Volume 4, Issue 4

by Alessandro Gandini, University of Milan, Italy, and member of ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Professional Groups (RC52) In the last few decades, the rise of the creative and cultural industries has created a large number of mostly media-based professions, often popularized as the “creative class.” Today, this large workforce has converged into […]

by Rima Majed, American University of Beirut, Lebanon “Things have drastically changed in Lebanon… Yesterday’s enemies became today’s allies and vice versa… The Sunni-Shia split is one of those things you really feel have changed… especially after the assassination of Rafic Hariri… This discourse really didn’t exist before… For all we knew, we were Muslims […]

by Munira Khayyat, American University in Cairo, Egypt There is so much violent rupture going on in the Arab world – in particular in that roiling corner of the Eastern Mediterranean where the wars in Syria and Iraq continue to rage, radiating outwards – that it is hard, if not impossible, to notice the more […]

by John Holmwood, University of Nottingham, UK, and member of ISA Executive Committee, 2014-2018 Many commentators have suggested the “new public management” of public services through “audit” may have run its course, and even that this approach has been replaced by an interest in “public value” (that is, a concern with maximizing the value of […]

by Alexandra Parrs, American University in Cairo, Egypt It comes as a surprise to many Egyptians that the word “Gypsy” originates from “Egyptian”: a medieval misconception linked to the mysterious Eastern travelers to Egypt. It continues to amaze Egyptians today that there are Egyptian Gypsies – or at least, that there are groups of people […]

by Manuela Salcedo, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France and Laura Odasso, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and member of ISA Research Committee on Biography and Society (RC38) “It was crazy! The French government gives orders to Moroccan authorities and Consulates to avoid abuses, but there are committed couples like us […]

by Aylin Topal, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey Over the last two years, Turkey’s social and political developments have triggered new debates on the country’s political regime. What is the nature of the regime, what led to the uprisings in June 2013, and what is the aftermath? Neoliberalism in Turkey dates back to the […]

by Almas Taizhanov, Association of Sociologists of Kazakhstan, regular collective member of the ISA Kazakhstan and Ukraine both have common border with Russia, and they share a common status as former Soviet Republics. But they share one more important and tragic similarity: both suffered substantial demographic losses during the famine caused by Soviet “collectivization” in […]

by Emma Porio, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, former member of ISA Executive Committee, 2006-2014, and current ISA Representative to the International Science Council (ICSU) Members of the International Science Council (ICSU) met in Auckland Convention Center for their tri-annual General Assembly and decided on the key directions of international science in the coming years. […]

by Ileana Cinziana Surdu, University of Bucharest, Romania We joined Global Dialogue with GD3.1 in November 2012. Since then, our team has changed with every number, but this is a positive feature, as we all have learned from each other in the process of translating and editing the Romanian version of Global Dialogue. We are […]