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CALLS FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers:   Special Issue of Business & Society

Social Innovation: Insights from Institutional Theory

Guest editors: 

Silvia Dorado, University of Rhode Island

Ignasi Marti, EMLYON Business School, OCE Research Center

Jakomijn van Wijk, Maastricht School of Management

Charlene Zietsma, Schulich School of Business, York University

 

Social innovation refers to the process of developing and implementing novel solutions to social problems, often involving re-negotiations of settled institutions among diverse actors with conflicting logics. As such, social innovation entails institutional change.  Social innovations are urgently needed as we confront “wicked problems” (Rittel and Weber, 1973), such as climate change, poverty alleviation, income inequality and persistent societal conflicts. Such problems feature substantial interdependencies among multiple systems and actors, and have redistributive implications for entrenched interests (Rayner, 2006). 

Societal problems provide both threats and opportunities for business and entrepreneurs (e.g. Howard-Grenville, Buckle, Hoskins & George, 2014), and in turn businesses themselves can have both positive and negative effects on social and environmental outcomes (Okereke, Wittneben & Bowen, 2012; Porter & Kramer, 2006; Schrempf, 2014). Businesses, through operational externalities and efforts to increase profits, both cause societal harms and sometimes contribute significantly to the maintenance or even worsening of arrangements which perpetuate those harms, often through subtle or overt exercise of market or political power (Barley, 2007; Levy & Kaplan, 2008). Yet businesses can also ameliorate societal harms by changing practices or contributing to solutions through corporate social responsibility, opportunity-driven innovation and philanthropy (Egri & Ralston, 2008; Matten & Crane, 2005; O’Toole & Vogel, 2011; Reficco & Marquez, 2012; Spar & La Mure, 2003). In addition, market logics are being embraced to advance social welfare goals in arenas such as healthcare, education and poverty alleviation  (see, e.g., Mair, Marti & Ventresca, 2012; Reay & Hinings, 2005; 2009), with the expectation that hybrid organizational models that balance social and economic logics (Battilana & Dorado, 2010; Battilana & Lee, 2014),will enable social innovators to meet societal needs effectively.

Institutional research has played a significant role in the study of efforts to alleviate social problems (Battilana & Dorado, 2010; Dorado, 2013; Hallett, 2010; Lawrence, Hardy, & Phillips, 2002; Maguire, Hardy, & Lawrence, 2004; Zietsma & Lawrence, 2010)and is well positioned to contribute to an improved understanding of social innovation. Other research fields (stakeholder management, corporate social responsibility, and cross-sector partnerships, for example), have advanced management knowledge on the interface between business and society (De Bakker, Groenewegen & Den Hond, 2005). Yet, studies in these fields frequently take the perspective of businesses attempting to gain benefits or reduce risk by acting on societal problems (Vock, van Dolen & Kolk, 2014; Griffin & Prakash, 2014), without focusing on the views of other actors.  Shallow “benign” business interventions deflect attention, often maintain existing power structures and they may even reinforce ‘darker’ aspects of wicked problems (Foucault, 1995; Khan, Munir & Willmott, 2007).

Institutional theory instead starts at a macro-level, assessing the positions and interdependent actions of the multiple constituents of issue-focused fields (Wooten & Hoffman, 2008; Zietsma & Lawrence, 2010), and considering seriously the idea that rules, norms and beliefs are socially constituted, negotiated orders (Marti, Courpasson & Barbosa, 2013; Strauss, 1978), which can be renegotiated in socially innovative ways (e.g. Van Wijk, Stam, Elfring, Zietsma & den Hond, 2013).  The study of institutional work emphasizes the creation, disruption and maintenance of the institutionalized social structures that govern behavior (Lawrence & Suddaby, 2006), and thus speaks to how entrenched practices and ideas get held in place, and how they may be replaced with more socially beneficial arrangements. Furthermore, the burgeoning institutional complexity perspective, with its focus on how actors respond to multiple, sometimes competing logics (Greenwood, Raynard, Kodeih, Micelotta & Lounsbury, 2011), applies well to the context of wicked societal problems.

Taking an institutional perspective on social innovation suggests several topics and a range of interesting questions.  We list below some that are in line with our theme.  

