The XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology is taking place 15-21 July 2018, in Toronto Canada. The theme of the congress is Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities and aims to focus on how scholars, researchers, policy makers, professionals and activists across the disciplines can contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.

ISA President, Margaret Abraham, writes of the congress:

“Since the inception of the discipline, sociologists have been concerned with power, violence and justice. Current social, economic and political challenges enhance their relevance. As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and minority communities. States’ failures to meet their responsibility to provide basic resources are often deflected by blaming the most vulnerable. Both global economic and geo-political processes create crises and massive displacements of people and, at the same time, fuel racism, nationalism and xenophobia. We have also seen an increasing buildup of a culture of fear as a powerful tool used by states, corporations and other institutions to generate popular support for curtailing freedom in the name of security. Efforts to curtail the flow of desperate refugees, attest to the reinforcement of national and racialized borders. Despite visible progress on equality issues, violence against women and intersectional violence point to the entrenchment of the gender border around the world. Equally significant is the need to consider the role of state and institutional power relations to ongoing everyday violence. In response to disempowerment, violence, and injustice we have also witnessed nonviolent movements, humanitarian interventions, and peace processes that have empowered communities, reduced violence, and promoted justice. These diverse communities have built solidarities outside the neo-liberal frames of state-global capital nexus.”


To celebrate this diverse, multidisciplinary Congress, we are pleased to bring together a collection of content from journals across the social sciences, including sociology, anthropology, geography, legal studies, psychology and politics.


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The context of coping: a qualitative exploration of underlying inequalities that influence health services support for people living with long‐term conditions
Sociology of Health & Illness

Worlds apart: Social inequalities and psychological care
Counselling & Psychotherapy Research

‘Smart’ Farming Techniques as Political Ontology: Access, Sovereignty and the Performance of Neoliberal and Not‐So‐Neoliberal Worlds
Sociologia Ruralis

Just Existing Is Resisting: The Everyday Struggle against the Expansion of GM Crops in Spain
Sociologia Ruralis

Social policy by numbers. How international organisations construct global policy proposals
International Journal of Social Welfare

Liquid advocacy: Social welfare advocacy in neoliberal times
International Journal of Social Welfare

Unequal gains: American growth and inequality since 1700
International Journal of Social Welfare

Towards an anthropology of global inequalities and their local manifestations: social anthropology in
Social Anthropology : Anthropologie Sociale

Reducing Inequalities within Countries: Assessing the Potential of the Sustainable Development Goals
Global Policy

Where Inequality Takes Place: A Programmatic Argument for Urban Sociology
City & Community

Whether power holders construe their power as responsibility or opportunity influences their tendency to take advice from others
Journal of Organizational Behavior

The Guardians of Capitalism: International Consensus and the Technocratic Implementation of Austerity
Journal of Law and Society

Institutions and structures as barriers? A comparison of native‐born and immigrant unemployment
International Journal of Social Welfare

Assessing Convicted Traffickers: Negotiating Migration, Employment and Opportunity through Restricted Networks
Howard Journal of Crime & Justice

The class politics of prejudice: Brexit and the land of no‐hope and glory
British Journal of Sociology

Racism in Trump's America: reflections on culture, sociology, and the 2016 US presidential election
British Journal of Sociology

Economising the Rural: How New Markets and Property Rights Transform Rural Economies
Sociologia Ruralis

Problematising the use of education to address social inequity: Could participatory action research be a step forwards?
British Educational Research Journal

‘Fundamental causes’ of inequalities in mortality: an empirical test of the theory in 20 European populations
Sociology of Health & Illness

The context of coping: a qualitative exploration of underlying inequalities that influence health services support for people living with long‐term conditions
Sociology of Health & Illness

Unequal gains: American growth and inequality since 1700
IPPR Progressive Review

On the problems and possibilities of feminist solidarity: The Women's March one year on
IPPR Progressive Review

Powerful Individuals in a Globalized World
Global Policy

Absent or Invisible? Women Mediators and the United Nations
Global Policy



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Counting the cost: BME women and gender‐based violence in the UK
IPPR Progressive Review

Ethno‐nationalist populism and the mobilization of collective resentment
British Journal of Sociology

The politics of nationalism and white racism in the UK
British Journal of Sociology

Culture, Region, and Cross-National Violent Crime
Sociological Forum

Explaining right‐wing terrorism and violence in Western Europe: Grievances, opportunities and polarisation
European Journal of Political Research

Correcting Behaviors and Policing Emotions: How Behavioral Infractions Become Feeling-Rule Violations
Symbolic Interaction

Armed Violence and the Politics of Gun Control in Brazil: An Analysis of the 2005 Referendum
Bulletin of Latin American Research

Inter‐Subjectivity and Worker Self‐Disclosure in Professional Relationships With Young People: A Psychosocial Study of Youth Violence and Desistance
Howard Journal of Crime & Justice

Did Strategic Bombing in the Second World War Lead to ‘German Angst’? A Large‐scale Empirical Test Across 89 German Cities
European Journal of Personality

The Political Dynamics of Human Mobility: Migration out of, as and into Violence
Global Policy

Beyond Domestic Violence Survivor Services: Refocusing on Inequality in the Fight against Gender‐Based Violence in the Americas
Bulletin of Latin American Research

Can functional emotion regulation protect children's mental health from war trauma? A Palestinian study 
International Journal of Psychology

Rape Politics, Policies and Practice: Exploring the Tensions and Unanticipated Consequences of Well‐Intended Victim‐Focused Measures
The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice

Reconciliation in the Context of Settler‐Colonial Gender Violence: “How Do We Reconcile with an Abuser?”
Canadian Review of Sociology



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W. E. B. Du Bois at the center: from science, civil rights movement, to Black Lives Matter
British Journal of Sociology

Race, Justice & the City
International Journal of Urban & Regional Research

Justice across Real and Imagined Food Worlds: Rural Corn Growers, Urban Agriculture Activists, and the Political Ontologies They Live By
Rural Sociology

Can respect be key to gender justice?
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

… and justice for all?: Basic income and the principles of gender equity
IPPR Progressive Review

The revolt of the Rust Belt: place and politics in the age of anger
British Journal of Sociology

‘Music is my AK‐47’: performing resistance in Belfast's rebel music scene
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

The Sociological Ethic and the Spirit of Power: Reflections on the Possibility of a Value‐Neutrality and Its Consequences for Sociology
Canadian Review of Sociology

Feminist Mobilization, Claims Making and Policy Change: An Introduction
Development and Change

From ‘Invisible Problem’ to Global Priority: The Inclusion of Mental Health in the Sustainable Development Goals
Development and Change

Fair treatment, fair play? The relationship between fair treatment perceptions, political trust and compliant and cooperative attitudes cross‐nationally
European Journal of Political Research

A Common Framework on Inequalities for G7 Countries
Global Policy

“It's Hardly Fair to Bring a Child Into the World With the Way Things Look…”: Anomie, Mistrust, and the Impact of Race, SES, and Gender
Sociological Inquiry

Social engineering the local for peace
Social Anthropology

Music‐making for health and wellbeing in youth justice settings: mediated affordances and the impact of context and social relations
Sociology of Health & Illness

Relational citizenship: supporting embodied selfhood and relationality in dementia care
Sociology of Health & Illness


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