Before showing the section data, for context here is the overall membership trend, which hasn’t been updated for 2022 yet (though they have the section data for 2022 for some reason). You can see the association grew from 2001 to 2009, then began its current precipitous decline.
Here is the section data. The table shows the section memberships have changed over the last 20 years. The table is sorted by 2022 membership. The decade changes are color coded for narrative oomph. There was a growth of 7,531 section memberships from 2002 to 2012, and then a decline by 1,770 from 2012 to 2022. That means section membership fell slower than total membership, which I believe implies that the people who quit, or didn’t join, were the type that didn’t belong to as many sections, so section memberships per person increased. (The ASA section data are here, including data for every year). Anyway, here it is:
Of the top 10 in 2022, the only three that grew in the last decade were Race, Gender and Class; Racial and Ethnic Minorities; and Inequality, Poverty and Mobility. I suppose this means the study of inequality is increasingly the core of the association (although Labor and World System are shrinking). The big losers in the last decade were Culture, Teaching, and Religion.
Anyway, that’s a quick take, which I prepared for our grad student proseminar.
Reminder: Here’s why I quit ASA.
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