Volume 6, issue 4 (December 2016)

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Editorial: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

This issue continues to look backwards and forwards, reflecting on the last six years of Global Dialogue, and the swing from effervescent social movements – Indignados, Occupy, Arab Spring, etc. – to movements of the right that have installed authoritarian regimes in Egypt, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, Philippines, Argentina, and Brazil. This global trend may be […]

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Sociology, Politics and Power: An Interview with Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens led the rebirth of British sociology in the 1970s with pioneering books on social theory that reinterpreted classics for the modern age. He dissected the question of agency in a structured world, the linking of micro-processes to macro forces, and the relevance of globalization for everyday life. More recently, he has addressed the […]

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Greece: A History of Geopolitics and Bankruptcy

by Vassilis K. Fouskas, University of East London, UK Founded in 1830 in the very southern cone of the Balkan Peninsula encompassing the Peloponnese, Southern Rumelia, Euboea and the complex of Cyclades islands, the Greek state resulted from an imperial geopolitical accident rather than from an economically-expanding, national industrial bourgeoisie. Instead of reflecting national-revolutionary processes […]

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State-Imposed Austerity in Greece

by Maria Markantonatou, University of the Aegean, Greece Since its establishment, the eurozone has followed proposals influenced by the great liberal economist Friedrich Hayek, especially the insulation of monetary and fiscal policy from national politics and thus from democratic processes and control. This project has been realized through a supposedly independent central bank and an […]

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SYRIZA: From Subversion to Pragmatism

by John Milios, National Technical University of Athens, Greece SYRIZA was formed in 2004 as a fairly loose coalition, involving more than ten different left currents and political groups. Its formation grew out of a process that started in 2000, when most political groups that later composed SYRIZA coexisted in the Greek and European Alter-Globalization […]

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Winners and Losers in the Greek Financial Crisis

by Spyros Sakellaropoulos, Panteion University, Greece In early 2010, then Prime Minister George Papandreou concluded that the state of Greek public finances was so dire that the country could not hope to borrow on global markets, and thus could no longer service its public debt. Contrary to prevailing notions, Greece’s problems did not stem from […]

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Greek Bailouts as State-Corporate Crime

by Stratos Georgoulas, University of the Aegean, Greece The international academic community has recently sought to define “state-corporate crime” – that is, illegal or socially-harmful actions created through the interaction of political institutions of governance and economic production and distribution. From a political and a research point of view, the term corresponds to what is […]

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Argentina’s Abortion Activism in the Age of Misoprostol

by Julia McReynolds-Pérez, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA An earthquake is rocking abortion debates in Latin America, and at its epicenter is a small white pill. Misoprostol’s availability in the region has changed the practice of clandestine abortion, with far-reaching impact. New self-help activist strategies – some of which involve feminists and health professionals acting […]

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Mexico’s Reversal of Abortion Rights

by Susana Lerner, El Colegio de México, Mexico, Lucía Melgar, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico and Agnès Guillaume, Institut de recherche pour le développement, France In 2007, Mexico’s Federal District (Distrito Federal, recently renamed Mexico City) legalized abortion in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy – a victory for civil society, which had been […]

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Abortion as Violence: A Peruvian Struggle

by Erika Busse, University of the Pacific, Peru and member of ISA Research Committees on Migration (RC31), Women and Society (RC32), Social Movements, Collective Action, and Social Change (RC48) and Family Research (RC06) In mid-August 2016, thousands of Peruvians took to the streets of Lima, mobilized by the slogan “Ni Una Menos” [“Not One Less”]. […]

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Introduction: The Social Sciences in the Arab World

by Mohammed A. Bamyeh, University of Pittsburgh, USA, Editor of International Sociology Reviews, and member of ISA Research Committees on Alienation Theory and Research (RC36) and Biography and Society (RC38) “New knowledge for new times” sums up the ambition of the recently-released report Social Sciences in the Arab World: Forms of Presence (http://www.theacss.org/uploads/English-ASSR-2016.pdf). Sponsored by […]

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New Social Science Infrastructures in the Arab Region

by Seteney Shami, Director General, Arab Council for the Social Sciences, Lebanon   The Arab region confronts mounting socio-economic, environmental, political, and security challenges. At the same time, it lacks strong academic and research capacities that might shed light on these challenges, analyze societal changes, nurture public debates, or inform public policy. As several UN […]

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Arab Social Sciences – Before and Beyond the Spring

by Idriss Jebari, American University in Beirut, Lebanon In the first report on the state of the social sciences in the Arab world, Sociology Professor Mohammed Bamyeh tackles the conundrum of Arab social sciences today: a seemingly-historically weak field of knowledge that exists alongside richly tumultuous and complex social realities. Five years on from the […]

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George Ritzer on McDonaldization and Prosumption

George Ritzer is one of the foremost interpreters of globalization, and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, USA. Labinot Kunushevci, an MA student in sociology at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo, conducted the interview as part of a project on influential social theory. We are publishing an extract from the interview. LK: […]

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40+ Years with International Sociology

by Edward A. Tiryakian, Duke University, USA, and member of ISA Research Committees on History of Sociology (RC08), Sociological Theory (RC16) and Sociology of Religion (RC22). It is a pleasure to respond to an invitation to share some recollections of my rather long association with the International Sociological Association. As a caveat, my remembrance of […]

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Introducing the Second Japanese Editorial Team

It is our great pleasure to introduce the second Japanese editorial team to the readers of Global Dialogue. Since we began our work in December of 2014, 45 undergraduate students have participated in the translation project They all attend the National Fisheries University that was founded in 1941 as a public institution of higher education […]

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