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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), […]

by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, USA, past Chair of the ISA Research Committee on Sociological Theory (RC16) and recipient of the ISA Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize, 2010 This debate between Piotr Sztompka and Michael Burawoy is richly rewarding and long overdue. They are among the world’s best sociological theorists, but their dialogue is important, […]

by Larissa Titarenko, Belarus State University, Minsk, Belarus, and Craig B. Little, State University of New York at Cortland, USA   The new knowledge society is based largely on Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs). New ICTs are everywhere making our lives more complicated, but they also bring us boundless opportunities. In education ICTs allow us to […]