Review of Books
The launching of the two bi-annual issues of International Sociology Review of Books (ISRB) is no less than a bid to rekindle the sociological imagination, in particular by contributing to the further development of sociology as a global, and thus richly diverse and lively discipline. How social processes can be explicated under widely different political, economic, and historical conditions has become an inescapable theoretical and practical concern in a world where the free movement of people, goods, and techniques is being promoted or demanded as a basic principle of global life, and where "global society," albeit hazy in its feature, has entered our parlance.
The journal issues are an opportunity to examine whether, and in what way, perspectives on sociology as a science and on human experiences of the social are shaped by structures and worldviews developed in different areas of the planet. ISRB therefore reviews sociological work produced in languages other than English.
All prospective reviewers are asked to contact the editor before writing their reviews or review essays, which would otherwise be largely solicited. They are also asked to adhere to the basic elements of our mandate, listed below:
- ISRB invites reviews of books that are of salient interest in different countries.
- ISRB invites review essays of different kinds.
- Review essays of books written in the same language, comparing and contrasting the publications in sociological terms, providing information about how they relate to particular socio-political and historical contexts;
- Review essays on books written in different languages that deal with similar or parallel issues;
- Review essays that clarify similarities and differences among "sociologies" around the world, including those that explore the salience of sociological themes and approaches in areas of inquiry or cultural commentaries beyond those formally classified as "sociology."
- ISRB publishes symposium-type discussions by readers who have different orientations to a given publication. Such symposia provide opportunities to explore connections between sociology and other disciplines.
- ISRB may re-view books published in the past that have a place in local, regional, or global sociological canons, with an underlying goal of assessing their impact on the development of the discipline in different countries.
- ISRB welcomes occasional reviews that compare and contrast how sociological theory or research is presented through channels other than books, including journals, internet blogs, film, radio, and television.
- ISRB always seeks information on "the state of the art" on different continents. In this connection, ISRB seeks to provide an overview of sociological publications in different countries, including schools and major influences; extent of distribution of sociological materials; their target audiences; teaching and research environments; and the status of sociological knowledge (broadly defined) in local or regional public spheres.
Please follow the guidelines for submitting reviews.
Send contributions and queries to:
Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Professor
Editor, International Sociology Review of Books
Department of Sociology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
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