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Bitter Lamentations (or professional self-reflections)

Author(s): Sławomir Magala
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Uniwersytet Łódzki - Wydział Ekonomiczno-Socjologiczny
Keywords: “rankophilia”; privileged poistion of English periodicals; global academic pecking order; civil society

Summary/Abstract: Commenting on two polemics (Wagner–Sorokowski, Sztompka–Burawoy), the author presents a chance to raise questions about academic self-reflection. A Polish sociologist working in Warsaw and Paris questions the relevance of ranking based on publications in English periodicals. Her arguments are countered by a psychologist who finds both rankings and hierarchy of journals, with English ones on top, rational. While sharing some of her doubts about “rankophilia”, the author tries to raise questions about global pecking order, and self-hierarchization of academic mechanisms of professional recognition. Burawoy’s point that sociology should study societies from the point of view of a civil society and not according to the formatting of societies by markets and states seems worth noting.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 294-301
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Polish