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2003 Theory Mini-Conference & Annual Meeting Events

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The Theory Section organizes a Mini-Conference every year at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. Since 2005, the Section has also organized a Junior Theorists Symposium. And since 2006, we have held a lecture and salon for the Coser Award winner.

In 2003, the Section hosted a Mini-Conference as well as Roundtables.

Thus there are ways of acting, thinking and feeling which possess the remarkable property of existing outside the consciousness of the individual. Not only are these types of behaviour and thinking external to the individual, but they are endued with a compelling and coercive power by virtue of which, whether he wishes it or not, they impose themselves upon him. Undoubtedly when I conform to them of my own free will, this coercion is not felt or felt hardly at all, since it is unnecessary... If I attempt to violate the rules of law they react against me so as to forestall my action, if there is still time."
-Emile Durkheim.
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  blank   2003 Theory Mini-Conference: THE VALUE OF THEORY


Session I: Classical Theory
Monday, 8/18/2003 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

RidgewayOrganizer(s):
Ira J. Cohen - Rutgers University
Linda D. Molm - University of Arizona

Participant(s):
Ira J. Cohen - Rutgers University (Presider)
TillyMargaret R. Somers - University of Michigan (Panelist)
Charles Tilly - Columbia University (Panelist)
Bryan S. Turner - Cambridge University (Panelist)
Eviatar Zerubavel - Rutgers University (Panelist)
Charles Lemert - Wesleyan University (Discussant)
Cecilia L. Ridgeway - Stanford University (Discussant)


up arrowSession II: Formal Theory
Monday, 8/18/2003 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

Organizer(s):
Cecilia L. Ridgeway - Stanford University
Linda D. Molm - University of Arizona

MacyParticipant(s):
Cecilia L. Ridgeway - Stanford University (Presider)
Lynn Smith-Lovin - University of Arizona (Panelist)
Michael Hechter - University of Washington (Panelist)
Michael Macy - Cornell University (Panelist)
Joseph Berger - Stanford University (Panelist)
Dorothy Smith - University of Toronto (Discussant)
Ira J. Cohen - Rutgers University (Discussant)


up arrowSession III: Critical Theory
Monday, 8/18/2003 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.

Organizer(s):
Charles Lemert - Wesleyan University
Dorothy Smith - University of Toronto

Participant(s):
Charles Lemert - Wesleyan University (Presider, Panelist)
CohenAudrey M Sprenger - University of Denver (Panelist)
Shana Cohen - George Washington University (Panelist)
Douglas S. Aoki - University of Alberta (Panelist)
Jonathan Cutler - Wesleyan University (Panelist)
Sharon Rosenberg - University of Alberta (Panelist)
Ira J. Cohen - Rutgers University (Discussant)
Cecilia L. Ridgeway - Stanford University (Discussant)


up arrowSession IV: Recent Advances in Theory
Tuesday, 8/19/2003 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.

Organizer(s):
Jane Sell - Texas A&M University

Participant(s):
Jane Sell - Texas A&M University (Presider)

WillerBlane DaSilva - University of South Carolina (Presenter)
David Willer - University of South Carolina (Presenter)
Title: Compound Exchange Networks: Theory and Experimental Data for Exclusive and Null Connected Subnetworks

Carl W. Roberts - Iowa State University (Presenter)
Title: Reading Personhood

Yong Wang - Iowa State University (Presenter)
Title: Reading Personhood

Anne W Esacove - University of Michigan (Presenter)
Title: Mediating, Sense-Making and Linking: A Description of the Process and Mechanisms of Personal Narrative Creation

Aaron M Beim - Northwestern University (Presenter)
Title: Toward an Interactive Theory of Collective Memory: Culture, Cognition, and the Institutionalization of Memory Schema

Jane Sell - Texas A&M University (Discussant)

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up arrowMonday, 8/18/2003 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Organizer(s):
Noah P. Mark - Stanford University

Table 1:

Blane DaSilva - University of South Carolina (Presenter)
Title: Compound Exchange Networks: Theory and Experimental Data for Exclusive and Null Connected Subnetworks

Joseph H. Gerteis - University of Minnesota (Presenter)
Title: Remapping Multiculturalism: Visions of Incorporation, Diversity, Solidarity

Table 2:

Minjoo Oh - University of Mississippi (Presenter)
Title: Heterotopic Embodiment: Uncontainable Boundaries of the Body

Carnie E Friese - University of California, San Francisco (Presenter)
Title: Sorted Sperm or Sexed Embryos? A Social Worlds/Arena Analysis of Preconception Sex Selection

Table 3:

Berit Irene Vannebo - Northwestern University (Presenter)
Title: Modernity as Value Rationalization

JuLeigh Coleman Petty - Northwestern University (Presenter)
Title: Universalizing Technologies in modernity

Table 4:

Benjamin Gregg - University of Texas-Austin (Presenter)
Title: Decoupling State from Nation Through Structure and Agency

Dylan John Riley - University of California, Davis (Presenter)
Title: Political Society and the 'Party Form' : The Missing Link in Historical Sociology

Table 5:

Kazem Alamdari - California State University, Los Angeles (Presenter)
Title: Religion and Development Revisited:Comparing Islam and Christianity

Margarita M. Palacios - New School University (Presenter)
Title: On Sacredness and Transgression: Understanding Social Antagonism

Table 6:

Lonnie Athens - Seton Hall University (Presenter)
Title: Domination: The Missing Principle in Mead's Analysis of Society

Russell Lee Rockwell - no current affiliation (Presenter)
Title: The Social Relevance of Hegel's Absolute Idea: Herbert Marcuse's Two Hegel Books

Table 7:

Helmut Staubmann - University of Innsbruck (Presenter)
Title: Culture as a Subsystem of Action: Talcott Parsons and Cultural Sociology

Gabriel A Acevedo - Yale University (Presenter)
Title: On Durkheim's Fatalism: The "Hidden" Link Between Anomie & Alienation 

Table 8:

Denise Anthony - Dartmouth College (Presenter)
Title: Social Capital in the Creation of Financial Capital: Social Control in Microcredit Borrowing Groups

Nan Lin - Duke University (Presenter)
Title: Social Capital: Social Resources, Civic Engagement, or Trust?

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