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The Philadelphia Sound

This is the fourth article in a series highlighting ASA’s upcoming 2005 centennial meeting in Philadelphia.

Since World War II, music has been Philadelphia’s public face to the world. While fulfilling their duties as unofficial representatives of the “City of Brotherly Love”, local musicians worked to codify and symbolize the state of the city’s black community through a succession of distinct musical styles. From a sociological point of view, three features of these recurring “Philadelphia sounds” stand out: the music’s roots in neighborhood institutions like churches; a dense, localized network of musicians who gig and record with each other, making innovation a collaborative process; and the countless local enterprises (recording studios, record shops, nightclubs, and more) that the network builds and popularizes.

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Results of 2005 ASA Election

With a record number of voters, ASA members have elected Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center, City University of New York as President-elect, and Bonnie Thornton Dill, University of Maryland as Vice President-elect. Piven and Dill will assume their respective offices in August of 2006, following a year of service as President-elect and Vice President-elect, respectively.

Recipients of 2005 ASA Awards

The American Sociological Association proudly announces the recipients of the major awards for 2005. These outstanding scholars will be recognized at the 2005 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 14, at 4:30 pm at the Philadelphia Loews Hotel.

The ASA awards are conferred on sociologists for outstanding publications and achievements in the scholarship, teaching, and the practice of sociology.

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