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Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World
Towards the Futures We Want

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March 2019 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Published in Association with International Sociological Association

From a global financial crisis that has not lead to a fundamental change in institutions, to a global refugee crisis that questions our ideas of governance, set against a background of global climate crisis with no intergovernmental consensus on solutions… we are forced to ask ourselves, how do we think about the future, our futures?

This richly theoretical and empirically informed text explores trends, alternative visions, and new directions for sociological research. A diverse collection of theoretical approaches are provided by a range of regional experts, including chapters on Feminist and Indigenous Perspectives in Latin America, an African-centred approach to Knowledge Production, and Imagining Muslim Democracy, all of which reflect the complexity of challenges and the multiplicity of future projects on a shared planet.

Markus S. Schulz
Introduction: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World
Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Futures We Want: Walking Back the Cat, Positives, Negatives, Ambigious, Balance
Todd Gitlin
What Kind of World Can Weather Climate Change? Some Philosophical and Sociological Challenges
Stephan Lessenich
The 'Open Society' and Its Contradictions: Towards a Critical Sociology of Global Inequalities
Akosua Adomako Ampofo
Me san aba: The Africa We Want and an African-centred Approach to Knowledge Production
Nora Garita Bonilla
Pueblos in Movement: Feminist and Indigenous Perspectives from Latin America
Asef Bayat
Post-Islamist Democracy
Saskia Sassen
Relocalizing the National and Horizontalizing the Global
Michel Wieviorka
Social Movements: The Core of General Sociology
Alain Touraine
Epilogue

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Markus S. Schulz

Markus S. Schulz is Vice-President for Research of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and serves as President of the 2016 ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna. Professor Schulz is Past-President of the ISA Research Committee on Futures Research (RC07), and previous Program Committee member for the ISA World Congress in Yokohama. Professor Schulz’s research focuses on democracy, globalization, media, movements, and the social imagination of possible futures. He is currently working at the New School for Social Research on the intellectual history of future concepts. More About Author

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