Volume 1, Issue 2 (November 2010)

Global Dialogue
 

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This second issue of Global Dialogue continues the debate about global sociology featuring Ulrich Beck and Raewyn Connell. We have reports from around the world — research stories (China, Bangladesh), election assessments (Brazil, Belarus), conference reports (Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Poland) as well as news and history about ISA publications and an obituary of Mattei Dogan. Global Dialogue can be read as a newsletter in 5 languages or you can access individual articles in English by clicking on them to the right (under category heading: Articles). You can now comment on the whole issue but also on individual articles. Please submit any suggestions for improving the newsletter below or directly to me, Michael Burawoy at burawoy@berkeley.edu

Editorial (1.2)

The second issue of Global Dialogue features a debate between two very different understandings of global sociology. Ulrich Beck, author of Risk Society, advances the cosmopolitan turn with a critique of methodological nationalism that, he claims, pervades sociology. Our frameworks, he says, simply cannot handle the global issues we confront.  On the other side, Raewyn […]

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Kiss the Frog: The Cosmopolitan Turn in Sociology

by Ulrich Beck, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich In his inspiring programmatic statement “Meeting the Challenges of Global Sociology” (Global Dialogue, Vol.1, No.1), Michael Burawoy remains ambiguous as to whether global sociology is just an additional perspective, a supplement to the conventional nation-state centred sociology. Or is it more than that: a substitute for the mainstream, that […]

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How Can We Weave a World Sociology?

by Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney Ulrich Beck is an imaginative and original sociologist, and we are all in his debt for his splendid rethinking of European social dynamics in Risk Society.  In the 1990s he, like a number of colleagues, discovered ‘globalization’ and so gave us World Risk Society and What is Globalization?  He […]

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Foxconn: The Global Predator

by Jenny Chan, University of London Taiwan-owned Foxconn Technology Group is the world’s biggest contract electronics manufacturer, taking in over 50% of global electronics manufacturing and service industry revenue. Foxconn operates more than 40 manufacturing facilities and Research and Development centers in Asia, Russia, Europe, and the Americas. Its accumulated revenues for January to September […]

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Dhaka: Megacity of Despair

by Habibul Haque Khondker, Member of Executive Committee In 2008 more than 50 percent of the world population of nearly seven billion became urban. This marked an important milestone in history. In 1800 only 3 percent, in 1900 14 percent and in 1950 30 percent of the world population lived in urban centers. Asia is […]

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On “Lulismo”

by Ruy Braga, University of Sao Paulo Despite the unexpected competition in the runoff, Dilma Rousseff’s (PT – Workers Party) victory, with around a 12 million vote margin, over Jose Serra (PSDB – Brazilian Social Democracy Party) in the Oct. 31st Brazilian Presidential elections demonstrated the current administration’s political hegemony. Supported by a wide margin […]

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History Corner

by Jennifer Platt, Vice-President for Publications The history of ISA journals throws light on wider trends in the development of the ISA and of sociology.  This account starts in 1973, with the first issues of the only journal we had then, Current Sociology, produced from outside the secretariat or UNESCO staff.  Each issue consisted of […]

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Towards an ‘E-Forum for Sociology’

by Vineeta Sinha, Member of the Executive Committee In 2005, I became involved with the ISA E-Bulletin, initiated by the-then Vice President for the ISA Publications Committee, Susan McDaniel, who invited me to apply for the position of editor. As someone who had some involvement with the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Social […]

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The Program Committee for the 2014 Congress in Yokohama

By Raquel Sosa Elízaga, Vice-President for Program The Program Committee for the 2014 Yokohama World Congress has been approved by the ISA Executive Committee. It was chosen with due regard to diversity by region, by gender, by area of specialty as well as for their scholarly distinction and expertise in the theme of the Congress: […]

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In Memoriam: Mattei Dogan, 1920-2010

by Arnaud Sales, Université de Montréal, Former ISA Vice-President, Research Mattei Dogan, Founder and Chair (1971-1986) of Research Committee 24 on Environment and Society and Research Committee 20 on Comparative Sociology (1986 to 2006) passed away in Paris on October 10, 2010. A generous man with a strong character, he will be greatly missed by […]

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Attention: An authoritarian regime threatens sociology!

by Elena Zdravomyslova, St. Petersburg, European University Historians of science have shown that the development of sociology is directly related to the structure of society and its political regime. Authoritarian political regimes hinder the development of social studies, and sociology, if it survives, becomes a transmission belt of repressive rule. In such conditions independent sociological […]

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What’s Happening to Society? The Long View From Poland

by Grażyna Skąpska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków In September 2010 Polish sociologists held their fourteenth national congress, organized by the Polish Sociological Association (Polskie Towarzystwo Socjologiczne – PTS) and the Jagiellonian University. This event proved to be a great success with the attendance of more than 1200 sociologists from Poland and abroad. Key, too, was the […]

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Editorial

This second issue of Global Dialogue continues the debate about global sociology featuring Ulrich Beck and Raewyn Connell. We have reports from around the world — research stories (China, Bangladesh), election assessments (Brazil, Belarus), conference reports (Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Poland) as well as news and history about ISA publications and an obituary of Mattei Dogan. […]

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Globalization and the Turkic World

by Tina Uys, University of Johannesburg, South Africa,  ISA Vice-President for National Associations It was with great excitement (and some trepidation) that I embarked on a 29-hour journey from South Africa to attend the Third World Congress of Turkic Sociologists held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 21-24 September .  Not only were had there been reports in […]

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Questioning Trans-nationalism at the Centennial of the German Sociological Society

by Petra Rostock and Linda Supik, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main The German Sociological Society (DGS) recently celebrated its hundredth anniversary with a Centennial Jubilee Congress in Frankfurt/Main (October 11-15, 2010).  The organizers chose the theme “Transnational Makings of Societies” (http//dgs2010.de/English). While a century ago the nation state had been a new actor and framed what was […]

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Global Migration: Perspectives from Bali

by Yoshimichi Sato, Tohoku University and ISA Executive Committee I participated in an international symposium on “Today’s Trends of Global Migration in Japan and Indonesia” in Bali on October 29. This symposium was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality, which I direct. It had two Japanese speakers (including me) […]

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