Member Publications

from the RC09 Newsletter Spring 2017 

Adebayo, Kudus Oluwatoyin, Olugbenga Samuel Falase, and Abel Akintunde. “‘Here, we are all equal!’: soccer viewing centres and the transformation of age social relations among fans in South-Western Nigeria.” Soccer & Society (2017): 1-17.

The spread of soccer viewing centres (SVCs) in Nigeria is one of the unfolding legacies of global sporting media in Africa. While, providing access to live broadcast of European soccer competitions, SVCs have developed into supplementary social spaces where culturally defined rules of social relations are contested. Using Goffman’s notion of performance and Agbalagba in Yoruba normative system, in conjunction with sociological perspective on space, the study explores the context and processes in the transformation of age social relations in Ibadan, South-Western Nigeria. Data were obtained through participant observation, and 23 in-depth interviews with viewing centre owners and soccer fans. Findings depict the SVC as a constructed space, with conflicting meanings, attitudes and practices, which inadvertently fracture and render fluid, the expectations of norms of age social relations. In conclusion, European soccer drives the spread of supplementary social spaces, which impact local social structures in critical ways. 

Browne, Craig. 2017 Habermas and Giddens on Praxis and Modernity: A Constructive Comparison, London, Anthem Press.

‘Habermas and Giddens on Modernity: A Constructive Comparison’ investigates how two of the most important and influential contemporary social theorists have sought to develop the modernist visions of the constitution of society through the autonomous actions of subjects. It compares Habermas and Giddens’ conceptions of the constitution of society, interpretations of the social-structural impediments to subjects’ autonomy, and their attempts to delineate potentials for progressive social change within contemporary society. Habermas and Giddens are shown to have initiated new paradigms and perspectives that seek to address the foundational problems of social theory and consolidate the modernist vision of an autonomous society.

Browne, Craig. 2017. Critical Social Theory. London, Sage.

In this accomplished, sophisticated and up-to-date account of the state of critical social theory today, Craig Browne explores the key concepts in critical theory (like critique, ideology, and alienation), and crucially, goes on to relate them to major contemporary developments such as globalization, social conflict and neo-liberal capitalism. Critical theory here is not solely the work of Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse and Habermas. The book begins with the Frankfurt School but uses this as a base to then explore more contemporary figures such as: Nancy Fraser, Axel Honneth, Luc Boltanski, Cornelius Castoriadis, Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Hannah Arendt. A survey of critical social theory for our times, this is an essential guide for students wishing to grasp a critical understanding of social theory in the modern world.

Dieter Neubert (2016) Kenya’s unconscious middle class? Between regional-ethnic political mobilisation and middle class lifestyles. In: Henning Melber (ed.), The rise of Africa’s middle class: Challenging the neo-liberal economy. London, Zed Books.

Genov, Nikolai (2017) ‘Information Resources in Upgrading Organizational Rationality’. In: Rončević, Borut and Tomšič, Matevž, Eds. Information Society and Its Manifestations: Economy, Politics, Culture. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 23-40.

Genov, Nikolai (2016) ’Towards a Synergetic and Probabilistic Approach to Cross-border Migration’. International Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 5, N 4, pp. 45-66.

The cross-border migration has multiple causes, variety of manifestations and potentials for diverging effects. Paradoxically, the mainstream theories on the phenomenon are onedimensional and deterministic. The effort to resolve the contradiction proceeds in four steps. First, mainstream theories of international migration are scrutinized for potential contributions to a synergetic and probabilistic conceptual framework. Second, the strategy for building the framework is outlined by elaborating on the components of the migration chain. Third, the components are integrated in a conceptual whole reflecting the multidimensionality and the variability of the migration’s structures and processes. Fourth, the capacities of the integrated framework to guide synergetic and probabilistic descriptions, explanations and forecasting of cross-border migration are put under scrutiny. The conceptual developments are tested with a view to the needs for efficient management of the cross-border migration flows. 

Genov, Nikolai (2017) ‘Does Europeanization Foster Constructive Individualization?’ Comparative Sociology, vol. 16, N 2, pp. 183-212.

This paper aims at explaining changes in the conditions for individualization in ten central and eastern European (CEE) countries after they have joined the European Union in 2004 and 2007. The expected changes had to follow the transfer of the EU’s acquis communautaire to the CEE and the accompanying Europeanization understood as upgrading of governance. Indicators used in longitudinal studies are identified in order to test the assumption. Synchronic and diachronic comparison of outcomes of studies on the topic is carried out. The results don’t support the hypothesis about relevant changes in the conditions of individualization in the CEE countries due to their Europeanization. The upgrading of governance quality affects the individualization in the old and new EU member states similarly. Declining quality of the conditions for individualization appears in both groups of countries with the same frequency and intensity too.

