Global and transnational sociology is the study of social structures and processes that transcend or go beyond the national level.
The field covers a wide range of social, political, economic, and cultural phenomena. Some are transnational by definition, such as international organizations and associations, economic globalization, global production systems and value chains, and the cross-national diffusion of norms and culture such as human and minority rights. Others may be strongly rooted at the national level, but nonetheless have important transnational dimensions, such as inequality, social movements, migration, environmental problems and movements, public opinion, religion, sports, and communications.
A New Section for the ASA
The American Sociological Association has previously provided no clear intellectual home for the many scholars working and/or teaching in these sorts of areas. Topics in global and transnational sociology are already prevalent in ASA annual meeting sessions and publications, but they are not formally recognized as such. The new ASA Section on Global and Transnational Sociology aims to fill this void.
The ASA Council has approved of its formation, and initial business meetings in 2008 (Boston) and 2009 (San Francisco) have been well attended. In August 2009, members ratified provisional by-laws and elected inaugural officers and council members (for more details, please see the governance page).
Prior to that stage, an organizing committee chaired by John Boli led the effort to establish the new section.