The End of the World as We Know It?

2017 Annual Meeting
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
February 23-26, 2017

Our world is caught up in rapid but ambiguous change. With improvements in health care and nutrition, global populations are both growing and aging; by 2050, the world is expected to have some 9 billion people or more, perhaps a quarter of whom will be over 60 years of age. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, a proportion expected to rise to two-thirds by 2050. Interstate violence has been declining for decades. Technology is revolutionizing everyday life: powerful hand-held computers are ubiquitous, communications are much easier, and commercial drones will soon fill the skies. Yet the consequences for social life are contradictory. People can be in touch with many more people, yet they are often not fully present in personal interaction. Racism and class inequality persist or worsen. The life-long career with one employer may be giving way to a “gig economy,” in which people offer their own assets or temporary labor for hire. Social safety nets and public education systems — the bedrock of social citizenship — are under challenge. Climate change threatens global patterns of habitation and livelihood, and indeed life on the planet itself. Sociologists know a lot about these developments, as well as about their dark underside. How are different social groups affected by these changes? What measures should be taken to mitigate the negative effects of these changes and to maximize their usefulness to people? Are we as sociologists paying attention to the right things? What do our analyses of society tell us about where we go from here?

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.

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