NOTES FROM "CHAIRMAN" CHIQUI
Francisco O. Ramirez, Stanford University
My memories of Chicago have yet to recede. We had a spectacular program for
which many section faithful and especially Annette Lareau deserve our gratitude.
We had a touching and well-attended memorial service for David Stevenson, a
fabulous reception honoring ASA president, Alejandro Portes (thank you Spencer
Foundation), and a Section sponsored dinner that was, as American undergraduates
are apt to say, awesome!
This will be a hard act to follow, but I am pleased to announce that we are
off to a good start. Thanks to the heroic recruiting efforts of Gary Dworkin
(and those who joined him in this quest for the common good) our section membership
increased to 601. This gain translates into an additional fourth panel session
for the Sociology of Education section. In addition there will be the lively
roundtables and the, at least, equally lively reception (thank you, American
Institute of Research). Rolf Blank and Mark Berends will be in charge of the
section dinner; in Washington, DC every dinner is potentially a "power" dinner.
Section Day is the third day of the annual meetings, August 14. Mark this
date on your calendar maker. Mark also January 10, 2000 the postmark deadline
for submitting papers to organizers. Mark and observe these dates or you too
may be ambitious but directionless!
COMMITTEES, COMMITTEES, COMMITTEES
As usual I get by with a little help from my friends. And these are:
Willard Waller Award for Distinguished Scholarship
Mary Metz, University of Wisconsin, Chair
Jaap Dronkers, University of Amsterdam
Valerie Lee, University of Michigan
Richard Rubinson, Emory University
Alan Sadovnik, Adelphi University
The award, to be presented at the 2000 Annual Meeting, will be
for a book published in the sociology of education in 1997, 1998, or
1999. Nominations should be sent by February 2, 2000 to:
School of Education
University of Wisconsin
100 Bascom Halll, Madison WI 53706
Tel:(608) 262-6863 or (414) 962-2064 (home)
David Lee Stevenson Graduate Student Award Committee
Chandra Mueller, University of Texas at Austin, Chair
Anthony Antonio. Stanford University
Jeanne Ballantine, Wright State University
Sophia Catsambis, Queens College
Scott Davies, McMaster University
This award is given for an outstanding paper written by a graduate
student or students on a topic in education. The author (or first author)
must be a graduate student at the time of submission, and all authors
must have been graduate students when it was written. Nominations from
members of the section and self-nominations are welcome.
Please send submissions by Feburary 2, 2000 to:
Campus Mail Code: A1700
University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712
Tel: (512) 471-1122
Pamela Walters, Indiana University, Chair
Karen Bradley, Western Washington University
Sam Lucas, University of California at Berkeley
Gary Natriello, Teachers College, Columbia University
Yossi Shavit, Tel Aviv University
Local Arrangements Committee
Marc Berends, Rand Corporation
Rolf Blank, CCSS
Membership Recruitment Committee
Gary Dworkin, University of Houston
There are many interesting sociology of education venues in the 2000 ASA program.
There is a thematic session on "confronting racism, sexism, and homophobia in
academia: struggles for diversity" There are several special sessions: and these
include academic freedom in the 21st century, black-white differences in academic
achievement and attainment, culture, power, and domination (the sociology of
Pierre Bourdieu), educational equity, restructuring admissions policies, within
the university of California, and the sociology of school choice. The regular
sociology of education session will be chaired by David Kinney, Department of
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
MI 48859 firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational sociologists may also check out the Special Interest Group in
Sociology of Education in the American Education Research Association. Sophia
Catsambis heads this group as it heads to New Orleans (April 24-28). Interested
in comparative education? Check out the Comparative and International Education
Society meetings in San Antonio (March 8-12) and later the Comparative Education
Society of Europe in Bologna (September 3-7)
Let a thousand flowers bloom!
ASA ANNUAL MEETING
on Sociology of Education. Session topics are open to all submissions.
