Category Index

Theorising – The Social Definition of the Corona Pandemic
2020, issue 45, Sandra Maria Pfister: Despite social scientists increasingly achieving media presence when it comes to the secondary effects of the Corona crisis, both the crisis management and the public discourse on the Corona pandemic itself are still dominated by bio-medical perspectives.
From “Face-to-Face” to “Face-to-Screen”: Virtual Classrooms as Synthetic Situations
2020, issue 45, Michael Knapp: Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, classroom teaching stopped more or less from one day to the next. Universities all over the world had to switch to some kind of digital learning arrangement, to avoid interrupting the on-going semester and to ensure the learning progress of the students. While some courses are currently handled in the form of work assignments via e-mail, there are probably a larger number of lectures and seminars that are now being held as webinars using programs such as Zoom, Skype or BigBlueButton.
Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times? The Terrible Opportunity for Sociological Inquietude
2020, issue 45, Magda Nico: Ordinary lives, extraordinary times. Margaret Atwood explained in a TV interview the matrix in which she situates the stirring and thought-provoking dystopias she has shared with us. There are ordinary and extraordinary people, and there are ordinary and extraordinary times, she says. She writes about ordinary people in extraordinary times. The resemblance of this match between ordinary people (biographies) and extraordinary times (societies) with the current pandemic is overpowering.
Producing Knowledge in a Pandemic Crisis – The Relevance of Researchers’ Work and Working Conditions
2020, issue 45, Teresa Carvalho: Since the institutionalisation of the modern university, Higher Education institutions have become one of the main pillars of modern societies, constituting themselves as the main ideological supports of the nation-state, and being the guarantors of democratic and egalitarian societies. In this context, the defence of academic freedom, through the support of the nation-state, was seen as a fundamental pillar for the disinterested advance of knowledge.
NA Reports – The Difficult Question: Will We Remain Socially Alive? - Concerns from Portugal
2020, issue 45, João Teixeira Lopes: As a sociologist, I feel compelled to share some of my concerns with you. The first has to do with the risks of a prolonged period of seclusion, due to exceptional measures enacted by the State. In these circumstances, the exaltation of urgency monopolises attention, and large swathes of our society slide even more abruptly into areas of shadow and invisibility.
NA Reports – Bergamo, March 2020: The Heart of the Italian Outbreak
2020, issue 45, Roberto Lusardi and Stefano Tomelleri: We are living in very unexpected and frightening times. Our generation, born in the 1970s, did not go to war and did not experience famine. Fortunately. Of course, we had some anguished moments: 11 September 2001, the 2008 economic crisis, terrorism and ISIS, the earthquakes in Central Italy in 2016 and 2017, to name a few. But the current situation is peculiar, in terms of the entity (planetary), the modality (social isolation), and the duration (still indefinite) of the crisis.
NA Reports – Coronavirus as an X-Ray of Politics - The Case of Israel
2020, issue 45, Lev Grinberg: The pandemic spread of Covid-19 is part of globalisation, and similar to globalisation it penetrates every country, but in very different ways. The differences are related to local features. Coronavirus became a tester to diagnose social diseases, and from a political point of view the Coronavirus functions as an X-Ray.
Thesis Spotlights – Symbolic Consumption of Print Media: How Physical Newspapers Allow Romanian Readers to Do Identity Work
2020, issue 45, Laura Toma: Various studies have explored the influence of both technology and social and cultural changes on traditional newspapers, to assess the present status of print and to offer a perspective for its future. But there has been little interest in exploring the symbolic dimension of print media consumption, which refers to the relationship between self-identity and a consumer’s attraction to, and preferences for, specific media objects.
Thesis Spotlights – How Is the University Influenced by Neoliberalism? The Composition and Practice of Accountability in Taiwanese Higher Education
2020, issue 45, Ming-Te Peng: Models of university management around the world have been substantially influenced by neoliberalism and entrepreneurial culture in recent decades. Under this tendency, performance evaluations, bibliometric indicators and career precarity have become part of academic everyday life. This project aims to illustrate procedures by which academic reality has been established in the neoliberal era, rather than treating the neoliberal movement as a black box.
Thesis Spotlights – Exploring Iranian Urban Everyday Life By Analysing Iranian Cinema
2020, issue 45, Habib A. Moghimi: My PhD thesis explores Iranian urban everyday life by analysing Iranian cinema. Many scholars from different perspectives have focused on Iranian society in various political, social and cultural fields, although less attention is still being paid to Iranian everyday life from the perspective of critical studies of everyday life.
Thesis Spotlights – Social Resilience and Negotiation of the Yazidi Survivors of the Islamic State in Germany
2020, issue 45, Mais Masadeh: On 3 August 2014, the terrorist organisation identifying as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] conducted strategic and organised attacks in the Sinjar region of northern Iraqi-Kurdistan, with the intent to persecute and eliminate the Yazidi people, an ethnoreligious group residing in the area.
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?
Thesis Spotlights – Assimilation or Integration: The Case of Hungarian-Serbian Intermarriages
2020, issue 45, Tibor Ladancsik: My thesis focuses on the ethnic intermarriages between Serbs and Hungarians in the province of Vojvodina in Serbia. Intermarriages play an important role in the lives of minorities. According to some researchers, mixed marriages are the best indicators of the integration of minorities into the society.
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 [...].
Thesis Spotlights – Religion and International Politics in Second Modernity: Reassessing the Role of the Religious Factor in EU Policy-Making
2020, issue 45, Chrysa Almpani: In the fragile times of Second Modernity (Ulrich Beck), where “both politics and religion act in the same place: that of human uncertainty”, religion arises as a prominent issue of sociological analysis that could allow for a better understanding of the modern world and its ambiguities.