United States

by Bronwen Lichtenstein, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA, and President of RC49 (Sociology of Mental Health) What is the state of sociology in the United States? In 1994, when I migrated from New Zealand to Alabama, USA, I heard that sociology was in decline. The University of Alabama’s PhD program in sociology had recently been […]

by Jovanni Rodriguez, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA In 2012, I became the first youth representative for the International Sociological Association following the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) acted on the idea of the need for youth presence at the United Nations. As issues are debated and discussed, points […]

by Eryn Snyder, Temple University, USA Eryn Snyder received the 2012 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology. The Prize is awarded biennially by the Social Science Research Council with grants from the Mark Family Fund. Members of ISA’s Visual Sociology Thematic Group (TG05) are serving as the Prize Jury, and TG05 has been hosting […]

by Mohammed A. Bamyeh, University of Pittsburgh, USA, and Editor of the International Sociology Review of Books As should be obvious to anyone, “freedom,” “development,” and “knowledge” deficits are quite distinct concepts. They are also complex: how one evaluates them depends entirely on how one defines them, and this can vary significantly. Discussing any single […]

by Tamara Kay, Harvard University, USA In an urban slum in India children huddle around an old vegetable cart fitted with a television and DVD player transfixed by characters who sing about the letter “ma” in Hindi. In Tanzania children listen to a radio program that teaches them how to treat a mosquito bed net […]

by Herbert Docena, University of California, Berkeley, USA[1]  UN conferences have grown larger and larger through the years, attracting thousands of government officials, activists, business executives, and even celebrities. At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro this June – said to be the biggest UN conference in history – another group […]

by Rosemary Barberet, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA This past April, I attended the 21st Session of United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna as a representative of the International Sociological Association (ISA), which has consultative status as a non-governmental organization. I have been observing these […]

Photo Essay by Emine Fidan Elcioglu, University of California, Berkeley, USA The moment I heard the camera click, I had to dart away, gagging. The stench of human decomposition stayed with me for the rest of the day. The image I had captured was of a refrigerated unit in the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tucson, […]

by Herbert Docena, University of California, Berkeley Much of the post-conference analysis has centered on what words or phrases were included omitted in the final document, thus missing what can only be read between the lines. THE MOOD INSIDE THE WINDSOR BARRA HOTEL seemed more buoyant than in many of the over 3,000 other side-meetings […]

by Edward A. Tiryakian, Professor Emeritus, Duke University, USA In Global Dialogue 2.4, AISLF president André Petitat and Professor Jennifer Platt provide factual data about one of the most vigorous national organization of sociologists linked to ISA. As an American sociologist with life membership in both (I joined AISLF in 1965, and ISA in 1974), […]