May/June 2015 Issue • Volume 43 • Issue 4

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Social Inequality, Racial Isolation and the Windy City

Roberta Garner, Black Hawk Hancock and Bryan Sykes, DePaul University

When Unite Here Local 1 went on strike over wages, outsourcing, and working conditions in 2011, ASA moved the Annual Meeting from Chicago to Las Vegas. We are happy to welcome ASA back to Chicago in 2015. The labor strikes of 2011 afford us the opportunity to consider both persistent and emergent mechanisms of social inequality that define the topography of Chicago. Below, we review classic issues of inequality that have occurred in the city since 2011.

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Keister and Moody to Edit Socius

Mark S. Mizruchi, University of Michigan

James Moody

Lisa Keister

As announced in the December 2014 issue of Footnotes, ASA has launched a new journal, Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. The goal of this open-access journal will be to quickly disseminate important sociological research findings while condensing the often lengthy and laborious review process typical of other leading journals in the field. This is an important initiative, one that requires strong and able leadership. If I were to choose an editor for this venture, I would want someone who has an outstanding record of scholarship (including multiple publications in our leading journals), is theoretically broad as well as insightful, is methodologically sophisticated, and (perhaps most important of all) possesses wisdom and good judgment. We are fortunate to have two sociologists who exhibit all of these qualities—Lisa Keister and James (Jim) Moody—as the founding editors of the journal.

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Social Media Pre-Conference at the 2015 ASA Annual Meeting

Social media provides a set of great tools for helping your scholarship reach a variety of audiences including journalists, policymakers, citizens, and scholars from across the world (and across disciplines). Social media provides spaces for making our work as academics more public and helping our research to have greater influence. Social media also provides greater opportunities to engage our students.

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International Perspectives

Speakers, participants, and attendees who made the ACSS Conference in Beirut a success

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences:
A Reflection of the Current Arab World

Mohammed A. Bamyeh,
University of Pittsburgh

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) has been many years in the making. ACSS was officially established in 2008, and in March 2015 it held its second biennial conference in Beirut, Lebanon, where it is also headquartered. Its mission is to promote and improve the quality of the social sciences in the Arab World, defined as the 22 member states of the Arab League, including Palestine.

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