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Comparative and Historical Sociology Section

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The section is pleased to offer online copies of the newsletter published since the Fall of 1997, as well as selected issues from the vault...

If anyone out there has copies of the section newsletter published before 1998, please contact the Web Editor.


Volume 26: 2014-2015

Fall 2014 (Edited by Matthew Baltz) — Contains a letter from the chair Bruce Carruthers; book symposia on The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite (with contributions from Mark Mizruchi, William G. Roy, Judith Stepan-Norris, Anthony Chen, and Bruce Carruthers), The Land of Too Much (Monica Prasad, Greta Krippner and Elisabeth Clemens), The Emergence of Organizations and Markets (Walter W. Powell, John F. Padgett, James Mahoney, Katherine Stovel, and Brayden King), and Waves of War (Andreas Wimmer, Jack Goldstone, and Mabel Berezin); an essay from Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award Winner Sahan Savas Karatasli; a conference report from John Torpey; a report on the section's recent ASA joint mentoring event by Nicholas Wilson; and a listing of new publications, announcements, and PhDs on the market.


Volume 25: 2013-2014

Spring 2014 (Edited by Matthew Baltz) — Contains information on the upcoming ASA annual meeting in San Francisco, a comment on current events in Ukraine and Venezuela by Tim Gill, a preview of The United States in Decline edited by Richard Lachmann, and a listing of recent PhDs on the job market.

Fall 2013 (Edited by Ates Altinordu and Seio Nakajima) — Contains a letter from the chair and a book symposium on Andreas Glaeser's Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism (University of Chicago Press, 2011).


Volume 24: 2012-2013

Summer 2013 (Edited by Ates Altinordu and Seio Nakajima) - Contains a book symposium on Isaac Ariail Reed’s Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Fall 2012 (Edited by Ates Altinordu and Seio Nakajima) - Contains a letter from the chair ("Globalizing Comparative-Historical Sociology") and a panel review ("Revolutions, Old and New: Rethinking Paradigms") by Mounira Maya Charrad and Danielle Kane.


Volume 23: 2011-2012

Spring 2012 (supplement) (Edited by Ates Altinordu and Seio Nakajima) - Contains information on the 2012 ASA meeting in Denver and other miscellaneous information.

Spring 2012 (Edited by Ates Altinordu and Seio Nakajima) - Contains a book symposium on Greta R. Krippner's Capitalizing on Crisis: the Political Origins of the Rise of Finance, with contributions from Frank Dobbin, Isaac Martin, and William H. Sewell, Jr., as well as a response from Krippner; and a book symposium on James Mahoney's Colonialism and Postcolonial Development: Spanish America in Comparative Perspective, with contributions from Mara Loveman, Nitsan Chorev, Richard Lachmann, and Dan Slater, as well as a response from Mahoney.

Fall 2011 (Edited by Emily Erikson and Isaac Reed) - Contains a message from the chair, a letter from Edward A. Tiryakian, and the results of a survey of section members.


Volume 22: 2010-2011 Edited by Emily Erikson and Isaac Reed

Spring 2011 - Contains reflections from Morocco on the Arab Spring by Jonathan Wyrtzen; a book symposium on Margaret R. Somers' Genealogies of Citizenship: Markets, Statelessness, and the Right to Have Rights, with contributions from Erik Olin Wright, Saskia Sassen, and Michael C. Tolley, as well as a response from Somers; and a discussion between Saïd Amir Arjomand, James Mahoney, and Immanuel Wallerstein on the question, "What happened to the 'comparative' in comparative and historical sociology?"

Fall 2010 - Contains a message from the chair, a methodological symposium (with essays by Katherine Stovel, Paul McLean, and Scott Boorman), and a letter from Erik Olin Wright discussing the 2012 ASA theme.


Volume 21: 2009-2010 Edited by Emily Erikson and Isaac Reed

Spring 2010 - Contains reports of new research on corruption and regulation in the economic sphere, "Author Meets Critics" discussions of new books by Mabel Berezin and Jeffrey Haydu, and "Identities" essays by King-To Yeung and Joya Misra.

Fall 2009 - Contains a message from the chair, a remembrance of Giovanni Arrighi, a report on the 2009 Comparative-Historical Mini-Conference, "Author Meets Critics" discussions of new books by Rebecca Emigh, Paul McLean, and John Hall, and an "Identities" reflection by Henning Hillman.


Volume 20: 2008-2009 Edited by Nitsan Chorev and Greta Krippner

Spring 2009 - Includes essays on the financial crisis by Bruce Carruthers, Sarah Quinn, and Greta Krippner. In an "Author Meets Author" dialogue, Julian Go and Karen Barkey discuss their work on empire. Also includes identities essays by Sarah Babb and Chad Alan Goldberg.

Fall 2008 - Contains a message from the chair on "Past and Present", "Remembering Charles Tilly" and an interview with Isaac Martin, etc.


Volume 19: 2007-2008 Edited by Nitsan Chorev and Greta Krippner

Note: Beginning with Volume 19, the Comparative Historical Section Newsletter is now known as "Trajectories." Thanks to Dan Slater for suggesting the new name!

