open thread on the asa meetings


We’ve just finished up with another round of ASA meetings in New York. I was busy with a lot of personal and department business, but I caught two good sessions:

  • A retrospective on the Columbia University soc deptartment, one of the leaders in the field, especially in the 50s and 60s. Good discussion by Harriet Zuckerman, Tom DiPrete and others. One neat observation: there wasn’t a terribly strong division between academic and commercial research. The Columbia crowd associated with the research institute routinely used commercial contracts to support academic research, which then enhanced their reputation.
  • An award given to Malcolm Gladwell for excellence in writing about sociology. Good points made during discussion: Robb Willer of Berkeley on research about “automaticity” (how people form snap judgments) , which stands in stark contrast to the neo-classical model of cognition assumed by economists. Orlando Patterson argued that public intellectuals declined in sociology as the field became more dependent on federal research dollars. Coincidence or cause?

Add your own comments about papers or panels you enjoyed at ASA. Here’s a previous link on the blogger meetup.

Written by fabiorojas

August 15, 2007 at 12:48 am

Posted in academia, fabio, sociology

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  1. One of my favorite parts about the conference (and the AOM meetings) was meeting so many people who read the blog and who had kind things to say about what we’re doing here. Meeting these people confirmed that our regular readers tend to be on the young-ish side, mainly assistant professors and graduate students. But a couple of senior scholars also mentioned the blog.

    The best paper I heard at ASA was presented by our own former guest blogger, Sheen Levine. His paper (coauthored with Ed Zajac) used experimental methods to test the hypothesis that market prices can quickly become institutionalized, even when market actors have complete information. Think Vernon Smith meets Lynn Zucker.



    August 15, 2007 at 2:51 pm

  2. I’m tired.



    August 15, 2007 at 3:46 pm

  3. I am way burned as well – AOM and ASA back-to-back is a bit heavy, though quite fun as well.

    I attended a great session organized by James Jasper – with Dobbin, Biggart and Fligstein – on the relationship between markets, society and organizations – a discussion of how governance is evolving over time, matters of ethics, sustainability, and so forth. I believe the session was recorded and will somehow be summarized (transcribed?) in one of the ASA outlets.



    August 15, 2007 at 3:57 pm

  4. I forgot to mention the excellent panel on blogging that Eszter and Kieran put together at ASA. I couldn’t stay for the whole thing, but I thought it was a nice conversation. A good number of people showed up too.

    Jeremy has a post about his comment about cat-blogging. Jay Livingston also offers his thoughts.



    August 15, 2007 at 8:54 pm

  5. My favorite part was when Ted said, “whoa!”



    August 16, 2007 at 7:54 pm

  6. MY favorite part was when Bill said, “That’s Captain Ahab, dude.”



    August 17, 2007 at 12:01 pm

  7. Hi,
    Wrote a post in Socializing Finance about the tour of the New York Mercantile Exchange that we took during the ASA. Apart from everything else, got to meet Brayden King there.



    August 19, 2007 at 3:17 pm

  8. […] listened to some very good papers and attended some very interesting sessions, as you can see in a recent post in Org Theory . I will cover these in more detail when I get copies of papers from presenters. This time I would […]


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  10. No, THE best part is when Bill said, “I dunno… Philosophize with him!”



    August 21, 2007 at 11:30 am

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