Sociology Special Issue 2014: Sociology and the Global Economic Crisis , co-edited by Dr Ana C. Dinerstein with Dr Gregory Schwartz (University of Bristol) and Graham Taylor (University West of England) was launched in a Special Plenary at the British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference 2015 on Wednesday 15 April at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Sociology is acknowledged as one of the leading journals in its field. For more than four decades, the journal has made a major contribution to the debates that have shaped the discipline and has an undisputed international reputation for publishing original research of the highest academic standard. The Special issue bridged disciplines, broadening the scope of knowledge beyond disciplinary boundaries or theoretical framework.
The co-editors of the Special Issue and the speakers at the event addressed the urgent need to deconstruct and interrogate the formulation and reality of the global economic crisis and discussed the specifically social processes underpinning its development and intensification.
Professor John Holloway (University of Puebla, Mexico)
The plenary aimed to trigger a debate based on the articles, and the theoretical framing developed within the 2014 special issue of the journal Sociology. It was explained that the special issue related directly and indirectly to the theme of the 2015 BSA conference: Societies in Transition: Progression and Regression.
The plenary focussed on challenging the coordinates of the debate on what constitutes a ‘crisis’ and it therefore interrogates the contemporary sociological understandings of those categories linked to crises such as ‘recoveries’, ‘transitions’ and social or cultural ‘transformations’.
The themes of this plenary respond to the call for an ‘informed and critical’ response to the ‘ powerful discourses that support the status quo.’ Specifically, the panel will explore how sociology (broadly defined) can provide a social critique, rather than purely a sociological perspective, on crisis and socioeconomic and political transformations.