Volume 6, Issue 2 (June 2016)

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Editorial: Sociology from the Margins

The most innovative sociology often comes from the margins of academia and sometimes even from outside academia altogether. A case in point is W.E.B. Du Bois, probably the most significant US sociologist to have walked the planet. He is the subject of Aldon Morris’s new book, The Scholar Denied, featured in this issue. Morris shows […]

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Redeeming W.E.B. Du Bois

by Aldon Morris, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA Aldon Morris is well known for his paradigm-changing research on social movements and in particular his prize-winning book, The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement that emphasized the organizational and cultural basis of social protest. In this article he presents his new and long-awaited The Scholar Denied (University […]

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The Pluralism of Social Movement Studies

by Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy Donatella della Porta is one of the internationally best known and most prolific scholars in the area of social movements. Her work spans many countries, but particularly Europe and Latin America, and bridges several disciplines, especially sociology and political science. A champion of a multi-method approach […]

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Sociology in the Arab World: An Interview with Sari Hanafi

Sari Hanafi is currently a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. He is also the editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology (in Arabic), and Vice-President of both the International Sociological Association and the Arab Council of Social Science. His […]

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The Biopolitics of the Lebanese Garbage Crisis

by Nisrine Chaer, Utrecht University, The Netherlands In August 2015, Lebanon’s protests, responding to a garbage crisis, transformed into a popular anti-corruption movement. The waste management crisis provides a lens into Lebanon’s biopolitics, revealing the ways Lebanon’s state and sectarian parties reflect and reinforce patterns of class and citizenship-based violence. Beirut’s garbage crisis started in […]

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Normalizing Extreme Violence: The Israeli Case

by Lisa Hajjar, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA On February 15, 2016, Amitai Etzioni, sociologist and professor at George Washington University, published an op-ed in Israel’s Ha’aretz titled “Should Israel Consider Using Devastating Weapons Against Hezbollah Missiles?”[1] Quoting, first, an unnamed Israeli official who claimed that Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles which pose a major […]

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Protecting Civilians: Response to Hajjar

by Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA Lisa Hajjar has positioned an op-ed I wrote as a next step in a multifaceted Israeli campaign to bring “its violence into the law.” In response, I first outline the motivation for the op-ed, and then try to address – within the space given – what […]

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On Being Human in an Inhuman World: Remembering Vladimir Yadov

by Dmitri N. Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA In the 1960s, the Laboratory of Concrete Social Research in Leningrad was a hotbed of newfangled sociological science, fighting to secure a niche in the ideologically implacable discipline known as “historical materialism.” Would-be sociologists sold empirical research to Soviet authorities on the premise that sociology’s […]

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The Genesis of a Chinese Public Sociologist

by François Lachapelle, University of British Columbia, Canada “Where society comes from is an extremely important question. Because you [Westerners] are born in a country with a society, [the very concept of society] is taken for granted. This is completely different for us. We have to start anew.” Interview with Shen Yuan, 2012, Tsinghua University, […]

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Going Local, Going Global

by Brigitte Aulenbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, member of ISA Research Committee on Economy and Society (RC02), Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19), Sociology of Work (RC30), and Women in Society (RC32) and Vice-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna 2016; Rudolf Richter, University of […]

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Inequality, Poverty and Prosperity in Austria

by Cornelia Dlabaja, University of Vienna, Austria, Julia Hofmann, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and Alban Knecht, Johannes Kepler University Linz Austria has long been known for its high standard of living. Its gross national product per capita is USD 51,300, putting Austria thirteenth in a 2014 worldwide ranking (World Bank 2015), while Vienna, Austria’s […]

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Social Inequalities, Refugees, and the “European Dream”

by Ruth Abramowski, Benjamin Gröschl, Alan Schink, and Désirée Wilke, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria Streams of refugees are an actual phenomenon in Europe, sometimes labeled new “mass migration” (Völkerwanderung) in the German-speaking media. In absolute numbers Germany receives the highest number of applications for political asylum, but in relation to its population, Germany […]

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Gender Equity and the Austrian University

by Kristina Binner, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and member of ISA Research Committees on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) and Women in Society (RC32), and Susanne Kink, Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria Women and men have long been unequally represented at Austria’s universities: while the proportion of men and women is somewhat balanced […]

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Working Time and the Struggle for a Better Life

by Carina Altreiter, Franz Astleithner, and Theresa Fibich, University of Vienna, Austria The struggle over working time is historically linked to the struggle of workers to limit the exploitation of their labor power. The eight-hour-day was the proclaimed demand of the labor movement, and until the 1980s most Western industrialized nations gradually reduced length of […]

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Sociology and Climate Change

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, USA, Past-President of ISA Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24) and Robert J. Brulle, Drexel University, USA Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle are both distinguished environmental sociologists. They were Chair and Associate Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, whose report […]

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Freedom and Violence in India

Below we publish a statement by the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association and a letter from over 200 Indian sociologists addressed to the President of India on March 6, 2016. They were written in protest against the violence and loss of academic freedom on Indian campuses earlier this year. Even if they are […]

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Writing for Research: Logic and Practice

by Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney, Australia, and member of ISA Research Committees on Women and Society (RC32) and Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (RC35) Myths and Realities Two great myths distort our picture of writing – one old, one new. The old myth views writing as simply a matter of genius and inspiration. Someone blessed […]

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Introducing the Kazakh Team

Global Dialogue’s Kazakh team was launched in 2015 under the inspiration and direction of Aigul Zabirova. With amazing determination they disseminate Global Dialogue throughout Kazakhstan, overcoming all the challenges of translation into the Kazakh language. Aigul Zabirova is a Professor of Sociology and founding chair of the Sociology Department at the L.M. Gumilyov Eurasian National […]

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