Volume 7, Issue 2 (June 2017)

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Editorial: Sociology in an Age of Reaction

Duterte, Erdogan, Orban, Putin, Le Pen, Modi, Zuma and Trump – they all seem to be cut from a similar nationalist, xenophobic, authoritarian cloth. The triumph of Trump has given new energy to illiberal movements and right-wing dictatorships. Undoubtedly, the political reaction has been in the making for decades as liberal democracies have propelled third-wave […]

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Duterte’s Revolt against Liberal Democracy

by Walden Bello, State University of New York, Binghamton and former member of the Philippine House of Representatives. With the victory of the Nazi counterrevolution, Joseph Goebbels famously said, “The year 1789 is hereby erased from history.” Along the same lines, could one argue that the rising fascist movements in the US, Europe, and elsewhere […]

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Sociology from Pakistan: Surveillance of Gulf Migration

by Ayaz Qureshi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Over the past three decades, as more and more developing countries have sent their citizens overseas to work, Pakistani citizens have been recruited as laborers to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. […]

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Sociology from Pakistan: Economic Participation and Violence against Women

by Nida Kirmani, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Development agencies and international financial institutions argue that increasing women’s economic participation will lead to both economic growth and women’s empowerment – a win-win situation. Further, it is often assumed that women who are economically active will be less vulnerable to gender-based violence. Based on fieldwork […]

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Sociology from Pakistan: Divorce in the Diaspora

by Kaveri Qureshi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Thirty-eight-year-old Sukaina is a Londoner of Pakistani heritage. Married at eighteen to a cousin in Lancashire, Sukaina had three children by her mid-twenties. But even before her third child was born, her marriage went irreparably awry. Her husband started working as a taxi driver. With the […]

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Sociology from Pakistan: Islamophobia and the British Security Agenda

by Tania Saeed, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Britain’s educational institutions are increasingly being drawn into the state’s security agenda. Under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (CTSA) 2015, educational institutions have a “statutory duty” to report students considered “at risk” of being radicalized. The signs or symptoms of this “radicalisation” are difficult to define; […]

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Sociology From Pakistan: The Politics of Infrastructure

by Amen Jaffer, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Since the last decade of the twentieth century, the Pakistani economy has been transformed by privatization and deregulation – a neo-liberal economic order which has been sustained through governments of different political parties and a military dictatorship. Yet despite an overarching consensus among the political elite, […]

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Zygmunt Bauman’s Moral Vision

The Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has died at the age of 91, bringing to an end his remarkable career as one of the contemporary world’s leading sociologists. It is very difficult to sum up the life and work of such a vital figure, but it is entirely true, as Keith Tester put it, that “the […]

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Zygmunt Bauman, the Skeptical Utopian

Zygmunt Bauman’s biography could be easily molded into a dominant narrative of twentieth-century Polish intelligentsia. After the traumatic experience of war, fascinated by the communist project, this generation was briefly involved in attempts to repair real existing socialism, before discovering its unchanging, totalitarian nature. Later, the same intelligentsia would be involved in the overthrow of […]

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Remembering Zygmunt Bauman

When the Emperor departs, there is often mourning, and some gloating. Is this an interregnum? Was Zygmunt Bauman an emperor? I don’t think so. He was a latecomer to fame, a reluctant celebrity, hopeless at the ten-second grab. Understanding, as he would say, does not come in bite-sized pieces. His was an untidy prominence. He […]

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Canadian Sociology in Non-Sociological Times

by Howard Ramos, President of the Canadian Sociological Association and Dalhousie University; Rima Wilkes, President-Elect of the Canadian Sociological Association and University of British Columbia; and Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University, Canada In the last few years the world has witnessed the rise of nativism, xenophobia, the Brexit vote, and the election of Donald Trump. It […]

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Canadian Sociology: Public Policy

by Daniel Béland, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Canada, and President of ISA Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) In most of the world, sociology has a lower profile within policy circles than economics – a status reflected in former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dismissive call against “committing […]

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Canadian Sociology: Precarious Noncitizenship

by Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto, Canada and member of ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Migration (RC31) Sociology remains a crucial voice in public debate because it challenges common-sense understanding of pressing social issues. Consider, for example, migration and immigration. In Canada, and other settler countries, immigration is commonly understood as a permanent move, […]

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Canadian Sociology: Environmental Justice

by Cheryl Teelucksingh, Ryerson University, Canada While cities around the world are seeing a rise in racism and nativism, this trend appears to have bypassed Toronto. This might be surprising, since Toronto is also one of the world’s most multicultural cities, and, like other major cities, it is also host to both the best and […]

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Canadian Sociology: Sociology in a Time (Never Quite) Like Any Other

by Karen Foster, Dalhousie University, Canada To many, 2016 marked the end of the world as we knew it. The populist revolts represented by the Brexit vote and Trump electoral victory, the violence of Duterte in the Philippines, and a resurgence of authoritarian governments and political parties have shaken the neoliberal democratic capitalist order. Alongside […]

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Canadian Sociology: Engaging the Media in Troubled Times

by Fuyuki Kurasawa, York University, Canada and Board Member of the ISA’s Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) To invite sociologists to engage with the media at this particular moment hardly appears propitious. A proliferation of populist nationalisms and religious fundamentalisms is emboldening politicians and celebrities – categories that seem increasingly blurred in our infotainment […]

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US Universities: A New Site for Immigrant Struggles?

by Sandra Portocarrero and Francisco Lara García, Columbia University, USA On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, changing US immigration policy to allow roughly 1.7 million young undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children to receive a renewable two-year administrative relief […]

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Introducing the Argentinian Editorial Team

by Juan Ignacio Piovani, member of ISA Research Committees on Futures Research (RC07) and Logic and Methodology (RC33), Pilar Pi Puig and Martín Urtasun, National University of La Plata, Argentina We joined Global Dialogue (GD) in 2016, following five years of impeccable Spanish translation performed under Majo Álvarez Rivadulla’s supervision in Colombia. Since then, each […]

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