Negotiations among diverse actors in social innovation:

·             How do negotiation spaces for institutional change such as “relational spaces”  (Kellogg, 2009) and “field-configuring events” (Lampel & Meyer, 2008) emerge and affect social innovation? How is experimentation facilitated in such spaces (van Wijk, van der Duim, Lamers & Sumba, 2014)?

·             What characteristics and processes affect negotiation spaces for institutional change?  

·             What role does identity and identification play in social innovation?

·             How do emotional investments in institutions affect negotiations for institutional change and engagement in social innovation?

·             How are marginalized actors, who are often the ones that suffer most directly from wicked problems, silenced or given voice in negotiations (Sassen, 2014)?   

·             How do incumbents “fight back”? What systems, structures and processes are activated to defend entrenched interests (Bourdieu, 2005)? 

The role of hybrid forms and boundary objects in social innovation:

·             How do diverse actors surface conflicts and compatibilities among different institutional logics and negotiate hybrid arrangements or boundary objects within or across institutional fields?

·             How are arrangements involving hybrid institutional logics maintained or adapted over time?

·             Can such arrangements be scaled up (expanded in impact) or scaled out (diffused to other settings), and what are the factors that affect such scaling?

The influence of institutional voids in social innovation:

·             What role do institutional voids (policy, market, social) play in social innovation processes?

·             How do actors signal and exploit voids for social innovation (Mair & Martí, 2009)? How does their institutional work ameliorate voids?

·             Do different institutional orders substitute for each other when voids exist (e.g., are market voids filled by social structures? Policy voids filled by market structures)? What are the implications of such substitution?

Other relevant questions:

·             What alternative institutional arrangements are emerging in response to the social problems associated with capitalism, such as the sharing economy, user networks and community-based and cooperative models?  How do these arrangements emerge and evolve and how are they governed?

·             What role do communication technologies including social media, collaboration technologies and e-governance technologies play in institutional change for social innovation?

·             What are the impacts of or on informal institutions when regulative or coercive power is used to effect social innovation?

These topics are meant to be generative rather than exhaustive. We encourage authors to think broadly about this topic and contact a member of the editorial team if they wish to explore the fit of their research to the special issue theme. We are open to theoretical and empirical papers, using a variety of methodologies. 

Submission process and schedule

  • Authors should submit their full manuscripts through ScholarOne Manuscripts by September 1st, 2015 to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bas.
  • Be sure to specify in the cover letter document that the manuscript is for the special issue on “Social Innovation: Insights from Institutional Theory”.
  • Manuscripts should be prepared following the Business & Society author guidelines:  http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal200878/manuscriptSubmission
  • All articles will be double-blind peer reviewed by a minimum of two anonymous referees.
  • Authors of papers selected for publication will be invited for a manuscript development workshop (expected date and location: March 27-29, 2016, EM Lyon, France) before the final submission is due.

 

Call for submissions – Work in Progress blog

The Work in Progress blog, of the Organizations, Occupations and Work section of the ASA, invites submissions (800-1,200 words) on all topics related to organizations, occupations and work, broadly understood. The primary purpose of the blog is to disseminate sociological findings and ideas to the general public. Articles should be accessible and jargon-free, written like a New York Times op-ed. We currently get over 3,000 views per month and are followed on social media by journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC and other outlets. 

We will publish summaries by authors of all monographs related to organizations, occupations and work. Additionally, we invite proposals for three types of article: research findings (from your own study or summarizing the findings of others), news analysis, commentary. Interested authors should send a proposed title and topic (one paragraph maximum) to MattVidal (matt.vidal@kcl.ac.uk). The WIP Editorial Team will decide whether to invite a full submission.

 

A Call for Papers for the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)

Link here

 

disClosure is an annual thematic publication dedicated to investigating and stimulating interest in new directions in contemporary social theory. The forthcoming Spring 2015 issue will draw on the work of a variety of scholars, artists, and acclaimed members of academia from a social theoretical perspective. The journal will include a variety of media including scholarly essays, poetry and visual art. 

This year’s issue will address concerns over Market Failures, Famines, and Crises, which permeate our globalizing world. It is indeed difficult to think of facets of social life that are not touched by the questions of market instability and food insecurity: how has all this happened, and how do we theorize it? Whose markets, famines, and crises are we talking about? Where is our society headed in terms of employment, growth, and private ownership? Where are the points of intervention by the state and international institutions in the midst of turbulent markets and insecure food supplies? 

