2020

2020 Treasurer Special Election Results We are delighted to announce that Nina Bandelj (University of California, Irvine) has been re-elected as SASE Treasurer. She will serve her second two-year term from 2020-2022. SASE Office Moves to MPFiG The SASE office is moving to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne! SASE Successes Congratulations are in order for SASE Treasurer Nina Bandelj and SASE Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Laura Adler! Quarantine Dispatches from Latin America Two dispatches from SASE members in Latin America, Marta Castilho and Clemente Ruiz Durán. Interview with Working Group on Greening co-chair Dave Elder-Vass SASE Network Organizer Dave Elder-Vass, specialist of the digital, weighs in on going virtual. Étienne Ollion on AI Etienne Ollion, CNRS researcher, fluidly leads us through the underpinnings of AI. An avant-premier of the workshop on AI that he will give during the SASE Virtual meeting on July 19, 2020 at 12 noon EST. SASE Founder Amitai Etzioni on Covid-19 "The Nazi's did not stop me, I survived three years of fighting during the 1948 war. I'd be damned if I let a virus stop me." Life Under Lockdown We asked two former SASE presidents, Christine Musselin and Gary Herrigel, to share their thoughts on a Paris and Chicago transformed by the pandemic. Social Sciences and COVID-19 Here is an excellent collection of texts about COVID-19 by researchers from the CSO (Centre de Sociologie des Organisations) in Paris Marta Castilho Coronacrises in Brazil COVID-19 appeared in Brazil during Carnival, causing a new sanitary problem and deepening other economic, political, and moral problems already existing in our society. The way COVID-19 arrived in Brazil is very illustrative of our social inequalities. The first cases were registered in rich neighborhoods when some of their residents returned from […] Clemente Ruiz Durán Mexico City: Ghostly and Melancholic in the Era of Coronavirus Mexico City is not only a crossroads within Mexico but is also the link between the US and Latin America. It has grown to become a huge metropolitan area (7.9 km2) with a population of at least 22 million, that each day take at least […] We Must Fight Face Surveillance to Protect Black Lives An urgent letter from the Algorithmic Justice League Public Thinker: Nancy K. Miller on Feminist Lives Thinking in public demands knowledge, eloquence, and courage. In this interview series, we hear from public scholars about how they found their path and how they communicate to a wide audience. Why Economics Needs More Black Women Sometimes, movements begin with a LinkedIn connection. That was the case when Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, a former undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Pandemic lockdown holding back female academics, data show Unequal childcare burden blamed for fall in share of published research by women since schools shut, but funding bodies look to alleviate career impact. An Excerpt from “We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now” The following is an excerpt from Annelise Orleck’s “We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now”: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages (Beacon Press, 2018). Women doing more childcare under lockdown but men more likely to feel their jobs are suffering Women in the UK are doing more childcare under lockdown – but men are more likely to say their caring or domestic responsibilities are negatively impacting their paid jobs. Leading the charge to give citizens — and workers — a real say Author argues it is unjust, for instance, that store clerks and nurses toiling on the pandemic’s frontlines have no influence on decisions that put their health at risk. The Domestic Gaze, a feminist video series A new feminist video series from Columbia University, Paris. Why a Sociology of Pandemics? A focus of attention and resources on medicine and biomedical science tells less than half the story of how societies identify new diseases, how they respond and what the consequences might be.  Dingwell writes about the sociological relevance of new diseases and the different research approaches taken by scholars working in this area.  Covid-19 fallout takes higher toll on women “Care” remains women’s work. New Gender Conceptions: What Trans Kids and Their Parents Can Teach Us about the Self, the Body, and the Enduring Significance of Gender to Our Lives Author began the project by interviewing trans kids but pivoted to parents, doctors, trans advocates,and psychologists. Women in Power: it’s a matter of life and death Striking Statistics on Women Leaders. Women and minority researchers have more original ideas, but white men are rewarded faster The paradox states that, while diversity breeds innovation and creativity, the underrepresented groups that bring such assets to organizations have less successful careers within them. A Short History of Black Women and Police Violence Historian Keisha N. Blain writes that while African American men bear the brunt of police abuse, African American women have a long history of being victims of police violence as well. Covid-19 crisis could set women back decades, experts fear The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating effect on gender