Volume 2, Issue 2 (November 2011)

Global Dialogue
 

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Editorial (2.2)

One of sociology’s important tasks is to combat popular stereotypes and political distortions, not least, those portraying the place of Islam in the world today. Thus, in this issue of Global Dialogue Catherine Delcroix analyzes how Muslims in Europe respond to Islamophobia, while Vedi Hadiz examines how Islamic Populism mobilizes Muslims in Indonesia and Egypt […]

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Negotiating Islamophobia: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty

by Catherine Delcroix, University of Strasbourg, France Islamophobia has been on the rise in Europe for some time. Just recently I was in Brussels participating in a scientific workshop of sociologists coming from various European countries, all working on citizenship in Europe. An eminent member of the European Parliament, who had helped draft the European […]

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The New Islamic Populism

by Vedi R. Hadiz, Murdoch University, Australia One of the most conspicuous features of the recent Arab Uprisings is that Islamic oppositional movements have not been at their forefront. That they did not take a leadership role is interesting given that Islamic groups, ever since the demise of most of the Left in Muslim societies […]

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Who’s to Blame? Stormy Times in Climate Change Negotiations

by Herbert Docena, Focus on the Global South, Philippines, and the University of California, Berkeley This December, thousands of officials, activists, lobbyists, and maybe even some superstars will fly to Durban for the 17th conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Next June, many will again fly to Rio to mark two […]

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What Possibilities for Global Labor?

by Robert Lambert, University of Western Australia, former President of the ISA Research Committee on Labor Movements Even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination, and that such illumination may well come less from theories and concepts than from the uncertain, flickering, and often weak light that some men […]

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Self-Discovery: A Grass Roots Civil Society in Israel

by Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, University of Haifa, Israel, former ISA Vice-President for Publications and editor of International Sociology Review of Books The year of the Arab Spring was also the year of the Israeli summer. A gigantic two-month demonstration disturbed the complacency of the self-satisfied right-wing coalition that includes about two thirds of the Knesset. In […]

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Ten Theses on the Status of Sociology in an Unequal World

by Piotr Sztompka, University of Krakow, Poland, former ISA President Almost ten years ago at the ISA World Congress of Sociology at Brisbane 2002 I won the Presidency of ISA running on a very ‘politically incorrect’ slogan, ‘Excellence rather than balance’. Now the slogan seems relevant again, especially after the 2010 World Congress in Gothenburg […]

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Excellence and Balance: Producing Sociology that Matters

by Tina Uys, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, ISA Vice-President for National Associations The piece written by Piotr Sztompka follows his review of a three-volume set of conference papers presented at a meeting of the International Sociological Association (ISA) Council of National Associations in Taiwan in 2009. Sztompka’s review was published in Contemporary Sociology along […]

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‘Patient Denied Hospitalization’ or ‘In Defence of Sociology’

by Nikita Pokrovsky, State University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow, President of the Society of Professional Sociologists, Russia, Member of the ISA Executive Committee After spending many years in the field of professional and international sociology I have a strong feeling that in today’s world the future of sociology is seriously endangered. Its destiny is more […]

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Academic Dependency

by Fernanda Beigel, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina In his attempt to reduce the sociology of sociology to an ideological exercise, Piotr Sztompka builds a cocktail of academic dependency, intellectual imperialism, and colonialism within sociology, which are lumped together, uncritically naturalized and peremptorily discarded by reducing them […]

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Producing Sociology in Today’s Unequal World

by Helga Nowotny, President of the European Research Council, Chair of the Scierntific Advisory Board, University of Vienna, Austria, ISA Life Member Twenty-first century sociology finds itself in an unequal world. But it has many more intellectual and scientific resources than I was led to believe after reading the otherwise stimulating debate between Piotr Sztompka […]

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When the End of War Doesn’t Mean Peace

by Alice Szczepanikova, Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany   Luba Vladovskaja invited me to her dark, cold apartment in a Viennese suburb. After spending many long days and nights in the cellars and bomb shelters of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, she asked her sons to find her […]

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Congress of the Latin American Sociological Association: Final Declaration

by Raquel Sosa Elízaga, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, ISA Vice-President for the Program of the Yokohama Congress, 2014 The XXVIIIth Congress of the Latin American Sociological Association took place from September 6 to 10 in Recife, Brazil 2011, attracting 4,578 participants and 9,716 registered students, professionals, researchers and teachers. Dozens of professors, students and […]

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Sociology for Turbulent Times: Address to the European Sociological Association

by Anália Torres, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, President of the European Sociological Association, 2009-2011 Social Relations in Turbulent Times, the theme of the European Sociological Association’s 10th Conference, held in Geneva, September 7-10, 2011, seems to have been on target. Turbulence is indeed an everyday reality, especially since the beginning of 2011.   In Europe, […]

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Goodbye, Devorah – Hello, Mohammed

Devorah Kalekin finishes her term as the founding editor of the International Sociology Review of Books (ISRB), and hands over to her successor Mohammed Bamyeh, at the end of 2011. Her important contributions are celebrated in an e-mail interview with Jennifer Platt, ISA Vice-President for Publications. Goodbye Devorah… JP: How did you come to develop […]

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