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„Социологически снимки“ на общества в движение. Разсъждения за „арабската пролет“
“Sociological Captures” of Societies in Movement. Reflections on the “Arab Spring”

Author(s): Rahma Bourqia
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: “Arab spring”; social movements; Arab societies;

Summary/Abstract: In these past two years, Arab societies have witnessed uprisings that represent a challenge to sociologists trying to understand the social processes underlying the dynamics of these events. These societies are now on the forefront of the media without always being the subject of sound sociological reflection that might make a consistent contribution to sociological theory. Here lies a project that yet remains to be undertaken. It should be noted that classical sociology has focused its analysis either on the structural factors or on the function of social factors animating societies. During the past few years, a new sociology has started dealing with singularity, unpredictability of phenomena, with uncertainty and risk, within Western societies, which remain the focus of research. Without renouncing such a hegemonic sociology and its conceptual tools, sociology should be reoriented so as to grasp the movement that Arab societies are going through, within the framework of a complex sociological reality where political, socio-cultural and religious factors and strategies of actors interlace. This article raises some of the issues related to the production of sociology of societies in movement.

  • Issue Year: 47/2015
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 73-89
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian