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In Memoriam Robert Fine (1945-2018)

2018, issue 42, David Hirsh et al.: On 9 June 2018, we lost a dear friend and colleague and one of European Sociology’s most profound and politically involved thinkers. Robert Fine’s work is of astonishing breadth, reaching from the fundamental engagement with key theorists of modernity to the analysis of specific societies at specific historical moments – such as his work on South Africa – to pointed political interventions into ongoing public debates, most recently his struggle against antisemitism.

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Thesis Spotlights – Female Labour Force Participation and Dynamics of Income Inequality in Switzerland, from 1992 to 2014

2018, issue 42, Laura Ravazzini: This thesis explores the drivers of female labour force participation and analyses the consequences of an increase in female labour force participation for income inequality at the household level. The study combines these two important macro indicators, namely female labour force participation and income inequality, and investigates their dynamics in the Swiss context from 1992 to 2014.

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Thesis Spotlights – Social Relationships and Social Participation of Women with Disability

2018, issue 42, Eleni Koutsogeorgou: The aim of this thesis is to explore aspects of the social relationships and social participation of women with three different types of disability: mental (psychotic disorder), physical (inability to move lower limbs), and sensory (deafness). Th participants were women, aged 18-45, living in Milan (Italy). The methodology employed in the study was qualitative, using semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis.

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Thesis Spotlights – Times and Rhythms of Retail Work: Alienation and Immediatisation Processes in the Shopping Streets of Milan and London

2018, issue 42, Annalisa Dordoni: Object of this empirical research is the working time flexibility in the retail sector and its consequences for workers’ everyday lives. Working on Sundays and on holidays and sometimes at night, up until only a few years ago was synonymous with factory assembly line work and “blue-collars”. Nowadays this is intertwined with the role of service workers.

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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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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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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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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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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 – 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 – 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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