The Comparative and Historical Sociology and Political Sociology sections of the ASA announce a special mini-conference on "Capitalism, the Politics of Inequality, and Historical Change" to be held in New York City on August 14, following the annual ASA meeting at Columbia University. Building on this year's ASA's theme of "Interrogating Inequality," we invite paper submissions, which examine historical and contemporary processes of capitalist growth and expansion that heighten or attenuate various forms of inequality, including national, regional, ethno-racial, class, and gender. We are particularly interested in research that explores the political and historical bases.
Please submit papers by May 15, 2013 to the appropriate session organizer listed below. We expect submissions to be competitive. We will notify submitters of the status of their submissions by June 15th, 2013. Further details on registration and venue are forthcoming.
POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY SECTION-SPONSORED SESSIONS
Capitalism, Poverty, and New Social Movements (Plenary Session)
With the financial crisis, poverty skyrocketed, financial stability decreased, capitalism was questioned, and new social movements emerged. The downturn in the economy reverberated across nations and citizens responded with anger, frustration, and disbelief. In this session, we will explore the nexus of capitalism, poverty, and new social movements – both now and in the past, as well as locally and globally. How have elements of capitalism and poverty helped to spur social movements? And, what impact have these social movements had on outcomes? Please send submissions to Kathleen M. Fallon at email@example.com
Violence, the State, and the New Economy
Weber conceived of the state as that entity which holds a monopoly on the use of legitimate violence. Yet what constitutes legitimate violence, and who can wield it, remains highly contested in modern societies. Indeed, states' laws, criminal systems, gender regulations, and economic policies regularly influence how non-state actors wield violence, and determine the degrees of legitimacy conferred on those violent actors, be they guerrilla armies, spousal abusers, or drug traffickers. Papers in this section may examine how violence, broadly defined—political, organized, domestic, criminal, or otherwise—affects states or economies, or how states and economies structure violence wielded by non-state actors. Please send submissions to Jocelyn Viterna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Identities, Citizenship, and Political Transformation
As sociologists engage new theoretical perspectives on the concept of 'citizenship,' the world has been rocked by movements for political transformation, running from Arab Spring, to the TEA Party and Occupy actions in the U.S., to both anti-immigrant and anti-austerity populisms currently in Greece and other parts of the EU. How are cultural and national identities constituted by citizenship regimes, and how are these threatened and reinforced during moments of mass collective action? How are neo-liberal governance structures shaping both movements and the understandings of citizenship? We welcome papers illuminating these concepts as they examining the complexity of current political action and protests. Please send submissions to Rhys Williams at email@example.com.
Markets and Democracy
The relationship between markets and democracy is a classic preoccupation of political sociologists. Does the development of a market economy lead to democratization? Or do markets produce inequalities that undermine political equality? Can a democracy govern effectively for economic growth in the long run? Or does democratic rule undermine market freedoms? We welcome papers that shed new light on these classic questions, as well as papers that address such contemporary concerns as the development of markets for democratic deliberation; the relationship between financial markets and democracy; and the use of prediction markets to forecast the outcomes of democratic elections. Please send submissions to Isaac Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporations and Responsibility
The renegotiation of relationships between corporations, states, and civil societies has helped to generate and institutionalize new practices in which firms make efforts to partner with social movement groups, improve their sustainability, and engage in general practices of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This session will investigate such discourses and practices to reveal how they are linked to the changing dynamics of local, national, and global politics and governance. How, for example, is CSR related to strategies of corporate political influence? How are the “private politics” of the firm embedded within the politics of national states and transnational governance regimes? What role are social movements playing in the politics of corporate responsibility? Please send submissions to Edward Walker at email@example.com.
Junior Political Sociologists: Emerging Directions in Political Sociology
We invite extended abstracts of no more that four pages from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, especially abstracts that show innovative and critical engagement with political theory and politics. Abstracts should be sent to Victoria Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org and Sourabh Singh at email@example.com.
COMPARATIVE-HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY SECTION-SPONSORED SESSIONS
War and Political Order
One of the main concerns of "classic" historical sociology from Hintze to Tilly was the relationship between fiscal extraction and political centralization. Yet since WWII large- scale political conflict has faded from the core zones of the modern world. What are the causes and consequences of this shift? Papers dealing with any aspect of this transformation (cultural, economic, political or otherwise) are welcome. Please send abstracts to Dylan Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The US State in Comparative and Historical Perspective
The US is often seen as an exceptional political structure; a federal system stretching across a vast continent and integrated more through "courts and parties" than centralized political bureaucracies. Clearly however this has been one of the most powerful political units in history, both in terms of its ability to project military influence, and repress threats from below. What is the secret of its success? How exceptional is the US state? What are the relevant units to which it should be compared? Questions attempting to discuss the US case in a comparative way along of these dimensions or others are welcome. Please send abstracts to Dylan Riley at email@example.com.
