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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.
Thesis Spotlights – All Welcome Here? Studies on Anti-Immigration Attitudes and Discriminatory Behaviour towards Ethnic Minorities in Irish and European Contexts
2020, issue 44, Egle Gusciute: Immigration has become a salient issue in recent years with anti-immigration attitudes prevalent in many European countries. This thesis examines prejudice, via anti-immigration sentiment and discriminatory behaviour, through four distinct studies.
Thesis Spotlights – Poland, Blackness and Racialisation
2020, issue 44, Bolaji Balogun: In the last decades and particularly since the emergence of the EU migrant crisis, there has been extensive scholarship on migration. Whilst this body of works engages well with migration, it is yet to grapple with the various ways of categorising migrants from countries beyond Europe and the ways in which race and racialisation interact with migration and national identity.
NA Reports – German Sociological Association (DGS)
2020, issue 44, Birgit Blättel-Mink: The German Sociological Association (DGS) is a non-profit organisation, whose main objectives are to discuss sociological problems, to promote scholarly communication amongst its members, and to foster the dissemination and deepening of sociological knowledge. The DGS supports its members in dealing with disciplinary questions concerning teaching and research.
RN Reports – RN37 Urban Sociology
2020, issue 44, Marta Smagacz-Poziemska, M. Victoria Gómez and Patrícia Pereira: Committed to fostering activities and exchanges of scholars interested in analysing, understanding and intervening in our changing urban world, the 37th Research Network Urban Sociology started in Turin in 2013 as European Sociological Association Research Stream working on Urban Sociology and Public Spaces.
PhD Summer School Manchester 2019
2020, issue 44, Monica Massari and Nina Perger: The possibility to be involved in an extremely participatory and stimulating experience allowed PhD students to benefit a lot from insightful comments and constructive suggestions aimed at improving their theoretical framework and ongoing field research. But apart from that, I really would like to add that the incredible team spirit and the feeling of shared belonging to the group that developed during those two incredible days were really unique!
14th ESA Conference Reports Manchester 2019
2020, issue 44, Dagmar Danko, Gary Pollock and Sue Scott: Manchester clearly had a great deal to offer; Brexit hadn’t happened; the pound was weak against the Euro; the sun shone and it hardly rained at all! We had a total of 3149 registrations with 3046 delegates on site, making it the third largest ESA conference ever coming very close to Prague and Athens.
President's Message
2020, issue 44, Marta Soler-Gallart: When citizens are asked about their worries and concerns, most of them are social issues or have an important social dimension. Moreover, today research programmes like Horizon Europe include open and free access to the evidence provided by all sciences and also citizens’ collaborations in the co-creation of them. Citizens want to use this knowledge to improve their lives, their communities and their societies.
Spotlights on Members: Teresa Consoli, Italy
2019, issue 43, Teresa Consoli: During the last ESA Conference in Athens in 2017, I proposed the University of Catania in Sicily and the Department of Social Political Sciences as a possible venue for the mid-term conference of RN26 Sociology of Social Policy and Social Welfare which was straightaway accepted. In February 2018, as member of the Board of the RN27 Regional Networks of Southern European Societies, I was also asked to send a call for proposal for the mid-term conference and I offered to hold it in parallel with RN26.
ESA Journals News – European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology
2019, issue 43, Ricca Edmondson and Eeva Luhtakallio: At the Crossroads of the Contemporary – The ESA journal EJCPS provides a space for thought and debate for addressing societal phenomena at the multiple intersections of culture and politics. It covers the endless intertwinements and coincidences of the cultural and the political that embrace the whole scope of sociology. These are treated in both competing and complementary ways in classical and contemporary sources.
Sociology in the Land Down Under: Challenges and Opportunities for Australian Sociologists
2019, issue 43, Dan Woodman: Like other countries, the major challenges Australia faces are not ours alone. They are also at their core about inequality and how we live together. These include the regulation of financial markets, human rights (our refugee policies are providing a horrible example to other countries moving to the right), the rise of populism, and even the stability of our political system. Australia is a stable democracy on many measures, but we’re now world leader in the rate we replace Prime Ministers. Arguably the biggest threat facing Australia, and the world, is climate change. This requires the expertise and resourcing of natural scientists, but it also demands the attention of social sciences.
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.
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. Today, the South African Sociological Association (SASA) hosts annual congresses with more than 200 delegates each year.
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.
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? These issues steer debates in faculty meetings, online forums, classrooms, and workshop sessions, where Israeli sociologists convene to practice their sociology; they also colour the discussions of the Board of the Israeli Sociological Society (ISS).