Second ISA forum of Sociology

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Este e o prazo de envio para o Second ISA Forum of Sociology Social justice and democratization que ocorrerá em Buenos Aires, Argentina de 1-4 de agosto de 2012.

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Vejam o Comitê de Pesquisa em Economia e Sociedade:

Research Committee on

Economy and Society, RC02

Programme Coordinator

William CARROLL, University of Victoria, Canada,

RC02 Liaison in Argentina
Ariel Wilkis , Universidad Nacional de San Martín,

Number of allocated sessions including Business meeting: 14.


  • On-line abstract submission from August 25 to December 15, 2011.
  • All Forum participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay the early registration fee by April 10, 2012, in order to be included in the programme. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Programme or Abstracts Book.
  • On-line registration will open August 25, 2011.

Call for papers

The Research Committe on Economy and Society, RC02, plans to organize 14 sessions for the 2012 Forum.

Proposed sessions

On-line abstract submission

in provisional order
Only abstracts submitted through ISA website platformwill be considered.

Session A
Panel session: Marginalized perspectives on economy and society

Session in English

Salvatore BABONES, University of Sydney, Australia,

Scholars who are from or working in low-income countries, indigenous nations, and poor areas within rich countries often have perspectives on economy and society that differ dramatically from those of scholars based at well-resourced universities in rich countries. Unfortunately, these perspectives are often marginalized in global academic debates. The study of economy and society is an area in which it is particularly important that such marginalized views be heard. Though this session is organized by a scholar based at a well-resourced university in a rich country, it is organized with the intent of providing a global platform for the presentation and publication of marginalized perspectives.

Papers submitted for presentation at this session will be considered for publication in an online peer-reviewed proceedings volume to be edited by the organizer. Prospective presenters who wish to see their papers published in this volume should submit a working paper of not more than 6000 words, plus an abstract of not more than 200 words. Submissions of abstracts without papers are also welcome, but these will not be considered for publication in the proceedings volume. Submissions are welcome on any topic relating to economy and society, and may include research papers, theoretical essays, review articles, or other kind of academic work. Submissions from all scholars (including those based at well-resourced universities in rich countries) are welcome and will be considered on an equal basis.

Session B
The ethnography of economic life

Session in Spanish, Portuguese and English

Daniel FRIDMAN, University of Victoria, Canada,

In the last few years, there has been a renewed interest in the close-up examination of economic life. Ethnographic methods have been crucial for recent research that sheds light on the workings of trade-floors and the financial world in general, the intersections between economy and culture, the conflictive relations between market and non-market exchanges, the relations between commodities and gifts, the uses of money and credit, the world of economic policy-making and expertise, the complexity of currencies, the configuration of markets and economic subjects, and the nature of calculation in the economy, among other topics. This session invites innovative work based on substantial participant observation of economic life, broadly considered. Papers in English, Spanish or Portuguese are welcome.

Session C
Economic sociology: New approaches from Latin America

Session in Spanish, Portuguese and English

Gaston J. BELTRAN, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina,

This session invites scholars producing innovative research in the area of economic sociology in or about Latin American countries. Possible topics include: organizations, cultural economy, economic performativity, work and professions, the social production of markets, money and finance, network analysis, and business-state relationships studies, among others. The session invites to discuss the way economic sociology (as an innovative approach to the so-called “economic objects”) has contributed to the understanding of issues and processes relevant to the region. Also, it invites scholars who, thinking from Latin America, are making contributions to the development and innovation of new perspectives on Economic Sociology. The session also looks to creating networks among scholars who share an interest for the study of this topic in the region.

Session D
Economy, economists & public decision making

Session in Spanish, Portuguese and English

Mariana HEREDIA, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina,

Since the sixties, the ways to develop, discuss and implement economic policy unveiled a new form of articulation between science and politics. Economic experts interact with the state and society, promoting or resisting certain reforms. At the intersection between academia, political parties, governmental agencies, mass media, business corporations and international agencies, these experts, frequently grouped in private think tanks, established themselves as a “passage point” in policy orientation on economic matters.

This panel welcomes empirical (qualitative and quantitative) papers, from economists as well as from historians, sociologists and political scientists, on the following topics:

  1. What have been the areas of interest and influence of economic knowledge and expertise? What events introduced turning points on these subjects and challenges?
  2. How do national scientific communities relate to international institutions and trends on economic matters? How are external alliances and support used locally in different periods by researchers, consultants and decision makers?
  3. What was the influence of professional economists’ on public decision making and/or on decision legitimation? (circumstances, issues, carriers, outcomes).
  4. Given the significance of economists’ influence recently in many Latin-American countries, what ideological, political and institutional dimensions would allow to establish differences and similarities across these cases?
  5. What are the consequences of the strong engagement of economic scientific communities with specific reforms? How do economic and political crises impact on scientific communities and their relations to political parties and elites? Can we identify changes in national economic scientific communities and public decision making on the economy since the left-turn in Latin American politics?

