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Moral Matters is a Podcast of the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association. We interview top scholars in the field of sociology working on issues related to altruism, morality, and social solidarity!

The views on this podcast are those of its participants and do not necessarily reflect those of the ASA or the AMSS Section.

Music by Dustin Ragland
Art by Meagin Goff

Moral Matters: Conversations with Sociologists on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity ASA Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity

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Moral Matters is a Podcast of the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association. We interview top scholars in the field of sociology working on issues related to altruism, morality, and social solidarity!

The views on this podcast are those of its participants and do not necessarily reflect those of the ASA or the AMSS Section.

Music by Dustin Ragland
Art by Meagin Goff

    On Dehumanization and Genocide: Interview with Aliza Luft

    On Dehumanization and Genocide: Interview with Aliza Luft

    How does someone become the kind of person who commits genocide, and what role does dehumanization and moral agency play?

    In this interview with Dr. Aliza Luft, we discuss her research on genocide, moral agency, and dehumanization. Discussing her research on genocide in Rwanda and the Holocaust, Luft provides some keen insight on how violence leads to dehumanization and how local political and religious leaders play a critical role in stopping genocide from emerging.

    Luft is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA. You can read more of her work through links on her website: https://www.alizaluft.com.

    • 31 min
    Does spirituality lead to political engagement?

    Does spirituality lead to political engagement?

    Religious practice is often associated with being more politically and civically engaged, but what about spiritual practices?

    In this episode of Moral Matters, we interview Jamie Kucinskas and Evan Stewart about their article "Selfish or Substituting Spirituality? Clarifying the Relationship between Spiritual Practice and Political Engagement."

    We talk about how both religious and spiritual practices are linked to political and civic engagement.



    Here's Jaime and Evan's article in the American Sociological Review:

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00031224221108196

    • 31 min
    Wrecked: Auto Workers' Strikes and Moral Economies ft. Josh Murray

    Wrecked: Auto Workers' Strikes and Moral Economies ft. Josh Murray

    In this episode we discuss labor strikes, moral economies, and lessons we can learn from the famous 1937 GM strike in Flint Michigan from Dr. Josh Murray, associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University. We also discuss his book, with Michael Schwartz, Wrecked: How the American Automobile Industry Destroyed Its Capacity to Compete.

    • 29 min
    Moral Minefields ft. Shai Dromi & Sam Stabler

    Moral Minefields ft. Shai Dromi & Sam Stabler

    In this episode of Moral Matters, Shai Dromi and Sam Stabler discuss their new book, ⁠⁠Moral Minefields: How Sociologists Debate Good Science.⁠⁠ Shai Dromi is Associate Senior Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard University and Sam Stabler is a Doctoral Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Hunter College (CUNY). 

    Moral Matters is a podcast sponsored by the Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association. The 2023-2024 season is hosted by Kerby Goff (Boniuk Institute, Rice University) and Elena van Stee (University of Pennsylvania).



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    • 45 min
    In conversation with Hajar Yazdiha

    In conversation with Hajar Yazdiha

    Listen in for an amazingly generative conversation with Dr. Hajar Yazdiha, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. We talked about her new book, The Struggle for the People's King: How Politics Transforms the Memory of the Civil Rights Movement (Princeton University Press 2023), and the importance of the study of morality and social solidarity for the broader discipline of sociology.

    • 26 min
    In Conversation with Francesca Polletta

    In Conversation with Francesca Polletta

    Check out the conversation with Francesca Polletta discussing her work and research of imaginary ties and social movements.

    • 22 min

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