By Irmak Karademir-Hazir and Luke de Noronha
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness about the hierarchical structure of the academic fields. Increasingly sociologists put effort in to decolonizing their curricula in their teaching of the discipline. And many colleagues make an attempt to learn from methodological and theoretical perspectives that emerged outside of the global north. How far these individual attempts may challenge the institutionalised structure of the global north-oriented sociology as an academic field is however questionable.
In this blog series, we wanted to hear from academics working in and on the global south, who have felt the impact of the hierarchy embedded in our discipline on their own sociological practice and in that of others.
What are some of the institutional barriers to doing sociology and gaining recognition outside parts of Europe, the US, and other valorised sites of study? What difficulties does one may face when applying dominant theoretical and conceptual paradigms to areas and topics outside of the global north?
It is our hope that the reflexive accounts shared in this series will help take us one step closer to understanding the challenges and possibilities of developing a substantively global sociology