Plenary Themes

ISA Program Committee has designed four themes for Semi-Plenary Sessions. Each theme will be developed in two sessions. The semi-plenary sessions will be held parallel at 14:00-15:20 on Monday through Thursday, July 14-17, 2013

Not open for submission of abstracts.


Theme I

Dimensions of Inequality

Session Organizers
Sari HANAFI, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Tina UYS, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Elena ZDRAVOMYSLOVA, European University, Russia

Monday, July 14, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Session I.1
Configurations of Structural Inequalities

What combination of inequalities’ dimensions is most prevalent in different parts of the world? Economic, race/ethnicity, gender, location or space, urban/rural, the body, health, disability, vitality, social citizenship and substantive citizenship (access to rights). Exclusion, discrimination, exploitation. Inter-sectionality of these patterns.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Session I.2
Inequalities and Structures of Power

Concentration of decision making. Power concentration on financial oligarchy (global/transnational, regional, national, local). Impact on different inequalities. Issues of democracy. War and violence.


Theme II

Dynamics of Inequality

Session Organizers
Chin-Chun YI, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Margaret ABRAHAM, Hofstra University, USA
Edgardo LANDER, Venezuela

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Session II.1
Production and Practice of Inequality

Processes and mechanisms of production and reproduction of inequality. What are the processes of disempowerment, disentitlement and their legitimation? Rise of emerging countries.

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Session II.2
Conflicts on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Future

Science and technology: opportunities, risks (shared, distributed, ignored, mitigated), benefits, losses. Unsustainability. Global unequal exchange. Toxic imperialism. Responsibilities and impacts. Displacements.  Distributive justice and access to world´s commons. Indigenous peoples/forest conservation. Tensions between social and environmental justice?


Theme III

Justice and Inequality

Session Organizers
Göran THERBORN, University of Uppsala, Sweden
Esteban CASTRO, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Monday, July 14, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Session III.1
Conceptions of Justice from Different Historical and Cultural Traditions

What are the key issues in the debate about justice today? Universal human rights, just rule and good society, first nation conception of good life.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Session III.2
Justice and Social Systems

Limits to equality in capitalism. Contemporary social critiques and equality. Difference and inequality (gender/feminist and pluri-cultural perspectives).

Theme IV

Social Injures of Inequality and Social Resistance

Session Organizers

Markus SCHULZ, New York University, USA
Raquel SOSA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Session IV.1
Social Injuries of Inequalities

In a world of inequalities, does inequality trigger social struggles? Can extreme inequality inhibit social resistance? Can we explain social resistance or political dissatisfaction without considering inequality? Social injuries of inequality: scars, traumas.

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Session IV.2
Overcoming Inequalities: Actors and Experiences

Everyday life practices, citizen initiatives, social movements, labor unions, and political parties challenge existing modes of inequality. How do these and other social actors attempt to realize and imagine alternative futures? What opens or limits the horizon of the possible?

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