July/August 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 6

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The Results of the 2011 Election Are In


Cecilia Ridgeway

Cecilia Ridgeway, Stanford University, has been elected the 104th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for 2012-2013. Jennifer Glass, University of Iowa, has been elected Vice President for 2012-2013. Ridgeway and Glass will assume their respective offices in August 2012, following a year of service as President-elect and Vice President-elect. Ridgeway will chair the 2013 Program Committee that will shape the ASA Annual Meeting program in New York City, August 10-13, 2013. As ASA President, Ridgeway will be Chair of the ASA Council, which governs the association and its policies, be a member of the ASA Committee on the Executive Office and Budget, and the 2013-14 Publications Committee.

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The Rose Series: Still Rising

James M. Jasper, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Academic miracles tend to be modest—wine turned into water and that sort of thing—but the revival of the Rose monograph series over the last 10 years certainly counts as a major one. First at the University of Massachusetts, then at Stony Brook, the series (published by the Russell Sage Foundation for the ASA) not only rose from the dead (to switch Bible stories) but began to publish some of the best books in sociology. Now the Editorial Office is moving to Rutgers University to be edited by Lee Clarke, Judith Gerson, Lauren Krivo, Paul McLean, and Patricia Roos. (Rutgers is also the new home of Contexts magazine.) Apparently, 30 years of Republican onslaughts have not quite killed state universities in the United States.

In the last decade or so ASA editors have realized that the immense work goes faster when a team is doing it. We have finally managed to set aside the misguided image of a scholar, alone in his (sic) study, perhaps puffing on a pipe, thinking profound thoughts; instead we now take our own discipline’s insights into the strengths of weak (and strong) ties seriously. Editors, like everyone else (even the son of God), work better through interaction. And editors not only work with each other, they are nodes in the much broader networks that write the books, produce them, and read them. (And hopefully, along the way, buy them.)

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The ISA Embraces the Digital World

Michael Burawoy, ISA President

The International Sociological Association (ISA) was established in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO. Over the last 60 years it has become ever more inclusive. From a small club of largely Western sociologists it has recruited sociologists from all corners of the globe and incorporated virtually every area of sociology. The association now has 57 National Association members and 55 Research Committees. Membership has risen to more than 5,000, which was also the number of registrants at the Gothenburg Congress in 2010—both figures are record highs. We now have a Sociological Forum for Research Committees that takes place every four years (the next one will be in Buenos Aires in 2012, August 1-4) and a conference for National Associations, also every four years, the last one being in Taipei in 2009 and the next one in 2013. The next ISA World Congress of Sociology will be in Yokohama in 2014. In addition to meetings, we have two flourishing international journals, Current Sociology and International Sociology as well as International Sociology Review of Books.

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