Call for Papers: Irish Journal of Sociology

Special Issue on Social Theory

Special Issue on ‘Key Issues in Contemporary Social Theory’

Guest Editor: Piet Strydom

Since the watershed year of 1989, a wide range of profound transformations and changes, often accompanied by crises of different kinds, has taken place and is still taking place at local, national, regional and global levels. In this context, the quite dramatic increase of interest in social theory over the past two decades has led to a remarkable differentiation of emphasis, orientation and even of type in this domain. Approaching the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the time is now ripe to reconsider what counts as genuine key issues in contemporary social theory.

The editors of the Irish Journal of Sociology (IJS), which is now being published in new format by Manchester University Press, wish to publish a Special Issue on ‘Key Issues in Contemporary Social Theory’ not only to take advantage of this opportune moment, but at the same time also to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the journal. It is expected that a sizable issue, including both Irish and international contributions, will result which authoritatively marks out some of the most important direction giving and guiding theoretical parameters for sociological research in the second decade of our century.

Submissions for this Special Issue are now invited and should be forwarded by email to at the latest by 31st March 2010.

Detailed submission guidelines are available on the Irish Journal of Sociology page on

Additional queries to be made to the Assistant Editor, Aifric O’Gráda, by email or by phone +353-(0)-21-490-3756.

Social Exclusion and the Politics of Order

Elias interview 1975

I have found a partial interview featuring Norbert Elias from 1975.  It was conducted by Rob Tripp for a Dutch TV show and is, to the best of my knowledge, the only footage of Elias available online.  Click here

Only about 10 minutes of the clip appear to work but it is an interesting piece.

Feel free to comment/discuss this as you wish.

Journal of Power

For those who may be interested, there is a new(ish)  journal from Routledge dedicated to the concept of power.  It is edited by my thesis supervisor, Dr. Mark Haugaard and is the Official Journal of the IPSA Research Group on Political Power (RC 36).  For those interested, this is a very high quality interdisciplinary outlet for research on power from across the disciplines and has already featured contributions from such luminaries as Zygmunt Bauman, Norbert Elias, Jeffery Alexander, Steven Lukes, Thomas Scheff, Richard Jenkins and Stewart Clegg, to name a few.  It is available from Routledge here.  A number of free, sample papers are available here.  If you are researching power, this may be the journal for you.

New Book on Theory & Emotions

A new book is just out on theory and emotions.  Theorizing Emotions:Sociological Explorations and Applications (2009) is now available.  It is set to be a key addition to the literature on the sociology of emotions from a European perspective-it is produced by some of the most prominent members of the European Sociological Association’s Emotions Network (RN11, see here).  Specifically, it is edited by Debra Hopkins (a researcher at the University of Aberdeen and vice coordinator of the Sociology of Emotions Network), Jochen Kleres and Prof. Helena Flam of the University of Leipzig, and Helmut Kuzmics University of Graz.  It is available from Amazon.

The publishers description is:

Theorizing Emotions reflects the recent turn to emotions in academia—not just in sociology but also in psychology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience. Drawing on the classic studies of Max Weber, Erving Goffman, Norbert Elias, and Theodor Adorno, several leading European scholars present their findings on the role of emotions in various facets of society, from the laboratory to the office to the media. Among the topics discussed are the tensions between feelings and feeling rules, the conscious and unconscious emotions of scientists, emotions and social disorder, the effect of the emotional turn as an element of advancing modernity, romantic love in U.S. and Israeli codes of conduct, and the role of mass media in generating massive public emotions.

I will most likely review this but I will post more on it later.  Should be a good book.