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Thesis Spotlights – Importing Memory: Using Other Nations' Collective Memory in Political Speeches
2020, issue 45, Tracy Adams: Although there is a consensus that images and cultural products circulate globally, relatively little is known about how collective memories transcend national boundaries to be used in public rhetoric. This dissertation focuses on speech as a space in and through which collective memories of other nations (MONs) are imported to advance political agendas.
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. Because of these functions, numbers play a central role in sociological research.
Gendering – Budgeting Gender Equality: The Israeli Central Bank and Finance Ministry, and the Covid-19 Crisis
2020, issue 45, Orly Benjamin: In Israel, the Covid-19 crisis appeared together with a political crisis, so I feel that a lot of the protest potential against the horrible stingy measures of support offered to those with no income (with the unemployment rate already above 20%), is directed into protecting what is left of our alleged democracy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Thesis Spotlights – International Deployments Under the Siege of Symbols
2020, issue 44, Diego Otegui: In the developing world, in the pressing circumstances of a disaster, external aid pours in at a massive scale. This phenomenon has been extensively documented and referred to as ‘convergence’ in the disaster literature.
Thesis Spotlights – Polyamory in Media, Social and Identity Perspective
2020, issue 44, Stefan F. Ossmann: Polyamory, which the thesis understands as a consensual relationship between more than two people based on emotional love and intimate acts over a period of time, emerged in the academic discussion in the 1990s, with studies at the time focussing on sexual diversity in society and history.
Thesis Spotlights – Gender and Transgression: (Un)doing Masculinity and Femininity in Portugal and the United Kingdom
2020, issue 44, Sara Merlini: Changes and continuities within gender practices can be understood from normative traditions and processes – gender attributions, appropriations and interpretations – that order and mark out social relations. Based on the history and social construction of gender transgressions between 1950 and 2015 we can know better how alternatives are being established [...].
Thesis Spotlights – Mediated Seeing: Unpacking Visitor Photography in Art Museums and Galleries
2020, issue 44, Chien Lee: Photographic recording has gained a key role in shaping contemporary experience – everyday and extraordinary. When brought into the art museum space, the taking of photographs may challenge the institution, which has historically privileged quiet contemplation and appropriate manners.
Thesis Spotlights – Quality of Standardized Survey Research in Elderly with Cognitive Impairment
2020, issue 44, Patrick Kutschar: Standardized surveys are regularly applied in sociological, gerontological, nursing and health sciences research examining elderly populations. Gathering high quality survey data among older persons with cognitive decline faces several methodological challenges.
Thesis Spotlights – Food that Matters: Sustainability and the Material-Discursive Boundaries of Carnist and Vegan Food Practices
2020, issue 44, Steffen Hirth: Acting upon Livestock’s Long Shadow to mitigate climate change, mass extinction, and other social-ecological crises requires fundamental changes in food practices. Labelled as ‘ethical consumers’, vegans, vegetarians and meat-reducing carnists already attract considerable attention.