Plenary Session

  • Presidential Address

    Leif  Jensen, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Agriculture Econ/Rural Sociology

    Sunday, August 7 – 6:00pm-7:00pm at Grand Ballroom A & B


    RSS Plenary Speaker

    David Grusky, Barbara Kimball Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences; Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University

    Is There Anything Money Can’t Buy? The Commodification of the World and How It’s Changing Poverty, Inequality, and Everything Else

    Monday, August 8 – 11:00am-12:15pm at the Grand ballroom A & B
    His research addresses the changing structure of late-industrial inequality and addresses such topics as (a) the role of rent-seeking and market failure in explaining the takeoff of income inequality, (b) the amount of economic and social mobility in the U.S. and other high-inequality countries…(c) the role of essentialism in explaining the persistence of extreme gender inequality, (d) the forces behind recent changes in the amount of face-to-face and online cross-class contact, and (e) the putative decline of big social classes.

    Recent publications include: Social Stratification (2014), Occupy the Future (2013), The New Gilded Age (2012).

    RIG Plenary on Inequality

    Monday, August 8 - 2:00pm-3:15pm at the  Grand Ballroom A & B

    Joint RSS and IRSA Plenary Speaker

    Erik Olin Wright, Professor Department of Sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Envisioning Real Utopias: Possibilities for Rural Change

    Wednesday, August 10 – 4:00 – 5:30pm – Ryerson University

    Recent publications include: Hahnel, R. and E.O. Wright. 2014. Alternatives to Capitalism: proposals for a democratic economy. New Left Project; E.O. Wright with J. Rogers. 2011. American Society: how it really works. New York: WW. Norton.