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Thesis Spotlights – Greening Industrial Production in China: Reinvent a Cleaner Future through Policy, Strategy and Technology

2020, issue 45, Yuan Zheng Li: The largest greenhouse gas emitter with a fast-growing economy, China’s environmental actions have implications for the whole world. Beijing has imposed targets that require the industrial sector to reduce carbon emissions, and has strengthened its environmental protection law. Facing more stringent requirements, how have Chinese firms responded to environmental issues? What has driven eco-innovation in industrial companies?

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Thesis Spotlights – The Hipster Economy: An Ethnography of Creative Food and Beverage Microentrepreneurs in the Italian Context

2020, issue 45, Alessandro Gerosa: Today, the creative economy is one of the paradigmatic economic imaginaries of Western Societies, shaping national policies and economic behaviours. Depending on the context, it is usually associated with the domain of the cultural industries or with innovative, disruptive startup firms that dominate the digital economy. Nevertheless, it is precisely at the very background of this majestic scenario that this dissertation gazes [...].

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RN Reports – RN21 Quantitative Methods

2020, issue 45, Jochen Mayerl and Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen: Our lives can be captured in numbers. For example, one can count how many children we have, election results are presented in percentages, and the Gini coefficient illustrates the income inequalities in a country. One can also determine the size and patterns of correlations between social phenomena, e.g. between poverty and political participation. One can be interested in empirically testing hypotheses for causal explanation of societal or individual events, and to dig into causal mechanisms.

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President's Message

2020, issue 45, Marta Soler-Gallart: More than three months have passed since we had the outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe and so many things changed for European citizens since then. This special issue on Pandemic (Im)possibilities and the great response to this from our membership prove that sociological knowledges and analyses are especially needed to tackle the social consequences of this crisis and the definition of a new normal life for all.

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The Challenges Raised by Brexit

2020, issue 44, Tony Trueman: The plight of the UK’s overseas citizens has been ignored in the furore over Brexit, and the referendum vote was more to do with the unfinished business of the British Empire than with the European Union. Those were the arguments put forward at the Manchester Semi-Plenary “Nationalism, Europe, and Brexit”, co-organised by the then ESA President Sue Scott, and the BSA President Susan Halford.

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Opening Sociology to the World and Universality

2020, issue 44, Stéphane Dufoix and Sari Hanafi: Seventy years and quarter of century after, respectively, the foundation of the international Sociological Association (ISA) and the European Sociological Association (ESA), we must go even further in the opening-up of sociology, especially to that of non-Western countries.

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Sociological Films in Youth Studies

2020, issue 44, Dmitry Omelchenko: In 2019, the Center for Youth Studies HSE in St. Petersburg, Russia, celebrated its tenth anniversary. It has been a time of discoveries and interesting results. We have been studying global and local dimensions of youth cultures, life styles, labour markets, gender regimes, and ethnic and regional identities of young people in Russia, using qualitative and mixed-method research.

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The Fate of the Book Review

2020, issue 44, Alan Warde: The Reviews sections of journals have been until recently the principal vehicle for the communication and evaluation of sociological monographs. If, as it seems, they are becoming obsolete, how else can critical reviews of these primary forms of sociological scholarship be made systematically available?

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In Memoriam Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein (1930-2019)

2020, issue 44, Apostolos G. Papadopoulos: The news of Immanuel Wallerstein’s passing on 31 August 2019 was immediately circulated around the world and everyone keenly felt the loss of an engaged public intellectual and unmatched social thinker and scientist. Born in New York to an emigrant family, he embarked on his intellectual and political quests when still at high school during World War II.

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