Find below descriptions of the section's open sessions for this year in San Francisco. The deadline for submitting is January 8th, 2014.
1. Getting a Job - 40 Years Later: Advances in Labor Markets and Networks Research (co- sponsored with Section on Organizations, Occupation, and Work).
To celebrate the 40th year anniversary since the publication of the seminal book, Getting a Job: A Study of Contacts and Careers (1974) by Mark Granovetter, we invite innovative research on how networks interact with labor markets. We welcome studies that use from a broad array of methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, simulations, experiments), at different levels of analysis, and from multiple theoretical perspectives. Session Organizers: Emilio J. Castilla, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Nina Bandelj, University of California-Irvine
2. The Great Transformation (1944) Turns Seventy: Looking Backward and Looking Forward.
Marking the 70th anniversary of Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation, the session welcomes papers that offer critical reflections or empirical analyses in the spirit of Polanyian economic sociology. We welcome papers that engage with Polanyi’s ideas and their relevance for contemporary times, including but not limited to liberal creed, free market utopia, self-regulating market, fictitious commodities, embeddedness, role of state in economy, and double-movement. Session Organizer: Stephanie L. Mudge, University of California-Davis
3. Money Advances: International Developments.
In the past two decades, sociologists have energized the study of money. This session is aimed to showcase recent theoretical and empirical advances in our understandings of household monies, corporate finance, informal transactions, monetary crises, and more. We welcome imaginative cultural, relational, and political treatments at different levels of analysis, and submissions by both US and non-US based scholars to foster international dialogue and cooperation. Session Organizers: Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University and Frederick Wherry, Yale University
4. Markets and Morals.
We invite contributions both theoretical and empirical, which relate morality and economic behavior in different kinds of economic systems and at different scales. Topics include competing justifications, disputes over economic choices, how morality is inscribed in social arrangements in technological devices, work environments, economic transactions, and methodological approaches to analyze moral views. Session Organizers: Olivia Nicol and David Stark, Columbia University
5. Credit, Poverty and Inequality. The poor in the US and around the globe have been traditionally unable to access formal bank-procured credit.
This gap between credit need and credit supply has led to the emergence and spread of various forms of microfinance (small-scale, short-term and usually high- interest rate loans). This session will take a sociological look into the micro household-level and macro societal- and institutional-level economic and social ramifications of microfinance, particularly focusing on inequality. Session Organizers: Paromita Sanyal, Cornell University and Alya Guseva, Boston University
6. *Section on Economic Sociology Roundtables (one-hour). Session Organizers: Simone Polillo and Hexuan Zhang, University of Virginia
*Session will be 1-hour in length; followed by the Section’s 40-minute business meeting.