India

by Nandini Sundar, Delhi School of Economics, India Nandini Sundar is a well-known sociologist of political violence. She has spent more than 25 years studying Bastar, an intense zone of conflict within the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. She first lived there while doing research for her PhD dissertation, published as Subalterns and Sovereigns: An […]

Below we publish a statement by the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association and a letter from over 200 Indian sociologists addressed to the President of India on March 6, 2016. They were written in protest against the violence and loss of academic freedom on Indian campuses earlier this year. Even if they are […]

We, the members of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association, express solidarity with students, teachers, writers, creative artists and activists in India fighting for the rights to freedom of expression, life and liberty, in the context of increasingly virulent attacks and mob violence against all opposition to right wing fundamentalist violence and discrimination. […]

by Dipankar Gupta, Shiv Nadar University, New Delhi, India Dipankar Gupta is a distinguished Indian sociologist and leading public intellectual. He is Professor and Director of the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory at the Shiv Nadar University in New Delhi. For nearly three decades he taught sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The author […]

by Ellen Kuhlmann, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Tuba Agartan, Providence College, USA; Debby Bonnin, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Javier Pablo Hermo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; Monika Lengauer, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany; Shaun Ruggunan, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; and Virendra P. Singh, University of Allahabad, […]

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 […]

by T. K. Oommen, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and former ISA President, 1990-1994 The International Sociological Association was formed to foster international sociology, but we have not achieved consensus about the meaning of this elusive concept. Of course, it might be conceived as an aggregation of “national sociologies,” but even in demographic terms, […]

by Kalpana Kannabiran, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, India, Member of the ISA Program Committee for the Yokohama World Congress, 2014 and Member of ISA Research Committee on Women and Society (RC32). Kalpana Kannabiran is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an autonomous research institute supported by the Indian […]

by Mallika Shakya, South Asian University, Delhi, India The collapse of a factory building in Savar, Bangladesh in April 2013 killed more than 1,100 garment workers. Despite the public outcry, little has been said so far about the underlying systems of exploitation that permitted a disaster of this scale. Those familiar with the turbulent history […]

by Sujata Patel, University of Hyderabad, India, and Editor of Sage Studies in International Sociology ISA members will be very happy to know that henceforth all books published under the Sage Studies in International Sociology (SSIS) title will be available to them for 9.99 pounds sterling, almost a tenth of their old price. And this […]