2021 Award Winners

Mayer N. Zald Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Student Paper Award

Apoorva Ghosh. “The Politics of Alignment and the ‘Quiet Transgender Revolution’ in Fortune 500 Corporations, 2008 to 2017.”

Honorable mention:

Rui Jie Peng. “Rightful Bargaining: Rural Women Making Claims for Social Provisions in China’s Targeted Poverty Alleviation Program.”

Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award

Joshua Bloom. 2020. “The Dynamics of Repression and Insurgent Practice in the Black Liberation Struggle.” American Journal of Sociology 126.2: 195-259.

Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award

Eleonora Pasotti. 2020. Resisting Redevelopment: Protest in Aspiring Global Cities (Cambridge University Press)

Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Dissertation Award

Co-winners:

Benjamin H. Bradlow. “Urban Origins of Democracy and Inequality: Governing São Paulo and Johannesburg, 1985-2016”

Anna Zhelnina. “Engaging Neighbors: Housing Strategies and Political Mobilization in Moscow’s Renovation”

CFP: Social Movements and Covid-19: Dynamics, challenges and strategies

Social Movement Studies

Special Issue Editor(s): Priska Daphi, Bielefeld University, Germany; Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Loughborough University, UK;Gemma Edwards, University of Manchester, UK

Covid-19 is affecting many dimensions of social and political life. The pandemic and its political and social consequences present challenges to social movements in various ways. Lockdowns and restrictions have complicated many prominent forms of mobilization – such as street protests. While such challenges may lead to demobilization in some cases, in other cases they seem to be giving way to new forms of organization and mobilization as in the case of online protests. Furthermore, the physical distancing complicates prevalent forms of organization, framing and identity building in several ways.

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CfP: Special Issue on the Black Lives Movement

Mobilization would like to produce a special issue on the Black Lives Movement. We are looking for papers that are about the 2014-2020 movement or that can put this protest wave into a broader context that includes prior organizing and protests. Papers can be empirical or theoretical and cover a wide range of topics related to the protest wave, BLM, allied or counter-movements generally. We are looking for qualitative or quantitative descriptive papers as well as papers that develop some theoretical angle on events. We invite submissions grounded in activist perspectives as well as those grounded in scholarly traditions. We are open to considering innovative approaches such as those that include visual, oral or digital components as supplements to printed materials.

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Going on the job market?

Are you going on the sociology job market this year? Do you have students who are going on the market? The CBSM Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) is publishing a special issue of Critical Mass to highlight the accomplishments of junior social movements scholars. The issue will be published in early August. 

To publish your profile, please provide the following:

  • Photograph (optional) 
  • Current affiliation 
  • List of up to 10 representative publications (including forthcoming publications and works in progress) in ASA or APA format
  • 200-word candidate statement in 1st person 
  • Website and email address

Please send all materials to Critical Mass co-editors Stacy Williams and Daniel McClymonds at cbsmnews@gmail.com by July 31, 2020.

In Solidarity and Support of Black Lives

The Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section (CBSM) of the American Sociological Association joins academic communities across the country in expressing outrage at the murder of George Floyd and countless other Black, Brown, and Indigenous people who have lost their lives as a result of systemically racist policing in the United States. As sociologists, researcher-activists, educators, and community members, we join those around the nation in bearing witness to the racial injustices that have led to this moment. The CBSM recognizes the recent uprisings as expressions of deep-seated pain, anger, and frustration on behalf of those whose lives have been harmed, and often shortened, through systemic racism.

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