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The Refugee Issue: Between “Fortress Europe” and Solidarity

Antiracist Observatory of the University of the Aegean   In the summer of 2015 some of the Aegean Islands (mainly Lesvos, Chios, Kos, Leros, Samos) received a huge influx of refugees, which by far exceeded existing capabilities in reception and hospitality. Typically, only last July Lesvos received nearly 55,000 refugees/migrants, while the number of arrivals […]

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“There is a lot of work to be done”: Cuban activist Norberto Mesa Carbonell Speaks on Racism and the Revolution

Interviewed by Luisa Steur, University of Copenhagen From its start in 1959, the Cuban revolution has been dedicated to racial equality. In a country where slavery was abolished only as recently as 1886, the revolution had a tremendous impact – for many, it was the first time they got access to land and education (see […]

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The Crisis of Democracy in Japan [1] [July 22, 2015]

Shujiro Yazawa, former President of Japanese Sociological Society and former member of ISA Executive Committee Japan at a critical crossroad What do you know about Japan? Answers to this question vary, depending on where people live, their social characteristics, and so on—but I can guess how familiar someone is with Japan by paying attention to […]

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Returning to Positivism? A Polemical Response to Ivan Szelenyi’s Article “Triple Crisis of US Sociology” (July 12, 2015)

Piotr Smirnov, Professor at St. Petersburg State University, Russia Abstract: This polemical comment expresses agreement with the key statements of the above-mentioned article by Ivan Szelenyi – in particular, the crisis of sociology (not only in the US) in the field of theory and methodology; and the necessity to return to a time when sociology […]

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Social Science and Democracy: An Elective Affinity (July 4, 2015)

by Dipankar Gupta, Shiv Nadar University Ever wonder why social sciences, including philosophy, flourish today only in democratic societies? There are many rich countries in the world; Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia, for example, but their social sciences are in a miserable condition. Interestingly, there has been a resurgence of social sciences with the return […]

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Power and Principle: The Vicissitudes of a Sociologist in Parliament (July 4, 2015)

by Walden Bello* For most of my life, I have been both a sociologist and an activist. After obtaining a PhD in sociology from Princeton in 1975, I plunged into full-time activism, first as part of the movement to overthrow the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines, then as a militant in the international movement against […]

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