Volume 2, Issue 4

by Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley, and ISA President In its annual meeting the ISA Executive Committee met for five days at the American University of Beirut (AUB), generously hosted by Professor Sari Hanafi and his colleagues in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies. Two days of our meeting coincided with a […]

by Milton L. Vidal, Academic University of Christian Humanism, Santiago, Chile Chile is a small country in the far south. According to the dominant view of world cartography, you can find us at the tip of South America. It is a place that draws international news headlines from time to time. In 2011, a movement […]

by Nadia Margarita Rodríguez, University of Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia Controversy over land restitution in Colombia began with the passing of Law 1448, also known as Law of Victims, on June 10, 2011. It was a historical milestone given the tremendous political, economic, social and legal challenges posed by land restitution and given the state’s explicit […]

by Johanna Parra, Universidad Icesi, Cali, Colombia Factional violence taking place in Colombia has become an object of sociological analysis, particularly through the specialty known as Violentology. This Colombian branch of sociology was initially dedicated to the study of the Colombian historical period called La Violencia (1945-1965), grounded in the seminal book La Violencia en […]

by Vedat Milor, Istanbul, Turkey One may think that the fellow on the television screen in front of me is attending a spiritual meeting, and he is in deep prayer. He is holding his head with his two hands, and his half shut eyes are focused on a single point. Suddenly his cell phone falls […]

by Robert van Krieken, University of Sydney, Australia, and ISA Vice-President for Finance and Membership, 2010-2014 In universities today one can clearly see a number of fracture lines that are growing longer and wider, dividing the academic community into roughly three classes: an elite of high-profile researchers with little or no teaching or administrative responsibilities; […]

This interview was conducted by Michael Burawoy for Global Dialogue with the mediating work of Professor Yuan Shen, Lina Hu and Xiuying Cheng. Liping Sun is one of the leading public intellectuals in China today. He is a Professor of Sociology at Tsinghua University, Beijing. MB: Recently you have written about the stalemate or stagnation […]

ISA-on-line – The Future of Sociology Global Dialogue has been running for two years. We’ve expanded from 8 to 30 pages, from 5 to 14 languages, from a standard template to a special design, from a newsletter to a magazine. It appears electronically — although wherever I go my bags are weighed down with hard […]