Volume 4, Issue 4 (December 2014)

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Editorial: The ISA at 65

To commemorate the 65 years since the birth of the ISA, a panel of former Presidents was convened at the Yokohama World Congress to evaluate the past and look to the future. Their evaluations are published in this issue of Global Dialogue. They lament the unstoppable march of English as lingua franca against which they […]

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Sociology for One World

by Margaret S. Archer, University of Warwick, UK, and former ISA President, 1986-1990 There is no such thing as immaculate perception. From the beginning, my own vision came through UNESCO spectacles: the ISA was founded to help “knit together social science scholars of the world” to advance these disciplines. Given that its 65 years span […]

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Prerequisites for Internationalizing Sociology

by T. K. Oommen, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and former ISA President, 1990-1994 The International Sociological Association was formed to foster international sociology, but we have not achieved consensus about the meaning of this elusive concept. Of course, it might be conceived as an aggregation of “national sociologies,” but even in demographic terms, […]

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ISA as an Organization: Some Dangers in its Progress

by Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale Universty, USA and former ISA President, 1994-1998 The first Congress I attended was the ISA’s third, held in 1959 in Stresa, a small town in northern Italy. I have attended thirteen of the fifteen congresses since then. In reflecting on the differences between the ISA in 1959, at the time of […]

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The ISA’s Contribution to Global Democratic Governance

by Alberto Martinelli, University of Milan, Italy, current President of the International Social Science Council and former ISA President, 1998-2002 Looking backward, we acknowledge that both sociology and its international association, the ISA, have made impressive advances; looking forward, we realize that there is much more to do to make them truly global. The promotion […]

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The “Positivist” Manifesto

by Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and former ISA President, 2002-2006 Believe it or not, the Yokohama World Congress of Sociology is my eleventh. I joined the ISA in 1970, at the Congress held at Varna, Bulgaria, the first ever in Eastern Europe. Now, 40 years later, I venture to glance backward and forward. […]

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The Challenges of Digitalization, Disciplinarity and Evil

by Michel Wieviorka, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France and former ISA President, 2006-2010 I was proud and happy to be ISA President and I gained enormously from it. Four years later, I would like to first make three short points about our Association. First, we always have known the ISA to be […]

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Behind the Cheap Tomato: Migrant workers in Southern Italy

by Mimmo Perrotta, University of Bergamo, Italy In September 2013, the national French television France 2 broadcast a report about the dramatic living and working conditions of migrant farmworkers in Puglia, Southern Italy. The report, Les récoltes de la honte (The Harvest of Shame), described the harvesting and processing of broccoli and tomatoes, grown in […]

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Striking Against Cooperatives: Migrants Lead the Way

by Devi Sacchetto, University of Padova, Italy The national Italian Strike Commission supervises and controls the right to strike, and protects consumers against strikes in the so-called public services – essential transportation, vital health facilities, local and national emergencies. In 2013, following strikes in the logistic sector, the Commission ruled that milk is a basic […]

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How Young Italian Men Cope with the Economic Crisis

by Luisa M. Leonini, University of Milan, Italy Michael, 22 years old, has been employed for almost a year in a well-known wine house in a now fashionable area of Milan. Working as a waiter with a fix-term contract, he found this job through social networks: his father works as a clerk in a shop […]

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The Rise of Freelance Work in Italy

by Alessandro Gandini, University of Milan, Italy, and member of ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Professional Groups (RC52) In the last few decades, the rise of the creative and cultural industries has created a large number of mostly media-based professions, often popularized as the “creative class.” Today, this large workforce has converged into […]

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The Shifting Sands of Sectarianism in Lebanon

by Rima Majed, American University of Beirut, Lebanon “Things have drastically changed in Lebanon… Yesterday’s enemies became today’s allies and vice versa… The Sunni-Shia split is one of those things you really feel have changed… especially after the assassination of Rafic Hariri… This discourse really didn’t exist before… For all we knew, we were Muslims […]

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Cultivating the “Bitter Crop” in a Lebanon War Zone

by Munira Khayyat, American University in Cairo, Egypt There is so much violent rupture going on in the Arab world – in particular in that roiling corner of the Eastern Mediterranean where the wars in Syria and Iraq continue to rage, radiating outwards – that it is hard, if not impossible, to notice the more […]

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Turning the Audit Screw: The Degradation of Higher Education

by John Holmwood, University of Nottingham, UK, and member of ISA Executive Committee, 2014-2018 Many commentators have suggested the “new public management” of public services through “audit” may have run its course, and even that this approach has been replaced by an interest in “public value” (that is, a concern with maximizing the value of […]

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Egypt’s Invisible Gypsies

by Alexandra Parrs, American University in Cairo, Egypt It comes as a surprise to many Egyptians that the word “Gypsy” originates from “Egyptian”: a medieval misconception linked to the mysterious Eastern travelers to Egypt. It continues to amaze Egyptians today that there are Egyptian Gypsies – or at least, that there are groups of people […]

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Binational Lovers under Suspicion in France

by Manuela Salcedo, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France and Laura Odasso, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and member of ISA Research Committee on Biography and Society (RC38) “It was crazy! The French government gives orders to Moroccan authorities and Consulates to avoid abuses, but there are committed couples like us […]

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The Specter Haunting Turkey

by Aylin Topal, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey Over the last two years, Turkey’s social and political developments have triggered new debates on the country’s political regime. What is the nature of the regime, what led to the uprisings in June 2013, and what is the aftermath? Neoliberalism in Turkey dates back to the […]

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Manipulating Public Opinion in Kazakhstan

by Almas Taizhanov, Association of Sociologists of Kazakhstan, regular collective member of the ISA Kazakhstan and Ukraine both have common border with Russia, and they share a common status as former Soviet Republics. But they share one more important and tragic similarity: both suffered substantial demographic losses during the famine caused by Soviet “collectivization” in […]

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The Future of the Planet

by Emma Porio, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, former member of ISA Executive Committee, 2006-2014, and current ISA Representative to the International Science Council (ICSU) Members of the International Science Council (ICSU) met in Auckland Convention Center for their tri-annual General Assembly and decided on the key directions of international science in the coming years. […]

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Global Dialogue’s Romanian Team

by Ileana Cinziana Surdu, University of Bucharest, Romania We joined Global Dialogue with GD3.1 in November 2012. Since then, our team has changed with every number, but this is a positive feature, as we all have learned from each other in the process of translating and editing the Romanian version of Global Dialogue. We are […]

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