Send papers to:
School of Education
Stanford, CA 94305
Tel: (650) 723-8421
for submissions: January 10, 2000
PLEASE ATTACH A COPY OF THE SUBMISSION COVER SHEET WHICH IS AVAILABLE
AS AN HTML OR WORD
Sociology of Education
Business Meeting Minutes
August 7, 1999
Submitted By David Baker, Secretary/Treasurer
Reports and Acknowledgements:
The Chair and Council members would like to thank all of the 1998-1999 committee
members for their service to the Section this past year:
Ad hoc Awards committee - Teachers College Press award: Amy S. Wells
- Chair, Karl Alexander, and Aaron Benovat; Communications: David Levinson
- Newsletter Editor; Carl Schmitt, Web Page manager; Rob Kadel, Listserv Manager;
Graduate student paper award committee: James Rosenbaum - Chair, Mark
Berends, Salvatore Saporito, William Velez, and Linda Grant; Membership:
A. Gary Dworkin; Nominations committee: Katy Schiller - Chair, David
Kinney, Corneilus Riordan, and Sophia Catsambis; Program committee: Annette
Lareau - Chair, Grace Kao, Richard Armur, Richard Ingersol, and Salvatore Saporito;
Spencer Reception Committee: Maureen Hallinan - Chair, Pam Walters, and
Alan Sadovnik; Willard Waller award Committee (Article): Francisco Rameriz
- Chair, Chandra Mueller, Kevin Dougherty, and Julia Wrigley
The section received the following reports:
- Treasurer's Report: 1999 Revenues for the section from dues income was
$1128, and from the ASA allocation was $2158, for a total of $3286. Savings
that can be carried forward in the budget from one electronically published
newsletter is about $600.
- The results of the recent elections are David Baker, Chair-elect; Kevin
Dougherty, Sec.-Treas; Jeanne Ballantine, Gary Dworkin and Sam Lucas - Council
- The Willard Waller Award for Outstanding Scholarship (Best journal article
in past three years) was awarded to Suet-ling Pong of Penn State University,
for "The School Compositional Effect of Single Parenthood on 10th-Grade Achievement."
- The Graduate Student paper award went to The 1999 SOE graduate student
went to Mark J. Schafer, Ph.D Indiana Univ "International Nongovernmental
Organizations and Third-World Education: A Cross-National Study."
- Section membership has now exceeded 600, resulting in another annual session
being allocated to the Section by ASA! Gary reported that our holding steady
was in the context of membership decline on the part of other Head of our
continual membership drive, Gary Dworkin reported that the Section sections.
The Section warmly thanked Gary for his tireless efforts towards the section.
Keep searching for new members!
- Aaron Pallas, Editor of the journal Sociology of Education, reported on
the healthy condition of this journal and announced a millennial edition.
He asked interested authors to contact him.
- Chandra Muller will head up an ad hoc committee to raise funds for the
new David L. Stevenson Graduate Student paper award.
- Special thanks go to the Spencer Foundation for sponsoring the Section's
reception in honor of ASA President and Spencer Foundation Board member Alejandro
Portes. The Section also recognizes Maureen Hallinan's efforts towards this
event. Thanks also to Rob Kadel for organizing the Section's listserve, which
now has about 200 subscribers. And a special thanks for David Levinson's continued
editorship of the Section's newsletter.
- Karl Alexander's ad hoc committee recommended that the Section petition
the ASA for approval of a grant funded by Teachers College Press awarded to
promising sociology of education dissertation in memorial to Ronald Galbraith,
a recently deceased, young editor at the Press. The grant would be awarded
with the intent of TC Press to publish the dissertation as a monograph. A
motion was seconded and passed that upon approval by the ASA, a standing committee
would be appointed each year to select the dissertation and award the grant
- A motion was made, seconded, and passed to name the Section's current Graduate
Student Outstanding Paper Award in memorial to David Lee Stevenson a recently
deceased member of the Section. The award will carry a cash prize of $500
to be funded through interest on a trust fund from donations from David's
friends, family, and colleagues coordinated by an ad hoc committee appointed
by the Section's chair.
