November 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 8

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News on the ASA Sections

2011 Section Awards

The winners of this year’s section awards are now available on our website. ASA also has placed all records of past award winners online for your reference and reading pleasure. See

Sections Manual

The Committee on Sections his approved a new edition of the Sections Manual. For those unfamiliar with it, this book details the policies and procedures that govern ASA’s 52 sections. The changes in the 2011 edition clarify policy surrounding Sections-in-formation, receptions, and officer succession. For the first time the manual also lays out process for amending bylaws. In addition, the manual has a new and much easier to read layout. The Sections Manual is available for download at:

Consumers and Consumption

The ASA Council has approved the formation of a new section on Consumers and Consumption for the 2012 membership year. ASA’s 52nd section will focus on the "growing presence and place of ‘consumption’, in its many forms in daily life, in political debates, and economic policy"

The proposal was submitted by Daniel Cook (Rutgers University), Laura Miller (Brandeis University), George Ritzer (University of Maryland), Juliet Schor (Boston College), and Joel Stillerman (Grand Valley State University). It was approved by the Committee on Sections and ASA Council during the 2011 Annual Meeting.

As a new section-in-formation Consumers and Consumption will have two years to reach a membership of 300 at which time it will become a full section. The full text of the proposal is available at for consideration and comment.

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