American Sociological Association

Section on Economic Sociology

Annual Meeting (2017)

Economic Sociology Program Information for Montreal, August 12-15, 2017

Economic Sociology and Public Policy

Session Organizer, Donald Light, Rowan University, lightdo[at]rowan[dot]edu

This session aims to showcase academic or applied work in economic sociology on issues in public policy. We invite papers on the application of theory and methods, both qualitative and quantitative, to such issues as health care, housing, employment, markets, climate change, or other areas of public policy with an eye to greater social justice and fairness.


Culture and the Economy

Session Organizer, Michael Lounsbury, University of Alberta, ml37[at]ualberta[dot]ca

Recent work has shown how economic activity and behavior is fundamentally constituted and shaped by cultural processes and mechanisms. This session invites papers that consider how our understanding of economy and economic practice can be enhanced by more focused attention to empirical and theoretical research that captures cultural processes, for example in the areas of institutional logics, social movements, and categorization, among others. We are especially interested in efforts to advance our understanding of how cultural processes interact with core economic sociology concerns related to the distribution of power, resources, and inequality in ways that could expand the scope and consequences of economic sociology teaching and research.


Economic Sociology and Inequality

Session Organizer, Rachel Dwyer, Ohio State University, dwyerp[dot]46[at]osup[dot]edu

Economic sociologists increasingly engage questions of inequality and power. The economic sociology of inequality pursues themes both timely and evergreen, returning to some of the central questions of classical theorists, while also responding to concerns over rising income, wealth, and consumption inequalities in the US and around the world. This session invites papers on the whole range of questions about how economic markets, organizations, and institutions intersect structures of inequality, poverty, and privilege.


Markets, Finance, Credit, and Money

Session Organizer, Simone Polillo, University of Virginia, sp4ft[at]eservices[dot]virginia[dot]edu

Financial markets, the banking system, and the monetary and financial instruments they make possible are as old as capitalism itself. But we are yet to fully understand the implications for the economy and society at large of the new prominence that financial markets have achieved over the last few decades. From the everyday and taken-for granted life of finance (involving pension funds, mortgages, and small investment portfolios)  to its more episodic and sensational moments (from sovereign debt defaults to global financial crisis), economic sociologists are faced with the difficult task of making sense of broad and far-ranging transformations in the economic process, especially with respect to the creation, management, and distribution of risk, the promotion of innovation and sustainable growth as opposed to speculative investment, and the amelioration rather than worsening of economic inequality. This session invites papers discussing markets, finance, credit and money in historical and/or comparative perspective, with a preference for global analyses that are attentive to the ways finance and the banking system work and impact the economy as a whole.


Economic Sociology Roundtables

Session Organizers, Alison Gerber, Uppsala University, Alison[dot]gerber[at]kultgeog[dot]uu[dot]se and Emily Barman, Boston University, eabarman[at]bu[dot]edu


All submissions need to be made through the ASA website. Those whose papers are accepted for each session will need to be ASA members for 2017.