RN36 - Sociology of Transformations: East and West

RN Coordinator:

Elena Danilova, Institute of sociology, Moscow,  Russia


Peeter Vihalemm, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia



After 25 years of unprecedented economic, legal, and political transformations of the former socialist countries, the striking differences between Eastern and Western European countries still are manifested in the results of sociological surveys and statistical data, in particular what concerns social inequality.   Many questions are under discussion. The main purpose of our sessions is to develop a discourse on social transformations and to contribute to the theoretical interpretation of complexity of processes going on in the Eastern European societies, their institutional structures, cultures, and individual lives. The Research Network brings together researchers from competing paradigms and provides discussions challenging sociologists in their grasp of the reality.

We invite papers based both on theorizing and on the results from empirical studies which takes into account transformative changes in various social areas, the changes in institutional settings and individual lives, identities and solidarities, everyday life practices in relation to certain local and historical contexts, either in comparative perspective or in a single country. 

We propose preliminary streaming of the sessions in the following way: 

- New empirical models of social processes during transformation in CEE

- Faces of inequality and differences

- Social classes and social mobility

- Acceleration of social time and generational change

- Costs and benefits of open labor market and migration

- Civic participation and democracy

- New mechanisms of domination and power relations in digitalized society

- Changing cultural and ideological constructions of East and West

- Everyday practices and social differences

- Intellectual challenges and neoliberal hegemony


Notes for authors

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline (extended):                                                                         15th February 2015

Abstract submission platform:                                                                                          www.esa12thconference.eu

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website. For further information on the Research Network, please visit www.europeansociology.org.