March 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 3

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ASA Sections

ASA Sections are a means of increasing communication and interaction among persons of similar interests within the framework of larger organizations. While sections facilitate relationships and work among persons with a common interest, they also provide an opportunity for individuals to participate actively in the association. Only current ASA members can join ASA’s special interest sections.

ASA’s 48 sections include a wide range of interests, alphabetically from Aging and the Life Course to Theory; from the oldest section (Teaching and Learning) to the newest sections-in-formation (Sociology of the Body and Atruism and Social Solidarity). There are small but active sections such as Animals and Society, and Rationality and Society, to traditionally large sections such as Culture, Sex and Gender, and Medical Sociology. Sections publish newsletters, host websites and listservs, and sponsor sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting. Two sections, Community and Urban Sociology and Political Economy of the World-Systems, publish their own journals.

Through sections, ASA members can network, meet leaders in the field, learn of current research and grant opportunities, post book announcements, and more.

If you have questions about ASA Sections, contact the ASA Governance and Sections Office at (202) 383-9005, ext. 330 or e-mail Current ASA members can add a section membership by logging into the online system at or by contacting the ASA membership department at (202) 383-9005 x389.

For complete information on these and other ASA member benefits, visit

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