would like personally to thank Bill
Smith for his intellectually
stimulating and interesting program
this year. From his
outstanding introduction to the
problems of the current literature
on urban crime and social efficacy,
all the way to the end of the
conference, the papers presented
were well-organized and very much in
the sociological tradition of
breaking though old
stereotypes. Speakers from
several other formal disciplines
showed how sociological concepts can
enrich the public life of our
If you missed
the meeting, you missed an excellent
chance not only to meet with other
sociologists, but also missed
discussion of number of new findings
on how the social system
meeting I announced that in the
next issue of Sociation
Today we hope to
have a special focus on the role
of community in our society
Procedures to Join NCSA and to Register for
the Annual Meeting at N.C. State on February
Rather than to continue our old registration and
membership application forms, NCSA will now
process all applications, registrations and donations
electronically by using PayPal software. You
do not have to have a PayPal account to use the
forms. You can pay with a credit card, for
Please choose from the below pull down menu
options to choose from the following NCSA
membership and registration fee schedule.
After you process your PayPal payment, you will be
directed to a form to fill out your name and
school affiliation. See the second link in
order to donate to the Himes fund.
Here are the options you will be able to choose
from when you click on the link to register:
Annual Meeting and Lunch - $20
Student Membership and
Annual Meeting (No Lunch) - $10
Annual Meeting and Lunch - $45
and Annual Meeting (No Lunch) - $35
Please contribute to the Himes Award, which
is named after our founder, Joe Himes.
This award and stipend goes to students who have
contributed papers which advance sociology.
The rules for the papers can be found at
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We have suggested a modest $5
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The Bulletin for
2015, is now available from the link
above. Here is a copy of the first
page...please excuse the screen grab!!
Remember, view the whole file, please click
on the link at the top of the page marked "The
Dr. Beth Davison,
Appalachian State University, is the new treasurer
of the North Carolina Sociological
Association. The new membership form has
been revised to change the mailing address.
The 2015 Annual Meeting
will be at North Carolina State University on
February 13, 2015. Dr. Bill Smith is heading
up the conference which will focus on building
community. (More news will be forthcoming
here at with the next issue of The Bulletin, which
will be edited by Ana-Maria Gonzalez Wahl of Wake
Here are the details:
city of Raleigh, Home of
the 2015 Meeting
2015 Annual Meeting will
Focus on “Building Community in Hard Times”
I am happy to announce that
this year’s annual NCSA meeting will be in
Raleigh, the state capital, on Friday, February
13, 2015 at the McKimmon Center on the campus of
NC State University. The general theme of the
NCSA conference is “Building Community in Hard
Times”. The general idea of all NCSA meetings is
that Sociology has several public “faces” in
North Carolina, each with potentially many
applications. Community building is one of
them. This year the focus will be on
“community building” issues. Despite the hard
times experienced in the US due to inequities,
community in various forms often manages to take
place – sometimes by design! Building
community can be broken into several areas.
Below we identify several areas for which we
think Sociology has something especially
important to say for North Carolina. We
invite graduate students, professionals and
faculty to submit abstracts to the organizer or
me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 1, 2014, for one
of the following four “open” sessions of the
Open Session: Community and Immigration.
The changing face of community is perhaps no
more apparent than in the increase in the
Latino/a population in NC. Here we invite
scholars from across the state to present on
this important trending phenomena. Session
Organizer: Martha Crowley, at NCSU
Open Session: Urban Development.
Neighborhoods are the locales of community and
are very much the product of decision making
about zoning, mortgage approval, laws limiting
outward expansion, gentrification, Mt.
Laurel-like laws (laws that distribute poverty
rather than concentrate it), and a host of other
issues. We open the session to this broad
range of issues in urban development. Session
organizer is Kristin Williams, Wake Technical
Community College (email@example.com).
Open Session: Community, Health and Environment.
Environmental issues, including contaminants,
climate change, challenge communities more so
today than ever. How do communities face
such challenges? What can be done to
buffer the adverse impacts of such issues?
Session Organizer: Tom Shriver NCSU
Open Session: Rural Areas and
Small Communities. Community in North Carolina
is largely about small communities and about
communities in rural areas. We open the
invitation to a wide range of studies of such
communities. Session Organizer: Karl
Jicha, NCSU (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In addition to these four areas, we are
finalizing the organization of invited sessions
(so, not “open”, so no submissions please) on
Public Space Utilization (William Smith,
presider, Robin Moore, Myron Floyd, Perver
Baran, Jason Bocarro, all of NCSU) ; Community
and GLBTQ populations (Amie Hess, presider, of
Meredith College; Katherine McFarland Bruce of
WFU, and Melinda Kane of ECU); Community and
Food (Sarah Bowen, presider, Sinikka Elliott of
NCSU; Leslie Hossfeld of UNC-W); a Community
Study of Textile Mill Workers (Beth Davison,
ASU); and Community and Education (Toby
Parcel, presider, of NCSU, Roslyn Mickelson of
UNC-Charlotte, and Jonathan Livingston of NCCU).
Details on these sessions will be in the program
to be announced in January.
Those coming in for an
overnight stay are recommended to contact the
DoubleTree Hilton Brownstone Hotel. The hotel is
not walking distance to the McKimmon Center
(1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh 27606;
919-515-2277), and bus connections are complex,
so plan on driving and enjoy the free parking at
the McKimmon Center.
The web page address for hotel reservations is:
Group Name: NCSA
Hotel Name: DoubleTree by Hilton
Hotel Raleigh - Brownstone -
Hotel Address: 1707 Hillsborough
considered for a place on the program,
individuals should use the following guidelines:
--Undergraduate and graduate students,
professors, and professional community members
using sociological theory and research methods
are encouraged to submit items for
consideration. Graduate students are highly
encouraged to submit!
--Submissions for any session listed below
o The title of the paper,
report, or presentation
o Names and affiliations and
contact information for all authors
o An extended abstract.
should be approximately 450-550 words and must
include the following sections: objectives
and theoretical framework, methods and data
sources, and findings.
All submissions must be
sent to the session organizer. If you don't
know where your paper may fit, contact Dr.
William R. Smith (email@example.com).
See the NCSA web page for
information on how to register for the meetings
and initiating/renewing your membership:
The Fall/Winter 2014 issue
of Sociation Today is now available. It
can viewed by clicking here.
The Fall/Winter Issue contains an update of Steve
McNamee's work on inequality.
Other News of Interest to
It is commonly thought that
more poor people live in cities than in the suburbs,
which are said to be relatively rich. By 1999,
however, poverty was about equally balanced between
the city and the suburbs. Since then the trend has
continued and there are now more poor in the suburbs
than in the cities of the United States. By 2010 the
gap is even wider.
The link to the full
report by the Brookings researchers can be found
Suburbanization is sometimes
accused to forcing people into isolation and
loneliness. But using national data, Economist
Jan Brueckner has found the opposite.
The link to the Brueckner
The January 12, 2015 issue of The New Yorker
has an interesting article on Howie--"Only my mother
ever called me Howard"--Becker. Now 86, he is living
in Paris. The article gives an interesting
interpretation of his importance to American sociology
since become famous for the book The Outsiders.
He reminds us that on a stage, everyone
is there for a reason. You can probably read
this article by signing up for a free trial.
Our video on Max Weber is once again
available, thanks to Seth Allen who uploaded
it for us.
The North Carolina Sociological Association
is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable
organization by the Internal Revenue
Service. Donations (Himes Fund or Other)
may be tax deductible. Check with your
tax preparer for details.