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2002 Annual Meeting in Chicago Draws Near- Record Attendance

Chicago holds a special attraction for sociological gatherings, and this year's ASA Annual Meeting was no exception. Not only is this the city of Jane Addams and Hull House, George Herbert Mead, and others in the Chicago School of Sociology who contributed so much to the discipline, it is a great metropolitan center-rich in diversity, institutions, culture, and architecture. But the nearly 4,800 attendees at the 97th Annual Meeting, making this one of the best-attended meetings ever (second only to the 1998 San Francisco convention), came also to enjoy an irresistible scholarly program stimulated by an overall meeting theme of Allocation Processes and Ascription.

President Barbara Reskin said she selected this theme for the meeting in order "to highlight scholarship on how and why ascribed characteristics (sex, race, ethnicity, nativity, age, religion, and class, for example) affect people's exposure to society's opportunities."

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  ASA Issues Official Statement on Importance of Collecting Data on Race

At a landmark press conference on August 19, 2002, the American Sociological Association (ASA) released an official statement on the importance of collecting data and doing social scientific research on race. ASA's outgoing President, Barbara Reskin (University of Washington), the Chair of the ASA Task Force on an ASA Statement on Race, Troy Duster (New York University and the University of California at Berkeley), and ASA's Executive Officer, Sally T. Hillsman, introduced the statement during ASA's Annual Meeting at the Chicago Hilton.

  Rock 'n Roll Sociologist: William T. Bielby

For two decades Bill Bielby has had a recurring dream that his high school rock band, the Newports, would be reconstituted. That dream actually invades his sleep as nightmare-the band is all assembled, but always something is amiss; either the electrical current isn't flowing, the guitar strings transform into limp rubber bands, or something prevents Bill from actually getting there.

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