Spring 2008 - A note on archival research and a book symposium on George Steinmetz's The Devil's Handwriting.

Fall 2007 - Contains a special feature on Teaching Comparative and Historical Sociology (with contributions from John Foran, Mounira M. Charrad, Jeff Haydu, and Mathieu Deflem), a report from the "Thunder of History" conference at Northwestern University, Identities essays from Arthur Stinchcombe and Nina Bandelj, plus announcements, new publications, recent dissertations, etc.


Volume 18: 2006-2007 Edited by Monica Prasad

Spring 2007 - A book symposium on Vivek Chibber's Locked in Place, an "author meets author meets author" feature with William Sewell, Jr., Arthur Stinchcombe, and Charles Tilly, and our ever-popular "Identities" series, in which Amy Kate Bailey (last year's graduate student article award winner), Rebecca Emigh, and Richard Lachmann reflect on why and how they entered CHS, and what it means to them.

Fall 2006 - A note on the job market and a message from the chair. Contributions by William Roy, Nicola Beisel, Julian Go, and others.


Volume 17: 2005-2006 Edited by Monica Prasad

Spring 2006 - Symposium on The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. Contributions by Charles Tilly, Mounira Charrad, Leslie Price, and others.

Fall 2005 - Includes essays by Bruce G. Carruthers, George Steinmetz, and more.


Volume 16: 2004-2005 Edited by Rosemary Hopcroft

Spring 2005 - Essays by Jeff Goodwin, Mathieu Deflem, and more.

Fall 2004 - Essays by Mathieu Deflem, Rosemary L. Hopcroft, and more.


Volume 15: 2003-2004 Edited by Rosemary Hopcroft

Spring 2004 - Essays by Julia Adams, Randall Collins, and David Zaret on Philip Gorski's book on the state, with a reponse by the author.

Fall 2003 - Essays by John Hall, Eiko Ikegami, and Mike Sobocinski.

Summer 2003 - Includes essays by Diana Davis, Jack Goldstone, Richard Lachmann, Mike Sobocinski, and more.

Spring 2003 - Includes a From the Chair; Commentaries on Richard Lachmann's award-winning book, Capitalists in Spite of Themselves; and more!


Volume 14: 2002 Edited by Hans Bakker


Summer 2002 - Includes a memorial for our dear colleague Roger V. Gould; and various essays in comparative and historical sociology.

Spring 2002 - Features papers by Stephen Turner and Robert Marsh on Weber; by François Dépelteau on the sociological imagination; and info on the 2002 Barrington Moore Award.

Winter 2002 - Features Ann Swidler's paper on Cultural Repertoires, and contributions by James Hollander, Brian Gran, Behrooz Tamdgidi, Levon Chorbajian, and Hans Bakker.


Volume 13: 2000-2001 Edited by Hans Bakker

Fall 2001 - Essays on 'Cultural Repertoires' by Michèle Lamont, Andrew McLean, Ilana Friedrich Silber, Ewa Morawska, and Aldon Morris.

Summer 2001 - Symposium on social construction and comparative-historical sociology. Contributions by William Roy, Robert Prus, and Hans Bakker.

Fall 2000 - Symposium on case study research, with essays by Charles Ragin, Neil Smelser, Edwin Amenta, and Andrew Walder. Review by Hans Bakker.


Volume 12: 1999-2000 Edited by Mathieu Deflem

Summer 2000 - Symposium of Jeffery Paige's Coffee and Power, with a review essay by Roland Robertson and a reply by the author.

Winter 2000 - Essay by John Torpey on "The Past as Political Project."

Fall 1999 - Symposium on The People's Lobby by Lis Clemens (reviews by Jason Kaufman and Pamela Walters); "From the Chair" by Ewa Morawska; ASA didactic seminar on Comparative Sociology by Jack Goldstone.


Volume 11: 1998-1999 Edited by Mathieu Deflem

Summer 1999 - Essays by Mounira M. Charrad on "Bringing in Tribe," and by Beverly J. Silver on "Comparing Hegemonic Transitions."

Winter 1999 - Essays by John Boli on "Global Historical Comparative Research," and Francesca Guerra-Pearson on "Measuring the Meaning of Charitable Organizations."

Fall 1998 - Essays by Edward Tiryakian on "From LePlay to Today," and by Mustafa Emirbayer and Mimi Sheller on "Studying Publics in History;" From the Chair on "New Social Forms in World Society" by David Stark.


Volume 10: 1997-1998 Edited by Philip Gorski

Summer 1998 - On meaning and computers by John Mohr and John Hall.

Winter 1998 - Discussion on genocide by Helen Fein and Jack Porter.

Fall 1997 - Essays on the relationship between feminism and historical sociology by Julia Adams and Ava Baron.


FROM THE VAULT...Volume 8: 1995-1996 Edited by Carole Turbin

Summer 1996 - Essays by John Hall and Clifford Staples. Many thanks to Clifford for passing this copy on!