American Sociological Association

Rose Series in Sociology

The Rose Series in Sociology was established in 1967 as the ASA Rose Monograph Series through a bequest to the American Sociological Association from Arnold and Caroline Rose. The Series is currently published for the ASA by the Russell Sage Foundation.


Mission Statement

The ASA Rose Series in Sociology publishes highly visible, accessible books that integrate specific substantive areas in sociology.  The books are designed to offer synthetic analyses of these fields, challenge prevailing paradigms, and/or offer fresh views of enduring controversies.  The authors are typically senior scholars who work with or review the best available evidence, and utilize this evidential foundation to develop and defend their analysis.  In most cases the arguments are extended to address contemporary public issues, and therefore reflect on or contribute to public policy.  Because of their broad scope and policy relevance, the volumes published in the Rose Series are disseminated in areas beyond their focus to the broader professional and intellectual communities. Learn More

Editors: Amy Adamczyk, Richard Alba, Lynn Chancer, Nancy Foner, Philip Kasinitz, and Leslie Paik (2018-2020)
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Recent Volumes in the Series

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The Company We Keep: Interracial Friendships and Romantic Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood
by Grace Kao, Kara Joyner, and Kelly Stamper Balistreri (2019)
Rose Series in Sociology The Company We Keep book cover.

Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life
by Deborah Carr (2019)

Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities
by Scott Frickel and James R. Elliott (2018)

A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor
by Alexes Harris (2016)

Harris: Pound of Flesh
The Long Shadow
by Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, Linda Olson (2014)
2015 Grawemeyer Award for the Best Book in Education
Honorable Mention, 2016 Robert E. Park Award

Cover of The Long Shadow

Family Consequences of Children's Disabilities
by Dennis P. Hogan (2012)
2013 Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award

Nurturing Dads: Social Initiatives for Contemporary Fatherhood
by William Marsiglio and Kevin Roy (2012)
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Social Movements in the World System: The Politics of Crisis
by Jackie Smith and Dawn Wiest (2012)
Honorable Mention, 2013 Political Economy of the World-System Section Best Book Award
Honorable Mention, 2013 Global and Transnational Sociology Section Best Book Award

American Memories: Atrocities and the Law
by Joachim L. Savelsberg and Ryan D. King (2011)
2012 Society for the Study of Social Problems Theory Section Outstanding Book Award
Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s
by Arne Kalleberg (2011)
2012 Academy of Management’s George R. Terry Book Award
2013 Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section Best Book Award

They Say Cut Back; We Say Fight Back! Welfare Rights Activism in An Era of Retrenchment
by Ellen Reese (2011)
Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans' Definitions of Family
by Brian Powell, Catherine Bolzendahl, Claudia Geist, and Lala Carr Steelman (2010)
2011 Midwest Sociological Society's Distinguished Book Award
2011 North Central Sociological Association’s Scholarly Achievement Award
2011 William T. Goode Award, Family Section of the American Sociological Association

Counted Out Book Cover

Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide
by Ruth D. Peterson and Lauren J. Krivo (2010)

Divergent Social Worlds Book Cover
Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay Off Across the Generations?
by Paul Attewell, David Lavin, Thurston Domina, and Tania Levey (2009)
2009 Grawemeyer Award for the Best Book in Education
2009 AERA Best Book of the Year Award
Beyond the Boycott: Labor Rights, Human Rights, and Transnational Activism
by Gay W. Seidman (2007)
Honorable Mention, 2008 Section on Labor and Labor Movements Best Book Award
Beyond the Boycott

Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age
by Madonna Harrington Meyer and Pamela Herd (2007)
2008 Richard Kalish Publication Award, Section on Behavioral and Social Sciences, The Gerontological Society of America  

Market Friendly or Family Friendly?
Pension Puzzles: Social Security and the Great Debate
by Melissa Hardy and Lawrence Hazelrigg (2007)
Pension Puzzles


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The first 13 volumes of the ASA Rose Monograph Series were self-published by the Association and have become classics in the field. These early monographs are available in full-text pdf format.

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