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International Sociological Association

International Sociological Association
Logo of the ISA
Logo of the ISA
Formation September 1949 (1949-09)
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
2014-2018 President
Margaret Abraham
Website .org.isa-sociologywww

The International Sociological Association (ISA) is a Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Contents

  • Origins 1
  • Activities 2
    • ISA World Congress of Sociology 2.1
      • List of ISA World Congresses 2.1.1
    • ISA Forum of Sociology 2.2
      • List of ISA Forums 2.2.1
    • ISA conferences of national and regional associations 2.3
  • ISA Research Committees, Working and Thematic Groups 3
  • Membership 4
    • Individual members 4.1
    • Collective members 4.2
  • Publications 5
    • ISA journals 5.1
    • ISA series of books 5.2
    • On-line publications 5.3
    • ISA Digital Worlds 5.4
    • Most influential works in sociology 5.5
  • Organization 6
    • List of ISA Presidents 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Origins

The history of ISA can be traced to the 1948 initiative of [5] A provisional Council was appointed, as were an Executive Secretary, Treasurer, and the Secretariat personnel; statutes were adopted.[4] ISA's first president was Louis Wirth.[7] The first ISA conference was planned for 1950.[4]

Activities

ISA World Congress of Sociology

ISA World Congress of Sociology has been organized since 1950. Since 1962 it has taken place every four years. The most recent Congress took place in Yokohama, Japan (2014), and the next one will be held in Toronto, Canada, in July 2018. Each Congress offers some 1,000 sessions on various sociological topics and represents a unique opportunity for scholars from all parts of the world to meet, to exchange their ideas on work of common interest and to establish contacts for future collaboration and exchange.

List of ISA World Congresses

  • Zurich, Switzerland (1950). Sociological Research in its Bearing on International Relations
  • Liège, Belgium (1953). Social Stratification and Social Mobility
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1956). Problems of Social Science in the 20th Century
  • Stresa, Italy (1959). Society and Sociological Knowledge
  • Washington D.C., USA (1962). The Sociology of Development
  • Évian, France (1966). Unity and Diversity in Sociology: Sociology of International Relations
  • Varna, Bulgaria (1970). Contemporary and Future Societies: Prediction and Social Planning
  • Toronto, Canada (1974). Science and Revolution in Contemporary Societies
  • Uppsala, Sweden (1978). Paths of Social Development
  • Mexico City, Mexico (1982). Sociological Theory and Social Practice
  • New Delhi, India (1986). Social Change: Problems and Perspectives
  • Madrid, Spain (1990). Sociology for One World: Unity and Diversity
  • Bielefeld, Germany (1994). Contested Boundaries and Shifting Solidarities
  • Montreal, Canada (1998). Social Knowledge: Heritage, Challenges, Perspectives
  • Brisbane, Australia (2002). The Social World in the Twenty First Century: Ambivalent Legacies and Rising Challenges
  • Durban, South Africa (2006). The Quality of Social Existence in a Globalising World
  • Gothenburg, Sweden (2010). Sociology on the Move
  • Yokohama, Japan (2014). Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology
  • The forthcoming XIX World Congress of Sociology is scheduled for July 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

ISA Forum of Sociology

ISA Forum of Sociology, a mid-term meeting of Research Committees, Working Groups and Thematic Groups combined with the Business Meeting of the ISA Research Council, has been organized since 2008.

List of ISA Forums

  • Barcelona, Spain (2008). Sociological Research and Public Debate
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012). Social Justice and Democratization

The forthcoming Third ISA Forum of Sociology will take place in Vienna, Austria, July 10-14, 2016.

ISA conferences of national and regional associations

ISA conferences of national and regional associations were organized in 1996-1998 by Immanuel Wallerstein, ISA President 1994-1998, in preparation for the 14th ISA World Congress of Sociology (1998). Resulting from these conferences, ten Regional Volumes on Social Knowledge: Heritage, Challenges, Perspectives were published .

The initiative of national associations’ meeting has been re-instated in 2005 when ISA Council of National Associations conference was organized in Miami, Florida, USA. Since then it has been held every four years.

ISA Research Committees, Working and Thematic Groups

Research committees, working and thematic groups of the International Sociological Association organize their activities which include seminars and conference as well as publications and research projects.

The Junior Sociologists Network of the International Sociological Association is the worldwide representation of students, early-career academics and professionals,who are engaged in studying and practicing sociology and essentially related disciplines.[8]

Membership

At ISA’s formation in 1949, the system of national association membership of the ISA followed the general United Nations model of representation, with all nations treated equally. Where there were no associations, other affiliates such as department sand research institutes were admitted.

It had been agreed that where there was no appropriate national body individual membership would need to be permitted. This was intended to be the exception, and numbers remained very low until the Statutes changed in 1970 and general individual membership was introduced.

Currently ISA has

Individual members

Open to scholars and professionals of sociological teaching, research or practice. At present there are about 5,000 members from 167 countries.