Session E
Latin America and global social change

Session in English

Organiser and Chair
Christopher CHASE-DUNN, University of California-Riverside, USA,

This session will include research papers on how the processes of globalization have impacted and been effected by developments in Latin America over the past few decades. Transnational social movements and populist regimes in Latin America have challenged the logic of neoliberal capitalism. A new global indigenism asserts the rights of nature, while Latin American cities have become some of the largest urban areas on Earth. The Social Forum process has tried to move toward populist collaboration of grass roots movements across the Global South. These developments and others will be studied in the papers presented on this session.

Session F
Theorizing gender, state and economy

Session in English

Organiser and Chair
Heidi GOTTFRIED, Wayne State University, USA,

Feminist political economists interrogate assumptions about the nature and consequences of changing (re)production processes, practices and structures, and argue that narrow conceptualizations of the capitalist economy cannot fully explain valorization processes and distributional patterns. Gendering institutional architectures of capitalism provide a stronger edifice for building a more inclusive and integrative framework to consider the structuring influence of gender relations within and across households, states, civil societies and firms. The type of welfare state regime, gender regime, and variety of capitalism are consequential for determining the relative “inclusion and exclusion” of different groups or configuration of inequalities. This session on “Theorizing gender, state and economy” encourages papers that address the theme in comparative perspective.

Questions that might be covered include: What do we gain or lose from different methodological and interpretive strategies and from conducting research at different levels of analysis (micro, meso and macro)? How can our comparative perspectives be historical and dynamic? What temporal concepts (such as tipping points) or complexity theory are appropriate? What accounts for the different state responses to crisis of reproduction? How do varieties of gender regimes affect different trajectories? Does the social organization of care (structures of social reproduction) matter in explaining differences? Are there significant differences in public sector occupational patterns among women across countries? Should the “third sector” (non-profits) be integrated in welfare state theory? How might this change our understanding of welfare state regimes? What role and impact do gender politics and women’s mobilization have on trajectories of change?

Session G
Neoliberalism and recomposition of Latin American elites

Session in Spanish, Portuguese and English

Alejandra SALAS-PORRAS, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico,

This session focuses on the changes undergone by Latin American elites in the past three decades due to several factors, but three in particular stand out: first, the shift in the political paradigm from Keynesianism and import substitution industrialization strategies to Neoliberalism and the ensuing retreat of the state from the economy. Although not all the countries in the region embraced Neoliberalism to the same extent, the paradigm shift entailed privatization of state enterprises and, consequently, massive reallocation of assets from the public to the private spheres; second, the debt crisis in the eighties and the financial crises in the nineties both of which put many firms under stress forcing a long lasting wave of acquisitions and reshufflings in the property structure of national and foreign corporations. Some economic groups emerge almost from scratch, while others lose weight or disappear altogether. Third, an international context in which transnational corporations reorganize their spaces of action, leaving room for the international projection of corporations from developing countries, particularly in less attractive areas.

How do all of these trends transform the relationship between, on the one hand, national and foreign elites and, on the other, private and state elites? Why and to what extent these trends further regionalization or internationalization of Latin American corporations? What are the characteristics of these new Latin American transnational corporations, in terms of their property structure and patterns of corporate interlocking?

Session H
Diversity in corporate networks

Session in English

Meindert FENNEMA and Eelke HEEMSKERK, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands,

Elite ‘old boys’ networks of corporate directors are, in general, not well regarded. The closed network restricts the pool of talent from which new directors can be recruited and reinforces established social cleavages in our societies. Both in public discussion as in academic debates there have been many calls for a more diverse board composition.

The (dis)advantages of less homogeneous boards have predominantly been studied from an individual firm perspective. In this perspective diversity is related to board efficacy. This research however suffers from the problem of causality: are successful firms recruiting minorities or is it in fact the other way around. Nevertheless, a wide consensus remains in place concerning the need for more homines novi to be recruited on corporate board, especially women and ethnic minorities. If not for the positive effect on board performance, diversity enhances representation. In that sense diversity is an inherent good and part and parcel of the democratization of society.

