XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010

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Sociology of Local-Global Relations WG01

Programme Coordinator
Nataliya Velikaya, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia, velik69@mail.ru

Congress Programme


Local consequences of global crisis

World financial crisis sharpen and expose a number of contradictories of globalization which have been existing before latently.It s becoming obvious that only some countries use all advantages of globalization. As for overcoming of crisis, all countries should fight with its consequences. It suppose changes in policy on different levels and different spheres.

On the other hand many states have faced with the necessity to overcome peripheral nature of their developing and to find new opportunities for them to be included in the world process. The different conflicts and problems caused by globalization process also need to be analyzed. It is supposed to focus on evaluating of different form of inequality, changing the main trends of politics, transforming national and political identity and estrangement.

Other important topics that should be discussed are new processes and aspects of functioning and developing states and local communities in the context of globalization, different programs of stabilization of economy and society in the conditions of crisis, successful and efficient attempts to overcome crisis.

Sessions descriptions

Session 1: Local political capital as a way of securing against global changes
Chair: Stefan Szucs, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, stefan.szucs@cefos.gu.se
This session will be focused on new conditions for local government and local communities and on main trends of the developing ideas of sustainable development.

Session 2: New forms and different levels of social inequality in a modern world
Chair: Nataliya Velikaya, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia , natalivelikaya@gmail.com
The problems of modern inequality, peculiarities of possible social conflicts in the conditions of global economical crisis and ways to minimize them will be discussed at this session.

Session 3: Was the democratic revolution strong enough to sustain weakening of the global order?
Chair: Henry Teune, University of Pennsylvania, USA, hteune@sas.upenn.edu
The session will be devoted to the political changes connected with democratizations, to the real institutional results and adopted practices and norms of democratization, to the politics of new democratic states at the international level and with the activity of people connecting with the local responses to global problems.

Session 4: Cellular globalization in between local and global social dimensions
Joint session of RC26 Sociotechnics, Sociological Practice and WG01 Sociology of Local-Global Relations [host committee]

Session 5: Business meeting