by Dipankar Gupta, Shiv Nadar University, New Delhi, India Dipankar Gupta is a distinguished Indian sociologist and leading public intellectual. He is Professor and Director of the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory at the Shiv Nadar University in New Delhi. For nearly three decades he taught sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The author […]

by Ellen Kuhlmann, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Tuba Agartan, Providence College, USA; Debby Bonnin, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Javier Pablo Hermo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; Monika Lengauer, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany; Shaun Ruggunan, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; and Virendra P. Singh, University of Allahabad, […]

by Dipankar Gupta, Shiv Nadar University Ever wonder why social sciences, including philosophy, flourish today only in democratic societies? There are many rich countries in the world; Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia, for example, but their social sciences are in a miserable condition. Interestingly, there has been a resurgence of social sciences with the return […]

by T. K. Oommen, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and former ISA President, 1990-1994 The International Sociological Association was formed to foster international sociology, but we have not achieved consensus about the meaning of this elusive concept. Of course, it might be conceived as an aggregation of “national sociologies,” but even in demographic terms, […]

by Kalpana Kannabiran, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, India, Member of the ISA Program Committee for the Yokohama World Congress, 2014 and Member of ISA Research Committee on Women and Society (RC32). Kalpana Kannabiran is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an autonomous research institute supported by the Indian […]

by Mallika Shakya, South Asian University, Delhi, India The collapse of a factory building in Savar, Bangladesh in April 2013 killed more than 1,100 garment workers. Despite the public outcry, little has been said so far about the underlying systems of exploitation that permitted a disaster of this scale. Those familiar with the turbulent history […]

by Sujata Patel, University of Hyderabad, India, and Editor of Sage Studies in International Sociology ISA members will be very happy to know that henceforth all books published under the Sage Studies in International Sociology (SSIS) title will be available to them for 9.99 pounds sterling, almost a tenth of their old price. And this […]

by Ishwar Modi, President of the Indian Sociological Society, and ISA Executive Committee Member, 2010-2014 Indian sociology has attained an admirable height in terms of teaching and research. In this achievement the Indian Sociological Society (ISS) has played a significant role over the six decades of its existence. I am extremely happy to be its […]

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 […]

by André Béteille, Delhi University, India André Béteille has been called the “wisest man” in India, and with good reason. Starting with his canonical monograph, Caste, Class and Power, which brings Weberian sociology to an anthropological village study, Béteille has written on almost every dimension of inequality, and on a wide range of related public […]