This suggests that one can also approach the issue of diversity from a business community perspective. Corporate elite networks express demographic and political changes in society, but they have hardly been studied as such. Taking this new perspective opens up a wide variety of new and exciting questions this panel invites to ask, such as: how large has the inflow of homines novi actually been and what has been the effect on the corporate elite networks, both in its structure as in its content. Do the norms and values that govern the business community change when de composition of the business elite changes? Do the new directors also bring more trust and better reputation? Does diversity have an impact on the structure of the corporate networks? Does diversity indeed improve the efficacy of the corporate networks? And how did the call for governmental or quasi-governmental control following the financial crisis caused new recruitment patterns?

The aim of this session is to ask these and related questions and build an answer from a business community perspective.

Session I
Work, labour, and climate change

Session in English and French

Carla LIPSIG-MUMME, York University, Canada,

While few countries in the Global North or the Global South ignore the socio-political pressures exerted by climate change, there is a puzzling silence about the role of the work world in responding to climate change. On the one hand, work and workplaces of every type—schools, farms, hospitals and stores as well as mines, factories and home offices—are major producers of greenhouse gas emissions (GhGs)—the principal source of climate warming. On the other, work and workplaces can also be powerful agents in reducing the production of GhGs, through ‘greening’ jobs and ‘green-adapting’ the organisation of work.

The impact of climate warming is unequal geographically, socially and by gender, and the inequalities are likely to intensify. As public policies and labour market organisations respond to climate warming, training and education, labour markets, trade unions, and the organisation of work itself, feel the pressure to restructure. The unequal impact of climate change is already shaking things up, and with it comes a renewal of workplace environmental activism which is, unexpectedly, intergenerational.

Topics of particular but not exclusive interest are these:
-Impact both of climate change and responding to climate change in specific economic sectors, Global North and/or the Global South
-Youth environmental activism and trade union renewal
-Climate change, Climate migration and industrial relations systems
-Best practice, good practice, and bad practice in trade union response to climate change
-What role for the State in making a green turn in the work world?
-Public policies in environment and employment: comparative or country studies

Session J
Global stratification

Session in English

Organiser and Chair
Hiroko INOUE, University of California-Riverside, USA,

This session invites presentations that are engaged in research and theoretical development on the issues concerning the relationship between globalization and stratification.

The session will include comparative studies of various spatial and temporal scales—such as the comparisons across different periods, countries, and regions as well as comparisons between different periods of globalization. The topics of the session include the evolution of stratification and inequality, the impact of globalization on stratification at different levels, the influence of global stratification on each country or region, regional growth and its dynamic consequences for global stratification, and the relationship between- and within-county stratification/inequality over time.

This session engages the discussion on the complex relationships among globalization and economic, political, and social changes that revolve around global stratification. It is also intended to include the debate between those who see a single world society emerging with a global class system and those who see a continuing core/periphery hierarchy composed of different national societies. Both quantitative studies of changes in the amount of global inequality over time and studies that examine qualitative changes in global stratification are encouraged.

Session K
Organizing global and domestic finances

Joint session of RC02 Economy and Society [host committee] and RC17 Sociology of Organizations

Session L
Panel session: Intellectual property, democracy and social justice

Matthew FLYNN, University of Texas, United States,

Whether we realize it or not, intellectual property (IP) affects our lives in many different ways. From structuring current economic systems to our daily communications, the rights to “creations of the mind” structure our economic interactions and have become salient features of the political landscape. The subject and its implications, however, remain under-theorized and under-researched by economic sociologists. The regular panel session with five 20-mintue presentations invites scholars to submit papers for presentation about the topic of intellectual property (IP) and its relationship to social justice, democratic politics, capitalism, and equality. The scope of IP is broad as it affects the universities we work at, the provision of health care, the entertainment industry and the high-tech industry. Governance structures of IP are also changing at the national and global levels, so the impact of IP on developing countries’ industrial policies, health systems, and agricultural systems are particularly invited, as are papers on that relate IP to human rights, social movements, and alternative knowledge regimes.

Session M
Knowledge based economies and networks of knowledge transfer

Joint session of RC02 Economy and Society [host committee] and RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology

Session N
Organizing the production of alternative visions to support social justice

Joint session of RC02 Economy and Society and RC44 Labor Movements [host committee]

Session O
Uncertainty and economy

Joint session of RC02 Economy and Society and TG04 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty [host committee]

Session RC02RC17/2
Organizing markets

Joint session of RC02 Economy and Society and RC17 Sociology of Organizations [host committee]

Session Q
Alternatives to neoliberal globalization: Comparing counter-hegemonic projects

Joint session of RC02 Economy and Society and RC07 Futures Research [host committee]

Session R
Conflicting economies, livelihoods and social-environmental interactions in coastal regions

Joint session of RC02 Economy and Society and RC24 Environment and Society [host committee]

Session S
RC02 Business Meeting

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