Critique and Social Change: Historical, Cultural, and Institutional Perspectives
ed. Thomas Kern, Thomas Laux & Insa Pruisken
How does critique change society? What are the conditions for critique to emerge? These questions are the core of recent sociological debates. This HSR Special Issue seeks to contribute to the sociology of critique by empirically studying the historical, cultural, and institutional conditions of critique and social change. For this purpose, critique is approached in two ways: as an outcome of social change, on the one hand, and as a cause or condition for social change, on the other hand. The contributions include a broad range of empirical case studies that examine the articulation of critique and its consequences from different perspectives. They deal with topical debates on organ donation, the justification of social inequality, neoliberalism, new public management, various protest movements (Occupy Wall Street, the democratic movement in South Korea, the environmental movement in Italy, the commune movement in the United States), the transformation of institutional logics in the field of academic science, the role of public media debates during the banking crisis of 2008 and the influence of intellectuals on the critique of clientelism in Ireland.
Community Transformation in Asian Societies. Selected Case Studies
ed. Fumyia Onaka
Communities in Asian societies are no longer hidden chambers of secrets, but wide and open halls heralding the future and the past of the changing world. This HSR Forum attempts to transmit this message by describing communities’ responses to labor migration, natural disaster, and non-elite movements. It illustrates the subjective and objective well-being of Thai migrant workers, the occupational prestige of Thai labor brokers, and the collective foreign worker policies agreements between employers and trade unions in Malaysia. It considers decision-making on implementation of mutual aid between local governments during the Great East Japan Earthquake. It discusses the possibilities of “grassroots”-type civil societies in Northeast Thailand, and the incessant upward mobility of Thai non-elite labor brokers. All articles are based on process-oriented methodology, characterized by a combined use of research-elicited and process-produced data.
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SPECIAL ISSUE – Critique and Social Change
Thomas Kern, Thomas Laux & Insa Pruisken
Critique and Social Change: An Introduction.
Frank Adloff & Larissa Pfaller
Critique in statu nascendi? The Reluctance towards Organ Donation.
Going Underground: Merging Collaboration with Micro-Resistance.
Criticizing Inequality? How Ideals of Equality Do – and Do Not – Contribute to the De-Legitimation of Inequality in Contemporary Germany.
Discourses, Conventions, and Critique – Perspectives of the Institutionalist Approach of the Economics of Convention.
From Public Participation to Place-Based Resistance. Environmental Critique and Modes of Valuation in the Struggles against the Expansion of the Malpensa Airport.
Outside Powers: The Moral Economy of Anti-Financial Movements 1870–1930 and Today.
Exit as Critique. Communes and Intentional Communities in the 1960s and Today.
The Accusation of Clientelism: On the Interplay between Social Science, Mass Media, and Politics in the Critique of Irish Democracy.
Henrik Dosdall & Byron Z. Rom-Jensen
Letting Lehman Go: Critique, Social Change, and the Demise of Lehman Brothers.
Institutional Logics and Critique in German Academic Science Studying the Merger of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Thomas Kern & Thomas Laux
Revolution or Negotiated Regime Change? Structural Dynamics in the Process of Democratization. The Case of South Korea in the 1980s.
FORUM – Community Transformation in Asian Societies
Community Transformation in Asian Societies. An Introduction.
Well-Being of Returning Migrants in the Rural Northeast of Thailand: Process Oriented Methodology.
Legitimacy or Legitimation? Intensive Analysis of Informal Decision-Making Processes of Disaster Response after 3.11 Earthquake.
The Formation Process for Civil Society in Northeast Thailand: A Social Research Case Study of Two Villages.
Thanapauge Chamaratana, Dusadee Ayuwat & Oranutda Chinnasri
Social Mobility Springboard: Occupational Prestige of Thai Labour Brokers.
Mohd Amar Aziz, Noor Hadzlida Ayob & Kamaruddin Abdulsomad
Restructuring Foreign Worker Policy and Community Transformation in Malaysia.