January 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 1

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Denver and Utopia: Historical Notions and Contemporary Realities

In light of the 2012 ASA annual conference theme of “Real Utopias,” it is appropriate for Denver, CO, to be the host. I am not suggesting that life in the Queen City and the Centennial State has been utopian, but that the greater Denver area exemplifies, in many ways, the ideals and practices of utopias both real and imagined. This can be found, if one looks closely, in the many utopiannarratives found among ancient native and newer immigrant populations.

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ASA Financial Support for Editorial Offices

ASA is first and foremost a scholarly society that publishes nine journals and a book series on behalf of the discipline.1 The centrality of these scholarly publications to ASA’s mission is widely acknowledged by sociologists who are members of the Association as well as by non-members. It may surprise some members that ASA journals are also central to the financial support of ASA’s service programs, small grant programs, and the public activities in which the Association engages to benefit our members, the discipline, and social science generally.

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2012 ASA Annual Meeting:
Denver — The Cultural Center
of the Rocky Mountains

It’s not too early to begin planning your visit to Denver for the next ASA Annual Meeting, August 17-20, 2012. It has been 41 years since the meeting was held in Denver and ASA is pleased to return to the mile-high city for the next Annual Meeting.

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Social Science with Social Media

As a discipline devoted to explaining patterns of human behavior and social interaction, sociologists often have to choose whether to rely on direct real-time observation of very small numbers of non-representative individuals (e.g. in field observation or in the laboratory) or to rely on indirect retrospective accounts obtained through survey responses from large representative samples. Social media offers us the opportunity for the first time to both observe human behavior and interaction in real time and on a global scale.

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Starting a Discussion with
200+ High School Teachers of Sociology


At a recent presentation on teaching sociology in high schools at the 2011 National Council of Social Studies annual conference in Washington, DC, Hayley Lotspeich, the ASA High School Program Planning Director, and her co-presenter Chris Salituro asked the audience how many of them were the only person teaching sociology at their high school. The overwhelming majority of hands went up. High school teachers of sociology often lack colleagues with whom to share ideas, ask questions, or otherwise collaborate.

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