Volume 3, Issue 2 (February 2013)

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Facing an Unequal World

I write this editorial from Ramallah, the administrative center of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank – a place of exception that opens new vistas of domination, affecting the conditions of producing sociology no less than the object of its study. If Gaza experiences the rapid and terrifying violence of bombing, then the West […]

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The Vocation of Sociology – A Pragmatic View

by André Béteille, Delhi University, India André Béteille has been called the “wisest man” in India, and with good reason. Starting with his canonical monograph, Caste, Class and Power, which brings Weberian sociology to an anthropological village study, Béteille has written on almost every dimension of inequality, and on a wide range of related public […]

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The Vocation of Sociology – Exposing Slow Violence

by Jacklyn Cock, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa   Sociologists don’t come more engaged than Jackie Cock. A pioneer of South African sociology, she has consistently and constantly explored the relationship between violence and inequality: from her classic Maids and Madams, a feminist analysis of domestic work, to her interrogation of gender and war […]

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Libyan Sociology during and after the Dictatorship: An Interview with Mustafa Attir

Dr. Mustafa O. Attir is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tripoli, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development Research, and former President of the Arab Sociological Association. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the impact of modernization and oil on the Libyan society. He is interviewed by Sari Hanafi, […]

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Political Crisis in Israeli Universities

by Feras Hammami, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden Staff members of several Israeli universities recently signed a petition protesting a proposal made by the Subcommittee for Quality Assessment of the Israeli Council for Higher Education (CHE) to bar the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) from admitting students for the academic […]

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Theater of the Oppressed – A Form of Public Sociology?

by José Soeiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal There we were in the middle of the Congress of the Portuguese Sociological Association, held in Porto in June (2012), putting on a “forum-theater” play, called Estudantes por Empréstimo (“Students for Loans” as opposed to “Loans for Students”, http://estudantesporemprestimo.wordpress.com/). It narrates a concrete story – a student who, […]

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Precarious but Inflexible: The Rise of a New Social Movement in Portugal

by Dora Fonseca, University of Coimbra, Portugal The growing crisis in the Euro zone has fostered numerous reactions from both governments and civil society. For its part, civil society has demonstrated an astonishing capacity to generate new collective actors whose actions are directed at the negative consequences of globalization and neoliberal politics. The last few […]

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Sociology in Quicksand: Report from the VII Portuguese Sociological Congress

by Maria Luísa Quaresma, University of Oporto, Portugal[1] The VII Portuguese Sociological Congress took place at the Faculty of Letters of the Oporto University, on June 19-22, 2012. It was organized by the Portuguese Sociological Association (APS). Founded in 1985, this association stands for the development, recognition and dissemination of Portuguese sociology that the dictatorship […]

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The Triple Turn of Taiwanese Sociology

by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Director of the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and former President of the Taiwanese Sociological Association In retrospect, the history of sociology in Taiwan has its own unique character. Though Taiwan was under the Japanese colonial rule between 1895 and 1945, there is no evident legacy or inheritance from the […]

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The Predicament of Small Nation Sociology: The Case of Taiwan

by Su-Jen Huang, National Taipei University, Taiwan Begun less than 60 years ago with only a handful of sociologists with hardly any PhD training, sociology in Taiwan has grown in recent years into a discipline of about 300 PhD-level scholars. It has made significant progress in research and often contributed to public policy deliberation. It […]

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Moral Issues and Individual Liberties in Chile

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. […]

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The Limits of Environmental Politics in Chile

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 […]

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A Migrant Occupation at the Center of Santiago de Chile

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 […]

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The Challenge of Internationalizing Sociology

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 […]

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Is US Sociology in Decline?

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 […]

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The Balkans beyond Balkanization

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, […]

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Interdisciplinarity: Conference of the Philippine Sociological Society

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 […]

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Sociology and Social Transformations: 11th Conference of APSA

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, […]

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Global Movements, National Grievances

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 […]

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Youth Participation at the United Nations

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 […]

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Photo-Essay – The Real Bedik

by Eryn Snyder, Temple University, USA Eryn Snyder received the 2012 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology. The Prize is awarded biennially by the Social Science Research Council with grants from the Mark Family Fund. Members of ISA’s Visual Sociology Thematic Group (TG05) are serving as the Prize Jury, and TG05 has been hosting […]

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