The theme was “Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion Across the Globe.”
“In choosing the theme, my focus was on rising inequality, which has been at the center of political debates in the United States and Europe,” said ASA President Michèle Lamont, who hails from Quebec. “As chair of the program committee, the central goal of the meeting was the improvement of our understanding of the nexus of culture, inequalities, and group boundaries in order to promote greater social inclusion and resilience, collective well-being, and solidarity in the United States and globally.”
With journalists covering the Annual Meeting both on site and from afar in print, online, and radio outlets, sociologists were not the only ones who were interested in our Montreal gathering.
Among the research most popular with the media was a fortuitously-timed study titled “When Genetics Challenges a Racist’s Identity: Genetic Ancestry Testing among White Nationalists.” The paper, by Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan of University of California-Los Angeles, was covered by the PBS Newshour, The Atlantic, the New York Post, Scientific American, STAT News, Good Magazine, Salon, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education, to name a few.
Also popular was work by Ohio State University’s Scott Duxbury and Dana Haynie on how drug dealers on the “dark web” are concerned about their reputations and rely on good reviews by clients. It was covered by several outlets including Vice, Wired, BoingBoing, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Digital Trends.
Teen Vogue and Inside Higher Ed reported on a paper presented by Nicole Bedera, a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, about how college men perceive sexual consent, “Moaning and Eye Contact: College Men’s Negotiations of Sexual Consent in Theory and in Practice.”
Christopher Browning, Ohio State University, presented research on how neighborhood crime affects children and adolescents, which received coverage by Reuters, Tucson.com, and Yahoo News. Kentucky University researcher Jacob Lipsman’s paper on justifications by climate change deniers was covered by the International Business Times, Science Daily, and Seeker. A paper by University of Kansas doctoral student Walter Goettlich on how bumper stickers facilitate social interactions was covered by Psychology Today and Phys.org, which also published an article on research by University of Arizona’s Justin Knoll on how tolerance for incivility affects political participation. Karen Kramer, University of Illinois, presented findings onlinks between parents’ earnings, gender roles, and mental health. The research was picked up by the Daily Mail and outlets in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Journalists were interested in activities at the meeting that extended beyond presentation of research findings. For example, Inside Higher Ed published a story about sociologists teaching controversial topics, reported on the work of ASA’s Contingent Faculty Task Force, and wrote about responding to threats against public scholars.
ASA President Lamont was interviewed on Canadian radio, ICI, where she discussed sociology, the meeting, and issues of social inequality. In addition, Montreal’s Le Devoir published two articles, one by Michèle Lamont about the meeting theme and one on social science research that helps explain the social factors that led to Donald Trump’s election.
Credit: Looking Ahead
The 114th Annual Meeting will take place in Philadelphia, PA, from August 11-14. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, 2018 ASA President, and the 2018 Program Committee are in the process of developing a thought-provoking program with the theme, “Feeling Race: An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions.” Check for more information about the 2018 annual meeting and register at www.asanet.org/annual-meeting-2018. See you in Philadelphia!