Volume 6, Issue 2

The most innovative sociology often comes from the margins of academia and sometimes even from outside academia altogether. A case in point is W.E.B. Du Bois, probably the most significant US sociologist to have walked the planet. He is the subject of Aldon Morris’s new book, The Scholar Denied, featured in this issue. Morris shows […]

by Aldon Morris, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA Aldon Morris is well known for his paradigm-changing research on social movements and in particular his prize-winning book, The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement that emphasized the organizational and cultural basis of social protest. In this article he presents his new and long-awaited The Scholar Denied (University […]

by Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy Donatella della Porta is one of the internationally best known and most prolific scholars in the area of social movements. Her work spans many countries, but particularly Europe and Latin America, and bridges several disciplines, especially sociology and political science. A champion of a multi-method approach […]

Sari Hanafi is currently a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. He is also the editor of Idafat: the Arab Journal of Sociology (in Arabic), and Vice-President of both the International Sociological Association and the Arab Council of Social Science. His […]

by Nisrine Chaer, Utrecht University, The Netherlands In August 2015, Lebanon’s protests, responding to a garbage crisis, transformed into a popular anti-corruption movement. The waste management crisis provides a lens into Lebanon’s biopolitics, revealing the ways Lebanon’s state and sectarian parties reflect and reinforce patterns of class and citizenship-based violence. Beirut’s garbage crisis started in […]

by Lisa Hajjar, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA On February 15, 2016, Amitai Etzioni, sociologist and professor at George Washington University, published an op-ed in Israel’s Ha’aretz titled “Should Israel Consider Using Devastating Weapons Against Hezbollah Missiles?”[1] Quoting, first, an unnamed Israeli official who claimed that Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles which pose a major […]

by Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA Lisa Hajjar has positioned an op-ed I wrote as a next step in a multifaceted Israeli campaign to bring “its violence into the law.” In response, I first outline the motivation for the op-ed, and then try to address – within the space given – what […]

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 […]

by François Lachapelle, University of British Columbia, Canada “Where society comes from is an extremely important question. Because you [Westerners] are born in a country with a society, [the very concept of society] is taken for granted. This is completely different for us. We have to start anew.” Interview with Shen Yuan, 2012, Tsinghua University, […]

by Brigitte Aulenbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, member of ISA Research Committee on Economy and Society (RC02), Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19), Sociology of Work (RC30), and Women in Society (RC32) and Vice-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna 2016; Rudolf Richter, University of […]