Volume 4, Issue 1 (March 2014)

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Editorial: Reactions to Neoliberalism

We live in a neoliberal world where markets spread ever wider and ever deeper. Nothing escapes the market as it enters terrains that have for long been protected. From being a creative activity labor becomes the source of ever more uncertain survival; from being a medium of exchange money becomes a vehicle for making more […]

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An Inspired Collaboration with Russian Sociologists

An Interview with Simon Clarke During the 1980s Simon Clarke, a British sociologist at Warwick University, was best known for his contributions to theory – in particular, his original interpretation of Marx, and his critique of the liberal foundations of modern sociology and economics. In 1990, Clarke took a fateful journey to the Soviet Union, […]

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Sociology as a Vocation: Moving Beyond Sociology

by Alain Touraine, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France and former Vice-President of the ISA, 1974-78 For four decades Alain Touraine has been a towering figure in the world of sociology. Starting out as an industrial sociologist he made his name as a theorist of social movements, leading him to conceive of […]

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Sociology as a Vocation: A Conversation between Law and Sociology

by Kalpana Kannabiran, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, India, Member of the ISA Program Committee for the Yokohama World Congress, 2014 and Member of ISA Research Committee on Women and Society (RC32). Kalpana Kannabiran is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an autonomous research institute supported by the Indian […]

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Forty Years after the Chilean Coup: The Challenges of the Democratic Transition

An Interview with Manuel Antonio Garretón The interview with Manuel Antonio Garretón continues with a focus on the legacy of the dictatorship for democratic politics. Apart from his manifold academic activities Professor Garretón has led an intense political life, beginning with his election to President of the Student Union at the Catholic University in 1964. […]

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Uruguay at the Vanguard of Latin America

by Felipe Arocena, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay Uruguay, a small country of three million people, surprised the world with two laws it passed in 2013: one allowing marriage between people of the same sex and the other legalizing marijuana. If we add a third law passed in 2012 decriminalizing abortion, it would not […]

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How Public is Uruguay’s Public Education?

by Adriana Marrero, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, and Member of ISA Research Committees on Sociology of Education (RC04), Sociological Theory (RC16) and Women and Society (RC32), and Leandro Pereira, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay There is a country, Uruguay, where between 80 and 90% of students of all ages attend public education. […]

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Uruguay’s Miracle: Redistribution and the Growth of Unionism

by Marcos Supervielle, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay and Board Member of ISA Research Committee on Work (RC30), and Mariela Quiñones, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay The second leftist government in Uruguay, elected in 2009, has deepened its pro-labor policies through Wage Councils and a tripartite system to fix the minimum wage for […]

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Uruguay’s Agrarian Revolution

by Diego E. Piñeiro, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay In 2002 a deep economic and social crisis struck Uruguay after twenty years of neoliberal reforms, under the direction of the traditional parties. In 2005, the leftist Frente Amplio (Broad Front) won the election and began the arduous task of rebuilding the country. In subsequent […]

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The Rise of Hungary’s Mafia Society

by György Csepeli, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary More than twenty years have passed in Hungary since the annus mirabili of 1989, when state socialism suddenly ceased to exist and gave way to a new system based on liberal principles. It was then that the transition to a market economy and democracy began. As Michael […]

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The Fate of Class in Contemporary Hungary

by Eszter Bartha, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary The first question that comes to mind is whether the concept of class has any relevance in post-industrial society or indeed, what academic discussion would gain by bringing class back in. The career of the concept of “class” in Eastern Europe was closely linked to the development […]

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On the (Ir)responsibility of Elites

by György Lengyel, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary The Hungarian Prime Minister has a penchant for sports, particularly football. He often ends his speeches with “Forward, Hungary!” – a formula he borrowed from Berlusconi. Hungarian football is out of sorts nowadays. So is the political elite, appearing somewhat feeblish. At the darling venue of the […]

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South Africa: Women Miners and the Underground Self

by Asanda Benya, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa In South Africa’s large and highly mechanized mining industry there are over 48,000 women working in underground occupations, mainly in platinum and gold mines. These women form part of the core workforce and labor as miners or general workers, installing support structures, water and ventilation […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: The Symbolic Capital of the Mobile Phone

by Jordanna Matlon, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France A pitiable sight in Adjamé’s black is the section for used and stolen mobile phones. Hundreds of men line up single-file on either side of a major thoroughfare. Each man has one or several phones on his person which he flashes at passers-by, desperate to […]

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Report from the European Sociological Association Conference, Torino 2013

by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, UK and ISA Vice-President for Publications, 2010-2014 The ISA’s Publications Committee has a policy of sending members to key conferences to report back on what is going on to inform our editors; this is one of those reports. But how to report on a whole meeting? There were said […]

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Final Declaration

Adopted by the General Assembly of the XXIXth Congress of the Latin American Sociological Association (ALAS) Meeting in Santiago, the capital city of Chile, from September 29 to October 4 (2013), 4,168 sociologists from 30 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and elsewhere participated in 33 working groups, 79 panels, 86 book launches, and 5 […]

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Social Transformations and the Digital Age

by Elisa P. Reis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, former member of the ISA Executive Committee, 2006-2010, and ISA Representative to ISSC “Social Transformations and the Digital Age” was the theme of the World Social Science Forum organized by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in Montreal from October 13 to 15 (2013). […]

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Global Dialogue’s Russian Team

by Elena Zdravomyslova, European University at St. Petersburg and member of the ISA Executive Committee, 2010-14 Our team is a flexible one. The core group of translators are Elena Nikiforova, Anna Kadnikova, and Asja Voronkova. Others contribute to the project more or less regularly and we expect new team members as well as a certain […]

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