Category Index

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.
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.
Thesis Spotlights – The Political Economy of State Transformation in Italy from the Crisis of the Keynesian Welfare State to the Crisis of the Neoliberal Paradigm
2018, issue 42, Adriano Cozzolino: The thesis analyses the transformation of the Italian state from the crisis of the Keynesian welfare-state to the crisis of neoliberalism (mid-1970s-2015). The study has two interlinked aims.
Thesis Spotlights – Resistance to the Dominant Economic Discourses: Making Sense of the Economy from a Working-Class Neighbourhood
2018, issue 42, Anna Carrillo Arnal: This study explores the way that working-class people contest dominant economic discourses and how they develop alternative explanations for their economic situation. It is based on qualitative interviews, participant observation, and archival research in an urban working-class neighbourhood of Spain.
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.
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.
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.
NA Reports – British Sociological Association (BSA)
2018, issue 42, Judith Mudd: Despite the numerous upheavals in the UK’s higher education system over recent years, the British Sociological Association grows and thrives in its work to promote the discipline in our society.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
ESA Journals News – European Societies
2018, issue 42, Michalis Lianos: European Societies is now in its 20th volume. It receives a great number of single article submissions and proposals for special issues. Our latest issue was a special one entitled “Toward a European Social Topography” and there are a number of others at different stages of completion on a series of themes including citizenship, family and solidarity in contemporary Europe. As an editor dealing with many submissions, I perceive three trends that clearly mark recent times.
14th ESA Conference 2019 in Manchester: Sociology Coming Home?
2018, issue 42, Gary Pollock: When people hear that I work in Manchester it triggers comments about football – generally ‘do you support City or United’. While the England football team failed to turn the words of the song used by their supporters ‘Football’s Coming Home’ into a reality earlier this summer at the 2018 World Cup, locating the 2019 ESA conference in Manchester arguably means that sociology is returning to one of its central roots.
ESA Office Communiqué – Christine's Internship at the European Sociological Association
2018, issue 42, Christine Frank: In early 2017, as I was preparing myself for the final semester of my Master’s Degree at Paris Descartes University, I came across an email from the programme’s director, saying that the European Sociological Association (ESA) was looking for an intern who could help them prepare for their biannual conference, taking place that summer in Athens.