As Time Goes By:
Social and Institutional Change

2018 Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
February 21-25, 2018

Since its founding as a social science, sociology has addressed issues having to do with the causes and consequences of societal change. The classical texts of sociology framed the grand perspectives and questions that continue to motivate and guide sociological inquiry. At the center of sociology’s agenda is a multi-faceted interest in mechanisms of social and institutional change. What drives the diffusion of rational myths, institutionalized practices and cultural beliefs of advanced industrial economies in an emergent world society? What are the consequences of diffusion of rational capitalism and organizational forms in non-Western countries? Why is human migration an endemic feature of the global economic order and what are the consequences of a world on the move? What accounts for ‘blending’ and ‘segregating’ social dynamics in heterogeneous populations? How and why do race and gender matter in understanding social inequalities? What mechanisms drive collective action aimed at addressing social problems and inequalities? Where does trust and cooperation come from? What explains counter-movements aimed at pushing back societal change? What is the role of political actors and the state in social and institutional change?

This is only a partial list of the questions that have evolved from the issues that have defined sociology as a social scientific discipline. No doubt there are others.

Interested? We invite you to visit the “Call for Papers” to learn more and find out how to be part of what promises to be an exciting meeting. Although the ESS especially encourages submissions related to this year’s theme, we welcome submissions on all sociological topics.

Please note that due to the large number of submissions, submitters will be limited to presenting a single research paper at the meeting.