Theoretical Contours of Global Social Change

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 47 (Main Building)
RC16 Sociological Theory (host committee)

Language: English

This session is dedicated to examining how past, present, or emerging social theories have helped define the objectives, demands, and strategies of social change around the world.
Over time, movements for social change have been inspired by modernity, modernization theory, postmodern deconstruction, postcolonialism, feminism, and so on. For example, in the 1990s and after the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, theories of civil society inspired movements of social change in Eastern Europe and elsewhere in the world.
We invite papers that offer concrete examples of how these theories have contributed to change. Conversely, we welcome papers that show how these theories themselves have changed in action.
Session Organizer:
Zohreh BAYATRIZI, University of Alberta, Canada
The Fluctuating Relationship Between Sociology and Politics in Chilean History (1950-2011)
Marcos GONZALEZ HERNANDO, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Global Fields and the Global Social Structure
Philipp RHEIN, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany
Glocalization: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
Virendra Pal SINGH, Centre for Globalization and Development Studies, IIDS, University of Allahabad=211002, India
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