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.”

The ‘Open Society’ and Its Contradictions : Towards a Critical Sociology of Global Inequalities

The ‘Open Society’ and Its Contradictions
Stephan Lessenich

‘Living Beyond Our Means’ – or Beyond the Means of Others?

With the rise of neoliberalism in the advanced capitalist societies since the 1970s, it has become commonplace for politicians, economists, and employers’ representatives to urge people not to ‘live beyond their means’. Be it labor unions struggling for higher wages, pensioners claiming their legitimate right to retirement or low-income households not economizing as much as the better-off would like them to – they all are regularly reminded that the times of plenty are over and are confronted with the public accusation of obviously not having become aware of ‘the signs ...

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