World Congress of Sociology 2010: Move to Harmony

World Congress of Sociology 2010: Move to Harmony

Postby Leo Semashko » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:46 pm

Massive change in sociology to global social harmony
Report on participation in the Congress

Dr. Leo Semashko
GHA President

XVII World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association (ISA), was in Sweden, in a small (900,000 population) and green Gothenburg, 11-17 July 2010. Schedule of the 700 Congress Sessions as well as its other features the reader can be found at the ISA website: . The Congress registered more than 5,000 participants from 104 countries that characterize its global scope and importance for understanding contemporary social trends.

I shall fix only on the three aspects of the Congress: 1. Its general ideological orientation, 2. My work in Congress and 3. Its significance for Global Harmony Association (GHA). I'll start in reverse order.

1. I will say at once: the Congress was very rich in new people and new ideas for the GHA. This is the main result. We found many new supporters of the GHA. Main new idea: to create on the GHA initiative a new Thematic Group (TG) in ISA to institutionalize "public sociology" of harmonious civilization started in the GHA over 5 years ago and presented in the GHA 20 projects and 4 books. Another idea: co-sociological study of the dynamics of spheral classes of the population in U.S., Russia, China and Sweden with the Swedish National Data Service. The Congress was attended besides me 5 members of the GHA: Bernard Scott of Britain, Reimon Bachika from Japan, Ananta Giri and Maitreyee Roy from India, as well as Kuseyn Isaev of Kyrgyzstan. All of them, in one way or another, helped in distributing our leaflets and books on Congress.

2. My main work at the Congress has been distributing leaflets and books "Harmonious Civilization”, which were the effective tool for acquaintance and intercourse with sociologists from different countries. I brought in Congress more than 50 books, of which I can sell only two copies, and the rest I gave sociological youth and elite, as well as sociologists from developing countries. (I noticed that at such congresses the books almost no one is buying for reasons of cost, availability of the Internet and their heaviness in transportation). I printed 500 flyers for the Congress in the English language ( Leaflets have been the most effective information tool that has attracted attention and was perceived by the public willingly. I gave them on the Presidential and other Sessions, as well as at the table with our books.

Here I acquainted with more than 40 sociologists who are interested in the book, and whom I have invited to join the GHA and its projects. Our book, along with a flyer, I gave to the ISA sociological elite: new President Michael Burawoy from the U.S.; former ISA Presidents: Michel Wieviorka, Piotr Sztompka, Alberto Martinelli and Margaret Archer; as well as such outstanding sociologists as Alan Touraine from France, Jeffrey Alexander, Craig Calhoun and Saskia Sassen from the USA; Li Peilin - Director of the Institute of Sociology of China; Eliza Rise of Brazil, the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry - a keynote speaker at the Congress - Professor Yuan Lee – President Emeritus of Academia Sinica in Taiwan; Manuel Castells from Spain; the former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Jan Eliasson; and many others. Almost one in ten members of Congress received our leaflet with information about GHA and its program book. I have not seen on the Congress other similar books and leaflets. There were many but they were limited by various private and traditional aspects of society. Although, I do not exclude, that I have not seen anything: all the Congress information was impossible to reach. In addition, I participated in the Presidential and some other Sessions, and spoke at the RC51 Session with the paper "Global Education as Harmonious Education of Global Harmonious Civilization."

3. Now the ideological trends and achievements of the Congress. In order to reflex with them, I created on the GHA website "Peace from Harmony" the bilingual (Russian and English) seven new pages, united in a new special section:

International Sociological Association: Move towards Sociology of Global Harmony
On this page I published the ISA new TG Program and Statement drafts. These documents are virtually summarize the ideological crossing GHA and ISA at the Congress in Gothenburg. Under this section, I opened another six pages.

