In some parts of the world the 2008/9 crisis of finance already sparked renewed interest in the oeuvre of Karl Marx and his congenial partner Friedrich Engels. In particular, The Capital seemed to be custom-made to understand and explain the crisis-ridden development of capitalism and shed light on the contemporary capitalist economy and its effects […]

by Alexandra Scheele, University of Bielefeld, Germany and Stefanie Wöhl, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna, Austria For several years now, the media in Germany and elsewhere have talked of a “Marx renaissance,” meaning that the work of Karl Marx might have been right in analyzing capitalism and financial crises. This is often explained by […]

Starting with this issue, Global Dialogue’s editorship has changed. Brigitte Aulenbacher and Klaus Dörre have taken over the editing duties from Michael Burawoy who created this magazine with enthusiasm. Prepared by a team of collaborators from many countries and translated into seventeen languages, Global Dialogue publishes contributions from sociologists from all over the world for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

by Rudolf Richter, University of Vienna, Austria and Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, 2016 The Third ISA Forum’s theme, formulated by the Forum President Markus Schulz, reads, “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and Struggles for a Better World.” The Forum’s location is an apt setting […]

by Lyudmila Nurse, Co-founder and Director of the Oxford XXI Think-Tank, UK and former Board Member of ISA Research Committee on Youth (RC 34) and Sylvia Trnka, former Board Member of RC34, Austria[1] Always cheerful and friendly, kind, open-minded, welcoming, positive, cooperative, helpful, warm-hearted, understanding, an internationally active scientist, a skillful organizer, an inspiring personality – […]