Potential submissions may explore topics regarding the changing functions, configurations, and meanings of market crises and famines in our society; our understanding of the relationship between the economy, culture and territorial power in formulating theories of markets; how crises and famines get defined, by whom, and the ways they are practiced in different states and economies in the world. More details and possible topics are available in the attached Call for Papers or by contacting Grace Cale or Lydia Roll at disclosurejournal@gmail.com.

 

Abstract submissions invited for SASE Mini-Conference**

"Scrutinizing Organizational Inequalities: New Theoretical and Empirical
Approaches"

Organizers:  Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Andrew Penner, and Nina Bandelj

This Mini-Conference takes advantage of the growing literature on
inequality in organizational settings. Most studies of inequality focus on
the national distribution of income across households or earners, but
neglect the organizational production and distribution of respect and
rewards. We are particularly interested in relational inequality
approaches, but are open to any papers that stress the central role of
organizational processes, the relative power and status of actors, and
institutional contexts in the generation of inequality. All methodological
approaches are welcome and we hope to highlight the complementarity of
ethnographic, historical, and quantitative approaches to inequality
dynamics. We are particularly interested in papers that are comparative
across organizations, countries, or time. Papers using longitudinal
employer-employee data are especially encouraged and we hope to have a
session to discuss the development of a comparative inequality project
using such data.

The eventual organization of sessions will reflect the papers submitted,
but potential sessions topics might include:
•       The juncture of interaction and organizational practices in the
production of inequalities
•       Institutional influences on organizational inequality regimes
•       Citizenship, gender, race/ethnicity, and class intersections in
organizational context
•       The production and distribution of economic value in workplaces
•       The role of organizational inequality in national inequality trends
•       Relational inequality theorizing

Extended paper abstracts, of about 1,000 words (or full papers in case of
grant, prize, and stipend applications) must be submitted by January 26,
2015 via SASE online submission system. If you don't have it yet, you have
to create an account information to submit here:
https://sase.org/about-sase/join-sase-_fr_55.html

Candidates will be notified by February 23, 2015. Please note that, if
your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to submit a full paper by
June 1st.

There are some travel grants and student paper stipends available. See here:
https://sase.org/about-sase/conference-submission-and-award-guidelines_fr_25.html

 

Special Issue of Socio-Economic Review to be published in 2015

Socio-Economic Review (SER) is pleased to invite proposals for a thematic
Special Issue to be published in 2015. A proposal should contain the
following information:

1. The names, contact details, and positions of the proposed Guest
Editor(s) together with brief biographical details.

2. The title of the proposed special issue.

3. A one-page summary “call for papers” indicating the main theme, key
topics, and methodological foci for submissions to the Special Issue. The
proposed Special Issue should utilize a mix of invited and open
submissions. Please provide a list containing 300 word abstracts of any
planned invited contributions, information about the authors and
indication of their commitment.

4. A two or three page description of the rationale behind the proposal,
its planned scope, its innovative nature in relation to existing published
work, and its likely relevance for readers of Socio-Economic Review (see
the Editorial Policy Statement of SER
http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/soceco/statement_of_editorial_policy.html
).
The Editors of SER will assess proposals for the Special Issue. Once
accepted, Guest editors of Special Issues are responsible for ensuring
that authors adhere to SER’s editorial policy and formal guidelines. All
manuscripts for the Special Issue must undergo double-blind peer review
according to SER standards. The word count of each paper should be between
6,000 and 10,000 words. The total word count of an issue will not usually
exceed 70,000 words (including refs, notes, diagrams and tables).

Guest Editors will be asked to work roughly according to the following
timetable:
November 15, 2013: Deadline for submission of Special Issue proposals
December 2013: Issue of the public “call for papers” for the Special
Issue. May 2014: Deadline for paper submissions. Begin of review and
revision process. January 2015: Deadline for submission of
production-ready final manuscripts.

Proposals and queries may be sent to chief editor Gregory Jackson at:
gregory.jackson@fu-berlin.de

16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference

The Department of Sociology at Northwestern University is pleased to
announce the 16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference. This annual
graduate student conference is hosted on a rotating basis by one of
several
Chicago-area Sociology departments, including DePaul University, Illinois
Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University,
Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, the University of
Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. The conference provides an
opportunity for graduate students to share their ethnographic scholarship
with one another and get feedback from faculty and other graduate students
based in the Chicago area and beyond. This year’s conference will be held
at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL on March 15th, 2014.