Sociology of Education
Association Annual Meeting - February 25-27, 2000
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA
The theme this year is "Educational Stratification: Past and Prospects." The
conference will again be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterrey
Coast of California. If you are planning to attend (and I hope you are), I need
your registration form and a check for the conference fees sent to me no later
than December 15, 1999 in order to guarantee you a room at Asilomar. One very
important change to be aware of this year is that Asilomar does not have
arrangements with local hotels to handle overflow. This means that we really
must know who is coming and who is planning to stay at Asilomar by December
15, 1999. Most of the ccommodations at Asilomar are double occupancy, so
please let me know your roommate preference. Also indicate whether you prefer
regular or vegetarian meals. A web version is available at http://www.lmrinet.ucsb.edu/sociology/sea.html.
Just click on "Registration".
WALLER AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
The winner of the Willard Waller Award for Outstanding Paper in the
Sociology of Education for the years 1996-98 is: Suet-ling Pong, Associate
Professor of Education and Sociology at Pennsylvania State University.
The paper is "The School Compositional Effect of Single Parenthood on
10th Grade Achievement" Sociology of Education 71; 24-43 1998.
This paper has the twin virtues of continuity and innovation. It addresses
an important and ongoing issue in the sociology of education, the issue
of whether there are school contextual effects on achievement, net of
the effects of individual characteristics. To this tradition of inquiry
the paper adds a novel focus by examining the effects of attending a school
with a high concentration of children from single parent homes on mathematics
and reading achievement. Using NELS data, Pong finds a detrimental contextual
effect; her further analysis of the data reveals that the academic disadvantage
of going to schools with high levels of single parent children can be
offset when social relations and networks among parents are strong. This
paper concludes by recommending the formation of social capital in schools
contextually at risk of having children achieve poorly.
The awards committee singled out this paper because of its substantive
value, its methodological sophistication, and its policy relevance. The
awards committee consisted in Kevin Dougherty, Chandra Mueller, Julia
Wrigley, and Francisco O. Ramirez (Chair).
Research in Sociology
of Education -- Annual Volumes
Inviting brief paper proposals
Bruce Fuller, University of California at Berkeley
Emily Hannum, Harvard University
This note is to let you know that we are inheriting, from Aaron Pallas, the
editorship of the JAI Press Research in Sociology of Education.
Under a new format, each annual volume will be published under a thematic
title, with secondary reference to the "annual review" side of the series. JAI's
company, Elsevier Science, also is committing new resources and imagination
marketing approaches in the U.S. and abroad.
We are inviting two-page letters proposing important, empirically based, papers
for the first volume under our editorship, to be published in the year 2000.
This first volume will focus on how family, neighborhood, or peer forces may
influence children's school achievement or related facets of development. We
hope to select -- after a vigorous peer review process -- 6 to 8 top notch empirical
papers. In addition, critical commentaries will be invited that place one or
two papers in broader theoretical or applied policy debates.
While sociologists, political scientists, institutional economists, and anthropologists
have long been interested in family-community-school linkages, new directions
and empirical debates have emerged over the past decade. For example, many are
intrigued with construct of "social capital." But what is it? How do we measure
it? How do children's and parents' social linkages translate into proximal determinants
of school achievement or child development? Recent papers regarding social capital,
family networks, the influence of neighborhood context -- with a few important
exceptions -- have failed to look at variation across ethnic and cultural groups,
or comparatively across societies. We will publish high quality work, employing
quantitative or qualitative methods, which helps to open-up this general topic.
If you are interested in submitting a paper, we request that you send us an
email or letter ASAP (preferably by December 1, 1999) that contains these elements:
- Your core research question and why the empirical issue is important,
- How your proposed paper would illuminate the volume's topic and contribute
to theoretical and/or applied currents,
- The nature of the data that you will analyze,
- Methods of data analysis and argumentation,
- Major results and implications for the field.
If you want to talk a bit prior to submitting a letter feel free to email
us. Informal queries or your two-page letter can be sent to RSE@gse.harvard.edu,
4th Floor, 6 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138-3704
Attention: E.Hannum and P.Tung.