Collective members

Divided into two categories

  • Regular collective members: countrywide associations of sociology duly established for scientific purposes which are open to all active sociologists. They are admitted by a decision of the Executive Committee, subject to ratification by the Council of National Associations.
  • Affiliated collective members: research institutions and universities or their departments, as well as other associations of sociologists active in the field of sociology.


Publications

ISA journals

ISA series of books

  • SAGE Studies in International Sociology

On-line publications

  • eSymposium
  • sociopedia.isa

ISA Digital Worlds

  • Global Dialogue
  • Social Justice & Democratization Space
  • Global Courses
  • Journeys through Sociology
  • Universities in Crisis
  • Sociotube
  • PhD dissertations abstracts database

Most influential works in sociology

In 1997, ISA conducted a survey of its membership to identify the 20th century's most influential books in sociology. Members were asked to name the five books that had the most influence on their own professional work.[9][10] There were 455 respondents (16% of ISA's members),[9] of whom 20.9% named

  • ISA Homepage

External links

  1. ^ a b c Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 13. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 15. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 14. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 16. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "ISA Statutes" (PDF). UNESCO. 1950. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Jose I. Reguera. "Statutes of the International Sociological Association". International Sociological Association. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  7. ^ a b Hill, Michael R. (2007). "Timeline". In Ritzer, George. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. p. 83.  
  8. ^ "The Junior Sociologists Network at the International Sociological Association webpage". 
  9. ^ a b "Books of the Century". International Sociological Association. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Department Activities, CSUDH Sociology". California State University, Dominguez Hills. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Top Ten Books of the Century". International Sociological Association. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "ISA - International Sociological Association: Books of the Century". International Sociological Association. 1998. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  13. ^ Germov, John; Zlatko Skrbis (1 September 2004). "The Most Influential books in Australian sociology (MIBAS), 1963-2003". Journal of Sociology 40 (3): 283–303.  
  14. ^ a b Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 17. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 31. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 59. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c Jose I. Reguera. "ISA - International Sociological Association: Internal Organization". International Sociological Association. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  18. ^ Delbert C. Miller; Neil J. Salkind (16 January 2002). Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement. SAGE. p. 744.  
  19. ^ a b Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 39. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  20. ^ a b Jose I. Reguera. "ISA - Research Committees". International Sociological Association: Research Committees. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  21. ^ Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 60. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Jose I. Reguera. "ISA - International Sociological Association: Privacy Policy". International Sociological Association. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  23. ^ Platt, Jennifer (1998). "History of ISA: 1948-1997" (PDF). International Sociological Association. p. 44. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Member Associations and Unions". International Social Science Council. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  25. ^ Jose I. Reguera. "ISA - International Sociological Association: International Sociology Review of Books Call for Books". International Sociological Association. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  26. ^ "ISA Presidents". International Sociological Association. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 

References

The following individuals held or hold the title of ISA president:[25][26]

Louis Wirth, first president of ISA

List of ISA Presidents

The recognized languages of the ISA are English, French and Spanish; English is the organization's administrative language.[6]

The ISA is a member of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.[22][24]

ISA offices have changed their location several times; since 1987 they are located are in Madrid, Spain.[23] Although at its beginning, the ISA's budget consisted mainly of UNESCO funds, the modern ISA budget is primarily (90%) composed of from membership dues and sales of publications; only 10% comes from grants of UNESCO/ISSC.[17]

Scientific activities of the ISA occur under the auspices of research committees that gather sociologists interested in similar subfields or topics within sociology.[18] As of 1997 there were 59 such groups with a total membership of 4442 individuals.[6][19][20] The two largest groups at that time were Migration and Social Stratification.[19] As of July 2012, ISA webpages listed 55 Research Committees, 3 Working Groups and 5 Thematic Groups.[20] As of 1994, ISA had 45 national associations as its members.[21] Currently its members come from 167 countries.[22]

At first, the governing body of ISA was the council of national representatives.[14] The council elected the Executive Committee, which was composed of a President, three Vice-presidents, an Executive Secretary, and six other members.[14] In 1970 ISA allowed general individual membership (previously it focused on organizational membership).[15][16] Since then, ISA has both individual and collective members.[6] Currently, the Council of National Associations is supplemented by the Research Council, which is composed individual representatives of all Research Committees.[17] The two Councils hold the Assembly of Councils at the Congresses every four years, electing the President and other officials.[17]

The statues of ISA were first amended during the World Congress at Varna, and were subsequently amended again in 1974 at Toronto, 1978 at Uppsala, 1982 at Mexico City, 1986 at New Delhi, 1994 at Bielefeld and 2010 at Gothenburg.[6]

Organization

  1. Max Weber, Economy and Society
  2. Charles Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination
  3. Robert K. Merton, Social Theory and Social Structure
  4. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
  5. Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality
  6. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste
  7. Norbert Elias, The Civilizing Process
  8. Jürgen Habermas, The Theory of Communicative Action
  9. Talcott Parsons, The Structure of Social Action
  10. Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

The complete list of the top ten works in sociology, each of which was named by at least 5 percent of respondents, was:[11]

[13] Germov and Skrbis described the list as representing "sociology as a truly international, yet Western (and masculine) discipline".[12]

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