Graduate students in all academic disciplines are invited to present their
original ethnographic research. While preference will be given to those
who
have conducted substantial fieldwork, interviewing methods are acceptable.
Papers in all substantive areas are welcome.  The theme of this year’s
conference is cultural production and reproduction. In addition to topics
that relate to the theme, graduate students are welcome to submit work on
topics including but not limited to: class, crime, education, ethnicity,
gender, family, globalization, health and illness, immigration, medicine,
methodology, performance ethnography, race, religion, sexualities, social
movements, technology, urban poverty, and work and employment.

*Plenary Speakers*
Nina Eliasoph is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of
Southern California. Eliasoph’s research explores volunteer work, civic
engagement, and grassroots political activism. Her first book, Avoiding
Politics: How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life (1998, Cambridge
University Press) depicts the culture of political avoidance in American
civic life. In her second book, Making Volunteers: Civic Life after
Welfare’s End (2011, Princeton University Press), Eliasoph uncovers what
role volunteers play for civic and community organizations and the
consequences of relying on short-term volunteers. Her recent Politics of
Volunteering (2012, Polity Press, Cambridge) explores broader consequences
of volunteering for the participants, recipients of aid, and society.

Ashley Mears is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Her
first book, Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model (2011,
University
of California Press), examines the production of value in fashion modeling
markets and analyzes how cultural production markets become sites for the
reproduction of cultural inequalities. Her current research explores the
global context of culture and beauty in elite nightclubs.

*Abstract Submissions*
To submit an abstract, please complete the online submission form:
http://chicagoethnography.wordpress.com/. The abstract should not exceed
250 words. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2014. All
presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1st. Participants
will be asked to submit their full papers to the conference committee by
March 1st.

 

EGOS: "Sustaining Inequality? The Impact of Organizational Practices on Individual Employment Outcomes"

Isabel Fernandez-Mateo and I are convening a colloquium on "Sustaining Inequality? The Impact of Organizational Practices on Individual Employment Outcomes" as part of the European Group of Organization
Studies' (EGOS) 30th annual conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The conference takes place on July 3-5, 2014. Our purpose is to bring together a group of researchers who share a concern for advancing our knowledge of
the mechanisms through which organizations influence inequality in the labor market. We welcome papers from different disciplines and at all levels of analysis.
We therefore encourage you to consider submitting a short paper before
January 13, 2014. You can access the full call for papers here:
http://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1368705858152&subtheme_id=1334581223004
And the detailed instructions for submission can be found at:
http://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/data/uploads/_2014/EGOS-Colloquia_Submission-of-SHORT-PAPERS_2014.pdf

Emilio J. Castilla
Associate Professor of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room E62-332
Cambridge, MA  02139
Phone: 617-253-0286
Fax: 617-253-7696
E-mail: ecastilla@mit.edu<mailto:ecastilla@mit.edu>

 

EGOS: “Marxism and Organizational Scholarship in Unsettled Times”:
Sub-theme 24 at the 2014 EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, July 2-5 2014: (a)
Sub-Theme Call for Papers, and (b) invitation to a pre-conference Workshop

(a) Sub-theme CFP:

The goal of this sub-theme meeting (July 3-5, 2014) is to build on the
success of the first four meetings in bringing together people who share
an interest in building on Marx's ideas to advance organization studies.
We are not dogmatic in an attachment to any specific kind of Marxism – all
kinds are welcome.

The theme of the 2014 Colloquium is “Reimagining, Rethinking, Reshaping:
Organizational Scholarship in Unsettled Times.” Given the emphasis in
Marxist scholarship on crisis and how social structures become embedded
and then uprooted, the Marxist subtheme is well positioned to address the
core theme of the conference. In previous years our subtheme has enjoyed
lively debate spanning a wide range of Marxist approaches. Some scholars
have sought to integrate insights from organization studies into a Marxist
framework, while others have examined how Marxist insights may fruitfully
add analytical value to other research traditions.

This year’s call notes that we need to “rethink, and reshape our
scholarship in light of the deeply invasive period of stagnation and
decline we currently face.” We thus invite papers that specifically show
how Marxist theory can contribute to reimagining and rethinking how
organizational scholarship can better address contemporary problems in the
world economy, to ensure human flourishing and environmental
sustainability in a globalizing world.