XVII World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, July 2010: Start to Understand Social Harmony
On this page I published my report. It is two rows of my vision of the Congress: the visual, which includes about 40 photographs, and mental, includes the most important ideas.
To this page adjoins a few personal pages of the ISA prominent sociologists and keynote speakers from Congress, with the publication of their brief biographical data, photos and papers (with comments), which they kindly sent me for publication and translation:

Michael Burawoy, ISA new President. Facing the Challenges of Global Sociology
The central idea of the ISA new President is global sociology as "my most ambitious project”, called to respond to the global challenges. This is a new and very important idea in the ISA strategy. If we acknowledge that humanity entered on the threshold of a harmonious civilization, then global sociology gain the appropriate quality. This new ISA strategy pushed me the idea of establishing in ISA the relevant Thematic Group: “Global Sociology of Harmonious civilization”, which found enough wide support in my discussions of this idea in Congress.

Yuan T. Lee, Nobel Prize on Chemistry. Energy, Environment and the Future of Mankind
Lee’s conclusion of deep analytical paper laid in the fact that humanity is living beyond its means, not by the resources that can provide the Earth. To solve this global problem can not any country but only all nations together as “one community”. In private conversation after the lecture I asked the question: "Do you agree that one community is a harmonious community or harmonious civilization?" At that Prof. Lee replied unequivocally: "I agree with this completely." This once again proves acceptability of harmonious civilization to the different scientists, peoples and cultures. We agree with the theme of the joint article: "One Earth, One Community and One Harmonious Civilization."

Margaret Archer, ISA President 1986-1990. The Current Crisis: Consequences of Neglecting the Four Key Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine
Margaret Archer, analyzing the sociology evolution since 1970s, reproached the sociologist with ignoring the theoretical researches of the major events of modernity: the Berlin Wall fall, the causes of economic and financial crises and so on (to it is necessary to add and start of nuclear zero in 2009). This allowed her to refer sociology to the "part of the contextual cause rather than its cure" (i.e. removed it from the interests of civil society) and to reproach it in "steady abandonment of ‘systematic sociology’ and the almost feverish production of ‘catch-phrase’ caricatures, each merely extrapolating one societal feature observable at the empirical level". We think that this abandonment and degradation of sociology are connected not only with degradation of industrial society, which it is served, but the absence of progressive systemic object, which appeared only in 2009 with birth of a harmonious civilization. Starting from Catholic Social Doctrine (which, in essence, is a harmonious one) Archer explores the "hostility" to human being nature the various individualistic models of industrial society, accelerating its crisis and devastating for the human. It is the models of ‘atomistic’, or ‘economic’, or ‘one-dimensional’, or ‘homo economicus’, or ‘homo sociologicus’ (or ‘Organization Man’), who “become subservient ‘dopes’ – extinguished as people and without the initiative”, who “do not need society”, “who contributes nothing to the ‘common good’ and to social solidarity” but involved in the fatal antagonism and is expressed as a lack of social structure. This de-humanization is expressed by “the contradictory formula: <the financialization of everything + institutionalized individualism>”. The human rights in this models “can penalize racist acts and public abuse, it cannot legislate racial harmony let alone fraternity into being” and cannot serve to “the common good”. Archer, in her brilliant analytical research, unfolds that social theory together “with Marxism dead … and with Parsons in demise, died any serious concern with social integration” … has no “resources with which to conceive of a robust civil society”. “The sociological imagination during industrial capitalism generated no alternatives for the macro-conceptualization of late modernity” and lost "fraternity", "solidarity" and “subsidiarity” (necessary structural diversity). With the birth in 2009 of a harmonious civilization (“civilization of love” as was articulated by Benedict XVI in Archer’s quote) and its macro-conceptualization in the GHA book “Harmonious Civilization” ( these lost quality of sociological theorizing and imagination not only restored but also rise to a new level of global sociology of harmonious society and corresponding harmonious social thinking. This sociology has all the resources "to conceive of a robust civil society" within a deep structure of its social harmony and finding in it the lost fraternity and also new, harmonious, solidarity and subsidiarity. It is a real response to the challenges of global sociology of the latest modernity.

