American Sociological Association

Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance

Annual Meeting

Crime, Law, and Deviance Section at the ASA Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2017

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association will take place from August 12-15 in Montreal. Below you will find information about the planned sessions and activities sponsored by the CLD Section. All current and prospective section members are invited to the section reception (joint with Sociology of Law and Human Rights) on Sunday, August 13 at 6:30pm. Click the image above for more general information about the Annual Meeting.

Crime, Law, and Deviance Call for Papers and Invited Sessions:

Session 1: Open Call: Inequality and Decision-Making in Crime and the Criminal Justice System.

This session focuses on stratification in criminal participation and criminal justice outcomes, with a particular emphasis on decision-making, broadly defined. We encourage submissions that address decision-making and discretion at all phases of the criminal justice system (e.g., policing, sentencing, incarceration, re-entry), as well as among individuals contemplating or engaged in criminal activity.

Session Organizers: Sarah Brayne, University of Texas-Austin, Patricia Warren, Florida State University.

Session 2: Open Call: Innovation and New Directions in the Study of Communities, Crime, and Justice.

Communities have an important influence on patterns of crime and justice and also suffer adverse consequences from these phenomena. We invite invites submissions that address substantively important questions organized around these broad themes. Of particular interest is research that employs innovative methods or data, investigates the mechanisms linking community structure to crime and/or justice, advances our knowledge of community dynamics over time, or explores other new directions.

Session Organizer: Lyndsay N. Boggess, University of South Florida.

Session 3: Open Call: *Section on Crime, Law and Deviance Refereed Roundtables (one-hour).

We invite paper submissions on all topics in the areas of crime, law, and deviance presentation in our refereed roundtable session. Paper submissions will be grouped thematically, with two to four presentations per table plus a discussant (when available).

In addition to paper submissions for the roundtables, we invite students to submit 1-2 page “concept papers” that summarize dissertation ideas or work in progress. Submitted concept papers will be presented briefly by the author and discussed in roundtables led by senior scholars with appropriate expertise.

Session Organizers: Shelley Keith, Mississippi State University, Kecia Johnson, Mississippi State University

*Session will be one-hour in length; followed by the Section’s 40-minute business meeting.

Session 4: Invited Session: Insights about Crime, Law, and Deviance from Recent Urban Ethnographies.

Panelists in this invited session query the complex interconnections between race/ethnicity, place, crime, and social control. Panelists draw on rich ethnographic accounts to explore pressing issues related to urban communities, including the political economy of violence, gangs and the drug trade, and processes of neighborhood inclusion and exclusion.


Randol Contreras (The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream)

Waverly Duck (No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing)

Robert Vargas (Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio)

Sarah Mayorga-Gallo (Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood)

Discussant: TBD.

Session Organizer: Christopher Lyons, University of New Mexico

Session 5: Invited Session: Challenges and Consequences of Imprisonment across the Globe.

The global rise in incarceration rates over the course of the past four decades has resulted in direct and indirect consequences of imprisonment for a growing segment of the world’s population. Drawing on insights from different nations, this panel addresses the challenges that arise for prisoners, ex-prisoners, as well as their families and communities. It examines the consequences of incarceration during periods of confinement and beyond, and discusses criminal justice policies that impact incarceration trends in different parts of the world. The panel also highlights similarities and divergences in the incarceration experience across different nations.



Discussant: TBD.

Session Organizer: Lila Kazemian, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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