From ESA – Strategies & Activities

President's Message Sue Scott
ESA Office Communiqué – Andreia Batista Dias Andreia Batista Dias
ESA Office Communiqué – Dagmar Danko Dagmar Danko
ESA Office Communiqué – Gisèle Tchinda-Falcucci Ricca Edmondson
13th ESA Conference Report Athens 2017 – ESA Christian Fuchs
13th ESA Conference Report Athens 2017 – LOC Apostolos G. Papadopoulos
PhD Summer School Athens 2017 Airi-Alina Allaste
ESA Journals News – European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology Ricca Edmondson
ESA Journals News – European Societies Michalis Lianos
RN Reports – RN06 Critical Political Economy Angela Wigger
RN Reports – RN15 Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology Marco Caselli
RN Reports – RN33 Women’s and Gender Studies Consuelo Corradi
NA Reports – Austrian Sociological Association (OeGS) Martin Weichbold
NA Reports – Croatian Sociological Association (CSA) Jasminka Lažnjak
NA Reports – Danish Sociological Association (DSF) Anna Ilsøe
NA Reports – Italian Sociological Association (AIS) Enrica Amaturo
NA Reports – Lithuanian Sociological Association (LSA) Milda Ališauskienė
NA Reports – Portuguese Sociological Association (APS) João Teixeira Lopes
NA Reports – Swiss Sociological Association (SSA) Rainer Diaz-Bone
Thesis Spotlights – The spreading of hostility: Unraveling of social norms in communication Amalia Alvarez Benjumea
Thesis Spotlights – Aspirations, Attainments & Strategies: Descendants of Middle Eastern Immigrants on the Swedish Labour Market Pinar Aslan
Thesis Spotlights – Gendered Childhood, Media Beauty Ideals and the Role of Education Galatia Kallitsi
Thesis Spotlights – Discursive Construction and Materiality of Debt in Context of Housing: Forming Semi-Financialized Subjects Tomáš Samec
Thesis Spotlights – Controlling risks or continuously preventing the worst? Risk management in large financial organisations Anne van der Graaf

Doing Sociology – Funding, Teaching & Opportunities

Discover FMSH International Department’s mobility programmes and opportunities Marion Fanjat
Conference Announcements – Midterm Conferences of Research Networks

Discussion – Key Debates, Viewpoints & Interviews

Publish or publish (wisely) Pierre Nocerino
‘Errors of measurement’ or ‘Impact factors are just a gimmick’: An Interview with Howard S. Becker Howard S. Becker
Metrics and Socialization of Early-stage Researchers Kateřina Cidlinská
Metrics, Marketisation and the End of Collegiality John Holmwood
Social impact assessment: The democratic citizens’ right to science Marta Soler-Gallart

Issue 41: Metrics


Dear Fellow Sociologists,

The European Sociological Association has published the EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGIST for almost 25 years. What first started, in the mid-1990s, as black and white print leaflet sent to ESA members only, soon developed into ESA’s central source of information and communication. The beginning of the current decade saw a relaunch of the EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGIST under the editorship of Peter Holley. For five years, Peter shaped the journal’s design and content, turning it into a professional looking medium and opening it to ‘viewpoints’ and current societal debates. As new editor of the EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGIST I wish to thank Peter for his splendid work. While he is this term’s co-coordinator of RN15, my own path went the other way: After six years on board of RN02, most ESA members now know me as ESA’s Executive Coordinator and General Secretary, and this year marks the beginning of my editorship of the EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGIST (more about me and my plans in the ESA Office Communiqué under the section FROM ESA).

It is time for the next big step for the EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGIST: Forty issues were published in print or PDF – and now starting with this very issue, the journal goes online on its own website. The EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGIST is an open access e-journal decidedly not restricted to ESA members only. In this sense, it echoes the aim and scope of the ESA conferences. Both are an open platform for exchange among sociologists in Europe and beyond. As an ESA member you still get a special treat though: You can log in to this website and comment on articles (your identifiers are the same as for the ESA website). I very much hope you will make active use of this function.

Each issue will feature a specific topic under DISCUSSION. This time, five contributions discuss the role and ramifications of metrics for our discipline. Pierre Nocerino (FR), Kateřina Cidlinská (CZ), John Holmwood (UK) and Marta Soler (ES) point to the inadequacy of quantifying our work and the frustration that goes with it. But let us not despair: As Howard S. Becker (US) reminds us in the interview with him also in this issue “Is everything really so unchangeable? […] The System is not so all-powerful if we relax the demands we make on it.” He is turning 90 on April 18, so he should know!

Remain attentive!
Dr. Dagmar Danko, Editor of the EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGIST