Monday, May 22, 2006

what the world needs now

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.

9 comments:

Jude said...

I think that, much like the Wisconsin school of blogging, you should commit yourself to having a Wisconsin school of beer consumption at your new ASA section.

I think you can see where this is going.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, my friend.

While it's true that Schlitz is the Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous, I don't think anyone could make a strong argument against Pabst Blue Ribbon being the Official Beer of Jeremy's Section.

Just sayin'.

carly said...

I would. Because PBR is such a hispter thing these days everywhere besides Wisconsin.

Besides, it's not that good.

I don't see why one has to have one official beer anyway.

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

Personally, if I'm going to drink an alcoholic beverage with my donuts, that beverage will be strawberry daiquiri wine coolers (and the donuts must be cake). But I have sworn off this most favored college snack.

...On second thought, maybe this comment should have gone on Ang's secrets post.

Lars said...

I have fought with many people whether beer and do-nuts even belong together, to which I insist they do.

Who cares what kind? Even the worst beer has its place, as with donuts, I say. All of which is better than no beer and no donuts.

Brayden said...

How about a section called the Sociology of Jeremy Freese?

jeremy said...

I think fan fiction is enough. I don't think I want to become an object of sociological inquiry.

Drek said...

I want to start a new ASA section that would be devoted to mocking the proliferation of ASA sections.

I thought that someone was already working on the Astrosociology Section.

It's subtle, but it's there...

Teddy Love said...

How about Sectional Sociology? Then the splinter groups would be Sectional Sociology Studies and Sociology of Sectionality, two very different animals of course(pale ales and Krispy Kreme vs stouts and cake d's, I mean, come on!). And after the inevitable imbroglio over donuts and beers and the increasing marginalization of Sectional Studes within the larger discipline had increased group solidarity (not to mention waistlines), some Sociosectionologists (as they eventually referred to themselves) would suggest that Sectional Sociology with it's whole beers and donuts thing (combinations so common sensical as to escape the grasp of other sociological methods) should in fact become it's own discipline.
Annnn:::::d scene ...
:) TL
p.s. did I mention tomorrow's my birthday? :)

dorotha said...

teddy: my birthday is the 24th. yay for us! also, i vote stout and cake. that sounds wonderful.