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  1. New Footnotes Is Online

    Footnotes, ASA's member newsletter, is now available online and features ASA candidate profiles and the first articles in our series on harassment.

  2. Obituaries

    Allen H. Barton

    Allen Hoisington Barton of Chapel Hill, NC, died on December 18, 2017, at age 93. Allen was Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and served as Director of the Bureau of Applied Social Research (BASR) in New York City, NY.

  3. Review Essays: The Sociology of Quantification: Where Are We Now?

    A decade ago, Wendy Espeland and Mitchell Stevens published an essay titled “The Sociology of Quantification.” In it, they wrote that “sociologists have generally been reluctant to investigate [quantification] as a sociological phenomenon in its own right.” While accountants, anthropologists, and historians had begun the reflexive study of numbers, “sociologists have paid relatively little attention to the spread of quantification or the significance of new regimes of measurement” (Espeland and Stevens 2008:402).
  4. Review Essays: Whither LGBT Rights in the Post-Marriage Era?

    In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, extending government recognition of same-sex marriages nationwide, a casual observer might have been tempted to conclude that the work of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights movement was all but finished. Marriage equality had long appeared to be the central goal of this increasingly powerful movement, and the Supreme Court victory capped a dramatic shift in public opinion toward support for marriage equality, a shift that occurred relatively quickly and for a complex mix of reasons.
  5. Review Essays: A Sociology of the Global Economy

    In a short 15 years, international financial markets staggered from the sovereign debt crises of the early to mid-1990s (Russia, Mexico), to a regional financial crisis (Asian Financial Crisis), to a global crisis (the GreatRecession brought on by the 2008 financial collapses in the United States). All this has occurred at a time when the world seemed to become more economically interdependent
  6. Review Essays: Making the Case for Financial Aid 2.0

    Policy-makers, scholars of higher education, administrators, and parents should take notice of Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. The book is a vital guide to the bureaucratic, complex, and thoroughly broken U.S. financial aid system. Written to be widely accessible, Goldrick-Rab issues a call to action that should resonate with a broad audience.
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  8. awards

    Nominations were due by March 31, 2018.  Check back for information about next year's awards.