Khondker, Habibul Haque “Globalization and Social Inequality” in International Review of Sociology. 32 (2) March, pp. 170 – 179.

Khondker, Habibul Haque (2016) “Globality and the Moral Ecology of the World: A Theoretical Exploration” in Protosociology, Borders of Global Theory, vol. 33, pp. 41 – 57.

Khondker, Habibul Haque (2016) “Entangled Globality” in Gunnar Olofsson and Sven Hort (Eds) Class, Sex and Revolutions: Goran Therborn A Critical Appraisal. Lund: Arkiv Forlag. pp. 321 – 336.

Sooryamoorthy, Radhamany (2017) Networks of Communication in South Africa: New Media, New Technologies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The book is about the development of communication patterns, social contacts and networks in South Africa. Based on pioneering quantitative and qualitative data, the book analyses trends in changing media use in Africa, showing the development of the use of new media for communication by South Africans of all ages, races and genders in relation to the development of media infrastructure, its cost and government policy.

Pamela Abbott. The Arab Transformations Project. University of Aberdeen, UK

The Arab Transformation Project is designed to stimulate research into the relationship between political beliefs, values, and practices. The project contributes to evaluating country and regional socio-economic and political trends based on system-, meso-, and individual-level factors. This analysis contributes to understanding the root causes and results of the Arab uprisings, as well as examining the conditions of possible future developments. The core of the project was a public opinion survey carried out in six Arab countries (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia in 2014). We have also complied a data base for the same six countries plus Algeria from 1960- 2015 made up of macro data, indexes and selected variables from public opinion polls including the World Values survey, Arab Barometer, Afro Barometer and the Gallup World Poll. The survey dataset and the specially compiled longitudinal database gathering 2000-2015 data makes it possible to look comparatively at trends in attitudes and behavior in the context of the social, political, and economic transformations in the Middle East and North Africa since the 2010-2011 Uprisings. The Arab Transitions project was funded through the European Commission’s FP7 framework. We are now writing up the main findings from the project for journal articles and monographs as well as engaging with policy makers and making the findings available in a series of policy briefs. The publications from the project to date including the reports submitted to the European Union, working papers, policy briefs and the survey data set and the longitudinal data base are available at https://www.researchgate.net/project/The-Arab-Transformations-Project.

Slomczynski, Kazimierz M., Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Danuta Życzyńska-Ciołek, Ilona Wysmułek, eds. 2016. Dynamics of Social Structure: Poland’s Transformative Years, 1988–2013. Warsaw, Poland: IFiS Publishers.

This book explores main social and economic phenomena that, across nations, are fundamental to transformations of the social structure: labor market processes, precarity, processes and mechanisms of inequality, and perceptions of attainment and of resource allocation. The idea of dynamic social structure implies that structures are changeable and produce tensions and conflict between people, groups, and institutions. The case of Poland demonstrates that social and economic phenomena related to the labor market remain major stratifying forces.

Slomczynski, Kazimierz M. and Ilona Wysmułek, eds. 2016. Social Inequality and the Life Course: Poland’s Transformative Years, 1988–2013. Warsaw, Poland: IFiS Publishers.

This book explores various aspects of social inequalities and their consequences for the life course of individuals. These include core issues of political sociology, such as voting representation and political attitudes and knowledge. Other elements of the life course this volume investigates pertain to education and skills, religiosity and health issues. The idea of life course implies that individuals and groups are best understood when key parts of their lives are studied and included in models accounting for their behavior and attitudes. The Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN 1988–2013, is the empirical foundation of this volume. POLPAN is the longest continuously run panel survey in Central and Eastern Europe that focuses on changes in social structure with individuals as the units of observation. The context of Poland’s transformation and the availability of this unique panel survey constitute a great opportunity to study changes in the social structures. Together with Dynamics of Social Structure: Poland’s Transformative Years, 1988– 2013 (IFiS Publishers, 2016), these two volumes belong to the series of books that use POLPAN to provide analyses of, and insights into Polish society. They are available at polpan.org.

Słomczyński, Kazimierz M., Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, J. Craig Jenkins, with Marta Kołczyńska, Przemek Powałko, Ilona Wysmułek, Olena Oleksiyanko, Marcin W. Zieliński and Joshua K. Dubrow. 2016. Democratic Values and Protest Behavior. Harmonization of Data from International Survey Projects. Warsaw: IFiS Publishers.

