Volume 2, Issue 3

Social Justice and Democratization Buenos Aires is a particularly appropriate stage for the forthcoming ISA Forum with its theme “Social Justice and Democratization.” As Alberto Bialakowsky and Alicia Palermo, President and co-President of the Local Organizing Committee, and Henrique Martins, President of ALAS (Latin American Sociological Association), write in this issue of Global Dialogue, not […]

by Samia Mehrez, American University in Cairo, Egypt Samia Mehrez is a distinguished Professor of Arabic Literature in AUC’s Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations and Director of the Center for Translation Studies. I met her recently in Cairo where she showed me chapters from her forthcoming Translating Egypt’s Revolution – exciting narratives from Tahrir […]

by Alberto L. Bialakowsky and Alicia I. Palermo, President and Co-President of the Local Organizing Committee, ISA Forum, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012 Preparations for the ISA Forum to be held in Buenos Aires, August 1-4 (2012) are currently underway. This process – which started with the selection of Buenos Aires as the venue – makes […]

by Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck, University of Frankfurt, Germany Since the 1990s, a new approach has been gaining ground in migration studies. While the classical paradigm saw migration as a once-in-a-lifetime event that would ultimately lead to assimilation into the receiving society, or to a permanent return, research into “transnational” migration highlights how migrants can maintain ties […]

by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, USA, past Chair of the ISA Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) and recipient of the ISA Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize, 2010 This debate between Piotr Sztompka and Michael Burawoy is richly rewarding and long overdue. They are among the world’s best sociological theorists, but their dialogue is important, […]

by Paulo Henrique Martins, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and President of the Latin American Sociological Association Globalization is creating new spaces of knowledge production that are changing the traditional intellectual division of labor dominated by Europe as the privileged center for thinking about modernity. For some authors, such as Arjun Appadurai, the “Third World” […]

by Victor Vakhshtayn, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Russia Over the last few years the intellectual space of Russian sociology has become a battle field. It would seem that two out of three sociological writings today are about sociology itself: sociology of sociology becomes, if not part of mainstream research, then at least […]

by Tracey McIntosh, The University of Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand is a settler state. It has a colonial past that it must constantly confront. This means that sociology in New Zealand is well placed to critically engage and respond to the reproduction of privilege and disadvantage as they relate to indigenous (Māori) and non-indigenous […]

by Gevorg Poghosyan, Director of Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, and President of the Armenian Sociological Association The social transformations at the end of the 20th century, following the breakup of the Soviet Union, inaugurated a new historical era. Post-Soviet countries involved in the process of social […]

by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, UK, and ISA Vice-President for Publications, 2010-2014, and Eloísa Martín, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Editor of Current Sociology Current Sociology is one of the longest-standing sociological journals; this year it celebrates its 60th anniversary. Its development shows quite a lot about the general progress of […]