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CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY REVIEW ESSAYS

Critical Sociology‘s book review section will now begin focusing on publishing more comprehensive review essays. Such essays of approximately 5,000 words in length generally examine three to four books of a similar topic through a scholarly lens. For example, we currently have four titles that examine the economic crisis from a critical/left perspective. They are:

1. McNally, David. Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance
2. Lilley, Sasha. Capital and its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult
3. Albo, Greg, Sam Gindin, and Leo Panitch. In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives
4. Calhoun, Craig and Georgi Derluguian. Business as Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown

Alternatively, a review essay may draw on a single book title and discuss its relevance along a broad  framework such as contemporary scholarship, or in light of recent e vents, or its utility in an activist setting, etc.

In addition, Critical Sociology welcomes review essays concerned with contemporary media and cultural productions, including but not limited to fiction, cinema, and independent music. These review essays should meet the same criteria set out for book review essays, discussed above.

If you are interested in writing a book review essay for the journal or proposing a potential review essay of your own, please contact the book review editor, George Sanders, at the following e-mail: critsoc.reviews@gmail.com

If you are interested in writing a culture review essay (concerned with fiction, cinema, music, photography and the graphic arts, etc.) for the journal or proposing a potential review essay of your own, please contact the media and culture editor, Graham Cassano, at the following e-mail: critsoc.mediaculture@gmail.com
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Professor David Fasenfest
Dept of Sociology
Wayne State University
Editor, Critical Sociology 
crs.sagepub.com
Series Editor
Studies in Critical Social Science
www.brill.nl/scss

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AFRICAN-CENTERED SOCIOLOGY

Call for Papers

Special Issue of Critical Sociology

Critical Sociology (http://crs.sagepub.com) invites papers for a special edition on African-centered / Africana Sociology. Africana Sociology critically investigates and interrogates the social worlds of people of African descent from African-centered theoretical and/or methodological perspectives. This special edition seeks articles that address the major issues of identity, education, health, criminal justice, sexuality/gender, methodology, racism/oppression, religion/spirituality and intellectual history.

Despite the fact that this special issue is targeted at a sociological audience, we wish to encourage papers that have sociological import in the areas delineated below written by sociologists and others, recognizing that critical African-centered perspectives may be interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary in nature.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
· The rationale for African-centered Sociology
· Definitions and conceptual models/orientations in African-centered Sociology
· History of the development of African-centered Sociology
· African-centered Sociology in literature
· The relationship between African spirituality/philosophy and African-centered Sociology
· Media images and Africana identity
· Sexuality and sexism in Africana communities from an African-centered perspective
· The training of Africa-centered sociologists
· The social viability of African-centered Sociology

We also welcome book review essays of recent and new publications within the domain of African-centered/Africana Sociology (contact cs_reviews@sagepub.co.uk for more information).

The selection criteria will involve: relevance to theme, clarity of paper, intellectual significance, and originality. Please send a 250 word abstract by July 1st to Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, with full paper expected by September 1st. Solicited manuscripts (approximately 10,000 words) must be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/critical-sociology (further instructions will follow with the notification that your abstract has been accepted).

Contact:

Dr. Nikitah Okember-RA Imani, Special Issue Editor
Email: imanino@jmu.edu

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Series Editor, Studies in Critical Social Sciences
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ONLINE FIRST FOR CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY

Critical Sociology now publishes accepted articles on-line, in advance of their appearance in the pages of the print journal.  Anyone at an institution getting the journal has access to the online version of Critical Sociology, which includes all back issues from Vol.1 Issue 1, as well as the online first articles (these are removed from the web site and appear online in the journal version).

You can sign up for table of content alerts and announcements of additions to the OnlineFirst page by going to the link below and registering.

See: http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts/etoc

(Potential authors–this counts as a publication date and the Document Object Identification [DOI] serves as a direct link to the article.)

