Volume 4, issue 3 (September 2014)

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Editorial: The ISA Goes from Strength to Strength

This summer marked the International Sociological Association’s 18th World Congress of Sociology held in Yokohama (July 13-19). Meticulously organized by the Japanese Local Organizing Committee in collaboration with the ISA Secretariat, 6,087 registrants met for the biggest event in the history of the association. The very scale of the Congress, with over 1,100 separate sessions, […]

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Sociologist by Desertion

by Zsuzsa Ferge, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary For over 50 years Zsuzsa Ferge has held a leading position among Hungary’s sociologists and social statisticians. Whether under state socialism or the capitalism that followed, Ferge has always pursued research into patterns of inequality, poverty and marginality, leading to over fifteen books and hundreds of articles. One […]

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Life as a Cross-National Collaborator

by Melvin L. Kohn, Johns Hopkins University, USA and member of the ISA Executive Committee, 1982-1990 Melvin Kohn has been a pioneer in the study of the relation of social structure and personality. He is best known for his classic, Class and Conformity (1969 and expanded in 1977), that documents the close relationship between class […]

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Strengthening Sociology’s Commitment to Social Justice

by Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, USA and ISA President, 2014-2018 This July, 6,087 sociologists and social scientists from 95 countries met in Yokohama, Japan, for the ISA’s XVIII World Congress of Sociology. For a hugely successful event, our heartiest congratulations and thanks to the Japanese Local Organizing Committee, superbly chaired by Koichi Hasegawa; to the […]

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Reflections on Yokohama

by Vladimir Ilin, State University of St. Petersburg, Russia The Eighteenth Congress of the International Sociological Association took place in Yokohama, July 13-19. Writing about the Congress is an unrewarding task: whatever one says, there will always be someone who will argue the opposite. With over 6,000 participants, it was such a large-scale event that […]

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Immanuel Wallerstein receives ISA’s Excellence Award

by Michael Burawoy, former President of the ISA, 2010-2014, and Chair of the Award Committee The Opening Ceremony of the Yokohama World Congress of Sociology featured the ISA’s new and only association-wide award, the Award for Excellence in Sociological Research and Practice. The award was widely advertised to encourage the broadest possible nominations from ISA […]

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Emotional Labor around the World: An Interview with Arlie Hochschild

Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most renowned sociologists of our time. Her work is proof that theoretical depth combined with accessible discourse is an effective strategy for accomplishing fruitful sociological inquiry. In her eight academic books – including The Managed Heart (1983), The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work (2003), […]

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Made in India: Sketches from a Baby Farm

by Amrita Pande, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Ditte Maria Bjerg, Global Stories Productions, Denmark “It was excellent. I’ve never seen documentary theater as urgent as this, where a PhD sociologist and actress performs the research of a subject.” Simon Andersen, “Smagsdommerne,” Danish National Television. For our colleagues in theater and performance studies, […]

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French Sociology at the Turn of the 21st Century

by Bruno Cousin, University of Lille 1, France, Member of ISA Research Committee on Regional and Urban Development (RC21) and Didier Demazière, CNRS and Sciences Po, Paris, France Neither French sociology as a field, nor the sociological profession as it is practiced in France, have been systematically studied as sociological objects. Although other disciplines such […]

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Disappearing Academic Careers in France

by Christine Musselin, Sciences Po, CSO-CNRS, Paris, France The French higher education and research systems are characterized by a mix of three different types of institutions: universities offering PhD programs; national research institutions, including both the multidisciplinary CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and more specialized ones like the INSERM for biology, or the INRA […]

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Evaluating Sociological Research in France

by Frédéric Lebaron, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France In France, as elsewhere, sociologists spend much of their everyday lives evaluating each other’s work as well as responding to numerous evaluations. Of course, given the way higher education and research are organized, as well as national intellectual habits, in France this quasi-universal activity takes particular forms. […]

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The Changing Sociology Profession in France

by Frédéric Neyrat, Université de Limoges, France Since the 1960s, French sociology has been the object of a sort of trial about its professional prospects. With the first massification of higher education, the number of students enrolled in sociology curricula increased dramatically. But, considered a “new” discipline compared to humanities, sociology aroused doubts in terms […]

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Why is there no “Human Subjects Protocol” for French Sociologists?

by Romain Pudal, CNRS (CURAPP-ESS), Amiens, France Unlike sociological associations in other countries, the French Sociological Association (AFS) decided not to adopt a code of conduct for the sociological profession during its meeting in 2011 – a decision that came after several years of debate, in which the AFS set up working groups and examined […]

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Where is Sociology? Global Environmental Change and the Social Sciences

by Stewart Lockie, James Cook University, Australia and former President of ISA Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24) Sociologists often complain that our potential contributions to environmental research and governance are ignored; that participation in key assessment and policy-making processes skews towards the natural sciences; and that, when we are consulted, it is usually […]

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Copper, Water, and Land: Mining in Piedra Alta, Peru

by Sandra Portocarrero, National University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru In recent years, the Peruvian economy has made significant progress, with dynamic rates of GDP growth and low inflation and debt, while maintaining stable exchange rates. According to the International Monetary Fund, Peru is a rising star, as an emerging market noted for its strong […]

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Internationalization and Audit Culture: The Case of Czech Sociology

by Martin Hájek, Charles University, Czech Republic The audit culture and stress on competitiveness affect universities and scientific institutions in many countries, including the Czech Republic. The implications for academic careers, for scientific disciplines, and for publication strategies have repeatedly been analyzed. However, the impact of audit culture on small sociological communities using local national […]

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The Precarity of Sociology: Notes from the Czech lands

by Filip Vostal, Charles University and Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic The word precarious often describes a condition that is “not strong, safe or steady.” All three moments contained in the term precarious aptly convey significant characteristics of contemporary sociology. First, sociology’s precarity reflects the way broader societal-technological trends re-shape the production of sociological knowledge. […]

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Global Dialogue’s Arabic Team

by Mounir Saidani, El Manar University, Tunisia At the end of February, 2011, Sari Hanafi emailed me asking if I can help him find translators for the Arab version of Global Dialogue. I saw this as one of the happy consequences of the Tunisian Revolution, only some weeks after the fall of Zein Al-Dine Ben […]

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