Volume 4, Issue 1

We live in a neoliberal world where markets spread ever wider and ever deeper. Nothing escapes the market as it enters terrains that have for long been protected. From being a creative activity labor becomes the source of ever more uncertain survival; from being a medium of exchange money becomes a vehicle for making more […]

An Interview with Simon Clarke During the 1980s Simon Clarke, a British sociologist at Warwick University, was best known for his contributions to theory – in particular, his original interpretation of Marx, and his critique of the liberal foundations of modern sociology and economics. In 1990, Clarke took a fateful journey to the Soviet Union, […]

by Alain Touraine, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France and former Vice-President of the ISA, 1974-78 For four decades Alain Touraine has been a towering figure in the world of sociology. Starting out as an industrial sociologist he made his name as a theorist of social movements, leading him to conceive of […]

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 […]

An Interview with Manuel Antonio Garretón The interview with Manuel Antonio Garretón continues with a focus on the legacy of the dictatorship for democratic politics. Apart from his manifold academic activities Professor Garretón has led an intense political life, beginning with his election to President of the Student Union at the Catholic University in 1964. […]

by Felipe Arocena, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay Uruguay, a small country of three million people, surprised the world with two laws it passed in 2013: one allowing marriage between people of the same sex and the other legalizing marijuana. If we add a third law passed in 2012 decriminalizing abortion, it would not […]

by Adriana Marrero, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, and Member of ISA Research Committees on Sociology of Education (RC04), Sociological Theory (RC16) and Women and Society (RC32), and Leandro Pereira, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay There is a country, Uruguay, where between 80 and 90% of students of all ages attend public education. […]

by Marcos Supervielle, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay and Board Member of ISA Research Committee on Work (RC30), and Mariela Quiñones, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay The second leftist government in Uruguay, elected in 2009, has deepened its pro-labor policies through Wage Councils and a tripartite system to fix the minimum wage for […]

by Diego E. Piñeiro, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay In 2002 a deep economic and social crisis struck Uruguay after twenty years of neoliberal reforms, under the direction of the traditional parties. In 2005, the leftist Frente Amplio (Broad Front) won the election and began the arduous task of rebuilding the country. In subsequent […]

by György Csepeli, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary More than twenty years have passed in Hungary since the annus mirabili of 1989, when state socialism suddenly ceased to exist and gave way to a new system based on liberal principles. It was then that the transition to a market economy and democracy began. As Michael […]