Volume 1, Issue 4 (April 2011)

Global Dialogue

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The fourth issue of Global Dialogue carries reports from the Middle East and North Africa about the insurgencies of the last few months, as well as the tragedies of the Japanese tsunami. It continues the debate on cosmopolitanism, this time from India. We summarize the main decisions made by the ISA Executive Committee at a meeting held in the National Autonomous University in Mexico City which took place along with an International Conference on Inequality. We publish an account of Sociologists without Borders; a report on a conference of the European Sociological Association; and a celebratory address at the 20th. Anniversary of the Turkish Sociological Association. We have begun a column on human rights violations, and in our history corner we tell the story of the 1982 ISA World Congress in Mexico City. I’m delighted and amazed to announce that Global Dialogue will now appear in no less than 9 languages – English, French and Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Portuguese, Japanese and most recently Hindi. We also have an alluring, user-friendly brand new design. The ISA has opened its own Facebook page as well as begun video broadcasting Global Sociology, Live!, featuring sociologists from all corners of the earth.

Editorial (1.4)

The world has changed since we last went to press. Cairos are springing up all over the planet. The Arab insurgencies – the jury is still out on whether we can call them revolutions – have demonstrated once again just how difficult it is to anticipate the outbreak of social movements. We are better at […]

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Revolutionary Moments in Tahrir Square

by Mona Abaza, American University of Cairo I happened to be in Cairo when the catalytic demonstration of the 25th of January occurred. I did not participate in the first demonstrations. It has been many years since I had been politically active. I have to confess that the violence and brutality, witnessed in numerous previous […]

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The Arab Revolutions: Who Are The Actors?

by Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut, ISA Executive Committee Over the last four months political earthquakes have shaken the Arab World. These revolutions have toppled the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt and are making their way to Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Jordan and Syria. No matter how one defines the success of these uprisings, it […]

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Yokohama: The Harbor of Hope

SOLIDARITY WITH JAPANESE SOCIOLOGISTS The ISA Executive Committee would like to express sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the terrible Japanese earthquake and tsunami as well as of the nuclear accident they have precipitated. We know that the Japanese people will continue to confront this unprecedented tragedy with fortitude and a renewed collective spirit. […]

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Challenging Cosmopolitanism

by Sujata Patel, University of Hyderabad, India Global Dialogue has initiated an interesting debate regarding international sociology. My intervention is directed to Ulrich Beck’s two contributions on the theme of ‘the cosmopolitan turn’ (Global Dialogue 1:2 and 1:3) and also alludes to the comments made on this subject by Raewyn Connell (Global Dialogue 1:2). This […]

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Conference on Inequality

by Raquel Sosa Elízaga, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, ISA Vice-President for Program Alongside the Executive Committee Meeting of the ISA in Mexico City, March 21-25, 2011, the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University in Mexico City collected together prominent Mexican, Latin American and other international colleagues to debate inequality. […]

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ISA Executive Committee Meeting in Mexico City

by Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley and ISA President The ISA Executive Committee spent 5 days meeting in Mexico City, generously hosted by the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, in particular by its Dean, Dr. Fernando Castañeda Sabido, who is also President of the Mexican Sociological […]

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Without Borders

by Judith Blau, University of North Carolina, President of US Chapter of Sociologists without Borders and Alberto Moncada, President of Sociologists without Borders International Médecins Sans Frontières was, of course, at the forefront of the ‘without borders’ movement that accelerated with globalization. This list is hardly exhaustive, but indicative of the broad extent of the […]

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The Turkish Sociological Association: Celebrating 20 Years

by Birsen Gökçe, President of the Turkish Sociological Association The Turkish Sociological Association was founded in 1990 in Ankara. When it was first founded, it had 40 members — today it has 600. In 1999 it was granted the status ‘Association for Public Interests’ by a Decree of the Council of the Ministers. It does […]

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National Associations in Europe

by Roberto Cipriani, President of the ESA Council of National Associations Representatives of 21 Sociological Associations took part in the meeting organized by the European Sociological Association in Paris, October 28th, 2010. ESA President Anália Torres, ESA Past President Claire Wallace and members of the ESA Executive Committee were present too. Our special guests were […]

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History Corner: Mexico 1982

by Jennifer Platt, ISA Vice-President for Publications With the Executive Committee holding its annual meeting in Mexico City (March 21-25), plus the bonus of a seminar with Mexican colleagues, it is appropriate to write on aspects of the history of the ISA in Mexico. Until the 1990s Latin America as a whole provided only about […]

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Human Rights: Guilty of Being a Sociologist?

by Frédéric Neyrat, University of Limoges One might think sociology is now sufficiently established as a discipline to raise only scientific issues. However, a recent seminar in Limoges  was devoted to the political obstacles faced by social science inquiries. Sociological research, in particular, has been discredited, and violently so, from various non-scientific viewpoints in the […]

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From Cosmopolitanism to Public Sociology

by Helma Lutz, Goethe University, Frankfurt Cosmopolitanism is a normative term rooted in the enlightenment; and it is an ethical concept that is discussed throughout the world in debates about perceptions of justice, democracy, and human rights. Tolerance seems to be a precondition for the development of a habitus of cosmopolitanism, but it is an […]

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