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“If the standpoint of economics is the market and its expansion, and the standpoint of political science is the state and the guarantee of political stability, then the standpoint of sociology is civil society and the defense of the social. In times of market tyranny and state despotism, sociology – and in particular its public […]

Virgínia Fontes is one of today’s most distinguished Marxist thinkers in Latin America. She was Professor of Social History at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and Senior Researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In her book Reflexões im-pertinentes: História e capitalismo contemporâneo published in 2005, she examined the development […]

by Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, USA, ISA President and Program Committee Chair of the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology It is hard to imagine that we are just a few months away from the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Toronto, Canada. Since the start of the discipline, sociologists have been preoccupied with […]

by Rima Wilkes, University of British Columbia, President of the Canadian Sociological Association, Vice-President for ISA World Congress Program Coordination of ISA Research Committee on Logic and Method (RC33) and member of the Local Organizing Committee of the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology Canadian sociologists and members of the Canadian Sociological Association (http://www.csa-scs.ca/) are […]

by Patrizia Albanese, Ryerson University, Canada and Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology On July 1, 2017, Canada celebrated its sesquicentennial. For the entire year, Canadians were encouraged to make merry of the fact that they were Canadian and living in what by many measures – GDP, […]

by François Lachapelle and Patrick John Burnett, University of British Columbia, Canada In recent years, global university rankings have praised the international outlook of Canada’s top research universities while top schools in the country have proudly announced their worldwide quest to hire the best qualified candidates. Following recent political instabilities in the US and the […]

by Mitchell McIvor, University of Toronto, Canada In many nations, post-secondary education has become synonymous with labor market prosperity and higher education has been hailed as the great equalizer in class mobility. While higher education is as important as ever to prosperity, however, rising tuition rates have led to an exponential increase in student debt. […]

by Mickey Vallee, Athabasca University, Canada When I’m stuck in my writing, I go for a hike. I live in a remote area of Canada, within walking distance from creeks, rivers, mountains, and wildlife. I like to listen to birds on these hikes. Red-winged black birds, nightjars, ravens, crows, and yellow warblers fire their calls […]

by Elise Maiolino, University of Toronto, Canada The political climate of the last five years has been a fitting time to study identity politicking and new candidacies in Canadian politics. During this period, three of Canada’s most notable politicians, running for three of the county’s most notable political offices, were involved in electoral scenarios that […]

by Cary Wu, University of British Columbia, Canada Trust reflects a person’s perception of goodwill and benign intent from others. People trusting each other is essential not only for individual well-being, but also for social cohesion, economic growth, and democracy. Trust is especially important for immigrants and for societies with large foreign-born populations due to […]