Many thanks. We look forward to building an exciting, important new annual
series with you.
Actions from ASA
Important Issues of Governance and Publications Addressed
The Council of the American Sociological Association (ASA) met on August 9-11,
1999 in conjunction with the ASA Annual Meeting. The meeting on August 9th,
which took place the afternoon after the open Business Meeting of the membership,
was the last meeting of the 1998-1999 Council. Outgoing President Alejandro
Portes (Princeton University) presided over this meeting. The meeting on August
10-11th was the first meeting of the 1999-2000 Council, and incoming President
Joe Feagin (University of Florida) presided.
A key item on the agenda was the issue of Council's selection in February
1999 of Charles Camic and Franklin Wilson (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
as co-editors of the American Sociological Review (ASR) when they were not among
the two ranked choices recommended by the ASA's Publications Committee. Council's
decision led to a special meeting of the Publications Committee in May 1999
and the resignation of Committee member Michael Burawoy (University of California-Berkeley)
The May meeting of the Publications Committee produced a number of concrete
recommendations about how to proceed in the future event that Council should
disagree with the Committee's recommendations for an editor selection. Subsequent
to Burawoy's public resignation, many ASA members expressed concern about Council's
treatment of one of ASA's most important Committees (a committee comprised of
the ASA President and Secretary as well as six at-large members elected by the
Other concerns were also expressed by members at the open Business Meeting
and in e-mail and listserv communications (especially on the listserv of Sociologists
for Women in Society--SWS) before the Annual Meeting. These concerns included
(1) whether Council, in rejecting the recommendations of the Publications Committee,
was less committed than the Publications Committee to ASR's becoming more diverse
and inclusive; (2) whether confidentiality was being invoked appropriately or
instead in a way that limited members' access to the reasons underlying important
decisions by the Publications Committee and Council; and (3) whether governance
changes recommended by Council and adopted by the membership in spring 1998
limited member participation and did so without adequate time for member deliberation.
At the Business Meeting, two resolutions passed: One, introduced on the floor
by Margaret Andersen (University of Delaware) and passed with a friendly amendment
from Cheryl Townsend Gilkes (Colby College), called for continuing the ASR editorship
under the now immediate-past editor Glenn Firebaugh (Pennsylvania State University)
until a search and decision on an editor could be effectively implemented. The
other resolution, prepared in advance by SWS and presented by its President
Judith Auerbach (National Institutes of Health), urged that, in light of concerns
about limiting democratic participation at ASA, a task force be appointed to
reexamine the elimination of the Committee on Committees (COC) and of regional
representation on the Committee on Nominations (CON).
Council devoted considerable time to the specific topics raised in the context
of Council's departure from the recommendation of the Publications Committee
for ASR editor. Council also discussed the critical sentiment being expressed
by some members and how best to enhance communication to all members and to
respond to the merits. Over the three days, a number of resolutions were adopted.
The specific language of these resolutions will be published in the September/October
issue of Footnotes and on the ASA homepage after final review by Council.
According to Article VII of the ASA Constitution, at least at the outset resolutions
passed at the Business Meeting are considered advisory resolutions to Council.
Council takes such resolutions quite seriously and considered at length each.
- Regarding the first resolution passed at the Business Meeting, in a close
vote, Council tabled the resolution to ask the immediate-past ASR editor to
continue as editor because the new editors were appointed based on their merit
and according to current procedure and the transition to the new office has
already occurred. The general discussion that took place in offering this
resolution could, in the view of Council, best be addressed by other actions.
- Regarding the second resolution passed at the Business Meeting, which focused
on the COC and CON, Council unanimously accepted this resolution with minor
modification. Council decided to establish a task force to consider alternative
models for the structure and election of the Committee on Committees and the
Committee on Nominations as well as related issues without a priori assumption
about what, if anything needs to be done, but with sufficient time for member
discussion and deliberation, if a By-law change is necessary. (President Feagin
is in the process of appointing this task force.)