This book is a Technical Report on the logic of, and methodology for, creating a multiyear multi-country database needed for comparative research on political protest. It concerns both the selection and ex-post harmonization of survey information and the manner in which the multilevel structured data can be used in substantive analyses. The database we created contains information on more than two million people from 142 countries or territories, interviewed between the 1960s and 2013. It stores individual-level variables from 1,721 national surveys stemming from 22 well-known international survey projects, including the European Social Survey, the International Social Survey Programme, and the World Values Survey. We constructed comparable measures of peoples’ participation in demonstrations and signing petitions, their democratic values and socio-demographic characteristics. We complemented the harmonized individual-level data with macro-level measures of democracy, economic performance, and income inequality gathered from external sources. In the process, we pulled together three strands of survey methodology – on data quality, ex-post harmonization, and multilevel modeling. 

Jiménez, Jaime, and Juan C. Escalante. (2017). “A Non-Linear Model for Career Development in Academia.” Journal of Unschooling & Alternative Learning 10(21).

Since the arrival of modern science, many of the professionals who wish to attain an academic career follow a track we call the linear model of accomplishment. Essentially, the model displays a number of sequential steps that each candidate, with minor variations, ought to take. In contrast, the non-linear model deals with professionals who are not able to follow the traditional model to achieve a full-fledged academic life, but that, with an evident scientific vocation, resume an academic career after a number of years dedicated to other professional activities. This paper shows that the systems principle of equifinality applies to career development in academia, by describing examples of linear and non-linear development that take place in traditional and nontraditional institutions in Mexico, respectively.

Dieter Neubert received a research grant from the Volkswagen Foundation in their programme “Opus Magnum”. The grant offers a one year sabattical (April 2017- march 2018) for writing a larger scholarly treatise. The topic is “Social Structures and Inequality in Africa”

The current discussion on African middle classes shows that neither the empirical reality of African societies with all their inequalities, nor conceptual developments in the social structure debate in sociology are adequately taken into account. Up to date an adequate approach to the analysis of inequality and social structures in sub-Saharan Africa is missing. A first problem is that the existing concepts were developed for the Global North, and that this fact has not been properly considered before applying them to sub-Saharan Africa. Secondly, international debates on the analysis of socio-cultural differentiations are dominated by Anglophone authors, and some very useful approaches developed in the German-speaking countries have been ignored; in particular this applies to the lifestyle and milieu approaches. Thirdly, approaches that have been applied in Africa at different times and from different perspectives are also ignored. Against this backdrop the first aim of the book is to bring together concepts from social structure analysis in sociology to form a multi-dimensional framework. The second aim is to integrate into this general framework knowledge about inequality and social structure in Africa from fields such as political sociology, poverty studies, economics, social anthropology, gender studies, geography and political science. Thirdly, because of the complexity of social structures and patterns of inequality in Africa, an attempt will be made to adapt and extend the existing sociological concepts, so that the book will contribute to the development of a “global sociology”.

from the RC09 Newsletter Fall 2016

Jaime Jiménez and Mónica N. Velasco E. 2016. “Alternative Learning and Research Leading to Development.” Athens Journal of Social Sciences 3(2): 113—125.

“The objective of this work is to report an experience of learning and research not following the traditional track, which is successful in preparing individuals to get a doctoral degree and, while getting the credentials, engage in research related to the needs and desires of the regions where they live. “

Khutkyy, Dmytro. 2016. “Review of the book Modern Societies: A Comparative Perspective, by Stephen K. Sanderson.” International Sociology Reviews 31(5): 567-570.

Arjomand, Saïd Amir. 2016. Sociology of Shiʿite Islam: Collected Essays .  Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies Brill Publishing, ISBN:9789004312258, Hardback €150

Sociology of Shiʿite Islam is a comprehensive study of the development of Shiʿism. Its bearers first emerged as a sectarian elite, then a hierocracy and finally a theocracy. Imamate, Occultation and the theodicy of martyrdom are identified as the main components of the Shiʻism as a world religion. In these collected essays Arjomand has persistently developed a Weberian theoretical framework for the analysis of Shiʿism, from its sectarian formation in the eighth century through the establishment of the Safavid empire in the sixteenth century, to the Islamic revolution in Iran in the twentieth century. These studies highlight revolutionary impulses embedded in the belief in the advent of the hidden Imam, and the impact of Shiʻite political ethics on the authority structure of pre-modern Iran and the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Arjomand, Saïd Amir.  2016. “Unity of the Persianate World under Turko-Mongolian Domination and Divergent Development of Imperial Autocracies in the Sixteenth Century,” Journal of Persianate Studies, 9.1, pp. 1-18.

Arjomand, Saïd Amir.  2016. “State Formation in Early Modern Muslim Empires: Common Origin and Divergent Paths,” Social Imaginaries, 2.2, pp. 35-51.

Arjomand, Saïd Amir. 2017. “The Rise of Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities and the Challenge of Comparative Sociology,” European Journal of Social Theory, 20.2.

