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by Dmitri N. Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA In the 1960s, the Laboratory of Concrete Social Research in Leningrad was a hotbed of newfangled sociological science, fighting to secure a niche in the ideologically implacable discipline known as “historical materialism.” Would-be sociologists sold empirical research to Soviet authorities on the premise that sociology’s […]

Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, USA, Past-President of ISA Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24) and Robert J. Brulle, Drexel University, USA Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle are both distinguished environmental sociologists. They were Chair and Associate Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, whose report […]

by Sharryn Kasmir, Hofstra University, USA In the wake of financial crisis and anti-austerity uprisings, there is growing interest in the US and Europe in nurturing non-capitalist social relations and solidarity economies: academics and advocates argue that worker-owned coops secure jobs, give workers control, and encourage solidarity. These transformations, they suggest, sow seeds of socialism, […]

Frances Fox Piven is an internationally renowned social scientist, and a much beloved teacher. She is a radical democrat and inspiring scholar-activist whose defense of the poor has dominated her remarkable and courageous career. Her first book, Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Social Welfare (1971), co-authored with Richard A. Cloward, ignited a scholarly debate […]

by Luis E. Rumbaut, Cuban American Alliance, Washington D.C., USA and Rubén G. Rumbaut, University of California, Irvine, USA In a thirteen-minute address last December, President Barack Obama dismissed as a failure 53 years of a policy designed to strangle Cuba’s economy. The United States – or, at least, its Executive Branch – was ready […]

by Ellen Kuhlmann, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Tuba Agartan, Providence College, USA; Debby Bonnin, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Javier Pablo Hermo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; Monika Lengauer, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany; Shaun Ruggunan, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; and Virendra P. Singh, University of Allahabad, […]

by Ivan Szelenyi, New York University, USA Ivan Szelenyi is a distinguished and decorated social scientist, bringing sociology to bear on the important questions of our time. He began his career in Hungary in the 1960s, working in the Hungarian Statistical Office and then in the Academy of Sciences until he was forced into exile […]

by Markus S. Schulz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and ISA Vice-President for Research, 2014-18 As Vice-President for Research, Markus Schulz defined “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World,” as the theme of the Third ISA Forum to be held in Vienna, July 10-14, 2016. Here he recounts […]

by Mabel Berezin, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA and member of ISA Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) Around the world, political leaders and the broader public originally viewed the Charlie Hebdo murders as attacks against freedom of expression, a core democratic principle. However, it quickly became apparent that these murders had much broader political and […]

by Elisabeth Becker, Yale University, USA Ethnography entails entering the worlds of others, both observing and participating in their daily lives. Unlike archival work, survey research, or experimental methods, ethnography is vulnerable to real-world events that can interrupt, redirect or unravel research. Such was the case with my study of mosques in three countries of […]