National, Regional, Linguistic and Thematic Associations

Sessions of Regional and Thematic Sociological Associations, collective members of ISA in good standing, will be held at 15:30-17:20 during 5 days, Monday through Friday, July 14-18, 2014.

A sub-committee composed of the four members of the Executive Committee who sit on the Research Coordinating Committee as well as on the National Associations Liaison Committee, plus the Vice President, National Associations and the Vice President, Research has selected the below listed proposals. Each association has been granted one time slot.

 

Sessions of National Associations

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

Gender Inequality and Its Multi-Dimensional Complexity in Korea

Session Organizer
Korean Sociological Association
Session Coordinator
Joohee LEE, Ewha Womans University, South Korea, j.lee@ewha.ac.kr

Not open for submission of abstracts.
The papers presented in this session address a far wider range of gender issues in Korea, providing a critical and comprehensive assessment of the relationship between gender, family, and the state. It brings together contributions from scholars with diverse intellectual backgrounds to explore multi-dimensional gender inequality in the contemporary Korean society.

CEDAW is clearly a comprehensive Bill of Rights for women, but the implementation of these rights is highly dependent on the actions taken by the state and the genuine transformation of gender relations in wider society. Increasing number of unmarried women in Korea signifies resistance to strong familism, but has the potential of intensifying neoliberal individualization and gender disparity. Sometimes gender issues transcend national boundaries. The awareness of global politics regarding 'Comport Women' highlights the enormity and complexity of gender inequality, as well as the tremendous difficulty of changing entrenched social and national relationships.

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

Social Stratification and Inequality in South Korea

Session Organizer
Korean Sociological Association
Session Coordinator
Kwang-Yeong SHIN, Chung-Ang University, South Korea, kyshin20@gmail.com

Not open for submission of abstracts.
This session explores changing contours of social inequality and social stratification in the 2000s. After the financial crisis in 1997, the Korean society has experienced fundamental transformation in the labor market and social stratification. Analyzing survey data, three papers will examine objective and subjective dimensions of social inequality and social stratification.

The first paper shows that age has been important social factor in wage formation, not simply as a proxy of work experience but as a social and economic principle in the system of compensation of labor.

The second paper examines the nexus of family formation and labor market participation, displaying a strong homogamy and increasing women's labor market participation. That might contribute to the rise of inequality of family income. The last paper interrogates impacts of economic deprivation on social capital and self-identity of social strata in the 2000s, showing prolonged impacts of financial crisis on social relations and subjective perception of self in the social hierarchy.

 

Monday, July 14, 2014: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

Social Inclusion Problem in Transforming Azerbaijan

Session Organizer
Azerbaijanian Sociological Association
Session Coordinator
Rufat GULIYEV, President of the Azerbaijanian Sociological Association, azsocas@azdata.net

Not open for submission of abstracts.
For Azerbaijan, as well as all post-Soviet countries, the issue of social inclusion is very important.

Under the communist regime people were not able to fully participate in society. There were insurmountable barriers to the participation of people in all aspects of life, such as education, employment, leisure and citizenship.

Now, when Azerbaijan was freed from the shackles of communism and headed for democratization, free market and social progress, has opened up new opportunities for economic, political and social activity, as an individual, and society as a whole.

However, the heavy legacy of the past, as well as the low level of civic consciousness still pose significant challenges for inclusion in active and social life of people with low levels of education, the unemployed, the homeless, refugees, people with disabilities and other people with low social status.

In the Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development (UN, 1995, chap. I, resolution 1, annex II), held in Copenhagen in 1995, inclusive society was defined as "a society for all", in which every individual, each with right and responsibilities, has an active role it play” (paragraph 66).

Achieving such an inclusive society is a goal with universal appeal. An inclusive society is one that rises above differences of race, gender, class, generation and geography to ensure equality of opportunity regardless of origin, and one that subordinates military and economic power to civil authority. In an inclusive society, social interaction is governed by an agreed set of social institutions. The capability of all citizens to determine how those institutions function is indeed a hallmark of an inclusive society. An inclusive society is also one that, when confronted with new a challenge, such as climate change, gives everyone a say and everyone a responsibility.

At this Session will analyze the experience of Azerbaijan to combat poverty and lawlessness, the implementation of social integration and the creation of "society for all". The focus of the agenda Sessions is supposed to consider the following types of social inclusion, which are priorities in the social practice of Azerbaijan:

A special place in the Session will be devoted to methods of measuring poverty and social exclusion, barriers to social integration and performance criteria measures to overcome them.


Friday, July 18, 2014: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

The Role of National and Regional Associations of Sociology in Understanding the Processes of Democratization in Latin America and the Caribbean

Session Organizer
Argentinian Sociological Asociation
Session Coordinator
Alicia I. PALERMO, Argentinian Sociological Asociation, Coordinator de la Red de Asociaciones de Sociología de América Latina y el Caribe, Argentina, aliciaipalermo@gmail.com

Not open for submission of abstracts.
In the XXVII Congress of Sociology of the Latin American Sociological Association, held in Buenos Aires, in 2009, there was a meeting of the associations of sociology in Latin America and the Caribbean, in which the different levels of development of each of these associations could be visualized.

