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American Sociological Association (ASA)

Self Description

March 2012: "As the national organization for sociologists, the American Sociological Association, through its Executive Office, is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, the Association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.

The American Sociological Association is:

  • a non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC
  • dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good
  • 100 years old in 2005 (founded in 1905)
  • an association of over 14,000 members
  • home to 44 special interest sections with more than 21,000 members
  • host of an annual meeting with more than 6,000 participants
  • publisher of 10 professional journals and magazines"

Third-Party Descriptions


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member (past or present) Dr. William Frey Ph.D. Person Jul 30, 2013
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Prof. Erving Goffman Person Mar 7, 2012

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Mar 27, 2011 Supreme Court to Weigh Sociology Issue in Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

QUOTE: Plaintiffs in the class-action suit... claim that Wal-Mart owes billions of dollars to as many as 1.5 million women who they say were unfairly treated on pay and promotions...” A 2009 article in The Fordham Law Review defending Professor Bielby said the debate was “about the existence of unconscious or implicit bias, the continued seriousness of discrimination as a force in the modern workplace and the appropriate reach of legal remedies to challenge discrimination.”

New York Times
Jun 02, 2008 When Disadvantages Collide (Department of Human Behavior)

QUOTE: The question of what to do when the interests of two groups that had long suffered discrimination clashed with each other split the feminist movement. In order to gain passage of the 19th Amendment, which in 1920 gave women the right to vote, leading feminists jettisoned issues important to African Americans to win support from women and politicians who would have nothing to do with people of color.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2006 Supreme Court Memo: Women Suddenly Scarce Among Justices’ Clerks

QUOTE: With the number of women in clerkships high by historical standards until now, attention has been focused on a lack of ethnic and racial diversity among the clerks. There are no reliable figures, but the clerkship cadre remains overwhelmingly white.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2006 Women in Top Ranks Pull Up the Pay of Others: Study Says Existing Salary Gap Fades When Female Managers Are in Charge

QUOTE: There is a stereotype in the United States that women who become bosses are ruthless and that they treat female subordinates worse than they treat men...opening the management door to women is not only the right thing to do but will lead to more equitable workplaces in general.

Washington Post