Volume 4, Issue 4

To commemorate the 65 years since the birth of the ISA, a panel of former Presidents was convened at the Yokohama World Congress to evaluate the past and look to the future. Their evaluations are published in this issue of Global Dialogue. They lament the unstoppable march of English as lingua franca against which they […]

by Margaret S. Archer, University of Warwick, UK, and former ISA President, 1986-1990 There is no such thing as immaculate perception. From the beginning, my own vision came through UNESCO spectacles: the ISA was founded to help “knit together social science scholars of the world” to advance these disciplines. Given that its 65 years span […]

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 Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale Universty, USA and former ISA President, 1994-1998 The first Congress I attended was the ISA’s third, held in 1959 in Stresa, a small town in northern Italy. I have attended thirteen of the fifteen congresses since then. In reflecting on the differences between the ISA in 1959, at the time of […]

by Alberto Martinelli, University of Milan, Italy, current President of the International Social Science Council and former ISA President, 1998-2002 Looking backward, we acknowledge that both sociology and its international association, the ISA, have made impressive advances; looking forward, we realize that there is much more to do to make them truly global. The promotion […]

by Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and former ISA President, 2002-2006 Believe it or not, the Yokohama World Congress of Sociology is my eleventh. I joined the ISA in 1970, at the Congress held at Varna, Bulgaria, the first ever in Eastern Europe. Now, 40 years later, I venture to glance backward and forward. […]

by Michel Wieviorka, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France and former ISA President, 2006-2010 I was proud and happy to be ISA President and I gained enormously from it. Four years later, I would like to first make three short points about our Association. First, we always have known the ISA to be […]

by Mimmo Perrotta, University of Bergamo, Italy In September 2013, the national French television France 2 broadcast a report about the dramatic living and working conditions of migrant farmworkers in Puglia, Southern Italy. The report, Les récoltes de la honte (The Harvest of Shame), described the harvesting and processing of broccoli and tomatoes, grown in […]

by Devi Sacchetto, University of Padova, Italy The national Italian Strike Commission supervises and controls the right to strike, and protects consumers against strikes in the so-called public services – essential transportation, vital health facilities, local and national emergencies. In 2013, following strikes in the logistic sector, the Commission ruled that milk is a basic […]

by Luisa M. Leonini, University of Milan, Italy Michael, 22 years old, has been employed for almost a year in a well-known wine house in a now fashionable area of Milan. Working as a waiter with a fix-term contract, he found this job through social networks: his father works as a clerk in a shop […]