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

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December 2018 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Published in Association with International Sociological Association

 

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear” (Antonio Gramsci).

 

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, all against a background of global climate crisis with no intergovernmental consensus on solutions … how do we think about the future, about futures?

 

What could then lead to the new? What role could sociology play in the inventing of the new? What is a sociological imagination of the future? This richly theoretical and empirically informed text explores the trends, alternative visions, and new directions for sociological research. The diversity of theoretical approaches and regional expertise reflect the complexity of challenges and the multiplicity of future projects on a shared planet. 

 

It is now time to re-examine the sociological imagination of futures. There are at least four crucial intellectual trends must shape such rethinking. First, scholars from or engaged with the Global South have challenged static, determinist orthodoxies and emphasized the conflictual nature of knowledge. Second, there is increased attention to contingency, choice, and creativity across vastly different theory types and research approaches from the micro to the macro. Third, there is the passionate advocacy of what Burawoy has called “public sociology”, which has  helped sociologists to reach out to and engage with publics, especially in countries, such as the United States, where sociologists. Fourth, social movements and contentious practices in everyday life keep critical thought about alternative futures alive. A sociology with global aspirations and attuned to the problems of inequality can benefit listening closely to the voices at the grassroots.

 
About the Authors
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
Some Philosophical and Sociological Challenges of Convulsive Climate Change
Stephan Lessenich
The “Open Society” and Its Contradictions: Towards a Critical Sociology of Global Inequalities
Akosua Adomako Ampofo
M? san aba: The Africa we want and an African-centred approach to Knowledge Production
Asef Bayat
Imagining Muslim Democracy
Nora Garita Bonilla
Pueblos in Movement: Feminist and Indigenous Perspectives from Latin America
Saskia Sassen
Relocalizing the National and Horizontalizing the Global
Michel Wieviorka
Toward a Global Sociology of Social Movements

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