equality and could set women back decades. COVID-19 Resources For Sociologists Every day we face new challenges related to COVID-19. ASA wants to help you navigate those challenges. Mothers in Academia: overworked and in greater precarity Working paper, University Teluq. Beyond Backlash: How Gender Discourse Reaggregates Conservatisms The focus of this text is on how the anti-gender equality agenda in Brazil is helping reassemble contemporary conservative discourses. The Coronavirus Slayer! How Kerala’s Rock Star Health Minister Helped Save it from Covid-19 KK Shailaja has been hailed as the reason a state of 35 million people has only lost four to the virus. Here’s how the former teacher did it. How are mothers and fathers balancing work and family under lockdown? In this report,  new data collected and examined since the end of April to investigate how this crisis has affected mothers and fathers in two-parent opposite-gender families.   UK Women Bear emotional Brunt of Covid-19 Turmoil – poll Results show women disproportionately affected by employment and risk concerns amid pandemic. Who Cares? Now, All of Us Must This labor force comprises over 90% women, and is disproportionately made up of women of color and immigrants. economic sociology_the european electronic newsletter Taxing inequality and fiscal sociology - Vol 21, No 2 | March 2020 ASA Newsletter – Spring 2020 Economic Sociology & Social Studies of Finance in Times of Pandemic Julia Lynch Socioeconomic inequality has been rising almost everywhere in the OECD over the last 30 years, to the dismay even of hardened supporters of capitalism. COVID-19 has revealed a less familiar type of inequality: death rates that differ widely across socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups, as well as across countries. This comes as no surprise to social […] Cogito 10 – Dossier on Gender Equality This issue of Cogito addresses areas such as the negative consequences of some purportedly egalitarian and scientific policies, the geopolitics of gender, the impact of climate change on women’s lives, the paradoxical aspects of marital relations, and factors of persistence in educational and professional inequalities. Santos Ruesga We are still in lockdown, although little by little the measures of opening back up are being implemented. From a ghostly city, without cars or people, we have come to see some traffic and above all, there are already children, running and screaming through the streets. The parks are still closed, oblivious to the children’s […] Amitai Etzioni The Nazi's did not stop me, I survived three years of fighting during the 1948 war. I'd be damned if I let a virus stop me." from Amatai Etzioni, the founder of SASE. Covid-19 is officially feminine, say French language guardians "The use of the feminine for Covid-19 would be preferable," the Academie Francaise said in a directive published on its website under the category "faulty use". Women in Science are Battling both Covid-19 and the Patriarchy Women are advising policymakers, designing clinical trials, coordinating field studies and leading data collection and analysis, but you would never know it from the media coverage of the pandemic. Mothering in a Pandemic As small (and large) businesses line up for relief, Congress should take notice of the parents, mostly mothers, who are doing some of society’s most important work by taking responsibility for children.  Women Academics Seem to Be Submitting Fewer Papers During Coronavirus Six weeks into widespread self quarantine, editors of academic journals have started noticing a trend... Covid-19 Has Shown The Economy Isn’t Working. But For Women, It Never Has Why is it that there are more women in the low frontline jobs such as social care asks Marion Sharples, a researcher from the Women's Budget Group. And why has it taken a pandemic to open the world's eyes to the value of care work? Nancy DiTomaso Why Has the U.S. Fumbled So Badly in Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic? It Is Part of the Republican Agenda I live in suburban New Jersey, which is outside of New York City. New Jersey constitutes another “hot spot” for the novel coronavirus. Because many of us are in houses rather than apartments, we can […] David Marsden Some years ago Thomas Schelling illustrated how we often coordinate by means of semi-conscious reference points. He illustrated this with his famous experiment of two friends, who can’t communicate, but have to decide where and at what time to rendezvous in New York. As you know, most opted for midday under the clock in Grand […] French-Language MOOC on Work-Life Reconciliation over the Life Course Return of the 1950s housewife? How to stop coronavirus lockdown reinforcing sexist gender roles [The Conversation] From sociologist, Arlie Hochschild’s seminal work looking at heterosexual couples in the 1970’s and 1980’s until today.  Not much has changed in the male/female divide. Double Lives by Helen McCarthy – a history of working mothers [The Guardian] Books of the Day. The Covid-19 Crisis is Exacerbating Gender Inequalities—but who cares? [Social Europe] While more men are dying of the virus, women are nevertheless among the most affected if we consider the broad socio-economic impacts of the pandemic writes Marja Bijl.