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by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, UK, and ISA Vice-President for Publications, 2010-2014, and Eloísa Martín, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Editor of Current Sociology Current Sociology is one of the longest-standing sociological journals; this year it celebrates its 60th anniversary. Its development shows quite a lot about the general progress of […]

by Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford, UK, and Robert Moore, University of Liverpool, UK   John Rex, who died on December 18 (2011), will be remembered as a man of great passion and energy, and an outstanding intellectual who raised the study of sociology to new scholarly heights. He was born in Port Elizabeth, South […]

by Göran Therborn, University of Cambridge, UK, Linnaeus University, Sweden, and Member of the Program Committee for the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama The last two decades have been good for poor nations of the world. Since the late 1980s, what the international economic organizations call “developing Asia”, mainly China, India and the […]

by Margaret Archer, University of Warwick, UK, and former ISA President 1986-1990 With the death of Ulf Himmelstrand on June 8th 2011 world sociology has lost one of its gentlest and most dedicated of friends. To him ‘globalization’ was neither merely a concept nor a cause, it was something he lived. Never one to inflict […]

by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, UK, and ISA Vice-President for Publications 2010-2014 A glance at the back end of our new 2010 Directory of Members shows that RC32, Women in Society, is the largest Research Committee, with 291 names. This surely reflects the influence of the women’s movement generally, as well as the important […]

by José Esteban Castro, Newcastle University (UK), ISA Program Committee In the 1980s the United Nations ‘Water Decade’ had set the goal of bringing 40 liters of clean drinking water daily to every human being on earth by 1990.  Needless to say, we missed the target, as in 1990 around 17% of the world population […]

by Jennifer Platt, ISA Vice-President for Publications National Associations are collective members of the ISA, and Research Committees are also a vital part of its internal structure, but their functions have changed considerably over time. When the ISA was founded in 1949, under the auspices of UNESCO, the United Nations model of national representation was […]

by Jennifer Platt, ISA Vice-President for Publications With the Executive Committee holding its annual meeting in Mexico City (March 21-25), plus the bonus of a seminar with Mexican colleagues, it is appropriate to write on aspects of the history of the ISA in Mexico. Until the 1990s Latin America as a whole provided only about […]

by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, Vice-President for Publications ISA members now are accustomed to having Izabela Barlinska at the center of things, running the office in Madrid. She has been there as Executive Secretary since 1987, but this long period of stability follows one of repeated changes in both personnel and locations. Earlier locations […]

by Cristina Flesher Fominaya, University of Aberdeen Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements is an open-access multi-lingual journal that seeks to build a global dialogue between activists and academics working with social movements, across language, cultural and ideological differences, and between disciplinary and activist traditions. The idea was born from a group of […]