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Social impact assessment: The democratic citizens’ right to science

2018, issue 41, Marta Soler: Science has always been oriented to the advancement of knowledge for the improvement of humanity and the human condition. Lately however, citizens’ growing push for transparency and accountability in all dimensions of the public sphere has also pushed the world of science and scientists to show how research is leading to these social improvements. Sociology and sociological research are not outside of this general trend.

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President's Message

2018, issue 42, Sue Scott: I am pleased to be writing for this second issue of the new style The European Sociologist; I hope you enjoyed TES41 – we have certainly had positive feedback. Thanks again to Dagmar Danko for her editing work, and for the idea of having an issue focusing on the 50th anniversary of 1968.

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14th ESA Conference 2019 in Manchester: Sociology Coming Home?

2018, issue 42, Gary Pollock: When people hear that I work in Manchester it triggers comments about football – generally ‘do you support City or United’. While the England football team failed to turn the words of the song used by their supporters ‘Football’s Coming Home’ into a reality earlier this summer at the 2018 World Cup, locating the 2019 ESA conference in Manchester arguably means that sociology is returning to one of its central roots.

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ESA Journals News – European Societies

2018, issue 42, Michalis Lianos: European Societies is now in its 20th volume. It receives a great number of single article submissions and proposals for special issues. Our latest issue was a special one entitled “Toward a European Social Topography” and there are a number of others at different stages of completion on a series of themes including citizenship, family and solidarity in contemporary Europe. As an editor dealing with many submissions, I perceive three trends that clearly mark recent times.

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RN Reports – RN01 Ageing in Europe

2018, issue 42, Dirk Hofäcker and Edward Tolhurst: Ageing is an area of increasing interest across academic disciplines. The rising proportion of older people within society generates a number of challenges. These relate to costs of pensions and care, changes to older workers’ employment and retirement ages, the ‘vertical’ growth of families across generations, and changing patterns of consumption and lifestyles among older people. These topics have gained attention both in academic discourse as well as in public and policy debates.

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RN Reports – RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

2018, issue 42: Detlev Lück and Vida Česnuitytė: ESA’s very first conference included a panel session on family structures and new forms of living together. It identified need for more extended and systematic family research in Europe. Thus, during ESA’s second conference, held in 1995 in Budapest, the Research Network “Sociology of the Family” was founded and already active with own sessions. Based on trends in family lives as such, the title later on changed into “Sociology of Families”, and then, in 2003, into “Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives”.

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RN Reports – RN19 Sociology of Professions

2018, issue 42, Christiane Schnell and Helena Hirvonen: Professions represent an essential feature of modern societies by maintaining core societal values and engaging in problem-solving in areas such as health, law and education. However, during the last decades the appeal of professionalism, associated with autonomy, discretion and a privileged status, has diffused greatly in the field of service work. Professionalism now seems to be everywhere while the ‘classic professions’ such as medicine and the juridical profession are confronted with serious structural changes.

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RN Reports – RN34 Sociology of Religion

2018, issue 42, Roberta Ricucci: The SRRN was established at the biennial ESA Conference in 2011. Ever since, the SRRN has become a major hub for interdisciplinary exchange among scholars and researchers. The Sociology of Religion Research Network fosters the sociological study of religion in Europe, bestowing special emphasis on the empirical study of contemporary forms of religion with the purpose of building the interpretive fundament for a theory of European Religions.

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NA Reports – French Sociological Association (AFS)

2018, issue 42, Muriel Darmon: The French Sociological Association (Association Française de Sociologie, or AFS) was not founded by Durkheim in, let’s say, 1897, but is in fact much younger than the discipline it represents in France. It was created in March 2002, in the wake of the Société Française de Sociologie (1962-2002) and in a context of vivid debates on the scientific identity of sociology and sociologists following the “Tessier Affair” – also known as the participation of Sociology professors in the dissertation defence, at the Sorbonne, of a professional astrologist.

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NA Reports – Polish Sociological Association (PTS)

2018, issue 42, Mikołaj Pawlak: The Polish Sociological Association (Polskie Towarzystwo Socjologiczne - PTS) was established in 1957, yet in Poland, there was also another active Sociological Association established in 1931. We often recall its tradition disrupted by the Second World War. The Polish Sociological Association is a professional association of academic sociologists but we welcome everyone interested in sociology and willing to maintain contact with sociological debates.

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Thesis Spotlights – Education and Sociocultural Identification: Facilitating Learning Effects through Congruence

2018, issue 42, Margot Belet: In contemporary Western educational systems, sociocultural inequalities remain prominent. Nevertheless, the functionalist meritocratic perspective – which claims that by focusing on students’ own achievement, education limits ascribed privileges like wealth and family background – persists. This has been severely criticised by interactionism and conflict theory, which unveil how educational biases disadvantage certain student subgroups.

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