by Christopher Mabeza, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe That global climate is changing is beyond reasonable doubt. The impacts of climate change are being felt disproportionately across the globe with people in the developing countries bearing the major brunt. Zimbabwe is no exception. There are climate change fingerprints all over Zimbabwe’s rural landscape. Increased rainfall variability […]

by Michael Burawoy, University of California at Berkeley, USA Where did it begin? It’s difficult to say. Erik himself liked to trace his interest in utopias to 1971 when he was a student at the Unitarian-Universalist seminary in Berkeley, avoiding the draft. It was then that he organized a student-run seminar called “Utopia and Revolution” […]

by Michelle Williams, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa I am one of the many people who was able to count Erik Olin Wright as a mentor, collaborator, friend, and fellow traveller. Many tributes have focused on his enormous intellectual contribution, his legendary supervision and mentoring, his engagement and commitment to finding pathways beyond capitalism, and […]

by Birgit Riegraf, Paderborn University, Germany, and member of ISA Research Committee on Women, Gender and Society (RC32), Lina Abirafeh, Lebanese American University, Lebanon, and Kadri Aavik, Tallinn University, Estonia and University of Helsinki, Finland  Gender and social inequality are key spheres of study and analysis in sociology, gender studies, and countless other disciplines. An […]

by Liisa Husu, Hanken School of Economics, Finland, and Örebro University, Sweden, and board member of ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Science and Technology (RC23), and member of ISA Research Committee on Women, Gender and Society (RC32) Gender inequality in academia and research careers is a persistent and global concern. Only a third of […]

by Blanka Nyklová, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic This year celebrates 30 years since the lifting of the Iron Curtain in Europe’s semi-periphery, or 30 years of uneven neoliberalization hailed as the only possible path to democracy. The ascent of democracy was seen as a move to meritocracy, erasing former […]

by Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, USA, former President of the International Sociological Association (2014-18) and member of ISA Research Committees on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05), Sociology of Migration (RC31), Women, Gender and Society (RC32), and Human Rights and Global Justice (TG03) A record number of women were elected during the 2018 November midterm […]

by Lina Abirafeh, Lebanese American University, Lebanon While gender inequality is an unfortunate global reality, the Arab region faces not only the greatest gap, but also significant challenges in redressing this inequality. The region has long suffered economic and political insecurities, compounded by socio-cultural obstacles and a system of entrenched patriarchy. This toxic combination stalls […]

by Nicola Piper, Queen Mary University of London, UK and member of ISA Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) Asia is home to significant “South-South” or intra-regional migration. According to estimates by the International Labour Organization, there were 150.3 million migrant workers in 2013 of whom 83.7 million were men, and […]

by Jeff Hearn, Hanken School of Economics, Finland, Örebro University, Sweden, and University of Huddersfield, UK, and member of ISA Research Committee on Women, Gender, and Society (RC32) The International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP, was conceived around 2012 and early 2013, as a large independent non-governmental social science operation, paralleling in some ways […]