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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

The contemporary world has reached a pivotal moment of escalating injustices and apocalyptic risks, but also of unprecedented opportunities. Mounting pressures of social and ecological problems are met by a confluence of intellectual trends that allow the questioning of entrenched assumptions and the unleashing of a forward-oriented sociological imagination.


In Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, a diverse collection of regional experts exp
lore contemporary trends, alternative visions, and new directions for sociological research, raising issues that reflect the complexity of challenges facing future projects on a shared planet.

Topics include:

  • Feminist and Indigenous Perspectives in Latin America
  • An African-centred approach to Knowledge Production
  • Post-Islamist Democracy

Based on the revised papers of the Opening and Closing Plenaries of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria, July 2016, which Markus Schulz organized on the theme “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World.”

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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