Other key actions of Council include the following:
- In accord with the Publications Committee recommendation, to ask the Chair
of the Publications Committee to present the Committee's recommendations to
Council on editor selection and other matters deemed of importance.
- In accord with the Publications Committee recommendation, if Council rejects
all recommendations of the Publications Committee for an editor, to appoint
a subcommittee of Council and the Publications Committee to discuss and prepare
a mutual recommendation for Council's consideration.
- To arrive at a process and schedule for editor selection that, if necessary,
can accommodate a subcommittee of Council and the Publications Committee without
delaying the transition to the new editor beyond the anticipated date.
- To appoint a joint subcommittee of Publications and Council to articulate
a policy regarding confidentiality and accountability that addresses the interests
of both candidates and the ASA membership.
- In a four-part resolution, to state the following: (1) accept that the
crisis over the selection of the ASR editor reflects a lack of confidence
by a substantial number of ASA members in the procedures and practices of
Council; (2) express confidence in the new ASR editors, Camic and Wilson;
(3) acknowledge the need to bring more articles of general interest and more
articles in underrepresented areas to ASR; (4) convene a conference that would
reflect on the inclusiveness and diversity of ASR and potentially other ASA
journals; and (5) extend an apology and expression of gratitude to the new
ASR editors, to ASR editor candidates Walter Allen (University of California-Los
Angeles) and Jerry Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania) whose names have become
public in this process, and to all candidates for their willingness to apply
and potentially serve.
On related governance issues, Council took the following action:
- To reaffirm its longstanding policy that Council meetings are open except
when in Executive Session.
- In accord with the views expressed by many Section officers, to recommend
to the membership expanding the composition of the Committee on Sections from
six to nine members to include three section officers (from small, medium,
and large sections) elected by section officers.
This report on the August Council meetings is intended as background briefing
to ASA members, relevant committees, and other interested sociologists and publics.
It is being posted on the ASA homepage (http://www.asanet.org)
and otherwise distributed. Further inquiries should be directed to Felice J.
Levine, Executive Officer, email@example.com,
American Sociological Association
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AUGUST 11, 2000
A Conference on Carework will take place at Howard University
in Washington, D.C. on August 11, 2000, the day before the annual meeting of
the American Sociological Association. The conference will bring together researchers,
policymakers, and advocates involved in various domains of carework for one
day of meetings and networking. Participants from all academic disciplines,
and who take various approaches to the study of carework and carework policy,
are welcome. Carework research and policy focus on the caring work of individuals,
families, communities, paid caregivers, social service agencies, and state bureaucracies,
and ask important questions about such matters as: how women's labor force participation
has affected the nature and scope of women's and men's caring work; how identities
influence carework; how inequality based on gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation,
and other factors relates to caring; how caring work is recognized and compensated;
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and to what extent citizens have a right to receive, and a duty to provide,
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Sociology of Education
Section Officers: 1999-2000
Papers: PEWS 2000
Political Economy of the World-System XXIV Annual Conference
THE MODERN WORLD-SYSTEM IN THE 20TH CENTURY
The twenty-fourth annual conference of the Political Economy of the
World-System Section of the American Sociological Association will take
place on March 24-25, 2000 at Boston College.
The 24th annual conference of the PEWS is about the Modern World-System
in the 20th Century. We will do a retrospective analysis of the 20th century
by focusing on several world-scale, long-term processes. Priority will
be given to papers that covers from 50 to 100 years or more in terms of
time-length and/or encompass a regional or world scale level in terms
of the spatial dymensions. We will discuss several processes that have
been crucial in changing some of the geopolitical, geocultural and economic
dynamics of the capitalist world-system in the 20th century and that have
important implications for the next century.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS OF PAPERS OR DETAILED ABSTRACTS IS DECEMBER
Please submit materials to:
McGuinn Hall 426
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167-3807
Announcing a new publication.
Announcing a new publication.