The most recent additions to Critical Sociology OnlineFirst are:

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Neoliberal Globalization and Trade Unionism: Toward Radical Political Unionism?
Martin Upchurch and Andy Mathers
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510396384
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510396384v1?papetoc

The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse: A Critique of Fair Housing Policy in the USA
Robert Silverman and Kelly L. Patterson
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510396385
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510396385v1?papetoc

Independent Travel: Colonialism, Liberalism, and the Self 
Kristin Lozanski
Crit Socio l published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510379443
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510379443v1?papetoc

Urban Workers’ Leisure Culture and the ‘Public Sphere’: A Study of the Transformation of the Workers’ Cultural Palace in Reform-era China
Guoxin Xing
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510392078
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510392078v1?papetoc

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Dept of Sociology
Wayne State University

Editor, Critical Sociology 
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CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY

SAGE Publications has implemented an early access to accepted articles through its Online First feature on Critical Sociology’s web page.  

Now, as articles are accepted and prepared for publication in the journal’s pages they will become available as an electronic publication, accessible by all subscribers of the journal (institutional subscribers through their organizational affiliation).  Increasingly authors experience long delays before an article appears on the printed page, so this feature will allow research and scholarship to be available more quickly.  Authors no longer have to wait to disseminate their accepted articles.

You can go to the web site below and sign up for electronic notification whenever an article is added.  These articles will remain on the web site until it is published in the print version of the journal.

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GHETTO AND WITHIN: CLASS, IDENTITY, STATE AND POLITICAL MOBILISATION

My latest book is out:

Ghetto and Within: Class, Identity, State and Politics of Mobilisation

By Ravi Kumar

Aakar Books: Delhi

ISBN 978-93-5002-069-2

Aakar Books: http://www.aakarbooks.com

This work is an effort to understand and explore the linkages between the process of ghettoisation, identity formation and the political economy of capitalism. Through fieldwork in the city of Delhi it looks at how a particular form of identity politics sustains the process of ghettoisation of a community and creates a situation which downplays the need for a class based mobilisation. It argues that identity politics need to be seen in conjunction with the way class formation and class politics within a particular community unfolds itself. This framework allows us to not only understand the larger issues such as that of communal politics but also provides us insights into the way differential perceptions about ‘violence’ are forged within a community. It seeks to explore how class antagonism becomes a non-issue because the social identity dominates the discourse.  

“Ravi Kumar’s exploration of identity formation in the context of community offers the reader an important analysis of how class and religion can influence residential decisions, and paints a careful picture of how seemingly homogenous communities when seen from the outside are actually multi-layered social structures. This is an important work, taking on the common view that a ghetto represents socially imposed separation of minority groups, highlighting instead a process of defensive isolation from a hostile environment and demonstrating how class-based social reproduction within this microcosm of society is also a site of political struggle for change. Ghetto and Within is an important read for any student of social mobilization providing important lessons about identity politics and resistance” — David Fasenfest, Wayne State University, and Editor, ‘Critical Sociology’.

“Ravi Kumar argues convincingly that, in a world ‘where the rule of capital has penetrated every sphere of our existence’, a consideration of class dynamics must be central to a full understanding of religious ghettos in modern India” — Mike Cole, Author of ‘Critical Race Theory and Education: A Marxist Analysis’.

Ghetto and Within is a lucid examination of the political economy of identity formation. Examining the social, political, economic and historical processes of ghetto formation, the book makes a powerful case for ghettos as internal relations that are constitutive products of the crisis of capitalism. It is a book relevant to the serious conflicts of our time as these are imbricated in capitalist social relations. And it will help point towards avenues of transformation” — Peter McLaren, University of California, Los Angeles.

“This is an important contribution to and contextually located Marxist analysis of how religion, communalism, collective religious identity suppress and displace consciousness of exploitation based on class. It is important in the global analysis of the empirical and analytical and political relationships between identitarian consciousness and class consciousness. This analysis has resonance not just within the Muslim ghettos of India, but within religious, ‘racial’/ethnic ghettos globally, in Harlem New York, in the ex-mill towns of northern England, and wherever ghettos of space are reinforced by ghettos of the mind that prioritise culturalist analyses at the expense of materialist analyses, consciousness and solidaristic, class-based political action” — Dave Hill, Chief Editor, ‘Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies’.

