Members of the American Sociological Association may be interested in joining a section-in-formation on “Altruism and Social Solidarity.” This website contains the mission statement, as well as downloadable PDFs of newsletters covering relevant research, archives available for study, sample syllabi, etc.
Here’s an excerpt from the section’s mission statement:
“Altruism and Social Solidarity
The purpose of the section is to promote theoretical development and empirical research pertaining to altruism and social solidarity. In the broadest sense, this subject matter consists of activities intended to benefit the welfare of others. These activities span the micro-macro continuum, from individual, to interpersonal, to organizational, to global, in all their forms and processes. Attention is given to the cultural and structural sources of altruism and social solidarity, and both their anticipated and unanticipated consequences.”