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Mimi Sheller1
TL;DR: An overview of the field of mobilities research can be found in this paper, where the authors trace the theoretical antecedents to the study of mobility both within the classical sociological tradition and at its borders with other disciplines or theoretical schools.
Abstract: This article offers an overview of the field of mobilities research, tracing the theoretical antecedents to the study of mobilities both within the classical sociological tradition and at its borders with other disciplines or theoretical schools. It examines how ‘the new mobilities paradigm’ differs from earlier approaches to globalization, nomadism, and flow, and outlines some of the key themes and research areas within the field, in particular the concepts of mobility systems, mobility capital, mobility justice, and movement-space. In addressing new developments in mobile methodologies and realist ontologies, this review of the field concludes with a call for an emergent vital sociology that is attentive to its own autopoiesis.

235 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, a transgressive account in the context of professional practice opens out a professional's life, remaking power relations in the process, which is an emerging growth area for auto-ethnographers, given the ethical implications for everyone represented in the transgressive telling.
Abstract: Auto-ethnography, an alternative method and form of writing, can make for uncomfortable reading. A transgressive account in the context of professional practice opens out a professional’s life, remaking power relations in the process. Relational ethics is an emerging growth area for auto-ethnographers, given the ethical implications for everyone represented in a transgressive telling. Future directions include fresh juxtapositions of layered auto-ethnographic texts and collaborative accounts that break with the self–other dichotomy.

214 citations


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TL;DR: The current competition regime that characterizes international science is often presented as a quest for excellence as discussed by the authors, and it is argued that, by relating excellence to quality differently, a research policy that seeks to improve the level of science in Latin America while preserving the possibility of solving problems relevant to the region can be designed.
Abstract: The current competition regime that characterizes international science is often presented as a quest for excellence. It diversely affects research in Latin America and research in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. This article asks how this competition regime may orient the direction of research in Latin America, and to whose advantage. It is argued that, by relating excellence to quality differently, a research policy that seeks to improve the level of science in Latin America while preserving the possibility of solving problems relevant to the region can be designed. Competition, it is also argued, certainly has its place in science, but not as a general management tool, especially if the goal is to improve overall quality of science in Latin America. Scientific competition is largely managed through journals and their reputation. Therefore, designing a science policy for Latin America (and for any ‘peripheral’ region of the world) requires paying special atte...

168 citations


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TL;DR: In this article, the authors present an historical interpretation of how transnational exchange in the social sciences has evolved, and explore the "globalization" of social sciences, and present an analysis of the role of transnational exchanges in this process.
Abstract: Exploring the ‘globalization’ of the social sciences, this article first presents an historical interpretation of how transnational exchange in the social sciences has evolved. Earlier forms of int...

114 citations


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TL;DR: The authors studied the evolution of academic articles, collaboration and citations patterns among main world regions over the period 1980-2009 using the SSCI and found that the centrality of the two major regions that are North America and Europe is largely unchallenged, Europe having become more important and despite the growing development of Asian social sciences.
Abstract: This article addresses the issue of internationalization of social sciences by studying the evolution of production (of academic articles), collaboration and citations patterns among main world regions over the period 1980–2009 using the SSCI. The results confirm the centre–periphery model and indicate that the centrality of the two major regions that are North America and Europe is largely unchallenged, Europe having become more important and despite the growing development of Asian social sciences. The authors’ quantitative approach shows that the growing production in the social sciences but also the rise of international collaborations between regions have not led to a more homogeneous circulation of the knowledge produced by different regions, or to a substantial increase in the visibility of the contributions produced by peripheral regions. Social scientists from peripheral regions, while producing more papers in the core journals compiled by the SSCI, have a stronger tendency to cite journals from ...

113 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, the dominance of ISI-style standards and its consequences for scientific production in academic publishing are analyzed. But the authors focus on the unequal areas of the circulation of ideas.
Abstract: Academic publishing is one of the most unequal areas of the circulation of ideas. Recent studies have analyzed the dominance of ISI-style standards and its consequences for scientific production in...

101 citations


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TL;DR: In its founding generations, sociology was greatly concerned with gender, as part of its theorizing of the world of colonialism and empire as mentioned in this paper, and sociology then focused on the global metropole, so its an...
Abstract: In its founding generations, sociology was greatly concerned with gender, as part of its theorizing of the world of colonialism and empire. Sociology then focused on the global metropole, so its an...