More details on the topics we envisage are available at:
http://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1368705858152&subtheme_id=1334581206925.

If you intend to submit a short paper, please first take a look at the
Guidelines and criteria for the submission of short papers at EGOS
Colloquia<http://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/data/uploads/_2014/EGOS-Colloquia_Submission-of-SHORT-PAPERS_2014.pdf>.
While the overall EGOS Call asks for short papers under 3,000 words, this
sub-theme encourages longer submissions so we can better assess the fit
with our program.

Time period for submission of short papers:
Monday, September 16, 2013 to Monday, January 13, 2014.

(b) Pre-conference workshop

Our 2014 Rotterdam meeting of the sub-theme on Marxist organization
studies will be expanded to include a pre-conference "workshop" all day
Weds July 2. We invite people who are interested in discussing how Marxist
ideas could help advance a paper or a research project that they are
working on -- no matter what stage the paper or project is at --and who
are interested in helping others in this way. Even if you don't have a
paper or project of your own, you are welcome if you would like to help
others move their work ahead using Marxist ideas. This will not be a
tutorial (although we can circulate a background reading list for
interested participants),
but an opportunity to discuss and develop research ideas.

This workshop is designed for people of all ranks -- PhD students are
especially invited, but we encourage junior and senior scholars to join
too. It will be an opportunity for people to connect with us even if they
feel they need to give priority to other sub-themes in the conference
proper, and it will open the door to people who have interests in Marxist
ideas but have not yet developed their ideas into a full paper.

Adler, Delbridge, and Vidal will act as discussion facilitators and will
organize the day to give each paper/proposal substantial workshop
attention.

We will end the day with a dinner to which the Sub-theme participants are
also invited.

For planning purposes, we will need to know if you are interested in
participating by March 1, 2014.

We hope you can join us in this and that you will reach out to colleagues
and doctoral students who might be interested.

Convenors:

Paul S. Adler, University of Southern California, USA
padler@usc.edu<mailto:%20padler@usc.edu>. Website:
http://www-bcf.usc.edu/~padler/

Rick Delbridge, Cardiff Business School, UK
delbridger@cardiff.ac.uk<mailto:%20delbridger@cardiff.ac.uk>. Website:
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/carbs/hrm/delbridge/delbridge1.html

Matt Vidal, King's College London, UK
matt.vidal@kcl.ac.uk<mailto:matt.vidal@kcl.ac.uk>. Website:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/management/people/academic/vidal.aspx.

Call for Papers on "Buying and Selling Health Care"
 The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics plans to publish a symposium issue
in Winter 2014 exploring ethical, legal, and clinical issues triggered
by the increasing commercialization of health care in the United States.
The symposium will address a variety of dynamics present in this
quintessentially American medical marketplace, with a particular focus
on how commercialism impacts practitioners, patients, and policy makers
at all levels.
Papers from any perspective or disciplinary background and concerning
any aspect of the "buying and selling of health care" are welcome. We
are primarily interested in papers between 15 and 30 double-spaced pages
in length, although longer papers will receive careful consideration.

Please submit an abstract by November 1, 2013. Decisions on abstracts
will be made quickly, and completed papers will be due by February 7,
2014. The JLME is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of
Law, Medicine & Ethics, and all submitted papers will undergo review by
anonymous peers prior to final acceptance. JLME style guidelines are
available at http://www.aslme.org/Submission_Guidelines.

Correspondence should be directed to the symposium co-chairs, Joshua E.
Perry of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business at
joshperr@indiana.edu or
Larry R. Churchill of Vanderbilt University's Medical School at
larry.churchill@vanderbilt.edu


 Potential Topics Include:

               Is the practice of medicine a profession with
business-like features, or a business with unique service components?
Does the answer to this question matter for patients or practitioners?
If health care in the United States is ultimately understood as a
business, in what ways is this business enterprise similar to or
divergent from other business practices and industries?

               Will the Affordable Care Act ultimately move health care
delivery in the United States more in the direction of a market-driven,
patient-as-consumer system, or in the direction of expanded government
involvement, or in the direction of strengthening the professional
service dimensions of health care?

               In the broader context of what Relman termed (in 1980!)
the "medical-industrial complex," do the life science, medical device,
and pharmaceutical industries have any greater ethical responsibilities
than do other (non-health care related) business enterprises? Do health
care insurance companies? Do government bureaucracies?

