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Universities in Crisis

As I write Raewyn Connell is on the picket line at the University of Sydney, giving expression to   her vision of sociology as a vocation laid out in this issue.  She joins the strike of academic and non-academic staff at her university who are protesting the erosion of tenure, casualization, and threats to academic freedom […]

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The Vocation of Sociology: Collective Work on a World Scale

by Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney, Australia Raewyn Connell, an Australian sociologist, made her mark with research into class power, and the relation of class and gender in schooling. She rose to fame with her theory of the institutional basis of gender relations in Gender and Power (1987), and established herself as a global figure […]

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The Vocation of Sociology: Critical Engagement in the Public Realm

by Randolf S. David, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines Randolf David is a public sociologist extraordinaire. A distinguished academic with an award-winning book, Nation, Self, and Citizenship: An Invitation to Philippine Sociology, Randy David is best known outside the university for his Sunday column, “Public Lives,” in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which he […]

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Backlash: Gender Segregation in Iranian Universities

by Nazanin Shahrokni, University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Parastoo Dokouhaki, Journalist, Tehran, Iran   On August 6, 2012, with the new academic year approaching, the government-backed Mehr News Agency in Iran posted a bulletin that 36 universities in the country had excluded women from 77 fields of study. The reported restrictions aroused something of […]

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Who is behind Iran’s Green Movement?

by Simin Fadaee, Humboldt University, Germany The Green Movement of Iran emerged after supporters of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s main rival in the presidential election of 2009 took to the streets and protested the election results. The protestors then transformed themselves into a complex and popular movement that is active in actual and virtual space. In light […]

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Appropriating the Past: The Green Movement in Iran

by Abbas Varij Kazemi, New York University, USA   In 2009, Iran experienced an unusual social movement, known then and now as “The Green Movement.” This was not an environmental protest but was prompted by contested presidential election results, youthful desire for expression and reform, and a collective wave of national political optimism. Iranians at […]

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The Violence of Egypt’s Counter-Revolution

by Mona Abaza, American University of Cairo, Egypt A large number of Egyptians keep on wondering how they are surviving the vertiginous daily violence perpetrated by the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood. This has led many to have second thoughts about the past two years since January 2011. Many seem to be flirting with the […]

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How Indian Universities Become Profit Machines

by Satendra Kumar, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India Worldwide the university is facing the double pressures of regulation and commodification, and the university in India is no exception. In the late 1990s, following global trends and World Bank dictates, the Government of India declared that institutions of higher education should make efforts to raise […]

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German Sociologists Boycott Academic Ranking

by Klaus Dörre, Stephan Lessenich, and Ingo Singe, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany Universities and institutions of higher education across the globe are being impacted by structural change, guided by principles of the entrepreneurial university. The imposition of New Public Management principles means that universities are increasingly being managed like private enterprises. Resources are being allocated according […]

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Kidnappable: On the Normalization of Violence in Urban Mexico

by Ana Villarreal, University of California, Berkeley, USA   Carolina took her seven-year-old girl to see Rapunzel in a movie theatre and deeply regretted it. For months to come, little Mariana kept bringing up her fear of having someone climb through her window to kidnap her. “I feel there are bad people out there,” she […]

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