73 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors conducted qualitative data through 30 in-depth interviews conducted with academics in two federal universities in Nigeria, and found that though some universities are beginning to question their intellectual validity and propriety, predatory paid-for foreign journals remain popular among academics desirous to satisfy the "international publishing rule" for promotion at all costs.
Abstract: Lately, a phenomenal dimension of peripheral scholarship, compulsorily demanding the ‘foreign’, has evolved into the practice of paid publishing in ‘foreign’ journals among Nigerian academics. These ‘foreign’ journals afford speedy publishing at a fee with little or no peer review. This study is a descriptive research which collected qualitative data through 30 in-depth interviews conducted with academics in two federal universities in Nigeria. The findings established that though some universities are beginning to question their intellectual validity and propriety, predatory paid-for foreign journals remain popular among academics desirous to satisfy the ‘international publishing rule’ for promotion at all costs. Lacking international scholarly credibility, predatory journals will not advance Nigerian scholarship into the global scholarly mainstream which the ‘international rule’ ultimately seeks.

68 citations


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TL;DR: The concept of migratory career as discussed by the authors integrates structures of opportunities, individual characteristics and networks to make sense of the migratory experience, which helps to fill the gap between scholars of migration and people's movement on one hand, and scholars of integration and incorporation in the new country, on the other hand.
Abstract: The article offers a relatively new theoretical framework articulating macro, meso and micro levels of analysis of the migration process, which often are disconnected in the sociology of migration. This alternative approach rests on the classical sociological concept of career. The concept of migratory career integrates structures of opportunities, individual characteristics and networks to make sense of the migratory experience. This concept helps us to fill the gap between scholars of migration and people’s movement on the one hand, and scholars of integration and incorporation in the new country, on the other hand. Migratory career must be considered as an additional concept to the traditional concepts such as integration, assimilation or incorporation, which are mainly focused on the situation of migrants in the receiving country. Furthermore, the use of the concept of migratory career allows to connect the theoretical thinking on migration to mainstream sociological theories.

65 citations


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TL;DR: The article focuses in particular on the debates around equality and emancipation and discusses the ways in which the understanding of these concepts could be extended by taking into account the work of African American sociologists and their different interpretations of core themes.
Abstract: US sociology has been historically segregated in that, at least until the 1960s, there were two distinct institutionally organized traditions of sociological thought – one black and one white. For the most part, however, dominant historiographies have been silent on that segregation and, at best, reproduce it when addressing the US sociological tradition. This is evident in the rarity with which scholars such as WEB Du Bois, E Franklin Frazier, Oliver Cromwell Cox, or other ‘African American Pioneers of Sociology’, as Saint-Arnaud calls them, are presented as core sociological voices within histories of the discipline. This article addresses the absence of African American sociologists from the US sociological canon and, further, discusses the implications of this absence for our understanding of core sociological concepts. With regard to the latter, the article focuses in particular on the debates around equality and emancipation and discusses the ways in which our understanding of these concepts could be extended by taking into account the work of African American sociologists and their different interpretations of core themes.

62 citations


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TL;DR: The authors reviewed the recent publications in the field of social sciences regarding the themes of "Southern theories", "theories from the south" and "epistemologies of the South" seeking to understand the limits and perspectives of this current wave of critique to the social sciences establishment.
Abstract: The article critically reviews the recent publications in the field of social sciences regarding the themes of ‘Southern theories’, ‘theories from the South’ and ‘epistemologies of the South’ seeking to understand the limits and perspectives of this current wave of critique to the social sciences establishment. Analyzing the works of Boaventura Santos, Raewyn Connell and Jean and John Comaroff the article defines the use of the term ‘South’ as a circumstantial project under which different notions of theory are in a dispute for legitimacy. Such disputes are bringing to the center of the sociological debate the very notion of ‘theory’ and its production in a geopolitical context where Southern social scientists are actively participating in the international debates.

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors propose an example of a way of doing organic public sociology for and with civil society, in a context of questioning of the social sciences by European institutions.
Abstract: Framed in a context of questioning of the social sciences by European institutions, this article offers an example of a way of doing organic public sociology for and with civil society. The authors...

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TL;DR: The cycle of the social sciences as they were historically formed at the beginning of the nineteenth century is coming to its close as discussed by the authors and the Gulbenkian Report (1995) was an effort to maintain Western...
Abstract: The cycle of the ‘social sciences’ as they were historically formed at the beginning of the nineteenth century is coming to its close. The Gulbenkian Report (1995) was an effort to maintain Western...

