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  1. The Geometry of Culture: Analyzing the Meanings of Class through Word Embeddings

    We argue word embedding models are a useful tool for the study of culture using a historical analysis of shared understandings of social class as an empirical case. Word embeddings represent semantic relations between words as relationships between vectors in a high-dimensional space, specifying a relational model of meaning consistent with contemporary theories of culture.
  2. Mapping Cultural Schemas: From Theory to Method

    A growing body of research in sociology uses the concept of cultural schemas to explain how culture influences beliefs and actions. However, this work often relies on belief or attitude measures gleaned from survey data as indicators of schemas, failing to measure the cognitive associations that constitute schemas. In this article, we propose a concept-association-based approach for collecting data about individuals’ schematic associations, and a corresponding method for modeling concept network representations of shared cultural schemas.
  3. Us versus Them: The Responses of Managers to the Feminization of High-Status Occupations

    What happens when more and more women enter high-status occupations that were previously male-dominated occupations? This article explores how the processes by which the entrance of women into high-status occupations has affected the hiring, income, and perceived competence of women. I present the results of a general population experiment conducted on a large, random sample of the U.S. population. The experiment was designed to explore the hiring, income, and perceived competence of all women when high-status occupations become predominantly female.
  4. SAN Matching Process

    SAN bright colored dot pattern with photo of two people shaking hands. Tag line "Expertise in Collaboration with Community"

    Through SAN, the American Sociological Association will facilitate partnerships between not-for-profit organizations that need technical expertise and sociologists who want to help. The process will involve the following steps:

  5. SAN Advisory Board

    The SAN Advisory Board is composed of individuals with interest and experience in creating connections between disciplinary knowledge and skills and the needs of communities and not-for-profit organizations.  Board members help guide the program, including working with the staff liaison to review volunteer profiles and requests for assistance from organizations. 

     

  6. ASA Program Reviewers and Consultants

    On this page you will find the list of program reviewers and consultants (formerly the Department Resources Group [DRG]) who are trained in program review best practics, along with a statement of their consulting approach and abbreviated CV that highlights their background and experience most relevant to program review and consultation. 

  7. Communication, Information Technology, and Media Sociology Award Nomination Calls

    CITAMS William F. Ogburn Mid-Career Achievement Award

    This award recognizes a sustained body of research by a scholar who has provided an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the areas relevant to the section. If you would like to nominate a scholar for the award, please send a nomination letter via email to the following committee members by March 15, 2020:

  8. Do Sociology Courses Make More Empathetic Students? A Mixed-Methods Study of Empathy Change in Undergraduates

    Assessing course goals is often challenging; assessing an abstract goal, like empathy, can be especially so. For many instructors, empathy is central to sociological thinking. As such, fostering empathy in students is a common course goal. In this article, we report the initial findings of a semester-long assessment of empathy change in undergraduate students (N = 619). We employ a mixed-methods research design that utilizes qualitative instructor data to determine independent instructor-level variables and student surveys to measure student empathy change.