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  1. Contexts Editors on the Magazine’s Ethnography Forum

    This is a guest post by Syed Ali and Philip Cohen, Contexts co-editors.

    Contexts Magazine’s Ethnography Forum

    A few months ago, the ASA Council asked us if we’d be interested in organizing a forum on “best practices” in ethnography in response to recent highly critical press. Council asked that this not be more critique, but rather thinking about ethnography going forward, something to spur the conversation along. We agreed that it seemed like a good idea.

  2. New Socius Article: Recognizing Dignity for Marginalized Young Men

    This is a guest post by Freeden Oeur at Tufts University on his Socius article, “Recognizing Dignity: Young Black Men Growing Up in an Era of Surveillance.” You can read more Socius articles at http://srd.sagepub.com/.

    Recognizing Dignity

  3. Mind Your P’s, Please

    Yesterday the American Statistical Association (that’s right, a different ASA) released a “Statement on Statistical Significance and P-values.” It’s a thoughtful consideration of the issue, and it even includes 21 commentaries right off the bat, sort of a prepackaged colloquium to nerd out over.

  4. Is Your Sociology Program Thriving? Consider the Changing Popularity of Your Major

    This is a guest Post by Stephen Sweet at Ithaca College on his Teaching Sociology article, “How Departments Can Respond to the Changing Popularity of the Sociology Major,” which is  based on his 2015 Hans O. Mauksch Address.

  5. COSSA submits comments on the “Common Rule”

    The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) (of which ASA is a governing member), in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, submitted comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects or the “Common Rule.” Overall, the comments are supportive of the proposed changes affec
  6. From The Scholarly Kitchen: The Contested Impact Factor Denominator

    Of interest to authors, editors, and publishers alike . . .

    A new post from the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Scholarly Kitchen blog discusses a new JAMA article on the Impact Factor denominator and its effect on journal rankings.

  7. ASA Finances at a Glance

    Have you ever wondered where your member dues go? And, what is the Association’s financial status? ASA Secretary Mary Romero has taken on the challenge of reporting on ASA’s revenue and expenditures in a January Footnotes article. Revenue is primarily from membership dues and journals followed not far behind by the Annual Meeting. On the expenditure side of things, personnel takes up the biggest piece of the pie.

  8. Advice for First-time Attendees (and others)

    On Twitter, ASA (@ASAnews) asked sociologists to share their advice for first-time attendees to the Annual Meeting. Our awesome followers gave some great advice. Below I briefly summarize the tips and include some sample tweets. Thanks to all who participated and shared. In the comments, please share your own advice or questions.

  9. Tell Us Why You #lovesociology

    Do You #lovesociology?

    What got you into sociology?
    What keeps you in sociology?
    What important contributions does sociology make?

  10. There Are at Least 52 Reasons to Join a Section, Here Are a Few

    Why join an ASA section? There are at least as many reasons to join as there are sections. To start, there’s the dialogue, participation in section sessions, and even section journals. Sections account for half of all programming at the Annual Meeting and produce close to a third of all ASA journals (four total). They’re a vibrant and vital source of intellectual ferment within the discipline of sociology.