Volume 3, Issue 2

by Oriana Bernasconi, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile “What counts as common morality is not only imprecise but variable”  (Seyla Benhabib, 2004) Over the past decades Chile has seen social reforms in health, education, pensions and the labor market. Undoubtedly, these reforms have contributed to the development of a more inclusive and more equal society. […]

by Alejandro Pelfini, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile, and FLACSO-Argentina[1]   In 2011 Chile suddenly gained an important place in world news. The spread of student protests against one of the more expensive and unequal systems of higher education in the world received unexpected attention. More generally, that year marked the spread of social movements […]

by Carolina Stefoni, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile In the heart of the civic and historical center of Santiago de Chile lies the city’s largest migrant enclave. The area brings together a significant number of immigrants from various Latin American countries, though a clear majority is of Peruvian origin. These Peruvian immigrants have developed an […]

by Eloísa Martín, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Editor of Current Sociology Currently, in institutions of higher education around the world, a common demand is heard: internationalization. Amidst various efforts to achieve that, one in particular tops the list: publish in high-impact academic journals. Over the last 30 years, this task has […]

by Bronwen Lichtenstein, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA, and President of RC49 (Sociology of Mental Health) What is the state of sociology in the United States? In 1994, when I migrated from New Zealand to Alabama, USA, I heard that sociology was in decline. The University of Alabama’s PhD program in sociology had recently been […]

by Svetla Koleva, Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Sofia, Bulgaria and President of the Bulgarian Sociological Association. Although for more than a century the Balkans have chiefly been synonymous with the kind of regional fragmentation that engendered the term “Balkanization,” the Second Annual Conference of the Balkan Sociological Forum (Sofia, November 9-10, […]

by Clarence M. Batan, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, and Research Editor of RC34 (Sociology of Youth) Last October 19-20, sociologists, practitioners, and students from the Philippines and other neighboring countries gathered for the 2012 National Conference of the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS) at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), Quezon City. Almost 100 […]

by Leslie Lopez, Ateneo de Manila University, Secretary of the Philippine Sociological Society The Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Institute of Philippine Culture, both of Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, successfully organized and hosted the 11th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) last October 22-24 (2012). This year’s theme, […]

by Benjamín Tejerina, University of the Basque Country, Spain, President of RC48 (Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change), and member of the ISA Executive Committee, 2010-2014 Studies of collective action and social movements have received considerable impetus in recent decades, expanding our knowledge of their emergence, consolidation, impact, and decline. Facing their chameleon-like character […]

by Jovanni Rodriguez, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA In 2012, I became the first youth representative for the International Sociological Association following the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) acted on the idea of the need for youth presence at the United Nations. As issues are debated and discussed, points […]