Volume 3, Issue 2

I write this editorial from Ramallah, the administrative center of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank – a place of exception that opens new vistas of domination, affecting the conditions of producing sociology no less than the object of its study. If Gaza experiences the rapid and terrifying violence of bombing, then the West […]

by André Béteille, Delhi University, India André Béteille has been called the “wisest man” in India, and with good reason. Starting with his canonical monograph, Caste, Class and Power, which brings Weberian sociology to an anthropological village study, Béteille has written on almost every dimension of inequality, and on a wide range of related public […]

by Jacklyn Cock, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa   Sociologists don’t come more engaged than Jackie Cock. A pioneer of South African sociology, she has consistently and constantly explored the relationship between violence and inequality: from her classic Maids and Madams, a feminist analysis of domestic work, to her interrogation of gender and war […]

Dr. Mustafa O. Attir is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tripoli, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development Research, and former President of the Arab Sociological Association. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the impact of modernization and oil on the Libyan society. He is interviewed by Sari Hanafi, […]

by Feras Hammami, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden Staff members of several Israeli universities recently signed a petition protesting a proposal made by the Subcommittee for Quality Assessment of the Israeli Council for Higher Education (CHE) to bar the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) from admitting students for the academic […]

by José Soeiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal There we were in the middle of the Congress of the Portuguese Sociological Association, held in Porto in June (2012), putting on a “forum-theater” play, called Estudantes por Empréstimo (“Students for Loans” as opposed to “Loans for Students”, http://estudantesporemprestimo.wordpress.com/). It narrates a concrete story – a student who, […]

by Dora Fonseca, University of Coimbra, Portugal The growing crisis in the Euro zone has fostered numerous reactions from both governments and civil society. For its part, civil society has demonstrated an astonishing capacity to generate new collective actors whose actions are directed at the negative consequences of globalization and neoliberal politics. The last few […]

by Maria Luísa Quaresma, University of Oporto, Portugal[1] The VII Portuguese Sociological Congress took place at the Faculty of Letters of the Oporto University, on June 19-22, 2012. It was organized by the Portuguese Sociological Association (APS). Founded in 1985, this association stands for the development, recognition and dissemination of Portuguese sociology that the dictatorship […]

by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Director of the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and former President of the Taiwanese Sociological Association In retrospect, the history of sociology in Taiwan has its own unique character. Though Taiwan was under the Japanese colonial rule between 1895 and 1945, there is no evident legacy or inheritance from the […]

by Su-Jen Huang, National Taipei University, Taiwan Begun less than 60 years ago with only a handful of sociologists with hardly any PhD training, sociology in Taiwan has grown in recent years into a discipline of about 300 PhD-level scholars. It has made significant progress in research and often contributed to public policy deliberation. It […]