The Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious Research Association just finished in Denver on Sunday, but I had more important things to do. I couldn’t be more disappointed with the state of my subfield of the social sciences. A decade ago, there was much progress and more promise. Now, its considerably worse than when I entered the field 20 years ago. I never thought I’d yearn for the bad old days when nice-but-not-very-sociologically informed liberal Protestants dominated the meetings. Now, the core seems dominated by far right wing Christianists, hell bent on forcing their agenda on everything. I’m surprised they haven’t renamed it the Society for the Study of the Positive Effects of Christianity.
But, you know, I’m starting not to care. Maybe I shouldn’t have really gotten involved with these groups in the first place. I really like real sociologists. You know, ones who read American Sociological Review, and shit like that. I actually enjoy seeing people at the Southern Sociological Society meetings! I look forward to presenting papers and hanging out at the receptions at SSS (or the social movements section at ASA). With SSSR for the last five years, I feel like I’m going to court to defend myself from a frivolous charge of puppy molestation. It is true that I hate puppies, but I have never had sex with that puppy.
I have about twelve articles and two books that need completion. After that…I don’t know. I may start doing work in zoology….Or I could become dead wood and just ride my bike ALL the time!