Ravi Kumar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He worked on the ‘Dynamics of Identity Formation: The Political Economy of Backward Castes in Bihar’ for his doctorate, and has written over a dozen articles on education, communalism and politics. His publications include The Politics of Imperialism and Counterstrategies (co-edited, Delhi, Aakar Books, 2004); The Crisis of Elementary Education in India (edited, New Delhi, Sage, 2006); Global Neoliberalism and Education and Its Consequences (co-edited, New York, Routledge, 2009). His specialisation is social movements, identity politics, social theory and sociology of knowledge. He is co-editor of Radical Notes, an online journal.

Ravi Kumar, Ph.D. || Assistant Professor || Department of Sociology || Jamia Millia Islamia University || Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Marg, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110025
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CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY CONFERENCE

Monday August 10th, 9:00am – 6:15pm, The Stanford Court Hotel, 905 California Street, San Francisco

 

PROGRAM:

9:00 – 9:15
Welcome and Introductions
David Fasenfest, Editor and Richard Dello Buono, Latin American and Caribbean Editor, Critical Sociology

9:15 – 11:00 Plenary
SACRIFICING NEOLIBERALISM TO SAVE CAPITALISM? PROSPECTS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN A MULTI-DIMENSIONAL GLOBAL CRISIS
Ximena de la Barra, International Development Consultant and Social Policy Analyst, Former Public Policy Advisor, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Discussants:
NEOLIBERALISM AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS AS A SOCIAL PROCESS
Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney
WOMEN, GENDER AND NEOLIBERALISM
Joan Acker, University of Oregon

11:15 – 12:30
California Blue Room
Moderator: Victoria Carty, Chapman University
Participatory planning in a rural Mexican village: Lessons for community development and professional education
Mercedes Arce, la Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Marie Kennedy, Chris Tilly, UCLA
The Geography of the Family of Anti-systemic Movements: Activists at the World Social Forum
Chris Chase-Dunn, Rick Niemeyer, Preeta Saxena, Matheu Kaneshiro, James Love and Amanda Spears, UC-Riverside

California Gold Room
Moderator: Vida Bajc, Queens University
Exploitation, Capital’s Innovations, and the Obscuring of Social Class:  Notes on an Intellectual History of the Labor Theory of Value
Stephen Adair, Central Connecticut State University
A Progressive Vision of Interpersonal Racial Inequality Theory
Chavella T. Pittman
Of Innovations and Fluctuations: A Critique of the Philippine Criminal Justice System and Restorative Justice Movement
Diana Veloso
Secularization and the Iranian Revolution
Warren Goldstein

12:30 – 1:45 Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:15 Plenary
RACE AND POLITICS IN THE OBAMA ERA
Bob Newby, Central Michigan University
Discussant
Martha Gimenez, University of Colorado

3:30 – 5:00
California Blue Room
Moderator: Gregory Pratt, University of Illinois-Chicago:
‘Change We Can Believe In,’ You Better Not Believe It: Politics as Usual in a Different Style
Johnny E. Williams, Trinity University
Corporate Status, Neo-liberalism and the Obama Administration
Christopher Doran, University of Newcastle
The Changing of the Guard 2006-2009: The Rise of the Immigration Industrial Complex and the Prospects for Progressive Immigration Reform Under the Obama Administration
Jesse Díaz, Jr., University of California, Riverside
Luisa Heredia, University of California, Riverside
Civil Rights after Obama
Suzanne Goodney Lea, Trinity University

California Gold Room
Movements and Visions for the 21st Century: The US Social Forum and World Social Forum
Walda Katz-Fishman, Howard University
Thomas Ponniah, Harvard University
Rose Brewer, University of Minnesota
Jackie Smith, University of Notre Dame
Lauren Langman, Loyola University
Melanie L. Bush, Adelphi University
Rod Bush, St. Johns University
Jerome Scott, League of Revolutionaries for a New America

5:15 – 6:15 * * * * * * SPECIAL LABOR WORKSHOP * * * * * *
The Crisis in the Newspaper Industry: Possible Responses of Organized Labor
Carl Hall, Local Representative California Media Workers Guild, Local 39521, TNG-CWA

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Professor David Fasenfest
Dept of Sociology
Wayne State University
Editor, Critical Sociology
http://www.crs.sagepub.com
Series Editor
Studies in Critical Social Science
http://www.brill.nl/scss

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