Sociological Research Association

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The Sociological Research Association is an honor society of sociological scholars founded in 1936.

With more than 400 members, the association's importance comes from the members being leading sociologists who use the SRA's meetings to network and exchange views on the direction of the field. The great majority of members are American and Canadian, in large part because the association's annual meeting, lecture and banquet takes place annually during an evening of the American Sociological Association's annual meeting.

Although there have been no contentious issues since the 1970s, at times the SRA has served as an alternative to the mainstream of American sociology. It was founded in the 1930s in opposition to the dominant Chicago school of sociology. And in the late 1960s, it was seen by some as a counterweight to the radical and anti-empirical activity of some leading sociologists.

Each year, a membership committee selects up to 14 members on the basis of merit. A new member of the SRA's five-person executive committee is elected annually by the members, rising through the leadership ranks to become the president of the society.


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