canadian Cultures and Perspectives
  • Creating and Maintaining Ethnic Boundaries
  • Creating Knowledge: Cross-disciplinary Thinking and Research
  • Crossing Boundaries, Bridging Divides: The Academy and International Policy Making
  • Crossing Boundaries: Parental Resources and the Well-Being of Children
  • Cultural Classifications and Cultural Boundaries
  • Cultural Expression and National Identity in Quebec
  • Cultural Movements and the Impact of Social Movements on Culture
  • Discipline and Hybridity
  • Enactment and Reproduction of Group Boundaries in Education
  • Equity Gaps in the Western Hemisphere
  • Ethnic Dynamics in a Pluralist Society: The Theoretical Significance of the Canadian Case
  • Expanding the Boundaries in the Study of Lesbian- and Gay-Headed Families
  • Feminism and the Labor Movement: Bridging the Divide
  • The Flooding of New Orleans: Views From Up Close
  • The Future of the U.S. Movement: Can Unions Rebuild?
  • Gated Communities: Privileged Places, Ghettos, or Ethnic Enclaves?
  • Gender Boundaries: How Far Have We Come?
  • Global Sociology: Whither National Differences?
  • Globalization & Civil Society: Transgressing Boundaries in Theory, Research, and Practice
  • Globalization and Gender Divides
  • Globalizing Capital, Globalizing Labor…Globalizing Labor Movements?
  • Great Divides: Family and Family Values in Political Discourse
  • Great Divides: The Academy and the Economy
  • Great Divides: The Changing Organization of Marriage and Consensual Unions
  • Great Divides: The Children of Immigrants in France and the U.S.
  • Great Divides: The Non-economic Consequences of Social Inequality
  • How Boundaries Change
  • Identifying Boundaries in Social Research
  • Job Segregation: The National Academy Committee on Women’s Employment and Related Social Issues Report: Two Decades Later
  • Legal and Regulatory Influences on Workplace Diversity
  • Mass Murder: What Causes It? Can It Be Stopped? A Contexts Forum
  • National Boundaries and Social Control
  • Policy Networks, Social Services, and Advocacy Coalitions among Immigrant-Servicing Organizations: A Comparison of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York
  • Population Health: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Sociological Research on Health and Illness
  • Question of Boundaries in Social Science Theory
  • Religion and Boundaries
  • Responding to Globalization: Processes, Perspectives, and Movements in the Muslim World
  • Rethinking the Boundaries of the Body in Law
  • Rethinking the Boundaries of the Body: Current Developments in Reproductive Rights—Legal, Social, and Political Aspects
  • Scandal: Boundaries between Normal and Unacceptable (The Management of Impropriety)
  • Sexualities in the 21st Century: Changing Boundaries, Changing Practices
  • Sexualities, Borders, and Boundaries
  • Seymour Martin Lipset: Steady Work
  • Social Boundaries and the Jews: Outsiders, Insiders, and Intermediaries
  • The Social Construction, Perception and Permeability of Social Boundaries
  • Social Divides: Inclusion, Institutions, and Successful Societies
  • Sovereignty Beyond Geographical Boundaries
  • The State and Its Boundaries
  • The State of Intersectionality in Feminist Research: Race, Class, Sexuality and Nationality
  • Symbolic Boundaries and the Quantification of Identity
  • Tempered Radicalism and Institutional Entrepreneurship-Transgressing Boundaries
  • Time Boundaries: Conflicts, Inequalities, and Ambiguities in Dividing Work and the Rest of Life
  • Torture: Transgressing Bodily Boundaries
  • Transcending Boundaries: China and the World
  • Transgressing Boundaries: War and National Sovereignty
  • Transnational Social Networks?
  • United Nations and Women’s Rights: Research and Practice in Support of International Development Goals
  • Women’s Rights and Human Rights (co-sponsored with Sociologists Without Borders)

Special Sessions

The category of “Special Sessions” often encompasses member suggestions for invited panels as well as permits the Program Committee to co-sponsor sessions with sister societies. These sessions may be on topics that further investigate the meeting theme or they may focus on other timely and important issues. Here is a sampling from this year’s Special Session roster:

  • Crossing National Boundaries: Contrasting Religion in Canada and the United States (co-sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion)
  • Dharma Crossing Boundaries: Buddhist Culture in a New World (co-sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion)
  • Families, Inequalities, and Policies in the United States (co-sponsored by the Rose Series in Sociology)
  • Human Rights (co-sponsored by Sociologists without Borders)
  • Jewish Divisions or Artificial Boundaries? Substantive and Methodological Considerations (co-sponsored by the Association for Social Scientific Study of Jewry)
  • “Not Your Father’s Weekly Worship”­: Studying Multi-Cultural Religious Congregations (co-sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion)
  • NSF ADVANCE: Sociological Perspectives and Approaches to Institutional Transformation for Women in Science and Engineering
  • Open Forum on Sociology and General Education (co-sponsored by the ASA Task Force on Sociology and General Education)
  • The Role of Foundations in Social Science Research

Please refer to the online Searchable Program for details on all sessions and events on this year’s program roster.