Overcoming Boundaries and Polarizations Between Centers and Peripheries

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 12:30-14:00
Location: Auditorium Maximum (Main Building)

Language: English

Sociologies of the Global North as well as the Global South are rediscovering, reformulating and reinterpreting the center-periphery-metaphor to analyze new processes of social polarizations. Questions of social inequality, poverty and precarious employment are framed by and contextualized in broader research on processes of societal change and societies in transition. The debate is remapping the varieties of capitalism, democratic and autocratic states, expanding and declining welfare states, new economic and political relations and interdependencies worldwide, between East and West, South and North, nationally and within regional associations (such as the European Union), and transnationally. The plenary aims to analyze both axes of social polarization, the ones within and the ones between societies and regional associations (such as the European Union), as new relations between centers and peripheries and to discuss the challenges for a global sociology facing the local as well as the global dimensions of inequality, poverty and precariousness and imaging a better world.
Session Organizers:
Joerg FLECKER, University of Vienna, Austria and Max HALLER, University of Graz, Austria
Max HALLER, University of Graz, Austria
Social polarisation
Ursula HOLTGREWE, FORBA, Austria
The Ruins of the Future. a Glance into Precariousness from inside the Crisis
Benjamin TEJERINA, University of the Basque Country, Spain
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