Internationalization of Sociology, Looking for the Common Ground of East Asian Society and Sociology: Global Meets Local and Regional
With the rapid development of communication tools and means of transportation in the last decades, cross-national exchanges among students and scholars residing in different countries have seen a substantial increase in volume. The way they do academic transactions is not similar across the world, however. Some scholars do research abroad more than others; some create transnational academic exchange more easily than others. How do they differ, and why do these differences occur? These questions are of special interest to us, as in Asia resides a diverse collection of researchers coming from countries and regions with diverse economic, sociopolitical, and cultural legacies.
We attempt to delineate similarities and differences of researchers in their practice of cross-national academic transactions. We employ quantitative data obtained through the questionnaire survey conducted during the period of the ISA World Congress of Sociology, 2014, Japan and a similar survey for members of Japan Sociological Society in 2015. These datasets are the first in the history of sociology. We start with the first speakers, who analyze international mobility pattern of sociologists across the world and Japan. They also narrow down the focus, inquiring how internationalization is received by sociologists in the Asian-pacific region. Based on the first presentation, the second and third speaker present history, current status and challenge of internationalization of sociology in Korea and Taiwan respectively. The fourth speaker deals with the relationship between colonialism and globalization in Japan. The last speaker deals with the case of China.