According to a presentation by Jim Moody, the American Sociological Association has gone from having twenty-something sections (specialty areas) in the last 1980's to forty-something sections now, with more in the works. I want to start a new ASA section that would be devoted to mocking the proliferation of ASA sections. Following an earlier idea of Kim's, I'm thinking a good name would be the "Sociological Sociology" section. Whatever else might be involved, there would be an absolute committment to having beer and donuts at its session during the ASA meetings.*
* Ah, but what kind of beer, what kind of donuts? You can already see the seeds of division that would lead a splinter group to break off and form the "Sociologically Sociological Sociology" section, with different beer and different donuts and perhaps even healthy snacks.