Practicing Social Science- Sociologists and their Craft

How is the process of globalization effecting changes in the structure of knowledge in sociology?

This path-breaking volume looks at the human dimension of developments in the discipline by compiling a set of interviews that exemplify the life and work of a sociologist today. Their ideas andconceptualizations show to what extent a “paradigm shift” has taken root, answering questions suchas whether sociology still remains a differentiated, relatively autonomous social science. The chosen interviewees are about equally divided according to gender and have been selected from among professional sociologists in different parts of the globe, with an emphasis on areas that are under-represented in English publications, such as East Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Analysis focuses on changes which are becoming clear from the on-going confrontation between “traditional” sociology which emerged as a project of modernity, and the sociology practiced by sociologists who are called upon to adapt the discipline to the upheavals of the twenty-first century.


The chapters in this volume deal with issues and questions which have implications for modern societies as they seek to come to terms with an increased understanding of the ‘exclusion’ and ‘inclusion’ dichotomy.

Broadly, the three parts in this volume offer some answers and give signposts to possible solutions. Authors from Bangladesh, Greece, India, Israel, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States show in their respective chapters how the majority of educational and social institutions in both developed and developing countries have failed to overcome the many barriers to an effective system of integrated education. They also suggest models, strategies, ways and means as to how it may be possible to challenge and even dismantle these barriers.

The volume also closely examines the overt and covert damage to individuals’ self-esteem and identity as a result of social and educational exclusion while proposing a variety of interventions and strategies (educational, social and political) to overcome the consequences of exclusion and marginalisation.

From the Margins to New GroundThe authors, two sociologists, discover, follow-up, examine, and make sense of the cross-roads where the social and life sciences meet, surprised by the emergent story which they simultaneously witness and document. Together, they focus on Lea Hagoel’s professional path as a medical sociologist fitting in with bio-medical scientific work patterns of a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, bio-statisticians, IT personnel, molecular biologists, and managerial-administrative team members. Lea shared her experiences with Devorah, and what developed into this book consists of the story itself – the unfolding of events as observed and described by Lea who tells what it was like for a sociologist. Her story unfolds in the context of the ongoing dialogue which lasted more than two decades and turned into an autoethnography à deux. Finally, the ethnographers offer insights into the world of biology and medicine, into women’s lives, into being a native in a disciplinary culture, and into transdisciplinarity.

In three parts, the book describes and theorizes the quest of a medical sociologist for transdisciplinarity. Part I explores the theoretical background, Part II presents the story of different stages in Lea’s experiences tracing the trajectory of her growing professional repertoire and discovering the practical meaning of how cross-disciplinary knowledge affects her performance as a researcher in the organization with which she is affiliated. Part III draws conclusions about what moving between disciplines can mean for a researcher.

Devorah-Kalekin-Fishman-The-Shape-of-Sociology-for-the-21st-Century-Tradition-and-Renewal The Shape of Sociology for the 21st Century: Tradition and Renewal

הספר מכיל מאמרים, בין השאר, על תיאוריה בסוציולוגיה, על שינוי חברתי, וניתוחים סוציולוגיים של בעיות חברתיות הטעונות פתרון. בין הכותבים: פיוטר שטומפקה (פולין), סילביה וולבי (אנגליה), רייווין קונל (אוסטרליה), אליזה רייס (בראזיל), גבריאלה רוזנטל (גרמניה) אמה פוריו (הפיליפינים) ולריסה טיטארנקו (בילורוס).

Devorah Kalekin-Fishman and Ann Denis (eds) (2012)
The Shape of Sociology for the 21st Century: Tradition and Renewal
London: SAGE

Everyday-Life-in-Asia-Social-Perspectives-on-the-SensesEveryday Life in Asia offers a range of detailed case studies which present social perspectives on sensory experiences in Asia. Thematically organized around the notions of the experience of space and place, tradition and the senses, cross-border sensory experiences, and habitus and the senses – its rich empirical content reveals people's commitment to place, and the manner in which its sensory experience provides the key to penetrating the meanings abound in everyday life. Offering the first close analysis of various facets of sensory experience in places that share a geographical location or cultural orientation in Asia, this collection links the conception of place with understandings of 'how the senses work'. With contributions from an international team of experts, Everyday Life in Asia will be of interest to anthropologists, geographers and sociologists with interests in culture, everyday life, and their relation to the senses of place and space.

Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, Kelvin E.Y. Low (Eds.)

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The-ISA-Handbook-in-Contemporary-Sociology(edited by Ann Denis, University of Ottawa, and Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, University of Haifa) is the first published by the ISA in this millennium; representing the fruit of in-depth dynamics it invites us to give all necessary attention to the concepts of conflict, cooperation and competition. By reflecting on the possible articulations of these concepts and attempting to apply them in diverse fields of social science, the editors give voice to those who are studying the world as it is and perform the service of returning a set of concepts, approaches or paradigmsto their legitimate place. I thank them warmly for offering us this fine volume, whic, clearly, will be a milestone.' Michel Wieviorka, President, International Sociological Association. 

Ann Denis
Devorah Kalekin-Fishman
SAGE Publications


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