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TL;DR: In the last few decades, along with the growth of academic publishing, ISI-style indexing became universally accepted, moulding even peripheral journals as mentioned in this paper, and the progressive inclusion of non-American journals in these citation indexes transformed WoS in a platform for global visibility.
Abstract: Several studies have delved into the globalization of academic exchanges, the expansion of internet search engines, transnational networks and the multiplication collaborative flows (Didou and Gérard, 2009; Altbach, Reisberg and Rumbley, 2009; Gingras and Mosbah-Natanson, 2010; Leclerc-Olive et al., 2011; Arvanitis and Gaillard, 2012). These new trends have been created by the expansion of English as a ‘universal’ lingua franca and the development of an ‘international’ system for academic publishing. This publishing circuit has been reinforced in the last decades, along with the increasing mercantilization of higher education and the application of scientometrics for external evaluation of institutions or individual competition for tenure and promotion. Global university rankings are built giving increasing importance to research performance, by measuring the volume of articles published and observing ‘research influence’. National rankings are also marked by these ‘international’ tendencies along with the creation of public or private agencies for external evaluation that have a strong influence in investment decisions. The database that has enabled the construction of these rankings and indicators has been the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information (currently Thomson & Reuters, Web of Science), empowered as the unique representation of ‘international’ science for more than 40 years. The basis for the consolidation of WoS was the creation of citation indexes, built through the 1950s and 1960s thanks to an ‘army of indexers’ (as Garfield liked to call the authors) because their references replaced former ‘cataloguers’ (Thomson Reuters, 2013: 26). The progressive inclusion of non-American journals in these citation indexes transformed WoS in a platform for global visibility. During the last few decades, along with the growth of academic publishing, ISI-style indexing became universally accepted, moulding even peripheral journals. Citation data collected by ISI and impact factors calculated in WoS became, thus, conceived as ‘universal’, while being built in concrete academic centers that reached the top of the system they themselves created –ISI ultimately defined what, and how, a paper was ‘publishable’. As Vessuri, Guédon and Cetto (2014) have argued, although designed originally to graph the circulation of theories, concepts, methods and tools, to analyze the networking connections among scientists and to measure the possible impact of published articles, 548640 CSI0010.1177/0011392114548640Current SociologyIntroduction research-article2014

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TL;DR: In this article, the value of observation data collected by volunteers as they go about their daily activities is examined, and many citizens are already creating digital data archives of their own lives.
Abstract: This article examines the value of observation data collected by volunteers as they go about their daily activities. Many citizens are already creating digital data archives of their own lives thro...

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TL;DR: In this article, the meanings of family bonds are examined by exploring the changing boundaries between kinship ties and a wider array of affinities, in a Southern European country with a specific pathway (Portugal).
Abstract: Personal relationships are today less dependent on marriage and blood ties, with commitments going far beyond the nuclear co-resident family to include kin, non-kin and ex-kin. The aim of this article is to examine the meanings of family bonds by exploring the changing boundaries between kinship ties and a wider array of affinities, in a Southern European country with a specific pathway (Portugal). The authors begin by analysing the ties which individuals consider as ‘family’ within their personal networks and describe the main types of family configurations. They then examine the determinants of including non-kin as ‘family’ and excluding kin from the family network. Findings reveal the salience of kinship ties, as well as greater fluidity in the social construction of family bonds, in particular through friendship. Structural, life stage and family variables are shaping factors, but relational effects, linked to the quality of the tie, are of particular importance.

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TL;DR: The authors found that emotional entrainment during the 2010 FIFA World Cup was a predictor of changes in national identification and the perceived emotional significance of national symbols after the tournament, partially mediating the relationship between pre-and post-World Cup national identification.
Abstract: Some theories suggest that collective emotions, in particular emotional entrainment as the feeling of affective attunement with others during rituals, can increase the identification with a social group. Furthermore, emotional entrainment is supposed to emotionally ‘charge’ group symbols that are part of ritual practices and influence group-related attitudes and solidarity even beyond the ritual context. This article tests these assumptions in a naturalistic study around the 2010 Football World Cup, which reliably generates emotional entrainment in a ritualized, nation-focused context. Results indicate that emotional entrainment during the tournament is a predictor of changes in national identification and the perceived emotional significance of national symbols after the tournament. Moreover, emotional entrainment partially mediates the relationship between pre- and post-World Cup national identification and the perception of national symbols.

