The contemporary world has reached a pivotal moment of escalating injustices and apocalyptic risks, but also of unprecedented opportunities. Mounting pressures of social and ecological problems are met by a confluence of intellectual trends that allow the questioning of entrenched assumptions and the unleashing of a forward-oriented sociological imagination. In Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, a diverse collection of regional experts explore contemporary trends, alternative visions, and new directions for sociological research, raising issues that reflect the complexity of challenges facing future projects on a shared planet. Topics include:  • Feminist and Indigenous Perspectives in Latin America  • An African-centred approach to Knowledge Production  • Post-Islamist Democracy Based on the revised papers of the Opening and Closing Plenaries of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria, July 2016, which Markus Schulz organized on the theme “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World.”

What Kind of a World Can Weather Climate Change? : Some Philosophical and Sociological Challenges

What Kind of a World Can Weather Climate Change?
Todd Gitlin

Ecocide and Exploitation

Six centuries have passed since the British began to extract stupendous amounts of energy from the remains of extinct life buried deep beneath the surface of the earth, placing Western civilization on the track it is still speeding down. But to put the matter that way is to treat ‘the British’ or, indeed, the entirety of ‘Western civilization’, as a bloc. ‘The British’, however, were not all of a piece. Some of the British had the power to convert Scots into slaves. This is the genealogy of coal to fuel the engine of an ...

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