March/April 2015 Issue • Volume 43 • Issue 3

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The Chicago Craft Brew Scene

Paul-Brian McInerney, University of Illinois at Chicago,

While Portland, Denver, and San Diego get much attention as craft brewing hotspots, the Chicago craft brewing scene is growing rapidly, with 34 new craft breweries opened in 2014 alone. Small-scale and independent, craft brewers are the artisans of beer production. Despite accounting for less than 10 percent of total market share in 2014, craft brewing is vibrant throughout the United States. The industry sector seems to be recession-proof: craft beer sales grew 17.3 percent in 2013 against a 1.6 percent overall drop in beer sales industry-wide (Brewers Association, 2014). The growth of craft brewing in recent years provides a fascinating laboratory for organizational and economic sociologists to study various industry dynamics (Carroll & Swaminatham, 2000; Rao, 2008). I am currently studying collaboration and apprenticeship networks among craft brewers in Chicago to understand boundary maintenance and expansion in markets.

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ASA Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court in Support of Marriage Equality

Daniel Fowler, ASA Media Relations

The American Sociological Association (ASA) filed an amicus curiae brief on March 5 with the Supreme Court of the United States in the same-sex marriage cases currently pending before the court. The ASA’s brief highlights the social science consensus that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents.

Today, more than 200,000 children in the U.S. live with same-sex parents, and the Supreme Court is scheduled to rule this summer whether marriage equality is mandated by the Constitution. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia presently recognize this type of marriage, and nearly 72 percent of the U.S. population lives in a place where marriage equality is the law.

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Candidates for the 2015 ASA Election

In accordance with election policies established by the ASA Council, biographical sketches of the candidates for ASA leadership positions are published in Footnotes (see below). The candidates appear in alphabetical order by office. Biographical sketches for all candidates will be available online when ballots are sent to all current voting members in mid-April.

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Global Dialogue: An ISA President’s Reflections

Michael Burawoy, University of California-Berkeley and past ISA President

Michael Burawoy. Photo by Photo by Koichi Hasegawa

Founded in 1949, the International Sociological Association (ISA) was 65 years old at its 18th World Congress in Yokohama this past July. With over 6,000 participants from 103 countries it was the biggest Congress to date. Most of the more than 1,000 sessions were organized by the 63 ISA Research Committees, Working and Thematic Groups. The theme of the 2014 Congress was “Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for a Global Sociology.” As always happens at these events, new bonds were forged—this time over sushi and sake—across linguistic, generational, and national boundaries as well as across research interests.

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