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New Procedures to Join NCSA and to Register for the Annual Meeting at N.C. State on February 13, 2015

    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 example. 

    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:

  • Student Membership, Annual Meeting and Lunch - $20
  • Student Membership and Annual Meeting (No Lunch) - $10
  • Professional Membership, Annual Meeting and Lunch - $45
  • Professional Membership and Annual Meeting (No Lunch) - $35
  • Professional Membership - $15
  • Student Membership - $5

Click Here to Register or Join NCSA

    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 or click here.

    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.  PayPal will send you a receipt for tax purposes.

    We have suggested a modest $5 contribution when you attend the annual meeting.

    You will then get a "Donate" button on your screen.  Click on the donate button and an enlarged page will appear. 

Please direct any questions to Beth Davison - NCSA treasurer -

Current News

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 Forest University.)

Here are the details:
The city of Raleigh, Home of the 2015 Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting will Focus on “Building Community in Hard Times”

By:  William R. Smith

NCSA President Elect (2014-2015)

For a .pdf file for printing and live links, click here.

    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 ( by December 1, 2014, for one of the following four “open” sessions of the meetings:

1.    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 (

2.    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 (

3.    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 (

4.     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 (

    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 meeting      
Group Code:    NCS      
Check-in:    12-FEB-2015      
Check-out:    13-FEB-2015      
Hotel Name:    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh - Brownstone - University      
Hotel Address:    1707 Hillsborough Street      
     Raleigh, North Carolina      
Phone Number:    919-828-0811     

Submission Guidelines

    To be 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 should include:

o   The title of the paper, report, or presentation
o   Names and affiliations and contact information for all authors
o   An extended abstract.

     --Extended abstracts 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 (

    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 Sociologists

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 at: link

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 video is: 

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.


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