New evidence contained in Eichmann Before Jerusalem, a recently published book by Bettina Stangneth, throws a new light on the Nazi commander's personality and role in the Final Solution. It also shows how his later confidant Willem Sassen, a member of the SS, escaped to Argentina equipped with documents supplied by the Irish civil service.
Craig Calhoun discusses the complex relationship between sociology, national traditions and cultural peculiarities. Calhoun points to the tensions and potential contradictions that arise when sociological concepts that were coined at a specific time and refer to a specific place are applied to different conditions and contexts. Other problems come to mind: the dominance of the English-speaking world in academia, issues of cultural domination, even imperialism. The interview closes with suggestions as to how these issues can be addressed practically and the role that a more reflective world sociology can play in solving some of these questions.
A special edition of the Irish Journal of Sociology is now available. This edition focuses on Sociology and Nationhood and features an interview with LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun. The entire interview is available to download.
The hosts of RTE Radio 1 programme 'Life Matters', Seán Duke and Colette Kinsella, take up John Lennon's challenge to "imagine there's no country...". Sinisa Malesevic is amongst a number of guests to discuss the role of nations.