CFP Class and Culture


Class and Culture:

Cultural mechanisms that contribute to the maintenance and disruption of social inequality

A Mini-conference at the Eastern Sociological Society’s Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD:  February 22-25, 2018

Mini-conference dates:  February 23-24, 2018

Co-organizers: Annette Lareau, University of Pennsylvania and Elliot Weininger, SUNY Brockport

For this ESS mini-conference, we are inviting the submission of papers which interrogate the ways in which class-based cultural practices, broadly conceived, matter in the transmission of inequality and the facilitation of social mobility. Contributions might, for example, highlight the ways in which social class shapes the level of cultural knowledge and skills individuals have and the ways in which these impact how individuals navigate institutions. Or, participants might focus on the ways that class-based cultural practices impact how individuals negotiate personal relationships, interact with institutional gatekeepers, or manage key turning points in their lives. Other topics related to the theme are also welcome.

The mini-conference will of the Eastern Sociological Society annual meetings in the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD. It will begin, however, at noon on Friday February 23rd and end on Saturday at 5:00 p.m on February 24th.  Interested participants should submit a 250 word abstract of the proposed paper to ESS on the normal website submission, detailing research question, data source, and provisional findings (if available). (Use keywords “miniconference: Class and Culture”).In addition to submitting the abstract to ESS, please also send copies directly to Annette Lareau, University of Pennsylvania (, and Elliot B. Weininger (, SUNY College at Brockport. The deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2017.

The conference organizers are also arranging an informal dinner at a local restaurant on Friday evening, February 23rd around 7:30 p.m.  Every effort will be made to limit expenses, but, due to funding constraints, participants who wish to attend the dinner will need to cover the cost of their own food and drink.  Participation in the dinner is not a requirement of attending the conference; it is simply an opportunity to continue the conversation. Conference attendees will need to register for the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting. For additional details see

Any questions should be directed to Annette Lareau and/or Elliot Weininger.

Please plan to join us for a lively conversation on class and culture in Baltimore.


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