 Schuerkens, Ulrike. 2017. Social changes in a global world (1st edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Pub.  Paperback ISBN 9781473930223  £26.99

Ulrike Scheurkens presents an in-depth exploration of social transformations and developments. Combining an international approach with up-to-date research, the book: Has dedicated chapters on contemporary topics including technology, new media, war and terror, political culture and inequality Includes an analysis of societal structures – inequality, globalization, transnationalism. It contains learning features including: discussion questions, annotated further reading, chapter summaries and pointers to online resources to assist with study.

Schuerkens, Ulrike (ed.)  2016. Global Management, Local Resistances: Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Case Studies , Université Rennes 2 and EHESS, France, Routledge Publishers, paperback ISBN 978138700765 £34.99

from the RC09 Newsletter Summer 2016

Genov, Nikolai (2015) ‘The European Union and Its Eastern Partnership: Explanation and Regulation of Migration Flows’.  Ukrainian Socium, N4, December, pp. 8-22;

Genov, Nikolai (2015) ‘Cross-border Migration: Explanatory Schemes and Strategies for Management“. In: Elena Danilova, Matej Makarovic, and Alina Zubkovych (Eds.). Multi-faced Transformations: Challenges and Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 11-36.

Genov, Nikolai (2016) ‘Eastern Europe as a Laboratory for Social Sciences’. In: Eliaeson, Sven, Lyudmila Harutyunyan and Larissa Titarenko (ed.) After the Soviet EmpireLegacies and Pathways. Leiden and Boston: Brill, pp. 135-163. ISBN 978-90-04-29144-7.

Genov, Nikolai (2016) ’Competing Sociological Diagnoses of Contemporary Times:  Potentials of the RISU Conceptual Framework‘. International Journal of Social Science Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1; January, pp.86-98.

Khondker, H. H. (2016). “Nationalism and the ‘politics of national identity’.”   In Ali Riaz and M. Sajjadur Rahman (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Bangladesh Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon. and New York:  Routledge (Taylor and Francis). (pp. 28-39).

Khondker, H. H. (2016) “Famine” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Edited by George Ritzer, UK: Blackwell Publishing Company. (Accepted for publication)

Khondker, H.H., (2015). “New Media, Political Mobilization, and the Arab Spring.” In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 16. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 798–804.

Khondker, H. & Jahan, M. (2015). Coping and Overcoming: South Asian Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates. In Ajaya Kumar Sahoo (Ed.), Diaspora, Development and Distress. New Delhi:  Rawat Publications. pp. 181-200.

Khondker, H. (2015).  “Bangladesh: History, Culture and Global Diplomacy”.   Asian Journal of Social Science, 43, 635-647.

Khondker, H. H. (2015).  “From the Silent Spring to the Globalization of Environmental Movement”.   Journal of International and Global Studies, 6 (2), 12.

Khondker, H. H. (2016). “Nationalism and the ‘politics of national identity’.”   In Ali Riaz and M. Sajjadur Rahman (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Bangladesh Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon. and New York:  Routledge (Taylor and Francis). (pp. 28-39).

Khondker, H. H. (2016) “Famine” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Edited by George Ritzer, UK: Blackwell Publishing Company. (Accepted for publication)

Khondker, H.H., (2015). “New Media, Political Mobilization, and the Arab Spring.” In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 16. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 798–804.

Khondker, H. & Jahan, M. (2015). Coping and Overcoming: South Asian Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates. In Ajaya Kumar Sahoo (Ed.), Diaspora, Development and Distress. New Delhi:  Rawat Publications. pp. 181-200.

Khondker, H. (2015).  “Bangladesh: History, Culture and Global Diplomacy”.   Asian Journal of Social Science, 43, 635-647.

Khondker, H. H. (2015).  “From the Silent Spring to the Globalization of Environmental Movement”.   Journal of International and Global Studies, 6 (2), 12.

Tomescu-Dubrow, Irina, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Henryk Domanski, Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow, Zbigniew Sawinski, and Dariusz Przybysz. Dynamic Class and Stratification in Poland. Forthcoming from CEU Press.

Past RC09 Publications

Schuerkens, Ulrike. Ed. Socio-economic Outcomes of the Global Financial Crisis : Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Case Studies. 4/2012, xvi-262 p. (Ebook and hardback)

—-. Globalization and Transformations of Social Inequality. Routledge.  New York, 5/2010, xvi-296p.; (ebook and hardback; paperback 2012). ISBN: 978-0-415-87482-3. Publisher’s Order Information.

—-. Local Socio-economic Practices and Globalization. Routledge, New York, 10/2007, x-214p. (Hardcover, E-book; paperback in 2012)

—-. “Transnational Migrations and Social Transformations.” Current Sociology, 4, 53, 2, 2005, 250p.

—-.  Social Transformations between Global forces and Local Life-worlds. x-246p., 2004 (London, SAGE and n° double de Current Sociology, 51, 3/4, 2003 and E-Book, 2006).

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