September-October 2009 Issue • Volume 37 • Issue 7

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Social Conflict:
Multiple Dimensions and Arenas

106th ASA Annual Meeting • August 13-16, 2011
Chicago, Illinois

2011 Annual Meeting Theme:

Social conflict is constantly in the headlines, in the breaking news, but also under the surface of social life. Wherever there is change, struggle, or domination, there is conflict. Social conflict involves many dimensions, including not only economic and power struggles, movement dynamics, and violence, but also forms of inequality and domination latent with conflict, and practices which resolve conflict or which divert attention from it. Sociology is the only social science that takes conflict as a major topic, and the only field that throughout its existence has been crucially centered on class, race, and ethnicity. New fields focused on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are also concerned with conflict, but the intellectual driving force in most of these fields is a sociological perspective. There is a reason why sociologists were heavily involved in the rebellious movements of the 1960s and 70s—sociologists are experts at understanding both power and group mobilization. This has continued to be sociology’s special strength.

For the 2011 ASA meeting, the Program Committee invites you to deepen our analysis of such topics as:


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