A terrifying new infectious disease encircles the globe, placing lives and livelihoods in peril. As the federal government largely ignores the growing threat and fumbles the response, citizens struggle to make sense of virological facts and epidemiological findings and translate them into workable strategies to manage crucial and intimate aspects of their everyday lives—and, perhaps, stay alive. The time: the 1980s, in the early years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the United States.
We are in the midst of a pandemic. But that midst differs by place. Health crises exacerbate underlying inequities, and countries vary in expertise, infrastructure, and the will to address them. As sociologists who study global heath and development across several world regions (Africa, Latin America, and Asia), we understand the importance of recognizing the multiplicity, but also the commonality, of challenges.
ASA editors provide data on the frequency and timing of editorial decisions, which can be helpful to authors considering submissions. The table shown below reports on decisions, as of April 1, 2020, for manuscripts submitted in the 2019 calendar year. Narrative reports for these journals, as well as for Contemporary Sociology and the ASA Rose Series in Sociology, are available online at www.asanet.org/research-publications/journal-resources/annual-editors-reports.
ASA’s advocacy efforts are guided by our mission to serve sociologists in their work, advance sociology as a science and profession, and promote the contributions and use of sociology to society. In response to COVID-19, ASA has led the following efforts:
Statement on Student Educational Progress during COVID-19
Since March, ASA has been developing and collecting resources to support sociologists in their work during this crisis.
Sarah L. Hoiland, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College - CUNY
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, governments around the world search for virus prevention techniques to reduce the spread of the illness.
Over the past few months, I have conducted interviews with people experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, and life with newborns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve spoken with single first-time mothers and working mothers of six, those who have had home births and those who have been induced in the hospital, those giving birth with emergency or scheduled cesarean sections. As is typical in any sample of pregnant women, some welcomed and celebrated the transition to motherhood while others resented their pregnancy and feared the birthing process.
Much scholarship has centered on the very real decline of U.S. religious service attendance. Such a focus side-steps the ways in which religious organizations remain central to the fiber of U.S. social life, evidenced by the fact that more than 40 percent of U.S. adults attend religious services) at least once a month and many more belong to a religious organization (Maness 2020; Jones 2019). In a post COVID-19 world, sociologists of religion are needed partners in the scholarly quest to examine the collateral social and economic impact of the virus.
As of mid-May, 90,000 Americans had been killed by COVID-19, and provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the devastation is disproportionally shouldered by racial/ethnic minorities. Nevertheless, it is way too early to assess the population effects of this deadly virus.