Rocky Mountain Low


Gee, I could have been at some meetings....

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!

5 Responses to “Rocky Mountain Low”

  1. shrinkingisaac Says:

    i actually looked around for you there, but had a hunch you might not be there. One part of the meetings that was particularly interesting to me was Putnam’s presentation of some of what will be in his new forthcoming book. i mention this here because in one of the major points he was talking about there, the only thing i could think was that i sure hope he’s read up on your stuff on switching from the GSS (particularly among “nones”). His story (largely) seemed to fit with what i’ve heard/seen in the data/analysis i’ve seen, so i was pleasantly surprised by the way he framed it. Could be a better book than the last (though i wasn’t a *huge* fan of that one). fwiw.

  2. sherkat Says:

    Well, good to hear that there were some highlights. I’m sure it’s not as bad as I sometimes feel. And, I missed seeing Paul Djupe, who made the trip and doesn’t always go to those. I think more recruitment of irregulars in sociology and political science would help soften the atmosphere and harden the thinking.

  3. Nick Says:

    Meh, your participation would be welcomed. I know there are a number of young scholars who appreciate your work and could benefit from your presence. Hopefully you’ll reconsider in the future.

  4. schmielt Says:

    I know this is old, but for what it’s worth I really hope you don’t quit! This stuff is important and it does make a difference to a lot of us!

  5. sherkat Says:

    Yeah, I’ll never “quit”, but I doubt I’ll go to many meetings or contribute to specialty journals. And, herpetology’s cool…..

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