Research Committee on 
Alienation Theory and Research RC36



July 2006

Statutory rights and obligations

Research Committee 36 Alienation Theory and Research is dedicated to the Theory and Research of Alienation, carries out the relevant policies of the International Sociological Association and follows the ISA Statutes. English, French and Spanish are the recognized languages of the Association. The administrative language of the Association shall be English.

To maintain its status as a Research Committee of ISA, the committee needs 25 individual ISA members in good standing, and with geographical diversity as determined by the Executive Committee.

The steering board

RC 36 activities are in the election period accounted by the steering board.

Election of the Steering Board is provided at the business meeting held in connection with ISA World Congress and valid for the four year congress period.

The Steering Board consists of minimum 5 members, including a president, a secretary, and a treasurer and at least 2 other members; all its members must be regular individual members in good standing of the ISA.

  • all board members must be in good standing in both the RC 36 and ISA throughout the four years of their mandate;
  • replacing of officials or other board members, ones who resign or ones who do not maintain their ISA and RC memberships or otherwise is unable work throughout the mandate is done by consultation of the board members by the president or next in line.

The president is responsible of the overall organization of the RC 36 work program in the congress period and report to the Business meeting at the world congress.

The secretary is responsible for keeping members list, archive and the internal correspondence

The treasurer is responsible for the account and delivers a financial report to the business meeting at the world congress.

The board is naming the delegate and alternate to the Research Council.

Election is carried out by democratic procedures as approved by the ISA Research Council, representing all of the RC members in good standing.

Nomination of candidates is called two month before the World Congress and will be announced to members of RC 36 in time to make written voting possible.

The election is held at the business meeting at the World Congress supplied by written voting up till the business meeting. Written votes can be either by mail, e-mail or handed as written authorisation to members in good standing.

Vacancies of the board arising between World Congresses may be filled after consultation within the steering group by appointment by the RC president.


RC 36 members are expected to be ISA individual members in good standing and only they are entitled to vote in the RC's affairs.

Membership in RC 36

-Membership fees are 25 US $. Students and members from Category 3 countries 10 US$ -Affiliated members (who are not members of ISA) cannot be members of the board; are not counted in determining the amount of the activity grant for which the RC is eligible, or number of sessions at a World Congress for which the RC is eligible; a list of affiliated members should be sent to ISA Secretariat by January 31 of each year.

Payment of dues is directly to ISA. Affiliated members can pay directly to the treasurer or recognized officer.


RC 36 includes within its activities a broad range of areas and approaches. The steering board organise a programme of activities at each World Congress, and at least one independent meeting between one World Congress and the next.

RC 36 has a newsletter for communication among members covering the RC activities and other relevant types of material.

RC 36 is represented on the Research Council, on which it has one vote. One representative and one alternate who may stand in for the representative are elected by the steering board.

The Steering Board may invite others to take part in RC activities as guests or special participants but priority is given to RC members. Affiliated members are accepted on these conditions.

Beyond the points listed above, RC is free to organise itself as it wishes, to administer its own funds, to engage in any activities it considers appropriate to its objectives, and to cooperate with other academic and non-academic bodies.

The RC 36 Newsletter will have at least one issue a year;

Business meeting is organized at the World Congress, consultative business meetings can be organized at midterm conferences or when the board decides

Mid-term conference

  • at least one international conference must be held between World Congresses
  • Several sessions at the meeting of another association, co-sponsoring a meeting with another association or having several sessions in conjunction with several different associations, are acceptable alternatives to a free standing conference

Election procedure

Provisions for nominating and voting by e-mail and/or regular (snail) mail so that all members can participate in elections even if all can not attend the World Congress;

  • a schedule for the election process which allows nominees (or, ideally, those elected) to plan to attend the World Congress in the event of being elected;
  • provisions for indicating interest in being considered for nomination;
  • timing of elections so that new members can take office at the World Congress (or a regularly scheduled mid-term conference) in order to ensure continuity of activities and possibility of some planning in a face to face meeting

Revisions of statutes/bylaws

  • provisions for amending statutes/bylaws has to be send to the president or the secretary 3 months before the regular world congress
  • changes will be voted at Business meeting at World Congress
  • for a change to be adopted simple majority is demanded. Mail votes are accepted. If the participation is less than 50% of the members in RC 36 the amendment will be voted by mail and decided by simple majority

Posted at September, 27 2006
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