Capitalism, States, and Transformations in Global Perspective
Comparative historical sociology and political sociology has long focused on international or national processes, but another strand of research and theory has focused on transnational and global processes and structures. This session welcomes papers that discuss capitalism, states, and/or social transformations on spatial scales that traverse, transgress or flow across national boundaries. Papers that are explicit on and help illuminate how to do global and transnational study from a comparative-historical perspective or which offer up theories and approaches for doing so are especially welcome. Please send abstracts to Nitsan Chorev at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Imperial and Colonial Dimensions of Capitalism and Inequalities
In much of the world, capitalism and inequality have both shaped and been structured by imperialism and colonialism. This session welcomes papers that address these relationships. Topics might include but are not restricted to the legacies of colonialism upon economies, social structures, gender relations, or cultures in postcolonial societies; the dynamic relationships between capital accumulation and imperialism; and the impact of imperialism abroad upon domestic economies, social structures, or social transformations in the metropole. Please send abstracts to Julian Go at email@example.com.
Junior Comparative Historical Sociologists: Emerging Directions in Historical Comparative Sociology
We invite extended abstracts of no more that four pages from graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, especially abstracts that show innovative and critical engagement with historical evidence (whether primary or secondary). Abstracts should be sent to Christopher Muller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nicholas Hoover Wilson (email@example.com).
"Comparing Past and Present"
am: Opening Plenary, "Past and Present: Using
John R. Hall, UC Davis
Edgar Kiser, University of Washington
Jeffery M. Paige, University of Michigan
Discussant: Margaret Somers, University of Michigan
11:00 am 12:50 pm: Morning Breakout Sessions
Economic Systems (Organizers: Rebecca Jean
Emigh, Greta Krippner)
Rebecca Jean Emigh, UCLA
Fred Block, UC Davis
Monica Prasad, Northwestern University
Carlos H. Waisman, UC San Diego
Discussant: Marion Fourcade, UC Berkeley
Immigration (Organizers: Mara Loveman, David
Susan Bibler Coutin, UC Irvine
Ernesto Castañeda, Columbia University
David Cook-Martin, Grinnell College and David
Fitzgerald, UC San Diego
Discussant: Catherine Lee, Rutgers
Collective Action (Organizers: Jeff Broadbent,
Jeff Goodwin, New York University and Gabriel Hetland,
Joel Stillerman, Grand Valley State University and
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Jeffrey Haydu and David Kadanoff, UC San Diego
Discussant: Ivan Ermakoff, University of Wisconsin
Religion (Organizers: Philip Gorski, Geneviève
Ateþ Altinordu, Yale University
Christopher Pieper and Michael P. Young, UT-Austin
Nathan Wright, Bryn Mawr College
Discussant: Penny Edgell, University Of Minnesota
Gender (Organizers: Nicola Beisel, Kathleen
Nicola Beisel, Northwestern University and Sarah
Arlene Stein, Rutgers University
Kathleen M. Blee, University of Pittsburgh
Discussant: Brian Donovan, University of Kansas
2:00 3:50 pm: Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Empires (Organizers: Richard Lachmann, Julian
Go, George Steinmetz)
Julian Go, Boston University
Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia
Paul Frymer, Princeton University
Discussant: George Steinmetz, New School for Social
Rights (Organizer: Rebecca Jean
Ben Herzog, Yale University
Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Mareike Gronwald, University of
Discussant: Lyn Spillman, Notre Dame
States (Organizers: Dylan Riley, Nitsan
Dan Slater, University of Chicago
Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota, Jun Jin
Yu-Ju Chien, University of Minnesota, and EunHye Yoo,
University of Minnesota
Dorith Geva, University of Chicago
Discussant: Ann Orloff, Northwestern
Technologies of Power (Organizer: Rebecca Jean
Erin Murphy, University of Illinois
Adrienne Redd, Arcadia University
Dylan Riley, UC Berkeley and Patricia Ahmed, University
of Kentucky, Lexington
Discussant: Mitchell L. Stevens, Stanford University
pm: Closing Plenary, "Past and Present: Methods and
James Mahoney, Northwestern University
Andreas Wimmer and Yuval Feinstein, UCLA
Isaac Reed, University of Colorado and Julia Adams, Yale
Discussant: Richard Biernacki, UC San Diego