How is the process of globalization effecting changes in the structure of knowledge in sociology? This path-breaking volume looks at the human dimension of developments in the discipline by compiling a set of interviews that exemplify the life and work of a sociologist today. Their ideas and conceptualizations show to what extent a "paradigm shift" has taken root, answering questions such as whether sociology still remains a differentiated, relatively autonomous social science. The chosen interviewees are about equally divided according to gender and have been selected from among professional sociologists in different parts of the globe, with an emphasis on areas that are under-represented in English publications, such as East Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Analysis focuses on changes which are becoming clear from the on-going confrontation between "traditional" sociology which emerged as a project of modernity, and the sociology practiced by sociologists who are called upon to adapt the discipline to the upheavals of the twenty-first century.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction: Practicing social science

part |2 pages

Part I Declarations and dilemmas

part |2 pages

Part II Practitioners and their craft

chapter 6|8 pages

Interviewing colleagues

chapter 7|1 pages

The interviews

chapter |35 pages

7A Brazil 90 103 112

BySimon Schwartzman Maria Ligia Barbosa João Bachur

chapter |22 pages

7B Russia 125 137

ByDavid Konstantinovskiy Anna Temkina

chapter |38 pages

7C From the Chinese world 147 160 171

ByHsin- Huang Michael Hsiao Agnes Shu- Kei Ku Xiangqun Chang

chapter |44 pages

7D South Africa 185 197 215

ByJohan Muller Tina Uys Mariam Seedat Khan

chapter |27 pages

7E From the Islamic world 229 245

ByHabibul Haque Khondker Çiğdem Adem