Community, Class, and Social Obligation

The Penn State Social Thought Program Annual Conference
When Apr 06, 2012 12:00 AM to
Apr 07, 2012 12:00 AM
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This conference will attempt to understand the changing nature of community and class in contemporary society and the consequences for comprehending the nature of social obligation.  How are classes and communities linked?  What forms do they take, what are their interests, how do they change?  Fragmentation and re-structuring are important features of the current social landscape. A number of pertinent processes present challenges and new possibilities for understanding community and class: mobility (both geographic and social), new forms of communal organization (both virtual and “real”), the growth and proliferation of economic and other forms of inequality and their impact on already segmented societies.  Especially in the wake of recent social movements – the Tea Party, the “Arab Spring,” the London riots, and “Occupy Wall Street” – it becomes essential to re-explore how class, community, and social obligation are related to one another.

Erik Olin Wright, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, and President of the American Sociological Association, will deliver the keynote address, on "Real Utopias In and Beyond Capitalism."

We invite submissions covering a wide range of topics. See link below for details.

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