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TL;DR: Tolerance can be seen as "a flawed virtue" because it concerns acceptance of the differences between the things one disagrees with, disapproves of or dislikes as mentioned in this paper, and tolerance can be defined as "acceptance of the very things one disagree with, disapprove of or dislike".
Abstract: Tolerance entails acceptance of the very things one disagrees with, disapproves of or dislikes. Tolerance can be seen as ‘a flawed virtue’ because it concerns acceptance of the differences between ...

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TL;DR: In this paper, a theoretical argument about the contemporary meaning of place for theories of globalisation and individualisation is made, and two theoretically driven sets of case studies are presented to understand rural youth identity.
Abstract: This article draws together arguments for an interdisciplinary ‘spatial turn’ within sociology to analyse the subjectivities and biographical imaginings of Australian rural youth. It draws on a theoretical dialogue between theories of social change, and developments in socio-spatial theory in order to analyse the spatial contours of young people’s narratives, making a case for the significance of an ‘extraverted’ and porous sense of place for understanding rural youth identity. After a theoretical argument about the contemporary meaning of place for theories of globalisation and individualisation, the article presents two theoretically driven sets of case studies. The first discusses rural youth whose identities speak to the importance of place and ‘the local’ as resources for identity, while the second describes young people whose identities are ‘stretched’ across multiple spaces and locales. The analysis speaks to the importance of place for understanding the forms of reflexivity that rural youth mobili...

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TL;DR: The authors explores the engaged scholarship of radical intellectuals of the English-speaking Caribbean emerging from this racially defined colonial context that emerged over the early to mid-20th century and produced counter-narratives of 'postcolonial' and 'anti-colonial' thought.
Abstract: The Caribbean, that first place of significant European conquest, colonialism, large-scale transportation and varying levels of forced or coerced migration and labour, provided the impetus for many ‘race theories’ of the 18th and 19th centuries. This article explores the engaged scholarship of radical intellectuals of the English-speaking Caribbean emerging from this racially defined colonial context that emerged over the early to mid-20th century and produced counter-narratives of ‘postcolonial’ and ‘anti-colonial’ thought. With a focus on the radical pan-Africanist, socialist and neo-Marxist traditions it locates elements of radical Caribbean social thought within a larger radical global intellectual tradition and as a precursor in many ways to today’s critical race theories/studies. It focuses on particular themes and methodologies that characterize this work and writing as well as its regional and international impact. Also, the significance of women’s rights and ‘gender’ issues in this tradition is e...

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors analyze the connections between social developments and the evolution of the theory of civil society (CS) (classical background, semantic shifts, re-emergence and open questions regarding future research).
Abstract: This article analyses the connections between social developments and the evolution of the theory of civil society (CS) (classical background, semantic shifts, re-emergence and open questions regarding future research). The author distinguishes four layers of meanings of CS and focuses on selected research areas of CS qua associations (third sector, social capital, public sphere, civility). The aim is to provide access points and a frame of reference, and to emphasize the need for a culture-centered perspective, for a wide debate on a problematic in flux.

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TL;DR: In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the sociology of religion enjoyed a remarkable growth in both theory and empirical research as discussed by the authors, and the scholarly consensus argues that the early secularization thesis associated with modernization theory was misleading and simplistic, or that it was primarily relevant to northern Europe.
Abstract: In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the sociology of religion enjoyed a remarkable growth in both theory and empirical research. The scholarly consensus argues that the early secularization thesis associated with modernization theory was misleading and simplistic, or that it was primarily relevant to northern Europe. Beyond the European framework, there is ample evidence that religion continues to play a major role in society, culture and politics. With urbanization in the developing world, there has come increasing piety and religious revivalism. Religion will be a major factor in political and ideological struggles across the globe in this century. One negative aspect of this focus on political conflict, however, has been an over-concentration on radical Islam and other manifestations of religious violence.

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TL;DR: The authors argue that when such movements do succeed, it is because the protestors have activated a distinctive kind of power rooted in their ability to disrupt the cooperative arrangements that constitute societies, and that this power is rooted in the ability of protestors to disrupt cooperative arrangements.
Abstract: Protest movement from the lower reaches of society cannot deploy the resources to which we usually attribute the effective exercise of power. This article argues that when such movements do succeed, it is because the protestors have activated a distinctive kind of power. This power is rooted in their ability to disrupt the cooperative arrangements that constitute societies. ‘Occupy Wall Street’s’ contemplation of a debtors’ strike is an example of such a strategy and the formidable obstacles to its actuation.

