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Forum on Urban Sociology: Institutions

Wednesday, January 18, 2017  
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In their capacity as Co-Editors of City & Community, Sudhir Venkatesh and Lance Freeman are inviting you to participate in a special forum on urban sociology in the age of Brexit and Trump. The essays will appear in a new feature we are introducing, entitled "Institutions," in which a select group of accomplished scholars reflects on a theme or topic central to urban sociology. The essays in the second issue of volume 16 will focus on these topics.

We are asking you and other expert scholars participating in this forum to consider whether theoretical perspectives from urban sociology can help us make sense of the unanticipated and potentially profound Brexit and Donald Trump electoral outcomes. Much of the informed commentary points to developments in rural settings (e.g. profound distrust of urban elites) as explanations for the rise of Trump and support for Brexit. Would a closer reading of extant theories have allowed one to foresee such outcomes? Perhaps the time is ripe for new theoretical perspectives? We are open to essays that consider change from a number of perspectives, such as cultural, demographic and economic.

We would like you to limit your essay to no more than 2000 words. We realize this is hardly sufficient to provide a comprehensive commentary. You may focus on a particular substantive issue, or you may address some general theoretical, methodological and/or analytic concerns. However, please note that the forum is intended to reach a wide constituency of those who read urban sociology. Thus, we hope you may direct your comments to a general audience.

If you are interested in submitting an essay, please submit an abstract by January 22, 2017 to Nadia Mian ( We will notify authors if their submission has been accepted by January 29, 2017. Authors will be asked to submit their final papers by March 8, 2017.


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