               What ethical and legal issues are triggered by a
physician's employment arrangement or ownership interest(s) in health
care organizations or services to which patients are referred for
treatment?

               What consequences flow from the increasing adoption by
hospitals, hospices, and other health care providers of for-profit
organizational structures and aggressive marketing strategies?

               What ethical and legal issues are raised by contemporary
trends such as concierge medicine, physician entrepreneurialism, and
medical tourism?

               How should health care providers resolve economic or
business concerns, i.e., decisions about costs, payments, insurance
reimbursement, hospital budgets, etc. that impact on the delivery of
clinical care to patients? How should health care managers and
executives resolve these conflicts?

SASE Announces its 1st Ibero-American Regional Socio-Economics Meeting 

Democracy and Economic Crisis in Ibero-America

Mexico National Autonomous University, Mexico City

December 4-6, 2013


Recent studies and analyses have shown that economic growth in Latin America during the past decade has been accompanied by an improvement in income distribution and poverty reduction. The region has also gained ground in politics (toward democracy), and its governments have implemented strategies for (global) economic change. However, socio-economic deprivation in several categories and the persistence of social inequality, now more intense in large and intermediate cities, challenge structural economic change and democratic discourse itself.


It is essential to tackle these inequalities, which threaten not only the economy but the democracies themselves, by reprocessing social policy instruments. One challenge faced by democracy is the creation of social instruments to make the people participants and architects of their societies’ decisions; such a goal requires equal opportunities, fair income distribution, and strong and credible institutions.


Equal opportunities come with a strong state capable of developing a social policy – by investing in education, healthcare, and housing, and by developing a labor policy that ensures industrial relations with quality employment and large workforce participation. At the same time, these policies contribute to a more equitable income distribution and to an increased training and knowledge, which enables individuals to participate more actively in policy making, democracy, and governance.


Taking this as our starting point, what kind of state is needed for such a reconfiguration? What are the implications for democracy and social policy? What kind of state capacity requires an alternative development model? What is the potential and what are the limits to civil society’s role in ensuring democracy and correcting poverty and income distribution inequality?


Networks:

1. The Debate on the State in Socio-Economics

2. Crisis and New Economic Institutionality

3. Citizenship and Social Movements

4. Financial Regulation in Iberoamerica

5. Demographic Skyline and Socio-Economic Welfare

6. Employment Quality and Citizenship

7. Sustainable Development, Economic Growth and Environmental Balance

8. Pension Systems and Welfare

9. Democracy and Economic Crisis in Ibero-America: Other Topics


Organized by:

* Economy Faculty of Mexico National Autonomous University (UNAM), México.


In Cooperation with:

- School of Law, School of Political Science and Government, School of Philosophy and Arts, and Economic Research Institute of Mexico National Autonomous University, Mexico

- Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM Xochimilco), Mexico

- Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

- PROLAM, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

- el Colegio de México


Organizing Committee:

* Leonardo Lomeli, President, UNAM (leolomeli@gmail.com)
* Santos M. Ruesga, Coordinator, UAM (ruesga@uam.es)
* Ciro Murayama, UNAM (ciromurayama@yahoo.com)
* Vanessa Jannet Grande, UNAM (vjgc25@gmail.com)
* Maribel Heredero, UAM (maribel.heredero@uam.es
* Julimar da SIlva, UAM (julimar.dasilva@uam.es)
* Clemente Ruiz Duran, UNAM (ruizdc@mac.com)

Global Perspectives of Financialization – Call for Papers

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: September 30, 2013, 18:00 EST (24:00 GMT).  300
words maximum.

This panel is one of 22 panels organized by Research Committee 02
(Economy and Society) at the International Sociological Association
World Congress in Yokohama, Japan from 13-19 July 2014.

There is nothing like a good crisis to concentrate one's attention, and
sociologists are no different in this regard. Since the last World
Congress, there has been a flourishing of empirical research in the
subfield of sociology of finance, most of it focused on the causes and
consequences of the seizure of international financial markets in
2006-7, and the ongoing political economic oscillations in the
Euro-zone. Reflecting these twin and interrelated crises (and a
northern-bias in our discipline), most of this empirical research has
been conducted in the United States, United Kingdom, and the European
Union. This is understandable, but short sighted. Such scholarship tends
to neglect ties between north and south within financial markets and
organizations, as well as neglect unique processes found in the south.
Moreover, research on financialization in the north tends to make
unverified covering law statements regarding financialization in the
south. This panel seeks to initiate a correction to this state of affairs.

