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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" 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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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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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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