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.”
In May 2016, the congress of the Tunisian Islamic party al-Nahda convened to move overwhelmingly to ‘completely separate religious activities from political activities’. Al-Nahda’s leader Rachid Ghannouchi confirmed that “we are no longer an Islamist party, but a party of Muslim Democrats”.1 Can there be such a thing as ‘Muslim Democracy’? And if so, what is it and how different may it be from liberal democracy? It might sound far-fetched to pose such a question at a global time when liberal democracy is challenged by the onslaught of rightist populism spreading from India to Europe and the United States, the time when neoliberal globalization, inequality, exclusion, and everyday anxiety have bolstered support for nativism and authoritarian ...