This call for papers solicits empirical research engaged with
sociological theory that takes place in financial markets,
organizations, or institutions outside of the United States and European
Union. Research conducted in the global north is also welcome, as long
as the paper's focus is on interlinkages with the global south.
Proposals should theorize from empirical work, and therefore should
indicate the paper's methodology, data, and argument.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the session
organizer via the ISA web page:
https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2014/cfp.cgi
I must apologize in advance that the web page is rather strict in
requiring that abstracts are 300 words or less.  It is also rather
strict with the deadline. September 30, 2013, 18:00 EST (24:00 GMT).

To view the calls for abstracts for the other panels, please see:
http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/rc/rc.php?n=RC02


If you have any questions about the suitability of your proposal, please
don't hesitate to contact the session organizer, Aaron Pitluck, at
Aaron.Pitluck@IllinoisState.edu.

Development and Inequality in Post-Socialist Countries: Comparative Perspectives

ORGANIZERS
Nina Bandelj University of California-Irvine, USA, nbandelj@uci.edu
Cheris Shun-ching Chan, University of Hong Kong, China, cherisch@hku.hk

World Congress in Yokohama, Japan from 13-19 July 2014.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2013

Joint session of RC03 Community Research [host committee] and RC09 Social
Transformations and Sociology of Development

This session invites submissions that examine the intersection of
globalization, economic development, and social outcomes in post-socialist
countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia and China. Rather than
limiting inequalities to economic terms, this session calls for works that
study any forms of inequalities, such as unequal access to political
power, healthcare, housing, education, cultural capital, and social
capital, etc.

The former communist countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia were sharply
buffeted by the global economic crisis and prolonged difficulties on the
European continent. The way forward in this region seems complicated since
the massive transformations of the prior two dozen of years had left more
or less skeletons in post-socialist closets. It is easily forgotten that
the institutionalization of democracy and the market took many decades, at
a minimum, in other parts of the world. How has the global economic crisis
intervened into these post-socialist developments?

In many countries, the crisis has brought a time of recession, high
unemployment, and soaring sovereign debt, with governance marred by
non-transparency and informality. In some cases, restive publics began to
register support for populist and radical parties; in others, they staged
protest against current governments. Scholars have even questioned the
legitimacy of the economic and political models that East European
countries had followed since 1989.

Some countries have shown more resistance and have weathered the crisis
better than others. China is often cited as a case to illustrate a
divergent path, and yet there are tremendous challenges and difficulties
that China is experiencing. Social distrust is intensifying and social
unrest is mounting under the surface of an ever stronger economy. Does the
Chinese society experiencing something in common with the European and
Eurasian societies? What are they and why is that so? We welcome papers
that explore any of these topics, employing a cross-national framework to
interrogate the divergences and similarities across the region, and
between the post-socialist countries and the rest of the world. We welcome
quantitative cross-national analyses, qualitative case study comparisons,
or multi-method designs.

The submission of abstracts can be done at:
https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2014/cfp.cgi

The ISA World Congress detailed program is at:
http://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/rc


MEMBER AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS

Joe Galaskiewicz (Arizona) recently received a grant from the National
Science Foundation to replicate his 2003-04 study of what children do on
Saturdays in the Phoenix metro area (SES-1259129).  He is particularly
interested in the role of families' 'spatial capital' and how this affects
what kids do, the type of provider they use, and the parents' satisfaction
with the providers.   He is also looking at what kinds of health care
providers parents typically use for their child and if the distances that
families have to travel for health care affects the kind of care they get,
their delaying in getting healthcare, and their satisfaction with the
health care providers.  He will also be gathering data on the location of
all doctors’ offices, clinics, and hospitals in the Phoenix metro area, so
he will know what areas are more likely to produce favorable outcomes than
others.

