Volume 1, Issue 2

The second issue of Global Dialogue features a debate between two very different understandings of global sociology. Ulrich Beck, author of Risk Society, advances the cosmopolitan turn with a critique of methodological nationalism that, he claims, pervades sociology. Our frameworks, he says, simply cannot handle the global issues we confront.  On the other side, Raewyn […]

by Ulrich Beck, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich In his inspiring programmatic statement “Meeting the Challenges of Global Sociology” (Global Dialogue, Vol.1, No.1), Michael Burawoy remains ambiguous as to whether global sociology is just an additional perspective, a supplement to the conventional nation-state centred sociology. Or is it more than that: a substitute for the mainstream, that […]

by Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney Ulrich Beck is an imaginative and original sociologist, and we are all in his debt for his splendid rethinking of European social dynamics in Risk Society.  In the 1990s he, like a number of colleagues, discovered ‘globalization’ and so gave us World Risk Society and What is Globalization?  He […]

by Jenny Chan, University of London Taiwan-owned Foxconn Technology Group is the world’s biggest contract electronics manufacturer, taking in over 50% of global electronics manufacturing and service industry revenue. Foxconn operates more than 40 manufacturing facilities and Research and Development centers in Asia, Russia, Europe, and the Americas. Its accumulated revenues for January to September […]

by Habibul Haque Khondker, Member of Executive Committee In 2008 more than 50 percent of the world population of nearly seven billion became urban. This marked an important milestone in history. In 1800 only 3 percent, in 1900 14 percent and in 1950 30 percent of the world population lived in urban centers. Asia is […]

by Ruy Braga, University of Sao Paulo Despite the unexpected competition in the runoff, Dilma Rousseff’s (PT – Workers Party) victory, with around a 12 million vote margin, over Jose Serra (PSDB – Brazilian Social Democracy Party) in the Oct. 31st Brazilian Presidential elections demonstrated the current administration’s political hegemony. Supported by a wide margin […]

by Jennifer Platt, Vice-President for Publications The history of ISA journals throws light on wider trends in the development of the ISA and of sociology.  This account starts in 1973, with the first issues of the only journal we had then, Current Sociology, produced from outside the secretariat or UNESCO staff.  Each issue consisted of […]

by Vineeta Sinha, Member of the Executive Committee In 2005, I became involved with the ISA E-Bulletin, initiated by the-then Vice President for the ISA Publications Committee, Susan McDaniel, who invited me to apply for the position of editor. As someone who had some involvement with the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Social […]

By Raquel Sosa Elízaga, Vice-President for Program The Program Committee for the 2014 Yokohama World Congress has been approved by the ISA Executive Committee. It was chosen with due regard to diversity by region, by gender, by area of specialty as well as for their scholarly distinction and expertise in the theme of the Congress: […]

by Arnaud Sales, Université de Montréal, Former ISA Vice-President, Research Mattei Dogan, Founder and Chair (1971-1986) of Research Committee 24 on Environment and Society and Research Committee 20 on Comparative Sociology (1986 to 2006) passed away in Paris on October 10, 2010. A generous man with a strong character, he will be greatly missed by […]