Volume 2, Issue 3 (February 2012)

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Editorial (2.3)

Social Justice and Democratization Buenos Aires is a particularly appropriate stage for the forthcoming ISA Forum with its theme “Social Justice and Democratization.” As Alberto Bialakowsky and Alicia Palermo, President and co-President of the Local Organizing Committee, and Henrique Martins, President of ALAS (Latin American Sociological Association), write in this issue of Global Dialogue, not […]

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“Watching” Tahrir

by Samia Mehrez, American University in Cairo, Egypt Samia Mehrez is a distinguished Professor of Arabic Literature in AUC’s Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations and Director of the Center for Translation Studies. I met her recently in Cairo where she showed me chapters from her forthcoming Translating Egypt’s Revolution – exciting narratives from Tahrir […]

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Challenges of the ISA Forum in Buenos Aires: Fighting an Unequal World with an Equal Sociology

by Alberto L. Bialakowsky and Alicia I. Palermo, President and Co-President of the Local Organizing Committee, ISA Forum, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012 Preparations for the ISA Forum to be held in Buenos Aires, August 1-4 (2012) are currently underway. This process – which started with the selection of Buenos Aires as the venue – makes […]

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Polish Migrants: Resourceful Transnationals or Guest Workers?

by Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck, University of Frankfurt, Germany Since the 1990s, a new approach has been gaining ground in migration studies. While the classical paradigm saw migration as a once-in-a-lifetime event that would ultimately lead to assimilation into the receiving society, or to a permanent return, research into “transnational” migration highlights how migrants can maintain ties […]

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Local Cosmopolitanism

by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, USA, past Chair of the ISA Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) and recipient of the ISA Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize, 2010 This debate between Piotr Sztompka and Michael Burawoy is richly rewarding and long overdue. They are among the world’s best sociological theorists, but their dialogue is important, […]

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Latin America – A Community of Destiny?

by Paulo Henrique Martins, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and President of the Latin American Sociological Association Globalization is creating new spaces of knowledge production that are changing the traditional intellectual division of labor dominated by Europe as the privileged center for thinking about modernity. For some authors, such as Arjun Appadurai, the “Third World” […]

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The Lamentable State of Post-Soviet Sociology

by Victor Vakhshtayn, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Russia Over the last few years the intellectual space of Russian sociology has become a battle field. It would seem that two out of three sociological writings today are about sociology itself: sociology of sociology becomes, if not part of mainstream research, then at least […]

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Māori Sociology in New Zealand

by Tracey McIntosh, The University of Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand is a settler state. It has a colonial past that it must constantly confront. This means that sociology in New Zealand is well placed to critically engage and respond to the reproduction of privilege and disadvantage as they relate to indigenous (Māori) and non-indigenous […]

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A Note on the “New Poverty” in Post-Soviet Armenia

by Gevorg Poghosyan, Director of Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, and President of the Armenian Sociological Association The social transformations at the end of the 20th century, following the breakup of the Soviet Union, inaugurated a new historical era. Post-Soviet countries involved in the process of social […]

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History Corner: The Vital Life of Current Sociology

by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, UK, and ISA Vice-President for Publications, 2010-2014, and Eloísa Martín, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Editor of Current Sociology Current Sociology is one of the longest-standing sociological journals; this year it celebrates its 60th anniversary. Its development shows quite a lot about the general progress of […]

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The Global Classroom

by Larissa Titarenko, Belarus State University, Minsk, Belarus, and Craig B. Little, State University of New York at Cortland, USA   The new knowledge society is based largely on Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs). New ICTs are everywhere making our lives more complicated, but they also bring us boundless opportunities. In education ICTs allow us to […]

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Bias Against National Associations: The Need to Change ISA Election Procedures

by Roberto Cipriani, University Roma Tre, Italy, and President of the Council of National Associations of the European Sociological Association A great step forward was made by the ISA at the World Congress in Brisbane in 2002, when it was decided for the first time to elect a Vice-President for National Associations. But the procedural […]

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Introducing the Japanese Editorial Team

Here we present the editorial team from Japan, enthusiastic collaborators in the translation and production of Global Dialogue.   We, the Japanese Regional Editors are very pleased and excited to introduce ourselves to the readers of Global Dialogue (GD) worldwide. We would like to express our gratitude to Professor Burawoy and all the GD contributors […]

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John Rex dies at 86

by Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford, UK, and Robert Moore, University of Liverpool, UK   John Rex, who died on December 18 (2011), will be remembered as a man of great passion and energy, and an outstanding intellectual who raised the study of sociology to new scholarly heights. He was born in Port Elizabeth, South […]

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Kurt Jonassohn, 1920-2011

by Céline Saint-Pierre, University of Quebec in Montreal, ISA Executive Secretary, 1974-1979, and ISA Executive Committee Member, 1986-1990 In 1974, Kurt Jonassohn and I were elected Executive Secretaries of the ISA. Tom Bottomore was President at the time and the Secretariat was moving from Milan to the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) where I […]

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Heritage and Rupture in Colombian Sociology

by Patricia S. Jaramillo Guerra with Fernando Cubides, National University of Colombia at Bogota On November 2-4 (2011) Colombian sociologists gathered in the city of Cali, for their 10th National Sociology Conference. The theme was heritage and rupture in contemporary Colombian sociology. The organizers were the sociology departments of Universidad del Valle, Universidad ICESI, and […]

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Turkic Sociology in a Eurasian Space

by Elena Zdravomyslova, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Member of the ISA Executive Committee, 2010-2014 Leading scholars in the social sciences and humanities from Russia, European countries, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan came to Ufa to participate in the fourth World Congress of Turkic Sociologists, 4-6 September, 2011. The theme was: “Eurasian […]

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The Indian Sociological Society’s Diamond Jubilee

by T. K. Oommen, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, Chair of the ISS Organizing Committee, and former ISA President, 1990-1994 The Diamond Jubilee Conference was held during December 11-13 (2011), at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. The Conference was hosted by the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS) JNU, a […]

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Social Stratification in the BRIC Countries

by Tom Dwyer, University of Campinas, Brazil, and Member of the ISA Executive Committee, 2010-2014 The four BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, are being rapidly drawn together by the tectonic shifts in the global order. To better understand these processes and their implications for internal stratification sociologists from the four countries assembled in […]

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