Burawoy Michael

Everyone in the ISA knows the name Izabela Barlinska – and she knows almost everyone! Efficient and creative, loyal and dedicated, soft-spoken but resolute, she has been associated with the ISA for some 35 years. Mistress of many languages, including English, French, Spanish, Russian and her native Polish, she occupies the hot seat in the […]

Social Justice and Democratization Buenos Aires is a particularly appropriate stage for the forthcoming ISA Forum with its theme “Social Justice and Democratization.” As Alberto Bialakowsky and Alicia Palermo, President and co-President of the Local Organizing Committee, and Henrique Martins, President of ALAS (Latin American Sociological Association), write in this issue of Global Dialogue, not […]

One of sociology’s important tasks is to combat popular stereotypes and political distortions, not least, those portraying the place of Islam in the world today. Thus, in this issue of Global Dialogue Catherine Delcroix analyzes how Muslims in Europe respond to Islamophobia, while Vedi Hadiz examines how Islamic Populism mobilizes Muslims in Indonesia and Egypt […]

Editorial (2.1)

September 30, 2011 Volume 2, Issue 1

As I write the Libyan order has collapsed and all thoughts are turned to what will come next, not just in Libya, but across Arab lands. Turbulence has assumed global dimensions and so in this issue Göran Therborn diagnoses inequality on a global scale, and postulates the return of class politics; Boaventura de Sousa Santos […]

Sociology has always attempted to defatalize and denaturalize the present, demonstrating that the world could be otherwise. Thus, in this fifth issue of Global Dialogue we begin with a discussion of ‘real utopias,’ an idea advanced by Erik Wright which refers to existing institutions that pose some challenge to the logic of capitalism.  The articles […]

The world has changed since we last went to press. Cairos are springing up all over the planet. The Arab insurgencies – the jury is still out on whether we can call them revolutions – have demonstrated once again just how difficult it is to anticipate the outbreak of social movements. We are better at […]

by Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley and ISA President The ISA Executive Committee spent 5 days meeting in Mexico City, generously hosted by the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, in particular by its Dean, Dr. Fernando Castañeda Sabido, who is also President of the Mexican Sociological […]

This third issue of Global Dialogue expands its reach. Two teams of translators – one in Japan and the other in Brazil – have volunteered to add two new languages to the 5 we already have. Through the network of translation teams Global Dialogue is building its own international community of young sociologists. This issue […]

The second issue of Global Dialogue features a debate between two very different understandings of global sociology. Ulrich Beck, author of Risk Society, advances the cosmopolitan turn with a critique of methodological nationalism that, he claims, pervades sociology. Our frameworks, he says, simply cannot handle the global issues we confront.  On the other side, Raewyn […]


November 28, 2010 Volume 1, Issue 2

This second issue of Global Dialogue continues the debate about global sociology featuring Ulrich Beck and Raewyn Connell. We have reports from around the world — research stories (China, Bangladesh), election assessments (Brazil, Belarus), conference reports (Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Poland) as well as news and history about ISA publications and an obituary of Mattei Dogan. […]