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by Heidi Gottfried, Wayne State University, USA, president of ISA Research Committee on Economy and Society (RC02) and member of ISA Research Committees on Labor Movements (RC44) and Women in Society (RC32), and Jennifer Jihye Chun, University of Toronto, Canada and member of RC02 and RC44 The study of care is at the center of […]

by Chris Tilly, University of California, Los Angeles, USA and member of ISA Research Committees on Sociology of Work (RC30), Labor Movements (RC44), and Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47), Georgina Rojas, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Mexico, and Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA Research on informal […]

by Sharmila Rudrappa, The University of Texas-Austin, USA Overdetermined by ideals of racial purity, patriarchal lineage, and maternal devotion, pregnancy and childbirth are never just natural phenomena but are intensely culturally mediated, gendered events that accentuate the social processes of gift-giving and exchange central to making families and communities. The reproductive household tasks mothers perform […]

by Yue Du, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and member of ISA Research Committee on Regional and Urban Development (RC21) In front of a half-destroyed house on the edge of one of China’s rapidly-growing cities, a “nail house” resister chased a real estate developer’s staff with two kitchen knives, accusing the “demolition gang” of constant harassment, […]

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 Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA No idea is more closely associated with the work of Marx than the claim that the intrinsic dynamics of capitalism contain deep contradictions that ultimately lead to its self-destruction, and what is more, that these dynamics simultaneously create conditions favorable to the creation of an alternative form […]

by Raju Das, York University, Canada and David Fasenfest, Wayne State University, USA, treasurer of ISA Committee on Economy and Society (RC02) Karl Marx lived in Europe 150 years ago, where he engaged in politics and wrote about Europe. Of the thousands of pages that he wrote, scholars have calculated that only about 400 pages […]

Global Dialogue began in 2010 as an eight-page newsletter. It began in four languages – English, French, Spanish and Chinese – and was produced with a simple Microsoft program, involving the work of four people. Seven years later it has become a full-fledged magazine with four issues a year, each some 40 pages long, published […]

Karl Polanyi has become a canonical thinker in sociology and beyond. His book The Great Transformation, has become a classic that touches on almost every subfield of sociology. Its influence extends far beyond sociology to economics, political science, geography and anthropology. Being a critique of the market economy for the way it destroys the fabric […]

by Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley, USA and member of ISA Research Committees on Economy and Society (RC02), Futures Research (RC07), Labour Movements (RC44), Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47) and Historical Sociology (RC56) “Economic nationalism” has a venerable history. From Alexander Hamilton to Friedrich List, to their twentieth-century successors in Latin America, Africa […]