These differences are related to several factors, among which are the different social, political and economic conditions and unequal development of sociology in the region.

In this meeting, a Latin American and Caribbean network of national and regional associations of sociology was constituted, with the purpose, among others, to identify the problems and limitations of these associations to define the challenges of sociology in the region.

Also, in August 2012, took place in Buenos Aires the Second Forum of Sociology of the ISA, co organized by the Latin American Association of Sociology and the Argentinean Sociological Association, with the topic: Social Justice and Social Democratization. The theme of this forum was relevant in the current global context (note that the ISA opened a space on this subject on its web page). In the Second ISA Forum were held two open forums, which addressed this topic in the Latin American context, one of them on social justice in Argentina and the other one on democratization processes in Latin America.

We consider that the field of the Latin American network of national and regional associations of sociology of Latin America and the Caribbean, is a suitable space to continue the discussion of these issues in the region. Specifically it is relevant to discuss theories and outlooks from which the sociologists deal with these processes and the role of these associations, as their contribution to the understanding of political and social changes and the democratization processes in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Friday, July 18, 2014: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

Theories About and Approaches towards the Internationalization of Sociology in the Era of Globalization: Asian Perspectives

Session Organizer
Japan Sociological Society
Session Coordinator
Shujiro YAZAWA, Seijo University, Japan, syazawa@seijo.ac.jp

Not open for submission of abstracts.
Facing an era of globalization, sociology in Japan has been challenging to internationalize sociology as the most important task. In terms of organizing the World Congress of Sociology, we hope, to attempt internationalization of sociology in Japan should be mainly targeted aim too. It is the ironical stance to organize the session on internationalization of sociology set in National Association that is a clear message to respond to an era of cosmopolitanization of our time.

What is internationalization of sociology? We can provide so many different answers to this question. But we would like to focus on the most important and urgent issue: how to create a world or global sociology. This is because globalization necessitates internationalized knowledge; nevertheless, this knowledge has been created through ethnocentric analytical frameworks within nationally confined societies.

This session will discuss with colleagues from around the world their different theories, strategies and approaches to respond to these challenges in epistemological, methodological, educational and science policy making ones.

 

Sessions of Thematic Associations

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

From Social Sciences to Social Changes: Dialogue about Education across the Mediterranean

Session Organizer
AMSE, Mediterranean Association of Sociology of Education
Session Coordinator
Olga SERRADELL, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, olga.serradell@uab.cat

Not open for submission of abstracts.
In AMSE we are sociologists from different cultures and different religious traditions who share the interest of developing theory and research that can contribute to improve education for all children, thus reducing educational inequalities. Education, which is understood in a broad sense as socialization processes, will become a powerful tool to radicalize democracy without racism, sexism or discriminations of any kind. Our focus is the Mediterranean region is due to multiple reasons that unite us with each of the different societies that are part of it. However, the Mediterranean has historically been a space where conflict arose. In this sense, the will exists of building common foundations, as collected by the Barcelona Declaration –adopted in 1995 in the Euro-Mediterranean Conference.

From AMSE, we seek to participate in this relation through the scientific evidence and the collaboration among researchers from different areas in the Mediterranean, in order to contribute to a democratic radicalization of our societies. Consequently, we especially focus on the role of education to contribute to social change, making especial emphasis on the vulnerable groups which are at greater risk of suffering inequality or discrimination, such as women and cultural or religious groups, among other.

Session contents
There exists a constant tension between the structures that tend to reproduce society and the human agency which, inversely, tries to transform it. Consequently, education can become an important mechanism to overcome social inequalities and to foster democratic processes to build a more cohesive society. The session will be developed through a dialogue between different researchers about education throughout the Mediterranean, with the goal to contribute, from the scientific analysis, to give response to current social changes.

The reality of different Mediterranean countries will be tackled (i.e. Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, France and Spain) from different domains in order to strengthen social cohesion, citizenship construction, gender, cultural groups, social classes and democratization. All these aims will contribute to promote a debate that goes in depth in the role of education for the overcoming of
social and educational inequalities, from diverse perspectives and sociological realities in the Mediterranean.


This panel will discuss the results of social researches developed in different Mediterranean contexts, obtaining a plural sociological dialogue with education as a cross factor. In particular we will focus on: the construction of citizenship among high school students in a divided society such as Israel, the dilemma of religious education and secularism in Turkey, the impact of economic recession on educational exclusion in Southern Europe, the successful educational actions that reduce inequalities among marginalized groups in Spain, the effects of educational reform on disadvantaged groups in Lebanon and, overall, the discussion of social justice and equality from education today across the Mediterranean region.


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