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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 – 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 – 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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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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Peer Reviewing for Journals: How to Do it Efficiently and Effectively

2018, issue 42, Alan Warde: Peer review is the foundation for the legitimacy of academic knowledge, a process without which modern science could not function. Yet, in my experience, no one is ever taught explicitly how to do it. It is one of the many aspects of professional practice which we pick up on the job, a product of tacit understanding and contingent exposure rather than focused learning.

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"1968" in Finland

2018, issue 42, Risto Alapuro: Finland, as any other country that encountered the youth revolt in the 1960s, experienced it in its own, specific way. The particularity of the Finnish case goes back to the Finnish civil war in 1918. Then a political culture was established, in which a strong domestic communist movement was coupled with an extremely anti-communist intelligentsia and educated class.

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1968 in 2018: The Resonance of a Rebellious Year

2018, issue 42, Donatella della Porta: At each of the anniversaries of 1968, the memory of that year has been influenced by the specific current historical context, with the emphasis on violence in 1978, the impact of a pragmatic decade in 1988, the dominance of an aggressive neoliberalism in 1998, and of its crisis in 2008 with the emergence of new student protests. However, never as much as in 2018, has there been a perception that, notwithstanding the many differences, there is a strong resonance with 1968.

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1968 - Revolution of Perception

2018, issue 42, Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey: Despite the internal diversity of the movement of ’68, the protests were all aimed at creating a different society in Western countries. The social imaginary associated with it came with new concepts: “Être libre en 1968”, could be read on a staircase of Sciences Po, “c’est participer” [To be free in 1968 means to participate – ed.]. In 1968, freedom was associated with an expanded concept of democracy, the democratisation of all areas of life.

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Permanent Reflection and Inclusion Boosts. The Heritage of the Generation of 1968

2018, issue 42, Armin Nassehi: What do we mean, when we speak of “1968”? At first sight it is the year between 1967 and 1969, but in the public self-description of Western society “1968” is a cipher for a respective change in society after World War II in the U.S., in Western Europe, in Japan, not to forget the ČSSR. Especially in Germany, the student protest movement from the summer of 1967 until 1969 is something we can call a very important marker of public memory.

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Resistance, Transgression, Freedom

2018, issue 42, Csaba Szaló: One can think about freedom in order to formulate principles; nevertheless, we can also recall events in which freedom shows itself as a phenomenon. The events of the year 1968, from Paris to Prague, can exhibit freedom as it was present in the experience of their participants, that is, for students, workers, peace activists, journalists, reserves, veterans, etc.

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May 68: The Debate Continues!

2018, issue 42, Michel Wieviorka: May 68 continues to be the subject of countless discussions, three of which deserve special consideration by sociologists. The first issue is the global or international nature of the movement. If we agree that its first expressions were in Berkeley in 1964 and that it was a very real phenomenon in 1968 in numerous countries in Europe, Africa, Japan, the United States of America and Latin America, we must also admit that its meanings were very different.

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The Past in Action: Memories of 1968 in the Italian and Spanish Student Movements

2018, issue 42, Lorenzo Zamponi: 1968 was a crucial year in the history of student contention. Both in Italy and in Spain, the end of the 1960s was the apex of longer waves of mobilisation that marked the political upbringing of a whole generation. Nevertheless, the memory of 1968 is significantly different in the two countries, and this has considerable consequences on the capacity of contemporary student movements to appropriate it and use it.

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