Volume 8, Issue 2

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Editorial of Global Dialogue 8.2

Market fundamentalism and neo-liberalism are affecting everyday life and experience in many parts of the world. Money, markets, and neoliberal thinking are at the core of contemporary politics in different supra-, inter-, trans-, and national contexts. This issue opens with two reflections on these dominant tendencies of our time. In an interview, John Holloway, inspiring […]

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Capitalism, the Uncertain Future of Humanity: An Interview with John Holloway

John Holloway is Professor of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico. He has published widely on Marxist theory, on the Zapatista movement and on the new forms of anti-capitalist struggle. His book Change the World Without Taking Power (2002, new edition 2010) has been translated into eleven languages and has stirred an international […]

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Neoliberal Think Tank Networks

by Karin Fischer, Johannes Kepler University, Austria Think tanks come in many shapes and sizes, but appear to be proliferating and growing in importance. Formerly supplementing universities and research institutions of interest groups or membership organizations, they have become critical agents in politics and policy making. The rise of the think tank model has pushed […]

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The Atlas Network: Littering the World with Free-Market Think Tanks

by Karin Fischer, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria Antony Fisher, a British businessman from an upper-class family, read the Reader’s Digest condensation of Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and was enthusiastic about it. In this wartime book, F.A. Hayek coupled socialism with fascism and lashed out at government planning which, in his view, inevitably leads to […]

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Complexity and Simplification: European Policy Think Tanks

by Dieter Plehwe, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Germany It has become common wisdom to attest to growing complexity in policy making. This is particularly true for shared and interlocking jurisdictions like the European Union and other arenas of inter- and trans-national coordination and cooperation. Increasing complexity requires the opposite: simplification. How is relevant knowledge […]

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The Corporate Masters of Climate Denial

by Elaine McKewon, University of Technology Sydney, Australia Long before post-truth politics and the “death of expertise,” there was climate denial. Over the past 30 years in the United States and Australia, we’ve seen the sprouts of these insidious phenomena take root and blight the landscape of public debate: the construction of a false scientific […]

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The Brazilian Neoliberal Think Tank Network

by Hernán Ramírez, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos) and researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil Since the 2013 uprisings, Brazil has undergone moments of enormous political turmoil and abrupt ideological change, promoting a turn from neo-developmentalist policies towards a new neoliberal agenda that had already begun […]

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Consulting Think Tanks: A Tool for Marketing or Hegemony?

by Matthias Kipping, York University, Canada When looking at debates in the business press about the latest trends, say big data, artificial intelligence, or the future of manufacturing, one frequently comes across reports issued by the think tanks of the world’s major consulting firms. Most frequently cited is probably the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), but […]

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Caring Across Borders: The Transformation of Care and Care Work

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 […]

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A Global Crisis in Care?

by Fiona Williams, University of Leeds and University of Oxford, UK, and member of ISA Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) The increase in migration – in which half of the world’s 223 million migrants are now women – signals the different ways that care has become a global and transnational […]

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Standard Setting on Decent Work for Domestic Workers at the ILO

by Adelle Blackett, McGill University, Canada In late March 2008, I got an urgent call from the United Nations’ specialized agency on labor, the International Labour Organization (ILO). To the surprise of many, the ILO’s Governing Body had just adopted a resolution requiring it to prepare to negotiate a new international treaty on decent work […]

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Intersectional Histories of Domestic Worker Organizing

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 […]

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The Global Governance of Paid Domestic Work

by Sabrina Marchetti, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy In Geneva on June 16, 2011, amidst the clapping and singing of dozens of domestic workers gathered from all over the world, the International Labour Organization (ILO) passed Convention No. 189 “concerning decent work for domestic workers,” and the related Recommendation No. 201. This was a […]

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Masculinity and Fatherhood: Stay-Behind Partners of Migrant Women

by Helma Lutz, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, ISA member since 1990, member of ISA Research Committees on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05), Women in Society (RC32) and Biography and Society (RC38), and president-elect (2018-22) of RC05 Over the last fifteen years, studies have focused on the consequences of single female migration for their families, […]

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Singapore, a Great Place to Raise Kids… For Whom?

by Youyenn Teo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and member of ISA Research Committees on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) and Women in Society (RC32) Over the past few years, the issue of “work-life harmony” has come to the forefront as a public issue in Singapore. The Singapore state has increased social support to […]

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Recruiting and Training Migrant Care Workers in Japan

by Pei-Chia Lan, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and member of ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Migration (RC31) While East Asian countries have widely recruited migrant domestic helpers or caregivers from Southeast Asia, Japan has been hesitant to open the gate until very recently. In 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed a new policy to […]

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Pregnancy and Childbirth as Wage Labor

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 […]

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The Research Network for Domestic Workers’ Rights

by Sabrina Marchetti, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy and Helen Schwenken, University of Osnabrück, Germany and member of ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Migration (RC31) and Labor Movements (RC44), with input from Mary Goldsmith (Mexico), Sonal Sharma (India), Lisa-Marie Heimeshoff (Germany), Verna Viajar (Philippines), and Oksana Balashova (Ukraine) The Research Network for Domestic […]

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The Idea of Resonance as a Sociological Concept

by Hartmut Rosa, University of Jena, Germany What is a non-alienated form of being in the world? What is alienation’s other? This is the question which the following contribution seeks to answer by establishing the concept of resonance as a sociological concept. Alienation, I want to claim, is a particular mode of relating to the […]

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Sociology for Cooperation Against Balkanization: An Interview with Jasminka Lažnjak

Jasminka Lažnjak is well known in the field of sociology of science and technology, social aspects of innovation and innovation policy, economic sociology, sociology of work, and other fields. She is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and current president of the Croatian Sociological Association (CSA). Her […]

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Powerful Outsiders: China’s Real Estate Developers and Peasant Resistance

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, […]

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Introducing Global Dialogue’s Romanian Team

Raisa-Gabriela Zamfirescu is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Bucharest. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (University of Bucharest) and two master’s degrees, one in Information Management in Countering Terrorism (“Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, Romania) and one in Information Analysis and Security Studies […]

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