Michel Wieviorka. ISA President 2006-2010. Sociology on the move
Michel Wieviorka’s keynote speech was devoted to the move of sociology to new areas, its “massive change” and globalization, which included all regions of the world. Social globalization is accompanied by progress of individualization, which is opposed to globalization. Three questions remain open in sociology: general theory, scientific character of sociology and participation in public life. These questions, in my view, are solved in the perspective of sociological move to the new global domain: harmonious civilization.

From the GHA papers are published:
Leo Semashko. GHA President. Global Education as Harmonious Education of Global Harmonious Civilization
My paper was devoted to global harmonious education as the basic generating mechanism of a harmonious civilization, at least in four aspects. First, only it is capable to transform the spheral classes of the population from spontaneous in conscious actors of social harmony or harmonious civilization. Secondly, only it provides these classes with scientific knowledge of building this civilization at all levels: global, regional, national and local. Thirdly, only it creates the person adequate to this civilization: homo harmonicus. Fourthly, creating the harmonious (multidimensional instead of one-dimensional) human resource, which unique makes all resources, harmonious education harmonizes all other social resources through the person: information, including culture and religion; organisation, including finance (money) and democracy; and economy, including markets, property, competition, incomes and environment. Harmonious education provides conscious, peaceful and nonviolent evolution of a harmonious civilization.
This education is harmonious in four moments: on the purpose, content, way and executors-educators who will prepare by the corresponding Academies of Harmony, the initial projects of which are prepared in the GHA.

We should also mention the Chinese papers. Chinese scientists: Professor Li Peilin, Director of the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and sociology Professor Hong Dayong, Renmin University, Beijing spoke about building a harmonious society in China as a new scientific and practical strategy of strengthening China’s sustainability. Of course, for them the idea of a harmonious civilization (society) was the closest and they talked about changing sociology in this direction.

Publication of the papers will continue.

In these reports reflects the two main ideological aspirations: to global sociology and to the sociology of social harmony and harmonious civilization. These actual trends find the best scientific and practical connection, from my point of view, in creation of the ISA new Thematic Group: Global Sociology of Harmonious Civilization. Its initial Program and Statement were published:

These documents, as well as my report and the papers with the comments, are offered for discussion by the ISA and GHA members.

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Postby Leo Semashko » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:27 am

very good..

Michael Burawoy

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Postby Leo Semashko » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:51 pm

Dear Leo,

I have now read your report. I think it is excellent. I think the GHA is now well-positioned to be a positive voice within the sociological community, an antidote to ‘postmodern nihilism’.

I particularly liked your report of what Margaret Archer has to say.
Best wishes,

Bernard Scott,
ISA RC51 Sociocybernetics President
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Moving to Harmony on ISA World Congress of Sociology

Postby Leo Semashko » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:55 pm

Moving to Harmony on ISA World Congress of Sociology: report, papers, comments and discussion

Dear colleagues: members of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and the Global Harmony Association (GHA),

I like to inform you about the opening on the GHA Harmony Forum a timeless discussion devoted to the results of ISA Gothenburg Sociological Congress, which initiated a massive change/shift of sociology to global harmony or harmonious civilization.

Practical task of discussion:
Creation of the ISA new Thematic Group (TG) "Global Sociology of Harmonious Civilization."

Topic of discussion:
World Congress of Sociology: Move to Harmony.

Address discussion at the GHA Forum Harmony: ... php?t=1433, where everyone can express yourself opinion.

Background for discussion:
Publication with the comments of the five Congress papers, submitted in my report (below) briefly.

Discussion key issue:
If almost all sociologists recognize a change/move/shift of our discipline to "Global Sociology", WHAT is its quality and subject?

GHA, which unites more than 400 members from 48 countries and dozens of international and national NGOs from around the world, over 5 years develops PUBLIC sociology of civil society, the social ideal of which is HARMONIOUS CIVILIZATION as a means of survival for humankind on the path of peace, fraternity and prosperity of all nations and as an output from impasse of degenerating industrial civilization. For 5 years, GHA has created more than 20 projects of global harmony and has published 4 books of these projects. GHA has found more than 65 facts confirming a global harmonization trend since 1947, which in 2009 expressed in the birth of a harmonious civilization.

