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Sociologists to Take In-Depth Look
at New York City During ASA Annual Meeting  

At the American Sociological Association’s 108th Annual Meeting, New York City will be the subject of several regional spotlight sessions in which leading sociologists will present research on and examine aspects of the city, including its culture, development, crime, and immigrant history.

The conference will take place from Saturday, Aug. 10, through Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 (Opening Plenary Session is Friday, Aug. 9, from 7 to 9 pm) at the Hilton New York Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10019) and the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (811 7th Avenue 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019).  

Information on New York City-focused sessions is also availbe in PDF form.


  • New York City, a New Mayor, and Declining Crime Rates: How to Keep it Going
    Saturday, Aug. 10, 8:30 – 10:10 am (Hilton, Concourse G, Concourse Level)
    This panel will feature a mix of local criminal justice policymakers and criminologists exploring factors, in and outside criminal justice, that may explain New York City’s historic crime decline over the last two decades. In addition to examining social scientific research on recent crime decline, panelists will offer policy advice for New York’s next mayor about how to maintain and continue crime reductions and improvements in public safety.

  • Empire State of Mind: New York as a Cultural Space
    Saturday, Aug. 10, 10:30 am – 12:10 pm (Hilton, Concourse G, Concourse Level)
    Is New York still a center for cultural innovation, or is it just an expensive entrepreneurial venue for global billionaires and celebrities to buy art and dine out? Join us for a sociological tour of the city’s cultural ferment and its present state of exaltation and anxiety.

  • Sandy, Climate Change, and the Future of New York City
    Saturday, Aug. 10, 2:30 – 4:10 pm (Hilton, Concourse G, Concourse Level)
    In recent years, sociologists have begun to explore the human consequences of climate change, particularly disasters. This panel will explore the reasons why New York City’s social and physical infrastructures were so vulnerable to Superstorm Sandy, and examine whether and how they can be strengthened. The discussion will focus on — but also transcend — New York City, since today all cities must adapt for a future of more extreme weather events.  

  • Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century
    Sunday, Aug. 11, 2:30 – 4:10 pm (Hilton, Regent, 2nd Floor)
    After nearly 50 years of massive inflows, New York is truly an immigrant city. About one out of three New Yorkers is now foreign born. Adding the U.S. born second generation, the figure is more than one out of two or about 4.5 million people. This session will provide an up-to-date look at how immigrants have been transforming New York — and how immigrants themselves have been transformed by living in the city.

  • Mega Projects and the Politics of Development in New York
    Monday, Aug. 12, 8:30 – 10:10 am (Hilton, Gramercy West, 2nd Floor)
    In the early 1990s, New York City began to shift policing tactics and criminal justice policy to emphasize a new model of crime control built around aggressively pursuing minor offenses and heightened scrutiny of high-crime neighborhoods. In the past two decades, crime rates in the City have fallen dramatically, and some analysts attribute the change in policing and policy as a primary source of the crime drop. Critics, however, have noted that the use of tactics such as “stop and frisk” have been disproportionately targeted at minorities, especially poor young men; have criminalized behavior that poses little risk to the community; and have further enlarged the net of a criminal justice system that already punished far more individuals than any other jurisdiction. In this session, we will debate these policies and their consequences from a variety of perspectives.   

  • Broken Windows Policing in New York City 20 Years On
    Monday, Aug. 12, 2:30 – 4:10 pm (Hilton, Lincoln Suite, 4th Floor)
    A city like New York must be able to implement mega projects. This session will look at the many issues surrounding mega projects in New York. These include which new ones do we most need right now and how can we get them built; what obstacles often make mega projects hard to pull off; and which recently achieved mega projects are the best and how, if at all, should they be improved. We define a mega project as a very big project in the context of where it is being planned or built, and with a significant public component (via e.g., financing or authority such as zoning).

  • Life in the Gastropolis: Discussing New York City’s Food Worlds
    Tuesday, Aug. 13, 10:30 am – 12:10 pm (Hilton, Regent, 2nd Floor)
    New York City has always been home to a diversity of food cultures and cuisines. Today, as the city has become wealthier and more diverse than ever, food has come to symbolize a broad array of changes and challenges that it faces, from the rise of elite food culture to neighborhood inequality. Panelists will discuss several topics related to contemporary New York’s food worlds, and shed light on how we can understand food’s role in urban life.

CONTACT: Daniel Fowler, ASA Media Relations and Public Affairs Officer,, (202) 527-7885


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