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TL;DR: In this paper, the starting point for doing global sociology is to deconstruct the inherent Eurocentrism, and the methodological constituents that organize global sociology are mapped out in terms of methodological constituents.
Abstract: This Afterword maps out the methodological constituents that organize global sociology. It suggests that the starting point for doing global sociology is to deconstruct the inherent Eurocentrism wh...

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TL;DR: A sociological study of individuation processes in modern occidental societies has mobilized the thesis of institutional individualism as a key concept as mentioned in this paper, but this thesis may not be appropriate to understand societies with different cultural traditions and institutional practices.
Abstract: The sociological study of individuation processes in modern occidental societies has mobilized the thesis of institutional individualism as a key concept. This article argues that this thesis may not be appropriate to understand societies with different cultural traditions and institutional practices. Based upon the results of qualitative research conducted in Chile the article discusses the existence of a specific path to individuation in this society. The data show the analytical preeminence within the individuation process in Chile of a group of competences that must be generated and developed in confronting social life itself. Individuation leads in Chile to the constitution of relational hyper-actors based upon four dimensions: self-effort, abilities, interpersonal relationships and pragmatic consistency. This is what we propose to understand as agentic individualism.

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors look at the construction and performance of gendered identity through a sub-section of Facebook web pages belonging to the Slut Walk movement and find that gender is constructed through the subjects' participation in the 'post-feminist masquerade' through which their gendered identities are defined in relation to a hegemonic masculine ideal.
Abstract: This article looks at the construction and performance of gendered identity through a sub-section of Facebook web pages belonging to the Slut Walk movement. The authors’ analysis suggests that gender is constructed through the subjects’ participation in the ‘post-feminist masquerade’ through which their gendered identity is defined in relation to a hegemonic masculine ideal. This situates the web pages within a space characterized through the ambivalent and appropriative treatment of feminism and further, coiled within an acute tension between feminist and post-feminist discourses. Acts of resistance are framed as individual, momentary ruptures of Judith Butler’s heterosexual matrix of ‘cultural intelligibility’. The online context of these ruptures is found to vest a creative potential, by removing the constraints of time and location, indicating that the impact of these ruptures may extend beyond its immediate environment.

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors explore what challenges African sociologists face in the contemporary period and argue that one needs to go beyond references to resource constraint or the emphasis on the market or...
Abstract: This article explores what challenges African sociologists face in the contemporary period. It argues that one needs to go beyond references to resource constraint or the emphasis on the market or ...

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TL;DR: In this paper, a special issue addresses the growing concern with the Eurocentric nature of the sociological tradition and its inadequacy in dealing with questions of power, race and coloniality.
Abstract: This special issue addresses the growing concern with the Eurocentric nature of the sociological tradition (broadly understood) and its inadequacy in dealing with questions of power, race and coloniality. In pursuit of a global sociology, the special issue draws its contributors from a wide range of geographical locations and the articles address topics rarely considered within these debates, including, surprisingly, issues of gender. Broadly, they re-engage with standard debates from innovative theoretical positions and via new research from what are often regarded as peripheral locations. Together, the articles seek to contest the dominance of Europe and the US in the production of knowledge and transform the ways in which we understand sociology from a global perspective.

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TL;DR: In this article, a model for the semi-peripheral recontextualization of critical discourses originating from the western core of the global intellectual system is proposed, which emphasizes a strong homology between the political field and the broader field of social sciences in peripheral countries.
Abstract: This article analyses the redefinition of global discourse in semi-peripheral settings; it proposes a model for the semi-peripheral recontextualization of critical discourses originating from the western core of the global intellectual system. The process of redefinition of global discourses in semi-peripheral settings appears to involve their parallel appropriation by actors whose positions can be reconstructed through Bourdieu’s field concept, in particular through the usage of his theory of cultural capital in the field of contemporary Polish sociology. The model presented in the article emphasizes a strong homology between the political field and the broader field of social sciences in peripheral countries. It appears that they are usually structured according to specific peripheral pro- vs anti-centre cleavages. Peripheral fields of power, which are organized around this binary logic, tend to produce specific, often contradictory, parallel redefinitions of western critical theory. Meanings become pol...