Its origin is associated with the emergence in 2009 of its first three global features: 1. Beginning of nuclear disarmament of the U.S. and Russia, 2. Appearance of its first theoretical model (GHA book "Harmonious Civilization»: and 3. Publication of the cornerstone book of Prof. Alexei Stakhov (Canada): "Mathematics of Harmony", which laid the foundations of mathematics of harmonious civilization ( All these features are incompatible with industrialism/capitalism.

The first feature characterizes a peace and non-violent nature of a new civilization. The other two reflect its scientific self-consciousness in qualitative and quantitative aspects. The social confirmations of a new civilization are the EU since 1992 and China science 2006, which build a harmonious society and cover about 2 billion people: almost one third of mankind. In 2010 appeared else one, the economic fact of new civilization: the USA 40 billionaires' philanthropy as a conscious self-limitation of economic wealth and its direction on social capital (education and health). This unprecedented initiative overturned all the economic theories and laws of industrialism/capitalism and is a scientific explanation only in the harmonious civilization theory. Civilization shift pulls a shift in mindset and science, including sociology.

The historical trend of global harmonization and the facts of birth of harmonious civilization allow GHA to determine the shift of our discipline in the direction to "global sociology of harmonious civilization." This is our (GHA), the answer to the key issue of discussion. Of course, there may be other answers. Of course, our response is not claim to be absolute and irrevocable. Of course, the discussion about global sociology of the 21st century will be a difficult and long.

GHA, especially its more than 15 sociologists as the ISA members, begin this discussion at the Harmony Forum and invite other members of the ISA and the GHA to include in it. This debate is important not only for sociologists, not only for our organizations but also for the global civil society as a whole. It is our social responsibility and response to global challenges of sociology of the 21st century.

The discussion covers the different groups of sociologists and non-sociologists and in full scale will unfold from the beginning of September.

We hope that published in the Harmony Forum (and below) the Gothenburg Congress report, will help you navigate in this debate and found in the Congress papers: Burawoy, Lee Archer, Wieviorka and others, as well as their comments, the original idea for it. We also hope that this very broad and important debate will continue in the ISA electronic media, about development of which its President Michael Burawoy spoke.

We hope that other members of Congress also send their papers to be discussed in the framework of our theme.

We are pleased to invite the ISA members to join the GHA that requires only your acceptance of its Mission: "Peace from Harmony, or: pave conscious way for harmonious civilization."

We are pleased to invite the GHA members to join the ISA if you want to participate in moving sociology to harmony.

We are pleased to invite the ISA and GHA members to join the ISA new TG if you're interested in creating sociological knowledge for harmonious civilization.

Leo Semashko,
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Postby Leo Semashko » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:39 pm

I give my support to "Global Sociology" with the Tetra-sociology as a whole science of Social Harmony. It has a global scientific worldview and the ideology for a harmonious civilization and the existence of a society and an individual in Social Harmony in any place and at any time provided by the four recourses: PIOT.

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Re: World Congress of Sociology 2010: Move to Harmony

Postby Laj Utreja » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:01 pm

Dear Leo:
On behalf of the GHA – USA I welcome the Global Harmony Association (GHA) initiative to create a new Thematic Group (TG) in International Sociological Association (ISA) to institutionalize "public sociology" of harmonious civilization. It is consistent with the objectives of the GHA. Even in the midst of several global conflicts, the global economy and the resulting migration of people has provided the impetus for people of different nationalities, faiths, races and cultures to work together without conflicts. The situation necessitates the need for tolerance and acceptance based on the principles of harmonious civilization.
I’m looking forward to meeting with the other members of the GHA in Astana for a working group meeting where we establish priorities for the GHA and its newly formed TG in ISA.
Laj Utreja
President, GHA – USA
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Re: World Congress of Sociology 2010: Move to Harmony

Postby Tulchinsky » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:36 pm

Many thanks to Leo Semashko for the review! It gives a wide view of modern sociology and its main trends.
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