THE STRUCTURE OF SCHOOLING: Readings in the Sociology of Education
Richard Arum and Irenee Beattie, University of Arizona
Paper / 544 pages / 2000
ISBN 0-7674-1070-X - Mayfield Publishing
PART I. Theoretical and Historical Perspectives
Status Attainment and Social Mobility
Max Weber, The "Rationalization" of Education and Training Pitirim
Sorokin, Social and Cultural Mobility
Ralph H. Turner, Sponsored and Contest Mobility and the School System
Peter M. Blau and Otis D. Duncan, The Process of Stratification
Human, Cultural, and Social Capital
Theodore W. Schultz, Investment in Human Capital
Pierre Bourdieu, Cultural Reproduction and Social Reproduction
James Coleman and Thomas Hoffer, Schools, Families, and Communities
Changing Theories of Education Systems
Emile Durkheim, The First Element of Morality: The Spirit of Discipline
Willard Waller, The School and the Community Randall Collins, Functional
and Conflict Theories of Educational Stratification
Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis, Beyond the Educational Frontier:
The Great American Dream Freeze
David Tyack and Elisabeth Hansot, The Rising Tide of Coeducation in High
PART II. Stratification Within and Between Schools
Peter Cookson and Caroline Hodges Persell, The Chosen Ones Anthony
Valerie Lee, and Peter Holland, Classroom Life
Racial Segregation and Resource Inequality
James Coleman, Ernest Campbell, Carol Hobson, James McPartland, Alexander
Mood, Frederic Weinfeld, and Robert York, The Coleman Report
Christopher Jencks and Marshall Smith, Henry Acland, Mary Jo Bane, David Cohen,
Herbert Gintis, Barbara Heyns, Stephan Michelson, Inequality in Educational
Jonathan Kozol, The Dream Deferred, Again, in San Antonio
Gary Orfield, The Growth of Segregation: African Americans, Latino,s and
Doris R. Entwistle, Karl Alexander, and Linda Olson, The Nature of Schooling
Maureen Hallinan, Tracking: From Theory to Practice
Jeannie Oakes, The Distribution of Knowledge
Adam Gamoran, Is Ability Grouping Equitable?
PART III. Class, Race, and Gender
Hans-Peter Blossfeld and Yossi Shavit, Persisting Barriers: Changes
in Educational Opportunities in Thirteen Countries
Paul Willis, Elements of a Culture
Jay MacLeod, Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangars and the
Annette Lareau, Social Class Differences in Family-School Relationships:
The Importance of Cultural Capital
Signithia Fordham and John Ogbu, Black Students' School Success: Coping
with the Burden of "Acting White"
Amy Stuart Wells and Robert Crain, Consumers of Urban Education
Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips, America's Next Achievement Test:
Closing the Black-White Test Score Gap
Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Why Does Jane Read and Write So Well? The
Anomaly of Women's Achievement
Barrie Thorne, Boys and Girls Together. But Mostly Apart
Michael Apple, Teaching and "Women's Work"
PART IV. Student Behavior and Adolescent Subcultures
James Coleman, The Adolescent Culture
Mary Metz, Classroom Interaction: Principled Conflict
John Devine, Schools or "Schools"?: Competing Discourses on Violence
PART V. Education and Life-Course outcomes
James Q. Wilson and Richard J. Herrnstein, Schools
James E. Rosenbaum and Amy Binder, Do Employers Really Need More Educated
Robert Reich, The Education of the Symbolic Analyst
Richard Arum and Michael Hout, The Early Returns: The Transition from School
to Work in the United States
PART VI. The Organizational Environment
The Cultural and Institutional Environment
Joseph Tobin, David Wu, and Dana Davidson, A Comparative Perspective
John W. Meyer, W. Richard Scott, David Strang, and Andrew L. Creighton, Bureaucratization
without Centralization: Changes in the Organizational System of U.S. Public
Stephen Brint and Jerome Karabel, Community Colleges and the American Social
John Chubb and Terry Moe, An Institutional Perspective on Schools
The Politics of School Reform
Peter Cookson, Reformers and Revolutionaries: The Drama of Deregulation
David Berliner and Bruce Biddle, Why Now?
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