Global Dialogue is the digital magazine of the ISA. The first volume began in 2010 as a newsletter. Global Dialogue now appears 4 times a year in 17 languages. It is a lively forum for conducting debates and interviews within our discipline. It contains clashing views, visions and accounts from different corners of the globe. It offers a sociological lens on current world events, underlining our continuing relevance to public debates. It keeps readers up to-date with events in the ISA with reports from Research Committees and National Associations, reports on conferences and on meetings of the Executive Committee, and by announcing changes in journals, our organization, and much else. It is open access and, thus, available to all.  Global Dialogue is made possible by the extraordinary energies and dedication of editorial teams around the world and by the contributions of our members.

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ISSN 2519-8688 (English edition); ISSN 2519-8696 (French edition); ISSN 2519-870X (Spanish edition)



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Remettre en cause la réalité : Un entretien avec le sociologue français Luc Boltanski

Remettre en cause la réalité : Un entretien avec le sociologue français Luc Boltanski [1] Luc Boltanski est l’un des sociologues contemporains les plus reconnus. Il a collaboré avec Pierre Bourdieu au début de sa carrière et est actuellement directeur d’études à l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) à Paris. Dans les années 1990, il […]

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Statement of the International Sociological Association concerning academic freedom and violence in India

We, the members of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association, express solidarity with students, teachers, writers, creative artists and activists in India fighting for the rights to freedom of expression, life and liberty, in the context of increasingly virulent attacks and mob violence against all opposition to right wing fundamentalist violence and discrimination. […]

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The End of the World, the End of Capitalism, and the Start of a New Radical Sociology

Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics, United Kingdom Fredric Jameson once wrote that someone once wrote: ‘It is easier to imagine the end of the world, than to imagine the end of capitalism’. Whoever actually said it first to me it expresses a profound truth about the era of capitalist globalization. There has been a […]

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The Refugee Issue: Between “Fortress Europe” and Solidarity

Antiracist Observatory of the University of the Aegean   In the summer of 2015 some of the Aegean Islands (mainly Lesvos, Chios, Kos, Leros, Samos) received a huge influx of refugees, which by far exceeded existing capabilities in reception and hospitality. Typically, only last July Lesvos received nearly 55,000 refugees/migrants, while the number of arrivals […]

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“There is a lot of work to be done”: Cuban activist Norberto Mesa Carbonell Speaks on Racism and the Revolution

Interviewed by Luisa Steur, University of Copenhagen From its start in 1959, the Cuban revolution has been dedicated to racial equality. In a country where slavery was abolished only as recently as 1886, the revolution had a tremendous impact – for many, it was the first time they got access to land and education (see […]

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The Crisis of Democracy in Japan [1] [July 22, 2015]

Shujiro Yazawa, former President of Japanese Sociological Society and former member of ISA Executive Committee Japan at a critical crossroad What do you know about Japan? Answers to this question vary, depending on where people live, their social characteristics, and so on—but I can guess how familiar someone is with Japan by paying attention to […]

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