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Beyond Methodological Nationalism – The Significance of Promoting International Joint Research in Sociology

2019, issue 43, Kazuo Seiyama: Since the beginning of Japanese sociology, about 150 years ago, the main problem has been, “What is modernity, and how can Japanese society become a modern society?”. With this problem in mind, Japanese sociologists have passionately studied the theoretical and empirical exploration of modernity in Europe and the United States, absorbing many of them. The way of approaching this problem, among Japanese sociologists, was historically divided into two.

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Destabilising the “Fathers of Sociology” by Re-Centering the African Matriarchal Heritage of African Sociological Knowledge in South Africa

2019, issue 43, Babalwa Magoqwana and Malehoko Tshoaedi: South African sociology is part of the bigger Higher Education system, which is grappling with delinking itself from colonial and apartheid legacies. In this context, sociology emerged as part of the white apartheid project with its first Professor Hendrik Verwoerd (apartheid architecture). Since an inclusive Sociological Association was established in 1993, South African sociology has changed in numbers and demographics.

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Taiwanese Sociology’s Road to Professionalisation and Engagement

2019, issue 43, Chih-Jou Jay Chen: Looking back at the past 50 years, we can see that the development of Taiwanese sociology has been affected by two contextual factors. On the one hand, under the influence of globalisation, Taiwan’s sociology has been making continuous progress with regard to professionalisation and academicisation; on the other hand, inspired by Taiwan’s unique political and economic context, Taiwan’s sociological community has been increasingly engaged with its society.

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Israeli Sociology: Current State

2019, issue 43, Gili S. Drori and Yagil Levy: How can science and academia maintain their professional standards and ethics in the era of post-truth and populist politics? How can sociology sustain its commitment to public social affairs in such circumstances? Additionally, how can such dilemmas be resolved in the highly fractured and intensively strained society in Israel?

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In Simple Words About Your Complicated Research, or How to Present Yourself and Your Research to the Public(s)

2019, issue 43, Katrin Tiidenberg: Calls for public facing scholarship (partially overlapping with the categories of ‘networked participatory scholarship’ or ‘open scholarship’) are increasingly common. On the one hand, it makes sense – after all, who do we do research for if not the publics? Funding institutions – presumably relying on this very logic – have made popular engagement and broad dissemination a mandatory part of the research process. On the other hand, not everyone wants to, or is capable of inhabiting the limelight.

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Why (Not) to Commercialise Sociological Research

2019, issue 43, Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen: Sociological research is under pressure. Budget cuts at universities create the need to tap new funding sources. Many policymakers and university administrators suggest that a solution would be to raise funding through research commercialisation, meaning by turning research findings into goods and services that can be sold on the market. Such a practice is already established in the sciences, where it often takes on the form of cooperation with established companies, and the creation of spin-off companies.

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Thesis Spotlights – Negotiating Conventions: Cleanliness, Sustainability and Everyday Life

2019, issue 43, Tullia Jack: Cleanliness has seen a rapid increase in both developed and developing countries, along with a parallel rise in not only water and energy but also cleaning products consumed. Water and energy supply as well as dealing with waste are environmentally critical in securing a sustainable future. This dissertation aims to contribute to sustainability by providing new insights around how conventions change or stay stable.

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Thesis Spotlights – European Austerity Programmes under Transnational Contestation

2019, issue 43, Bernd Bonfert: Since 2011, leftist activism against austerity-based crisis management in Europe has simultaneously become diversified along national and political lines, while also establishing a range of new transnational coalitions. The thesis investigates this ambiguous development by providing a Historical Materialist analysis of the transnational cooperation among activists.

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NA Reports – Swedish Sociological Association (SSF)

2019, issue 43, Katarina Jacobsson: The Swedish Sociological Association held its first business meeting almost 60 years ago, in 1962. At that time, sociology had only been offered as an academic discipline for about ten years at a few universities in Sweden. Today, the association includes thirteen university sociology departments/institutions, where the great majority of sociologists within Swedish academia are employed. In addition, more than 150 individuals are members of the association.

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NA Reports – Norwegian Sociological Association (NSA)

2019, issue 43, Kristian Berg Harpviken and Magnus Heie: The Norwegian Sociological Association (NSA) – Norsk sosiologforening in Norwegian – is a platform for collaboration among sociologists in Norway. Founded in 1949, the NSA preceded the institutionalisation of sociology by one year (with the first university department established in Oslo in 1950) yet followed a century’s evolution of sociological research (with theology-trained Eilert Sundt as the pioneer and represented in our logo). The NSA is organised as a national association with a number of local branches.

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RN Reports – RN30 Youth and Generation

2019, issue 43, Sanna Aaltonen: At the moment of writing this report the most recent mid-term conference of the RN30 Youth and Generation organised in Serbia between 13th and 16th of September 2018 is still fresh in the mind. The title of the conference, “Being Young in context. Concepts, contexts and comparisons in youth studies”, was designed to invite youth sociologists to direct their research gaze to sociological practices, diversity of contexts, relevance of concepts and the specificities of a comparative approach.

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RN Reports – RN28 Society and Sports

2019, issue 43, Honorata Jakubowska and Alessandro Porrovecchio: Sport plays a central role in contemporary societies and thus continues to fire the sociological imagination. It has a long history of uniting people, of overcoming differences, of teaching norms and values while participating in teams and in clubs, of inspiring young people to set goals and follow their dreams, and of stimulating older people to remain physically active.

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RN Reports – RN11 Sociology of Emotions

2019, issue 43, Jonathan G. Heaney: An Emotions Lens on the World – The sociology of emotions has grown since the 1970’s to become a vital and dynamic field within the discipline of Sociology. With strong roots in the classical tradition, it has taken an increasingly central place within contemporary Sociology and makes important contributions to general sociological theorising, as well as to specific sub-fields such as the sociology of culture, politics, organisations, social movements, intimate and family life, the body, the economy, digital sociology, social change, migration, and more.

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