The ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements was created in 1980 to foster the study of emergent and extra-institutional social forms and behavior, particularly crowds and social movements. Our interests run from disasters and riots to rumors and panics; from popular culture to strikes, revivals and revolutions. With over 800 members, CBSM is one of the most active sections in the ASA.
The Section has also been approved for Research Committee status in the International Sociological Association under the title of Collective Behavior, Social Movements and Social Change.
Newsletter Editor: Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur, Rhode Island College firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Coy, Kent University
Joanne Reger, Oakland University
Judith Taylor, University of Toronto
Sharon Erickson Nepstad, University of Southern Maine
Benita Roth, University at Binghamton, New York
Lesley Wood, York University
David Cunningham, Brandeis University
John Krinsky, The City College of New York
Rachel V. Kutz-Flamenbaum, SUNY Stony Brook
Chair: Nella Van Dyke, University of California, Merced
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
Chair-Elect:Stephen Valocchi, Trinity College
Secretary-Treasurer: Mary Bernstein, University of Connecticut
New Council Members:
Deborah B. Gould, University of Pittsburgh
Rory McVeigh, University of Notre Dame
Past Chair: Robert D. Benford, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
New Nominations Committee Member:
Eve Shapiro, University of Connecticut
New Publications Committee Member:
Howard Ramos, Dalhousie University
New Workshop Committee Member:
Dennis J. Downey, California State University, Channel Islands
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1981: Jolin Lofland
1982: Joseph Gusfield
1983: Mayer Zald
1984: Ralph Turner
1985: John D. McCarthy
1986: Gary T. Marx
1987: Enrico Quarantelli
1988: Pamela E. Oliver
1989: Lewis M. Killian
1990: Carol M. Mueller
1991: William A. Gamson
1992: Myra Marx Ferree
1993: David A. Snow
1994: Douglas McAdam
1995: Craig Jenkins
1996: Clark Mcphail
1997: Bert Klandermans
1998: Verta Taylor
1999: Anthony Oberschall
2000: Suzanne Staggenborg
2001: Kathleen M. Blee
2002: Joane Nagel
2003: Hank Johnston
2004: David S. Meyer
2005: Francesca Polleta
2006: Debra Minkoff
2007: Rhys H. Williams
2008: Holly J. McCammon
2009: Robert D. Benford
Revised August 1991, August 1994, June 2001, May 2008
Article I. Name
The Section shall be known as the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.
Article II. Purpose
The purpose of the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements shall be to foster the study of emergent and extra-institutional social forms and behavior, particularly crowds and social movements. This includes but is not limited to disasters, riots, protests, rumors, panics, fads, fashions, popular culture, strikes and reform, revival and revolutionary movements.
Article III. Membership and Dues
Section 1. Membership in the Section shall be open to all members of the Association.
Section 2. Dues shall be set by the Section Council to cover the operation of the Section in accord with the requirements of the Association.
Article IV. Officers
Section 1. The Officers of the Section shall be a Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and six members of the council.
Section 2. The Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and six members of the Council shall be elected directly by the voting membership.
Section 3. The Chair-Elect shall serve for one year and shall automatically become chair.
Section 4. The Chair shall preside at all business meetings of the Council and the Section and perform all duties assigned by the Council, the Section, and the Association, including working to maintain the Section membership and recruit new members to the Section. S/he shall serve a term of one year and shall not be eligible for re-election for a period of seven years. In the event of death, resignation, absence or inability to serve, the office of Chair shall devolve successively upon the Chair-Elect and one of the Council members selected by majority vote of the Council until the next election is held.
Section 5. The Secretary-treasurer shall be elected for a three-year term. S/he shall record transactions of the Section and perform such other duties as the Council may assign. IN the event of death, resignation or inability to serve, the office of Secretary/Treasurer will temporarily be filled by a person selected by vote of Council until the next election is held.
Section 6. The Council shall consist of nine voting members: three ex-officio and six elected at-large. The ex-officio members shall be the Chair, Chair-Elect and the Secretary-Treasurer. The members-at-large shall be elected for staggered three-year terms with two elected each year. In the first election of the members-at-large, the terms of office, whether for one, two or three years, shall be designated by the chair.
Section 7. No member shall be eligible for re-election to the Council until one year after the expiration of his or her term, and no individual shall be eligible for election to the Council after having served two terms on the Council. No member shall hold two Section offices simultaneously.
Section 8. The Council shall be responsible for the formation of policy and the general direction of affairs of the Section, acting as the representative of the membership of the Section. The Council shall take decisions by the majority vote of its attending members. It shall have the power to fill vacancies in its elected membership occasioned by death, resignation, absence, inability to serve or failure to elect, such appointees to hold office until replaced by officers elected at the next annual election.
Section 9. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum of the Council.
Section 10. Any action of the Section may be brought to the vote of the Section by the Council, by petition of ten percent of the members of the Section or by twenty-five members of the Section, whichever is less.
Article V: Publications
Section 1. There shall be a section newsletter issued under a title and at intervals recommended by the Publication Committee and approved by Council.
Section 2. The editor of the newsletter shall be selected by the Publications Committee subject to approval by the Council. The editor of the newsletter's term shall be three years, with the option to extend the term for one additional year.
Section 3. The editor of the newsletter shall have authority to appoint special purpose editors as s/he deems necessary.
