International Sociological Association (ISA)

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  • The International Sociological Association (ISA) is a non-​profit association for scientific purposes. Its function is to represent sociologists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion. The ISA is a member of the International Social Science Council and enjoys a status of the Non-​Governmental Organization in formal associate relations with UNESCO and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


    The goal of the Association is to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world. In its structure, the Association recognizes the aspirations of sociologists in all parts of the world and endeavours to support and strengthen the free development of sociology in cooperation with similar associations of social scientists.

    To achieve these ends, the Association shall support activities to:

    • secure and develop institutional and personal contacts between sociologists and other social scientists throughout the world;
    • encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on developments in sociological knowledge;
    • facilitate and promote international research and training;
    • convene meetings and regularly scheduled world congresses;
    • promote publications which support its other activities.


    History of ISA: 1948 – 1997″ by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, England © International Sociological Association 1998 ISBN 84−605−7747−3

    Published in 1998 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the International Sociological Association, this is a first book publication covering various aspects of ISA history. Illustrated with original photographs and congress posters it offers an attractive overview of a life of an international organization. Reading the history of the ISA may help you to reflect on the definitional evolution of what is included within the boundaries of sociology.

    History of ISA: 1948 – 1997 [11 Mb]

    The archives of the International Sociological Association are deposited at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


    Phone +34.913.527-650

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