Agarwala, Rina. 2013. Informal Labor, Formal Politics and Dignified
Discontent in India. New York: Cambridge University Press.
http://www.cambridge.org/knowledge/discountpromotion?code=AGARWALA13

Reyes, Victoria. 2013. “The Structure of Globalized Travel: A Relational
Country-Pair Analysis” International Journal of Comparative Sociology
54(2):144-170

McInerney Paul-Brian. 2013. From Social Movement to Moral Market. Stanford
University Press.
Use discount code *ASAES* for 20% off.
http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=11113

Special issue of Work and Occupations:
"Artistic careers," edited by Elizabeth L. Lingo and Steven J. Tepper. See
attachment. Podcast interview of special-issue contributor Kristin
Thomson, Co-Director of the Future of Music Coalition's "Artist Revenue
Streams project":
http://wox.sagepub.com/site/misc/Index/Podcasts.xhtml

Marks, G. N. (2014). Education, Social Background and Cognitive Ability:
The Decline of the Social. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor &
Francis Group.  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415842464/

Victor Nee (Cornell) and Sonia Opper (Lund University) received the 2013
George R. Terry Book Award by the Academy of Management for their
Capitalism from Below: Markets and Institutional Change in China (Harvard
University Press, 2012). Congratulations!

Xiaoshuo Hou. 2013. Community Capitalism in China: The State, the Market,
and Collectivism. Cambridge University Press.
http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/economics/international-economics/community-capitalism-china-state-market-and-collectivism


Lainer-Vos, Dan (2013) The Practical Organization of Moral Transactions:
Gift Giving, Market Exchange, Credit, and the Making of Diaspora Bonds.
*Sociological Theory* 31:2, 145-167.
http://stx.sagepub.com/content/31/2/145.abstract

The book by Patricia Thornton, William Ocasio and Michael Lounsbury, The
Institutional Logics Perspective: A New Approach to Culture, Structure
and Process (Oxford University Press, 2012) recently won the George R.
Terry award at the Academy of Management. This is an all academy award for
outstanding contribution to management knowledge. Congratulations!

Victor Nee (Cornell University) received an Honorary Doctorate in
Economics from the University of Lund (Sweden). Congratulations!

Benson, Rodney. 2013. Immigration News: A French-American Comparison.
Cambridge University Press.
http://www.amazon.com/Shaping-Immigration-News-French-American-Communication/dp/0521887674

Marks, G. N. (2014). Education, Social Background and Cognitive Ability:
The Decline of the Social. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor &
Francis Group.
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415842464/

Anteby, Michel. 2013. "Manufacturing Morals: The Values of Silence in
Business School Education." University of Chicago Press,
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/M/bo16956514.html

 


NEW POSITIONS
 

Francesco Duina is now Professor and Head of Sociology Department at the
University of British Columbia.

Frederick Wherry is now Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the
Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.

Laurel Smith-Doerr has accepted a new position as the inaugural Director
of the Institute for Social Science Research, and Professor of Sociology
at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. More info is available at this
link:
http://www.umass.edu/sbs/news-events/news/issr-introduces-inaugural-director


NEW RESOURCES


Lisa Keister, Duke University, announces a new website WEALTHINEQUALITY.ORG
http://wealthinequality.org/

It contains lots of details about wealth ownership, concentration, and
related issues. It will be updated regularly, so new estimates will be
available frequently.
 


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS



ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE ASA COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF LGBT PERSONS IN
SOCIOLOGY

Dear ASA Member,

The ASA Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Persons in Sociology is a committee made up of LGBT and allied ASA members
and has existed for several years. As we move forward with new membership,
we are interested in learning about experiences of LGBT persons in the
field of sociology, and about ideas for the future mission of our
committee. We would appreciate any comments, anonymous or otherwise, that
you might be willing to send us regarding this subject to
LGBTSociology@gmail.com. While we encourage responses from any and all LGBT
sociologists, we recognize that the field of sociology, both within
academia and without, presents unique challenges to LGBT people of color
and transgender individuals; therefore, we especially encourage anyone with
insight into these challenges to respond in order to help guide future
action. We will be holding a workshop at the ASA meeting in San Francisco
next year, where we will review these responses and hold a discussion
regarding the status of LGBT persons in sociology and what might be done to
improve it. As a committee, we will take these comments under advisement as
we move forward with our mission, and as we consider our institutional role
and relationship with other groups like the LGBT Caucus.

Sincerely,

Members of the ASA Committee on the Status of LGBT Persons in Sociology
Nella Van Dyke (chair)
Toni Calasanti
Tey Meadow
CJ Pascoe
Roberta Spalter-Roth (ASA Council liaison)
Tom Waidzunas