Section 4. There shall be a Website Coordinator who is responsible for putting materials on the section website and keeping the site updated. The Website Coordinator will be selected by the Publications Committee subject to approval by the Council and will serve a three-year term, with the option to extend the term for one additional year.
Article VI. Committees
Section 1. For purposes of cooperating with the Association's Program Committee in planning the Section's sessions at the Annual Meeting, the Council shall be constituted the Section's Program Committee.
Section 2. There shall be a Workshop Committee and a Publications Committee, each consisting of three members elected by the membership. Members shall serve three year staggered terms with one person elected each year. Each Committee shall meet at least one during the Annual Meeting to elect a new chair and to conduct such business as it may deem appropriate. The purpose of the Workshop Committee shall be to develop plans for and to participate in conducting instructional seminars and research workshops. The Publications Committee shall be responsible for periodic updating of the Section's Teaching Syllabi Collection, other periodic reports and publications projects. It shall comprise an editorial board for the Section newsletter and as such will assist in compiling material for this publication.
Section 3. There shall be a Nominations Committee consisting of the immediate past Section Chair, serving ex-officio as the Chair without vote, and three members elected at-large by the entire voting membership of the Section. Members shall serve three year staggered terms with one person elected each year. One elected member shall retire each year. Each year the Nominations Committee shall develop a slate of two nominees for Chair-Elect, two Council seats, and one Nominations Committee seat. Every three years the Nominations Committee shall develop a slate of two nominees for Secretary-Treasurer. The slate of nominees shall be placed on the ballot of the Section's annual Election.
Section 4. In the event of the death, resignation, absence or the inability to serve of any members elected or appointed to a committee, the Section Chair may appoint a member of the Section to fill the vacancy during the Chair's term of office.
Section 5. The Council may create such temporary committees not provided for in the By-Laws as may seem useful for promoting the work of the Section.
Section 6. There shall be constituted each year a Book Award Committee to select a recipient of the Charles Tilly Award for the Best Book Published in Collective Behavior and Social Movements for a book published in the calendar year prior to the year of the award. The Committee shall consist of the current section chair, the two Council members who are in the second year of their three-year term; and a chair of the awards committee appointed by the outgoing chair of the Section. If any of these persons is unable to serve, the current chair of the Section will appoint additional members to serve on the committee. In the event that the Book Award Committee decides that there are an insufficient number of books nominated or found worthy of nomination in a particular year, no award will be given that year, but the following year the Book Award Committee will consider books published in the two calendar years prior to the year of the award.
Section 7. There shall be constituted each year an Article Award Committee to select a recipient of the CBSM Article Award for an article published in the calendar year prior to the year of the award. The Committee shall be chaired by the outgoing Chair of the Section, two Council members in the first year of their three-year term; and the previous Article Award winner. If any of these persons is unable to serve, or in the event that the previous award winner is not a member of the section, the current chair of the Section will appoint needed additional members to serve on the Article Award committee. In the event that the Article Award Committee decides that there are an insufficient number of articles nominated or found worthy of nomination in a particular year, no award will be given that year, but the following year the Article Award Committee will consider articles published in the two calendar years prior to the year of the award.
Section 8. There shall be constituted each year a Student Paper Award Committee to select a recipient of the CBSM Student Paper Award for a paper written in the calendar year prior to the year of the award. The Committee shall be chaired by the Chair-Elect of the Section, two Council members in the second year of their three-year term; and the previous Student Paper Award winner. If any of these persons is unable to serve, the current chair of the Section will appoint additional members to serve on the committee. In the event that the Student Paper Award Committee decides that there are an insufficient number of papers nominated or found worthy of nomination in a particular year, no award will be given that year but the following year the Student Paper Award Committee will consider papers written in the two calendar years prior to the year of the award.
Article VII. Meetings
Section 1. At each Annual Meeting of the Association, there shall be at least one Business Meeting of the Section at which the Officers and the Council shall respond to questions from the membership.
Section 2. The Chair shall convene the Council at each Annual Meeting in order to perform the duties specified in the By-Laws.
Article VIII. Elections and Voting
Section 1. The Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, members of the Council and members of the Workshop Committee, Nominations Committee, and Publications Committee shall be elected by mail ballot to the members qualified to vote. The elections of the Section shall be carried out in cooperation with the Association and coordinated to its schedule. The exception to this shall be the first election which shall be carried out concomitantly with the formation of the Section.
Section 2. All Section Offices filled by voting of the membership at large shall be conducted by mail ballot under the following procedure.
(a) As soon as practical after the ASA Annual Meeting, the Secretary Treasurer shall place in the hands of the Nominations Committee a list of those who have occupied office in the Section since its founding, a list of the membership eligible to hold office, and a copy of the Section's By-Laws.
(b) Coordinated with the schedule and requirements of ASA election procedures, the Nominations Committee shall select two nominees for each elective position to be filled. All nominees must give prior approval for placing their names on the ballot.
Section 3. The term of office shall begin one day prior to the date announced for the close of the Annual Meeting of the Association in the year which they are elected.
Article IX. Amendments
Section 1. The By-Laws may be amended by a majority affirmative vote of those voting in a referendum submitted by mail to the voting members of the Section.
Section 2. Amendments may be proposed by a majority vote of the Council or by petition of at least ten percent of the voting members of the Section of at least ten percent of the voting members of the Section or by twenty-five members of the Section, whichever is less.