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Covid-19 in Italy: should sociology matter?
2021, issue 46, Giampietro Gobo and Enrico Campo: The worldwide spread of the novel Coronavirus is a major public health issue. However, it poses problems that extend beyond the simple and exclusive fields of virology and epidemiology, so that it is necessary to mobilize knowledge that also relates to other disciplinary fields.
Marginal thoughts” in a pandemic context. Distance dialogue between two sociologists and two teenagers (Carlotta and Michele, both 14 years old)
2021, issue 46, Angela Maria Zocchi and Rossella Di Federico: In the second half of the 1950s, Charles Wright Mills, in The Sociological Imagination, drew attention to the usefulness of writing down, in a diary, “marginal thoughts”, putting his life experience at the service of his intellectual work [1]. That is, writing down ideas that can be considered as "by-products of everyday life, fragments of conversation caught in the street, or maybe dreams”.
Beware! (of) Pandemic Imagination
2021, issue 46, Karoline Krenn: To some extent the pandemic experience is reminiscent of Plato’s vision of the state. Regulators daily receive reports from experts. In Plato’s vision, those experts, of course, were philosophers and they ruled themselves.  At first sight, the experts of the pandemic are virologists. No news broadcast happens without an interview with one, or without a politician referring to one.  A liberal German newspaper recently proclaimed a Berlin chief physician as the new Chancellor.
Coronavirus and Family Life: Challenges for Qualitative Longitudinal Research
2021, issue 46, Ulrike Zartler: How do families experience the current situation?’, ‘How do parents cope with the exit restrictions?’, ‘What studies have been done?’ As a family sociologist at the University of Vienna, Austria, these were the most frequent questions I have been asked since a country-wide lockdown was announced in Austria in March 2020.
Vulnerability. Enclosed Living: The Full Spaces of Emptiness
2021, issue 46, Marina Ciampi: The threat of the virus that struck the city of Wuhan was initially perceived as a serious health risk, though limited to the Chinese territory. That is, confined to faraway places, whose traditions and behavioural habits differ greatly from Western ones, especially with reference to the promiscuity between humans and animals, and the hygienic conditions of so-called "wet markets" (animals slaughtered at the time of purchase, sale of entrails).
Thesis Spotlight – Personalisation between Social Regulation and Subjectivation: Shifts in the Structuring of Contemporary Societies and Institutions
2021, issue 46, Nika Šušterič: Compulsory education, one of the key regulatory mechanisms of Western societies since the 19th century, seems to be facing a serious crisis that leaves few of its elements intact. We can view this crisis, at least analytically, as twofold.
ESA PhD Summer School 2020 – Separate but together!
2021, issue 46, Hamide Elif Üzümcü: The ESA PhD Summer School 2020, “Enhancing Sociology – Strengthening Sociologists”, was accomplished despite the severely challenging conditions of the outbreak. Notwithstanding the instabilities of the regulations on international travel and event organisation, and on top of that the demanding technicalities of adopting a hybrid model, it was a remarkable success.
ESA PhD Summer School 2020 - Plans and Reality
2021, issue 46, Milica Antić Gaber: "Although it would have been great to meet my fellow participants and the faculty in person, I felt the SS was a huge success as a hybrid model."ESA now has a long tradition of PhD summer schools organised annually and they have always been unique opportunities for PhD students to meet, socialise and discuss their early work. But this year was unique in a different sense because decisively marked by a pandemic situation.
NA Reports – Sociology in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Political Consequences and Its Impact on Academic Research
2021, issue 46, Vedad Muharemović, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Sarajevo: Sociology, historically speaking, has a relatively long tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This tradition is partly derived from the fact that former Yugoslavia, with its several federal republics including Bosnia and Herzegovina, had an enviable level of sociological research and interests, and within this, institutionally, various units (faculties, departments and institutes) had existed within individual republics.
RN Reports – RN05 Sociology of Consumption
2021, issue 46, Stefan Wahlen, Marlyne Sahakian and Arne Dulsrud:Consumption is, in everyday understandings, often reduced to market-relations – captured in the somewhat opaque notion of consumer demand. A sociological take on consumption reveals the many ways in which consumption can be understood: as cultural and symbolic, as shaped by systems of provision, or tied up with mundane and daily practices that can be difficult to change. Consumption represents a lens through which we can explore social structures and social change.
President’s Message: Sociology moving ahead
2021, issue 46, Marta Soler-Gallart: This new issue of The European Sociologist had to be released with some delay, due to technical issues in the Office and with our web provider. Notwithstanding, ESA members’ contributions to this special issue are still relevant and timely, amid changing scenarios of the Covid-19 pandemic, in which all citizens are expectant of how the pandemic will evolve, the effectiveness of the vaccines, with lots of uncertainties and hopes mixed all together.
Theorising – Problematising Categories: Understanding the Covid-19 Pandemic through the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (RN22)
2020, issue 45, Patrick Brown and Maria Grazia Galantino: The sociology of risk and uncertainty is a young sub-discipline, but one which has a fairly established canon. Following influential works by Lupton, Wilkinson and Zinn, it has become commonplace to refer to three key core traditions of theorising risk and uncertainty – reflexive-modernisation, governmentality, and cultural approaches.
Sociological Experiencing and Reflecting – The Loss of World in Times of Corona
2020, issue 45, Martin Repohl: Am I Really Affected? - It took quite some time until I realised that the global Corona pandemic is also affecting my personal life. I life in Jena, a small city in eastern Germany. The rate of infections here is not very high. In the beginning, it was difficult to notice the containment activities.
Sociological Experiencing and Reflecting – Contemplative Diary
2020, issue 45, Krzysztof Konecki: 13/03/2020, Kathmandu - Before coming back to Poland. There is a panic about Coronavirus in the country. I'm afraid to go back; I'm scared of infection, I'm worried about panic and disorganisation. Everything works here. I don't know how it is there. There are no cases in Nepal. Diet (spicy food) and the resistance of Nepalese to the flu... I don't really believe it. No tests, they know very little about the Coronavirus in their own country.
Masking – “I Wear My Mask for You” - A Note on Face Masks
2020, issue 45, Annerose Böhrer: The Corona pandemic has not only affected global and local health politics and worldwide economic networks, but also everyday living and social interaction on all levels. A perception of the human body as both threatening and threatened becomes more and more visible in socio-material associations.