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Thematic Sessions, Special Sessions, and Sessions Co-sponsored with Sister Societies

Thematic Sessions

Thematic Sessions provide more opportunities to think about “Competing Perspectives, Comparative Explanations.” Over forty sessions delve into important social issues, explore international and interdisciplinary viewpoints, and evaluate the status of sociological contributions, including:

  • American Family Changes in International Perspective: Rearguard or Cutting Edge?
  • Blind Patriotism: Theory and Research
  • Can Sociology Explain Rising Income Inequality?
  • Color Matters: The Enduring Significance of Skin Tone for African Americans and Latinos
  • Competing Explanations for U.S. Global Expansionism
  • Contesting Global Gender Issues in a Changing World
  • Impoverished, Dead, or Morally Corrupt: Should There Be a Sociology of Deviance?
  • International Perspectives on Race
  • Islamic Exceptionalism?
  • Mental Health, Social Mirror: Reflections on the Changing Role of Sociology in Mental Health Research
  • Rethinking AIDS: The Big Picture
  • Sociology and Anthropology: Whither Native Americans?
  • Sociology in Sexuality, Sexuality in Sociology: Competing Explanations Then and Now
  • Sociology in the Culture Wars: From Public Issues to Personal Problems and Back Again
  • The New Second Generation in New York and Los Angeles: Comparative Theory, Research, and Implications for Immigrant Incorporation
  • Towards a New Sociology of School Choice
  • When Social Policy Meets Penal Policy: The Punitive Turn in the Management of Poverty, Historical and International Perspectives

Special Sessions

The category of “Special Sessions” encompasses many of the member suggestions for invited panels. These sessions may be topics that further investigate the meeting theme or focus attention on other timely and important issues. More than 30 sessions address interesting issues such as:

  • Comparative Perspectives on Deviance from the United States and Nigeria: An International Partner University Collaboration
  • The Continuing Relevance of Early American Sociology
  • The Crisis of Rationalism and the Re-Election of George Bush: Merging Sociological and Psychoanalytic Ideas
  • How Radical Sociology Changed the Discipline and the ASA
  • How the Labor Movement and Sociology Shape Each Other
  • IRBs and Social Science Research
  • Legal Categories and Social Identities
  • (Mis)Interpreting the Significance of Race: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges for Studies of Race and Racial Inequality
  • The Myopia of American Sociology: Insights from East Asia
  • The Public Sphere in U.S. Sociology
  • Public Sociology in Contested Areas
  • Rethinking Sociological Paradigms: Latina/o Sociology in the 22nd Century
  • The Significance of Sociology for the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
  • Social Change in Post-Colonial Hong Kong: Implications for the Future of China and Taiwan
  • Social Construction of Intelligence: Towards a Sociology of the Institutionalization of Human Cognition
  • Targeting, Race/Ethnicity, and Censuses: Past and Future
  • Transitions to Adulthood in Early 21st Century America
  • Vulnerability, Vulnerabilities, and Human Rights (co-sponsored by Sociologists without Borders)

Sessions Co-sponsored with Sister Societies

The 2005 Program Committee has used the occasion of the centennial Annual Meeting to reach out to sister sociological associations and collaborate on development of a number of special co-sponsored sessions.

  • Assessing “Faith-Based” Initiatives Practically, Politically, and Constitutionally (co-sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion)
  • Attacks on Academic Freedom (co-sponsored with the Association of Black Sociologists, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Sociologists for Women in Society)
  • The Battle over Social Security’s Future (co-sponsored with the Association of Black Sociologists, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Sociologists for Women in Society)
  • Gender and Race Based Data: The Case of BLS Data (co-sponsored with the Association of Black Sociologists, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Sociologists for Women in Society)
  • How Did You Do That? Examples of Doing Applied Sociology (co-sponsored by SAS/SPA/AACS and SWS)
  • Local, Regional, and Global Sociologies: Social Conflicts and Social Movements (co-sponsored by the ISA Council of National Associations)
  • Local, Regional, and Global Sociologies: Societies in Transition (co-sponsored by the ISA Council of National Associations)
  • Local, Regional, and Global Sociologies: Teaching Practices and Sociology Curricular in Comparative Perspective (co-sponsored by the ISA Council of National Associations)
  • Local, Regional, and Global Sociologies: The Particular and the Universal in Sociological Traditions (co-sponsored by the ISA Council of National Associations)
  • Religion, Immigration, and Globalization (co-sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion)
  • Religious Confrontation with Gender and Sexuality (co-sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion)
  • The Rise or Decline of American Jews? Comparative Perspectives and Competing Explanations (co-sponsored with the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry)
  • Voting Rights (co-sponsored with the Association of Black Sociologists, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Sociologists for Women in Society)
  • Women and Science: Empirical Responses to the Summer’s Controversy (co-sponsored by Sociologists for Women in Society