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Musings of the 2018 Program Chair

Volume 1:2; November 28, 2017

Practice What You Preach!

As a sociologist engaged in public health practice for nearly two decades, my work has been organized around a specific approach to research and program development called Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) (Israel et al., 1998).  CBPR is not a methodology, per se; rather it is a protocol by which professional researchers and community health developers conduct their work with communities. Eight principles guide the CBPR protocol, four of which are particularly relevant to where I am going in this issue of “Musings…” and in the shaping the 2018 MSS program in Minneapolis. ...

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About the MSS

Founded in 1936, MSS is a membership organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline. About 2/3 of the 1300 members live in the Midwest, but membership is open to all; and about 1/3 of the members are from other parts of the nation and the world.

Organized in 1936, MSS held its first annual meeting in 1937. In 2011-12, MSS celebrated 75 years of scholarship and collegiality at our annual meetings in St. Louis and Minneapolis.

What We Do:
- Publish The Sociological Quarterly;
- Hold a four-day annual meeting each spring;
- Provide opportunities for leadership and committee work;
- Support a minority fellowship, several grant and award programs, and research by MSS members.

With the adoption of a long-range strategic plan, MSS is moving forward intentionally, to meet the challenges of the future.

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The Benefits of Membership

MSS members enjoy our journal, The Sociological Quarterly, a friendly but rigorous annual meeting, access to grants and awards, opportunities to learn and serve, and paths to enhanced leadership skills. 

MSS’s 1300 members differ in sociological specialty, location, ethnicity, gender and age [19 to 88!] – but coalesce around their fascination with sociology and their willingness to give back through voluntary service to MSS.

Last year, MSS distributed more than $28,000 to 165 MSS members through competitive awards for scholarly work, prizes for student paper competitions, research and travel grants, and a $10,000 minority fellowship through ASA.


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TSQ Special Collection

Have you read the latest The Sociological Quarterly? Members have online access. However, if you're not a member and want to read the free ASA 2017 Subject Collection, available through the end of October, you can find them here!

TSQ: ASA 2017 Subject Collection


MSS Activities

MSS publishes up to 70 research articles each year in The Sociological Quarterly. Articles cover the entire spectrum of sociological research and inquiry and are often organized into symposiums or special issues. TSQ, as it is familiarly known, is currently edited by Peter Hall, Michael Lacy and Prabha Unnithan, all of Colorado State University.

MSS annual meetings attract up to 1200 sociologists each year by offering nationally-known plenary speakers, intriguing paper sessions, invigorating roundtables, instructive workshops, and interactive poster sessions. Always held in a major Midwestern city, MSS annual meetings also include tours, social events, meet-ups and networking opportunities.