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May 28, 2008

Leading Sociologists to Converge
on Boston July 31-August 4

ASA annual meeting explores “Worlds of Work” theme and other timely topics

The changing patterns of work and social life will be the focus of discussion among leading sociologists, journalists and policy makers during the American Sociological Association's 103rd annual meeting July 31 to August 4.

More than 5,000 sociologists will convene in Boston to examine how social, economic, and political forces are transforming the nature of work and the consequences for individuals and society.

WHAT: The American Sociological Association's 103rd Annual Meeting:
"Worlds of Work"

WHEN: Thursday, July 31, through Monday, August 4, 2008

WHERE: Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, Mass.


  • The Future of the American Labor Movement
    Harvard sociologist Marshall Ganz, New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse, union leaders Sara Horowitz and Bruce Raynor
  • Reinventing the American Dream
    Kennedy School of Government's Christopher Jencks, American Prospect co-founder Robert Kuttner, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala
  • Globalization and Work: Challenges and Responsibilities
    Harvard Business School's Rosabeth Moss Kanter, MIT economist Michael Piore, University of Wisconsin sociologist Erik Olin Wright
  • Barriers and Bridges: A Dialogue on U.S.-Mexico Immigration
    Former foreign minister of Mexico Jorge Castaneda, Princeton sociologist Douglas Massey, New York Times reporter Julia Preston

CONTACT: Jackie Cooper, ASA Media Relations Officer; (202) 247-9871

Complimentary media registration is open. Download the ASA Annual Meeting press policy and registration form.

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