Reflections on the Importance of SSS to the Discipline and its Members

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Rebecca G. Adams, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Way back in 2001 when Pat Martin was President-Elect, she asked me to write a piece for TSS reflecting on what the Southern Sociological Society means to me. I am just now getting around to it. I realize that I am at risk of getting a reputation for writing more about procrastination than about any other topic (see, for example, my SSS Presidential Address, 1998, Social Forces 77(1):1-25), but there are a couple of reasons I have not put fingers to key board to write my assessment of SSS before now. When Pat first asked me, it was so soon after my SSS Presidency that I could not imagine that there was anything I could write for TSS that I had not already communicated to SSS members. I wrote to Pat, “they can’t possibly want to hear anything else from me!” To know Pat, however, is to know how persistent she can be. So after we exchanged a few more email messages, I reluctantly agreed to write this piece—“eventually.” After some time had passed and “eventually” seemed to be “now,” I encountered another mental barrier. My relationship with SSS is complicated and therefore difficult to describe. Excuse me for resorting to old-fashioned, basic jargon, and let me say that in my life, SSS does not only play the role of a secondary organization, but also of a primary group.

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Language: English
Date: 2003
sociology, sociology research, journal editing, academic publishing, academic research, professional organizations

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