HEPO @ ICCSS2015

Veikko Eranti, Anna Kukkonen and Tuukka Ylä-Anttila from HEPO are presenting their poster Topic Modeling the Global Climate Policy Debate at the International Conference on Computational Social Science today. The poster presents our first attempt at combining qualitative justifications analysis, developed by our research group in collaboration with Laurent Thévenot, with machine learning methods and topic modeling tools. While our work is still preliminary, we think it it is possible to start analysing political justification in bigger textual corpora using a combination of automated analysis methods and sociological insights.

Come and meet us at the poster session (we’re panel number 53), see our poster on Prezi or as PDF, or follow frantic tweets from Veikko or Tuukka!

Screenshot 2015-06-08 08.40.48

Hepo in Yokohama (ISA 2014)

poster-isa-congress2014Several members of HEPO are currently in Yokohama, attending the International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology.  HEPO presentations revolve around our core themes: global environmental movements, new european populism and digital organization of social movements.

Veikko and Tuukka will also be tweeting about the conference with hashtag #ISA14.

Veikko Eranti:
Organization of a Networked Presidential Campaign in Social MediaTuesday, July 15, 2014: 11:00 AM Room: Booth 45

Dr. Tuomas Ylä-Anttila (and Anna Kukkonen in abse):
Civil Society Organizations and Cultural Repertoires of Evaluation in the Media Debate on Climate Change: Comparing France and the United StatesTuesday, July 15, 2014: 6:00 PM Room: 302.

Crowding in: Why and How Indian Civil Society Organizations Began Mobilizing on Climate Change.Thursday, July 17, 2014: 8:45 AM Room: F203

Tuukka Ylä-Anttila:

Populism As Politics of Personal Experience: The Case of SuvivirsiTuesday, July 15, 2014: 9:15 AM Room: 411

With this paper, Tuukka Ylä-Anttila was a finalist in the ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists.

Tuukka Ylä-Anttila (with Paris Aslanidis in abse):
The Adaptability of Populist Discourse: Greece and Finland in ComparisonThursday, July 17, 2014: 3:45 PM Room: Booth 45.

Kuinka demokraattista on osallistuminen?

(Julkaistu myös Sosiologia-lehden blogissa).

Elämme uuden osallistumisen kulta-aikaa. 1990-luvun plösöstä kuluttajakansalaisesta olemme siirtyneet yhteiskuntaan aktiivisesti osallistuvan asiantuntijatoimijan aikaan. Kaupunkitapahtumat kukkivat ja hallinnon demokratisoituminen edistyy.

Tästä huolimatta tiedämme melko vähän siitä, miten kaikki tämä osallistuminen todella vaikuttaa demokratiaan. Sosiologia-lehden numerossa 1/2014 ilmestyneessä artikkelissani ”Oma etu ja yhteinen hyvä paikallisessa kiistassa tilasta” koetan mennä osallistumisen sloganeita syvemmälle ja ottaa selvää, miten ihmiset oikeasti osallistuvat omista asioistaan päättämiseen, kun siihen annetaan mahdollisuus.

Continue reading “Kuinka demokraattista on osallistuminen?”

HEPO valtaa Sosiologia-lehden!

HEPO:n Eeva Luhtakallion ja Tuomas Ylä-Anttilan päätoimittama Sosiologia-lehden tuorein numero (1/2011) pureutuu poliittisen ja moraalisen sosiologian kysymyksiin Laurent Thévenot’n jalanjäljissä. “Poliittinen tässä yhteydessä tarkoittaa muutakin kuin perinteisen politiikan instituutioiden ja tapahtumien ottamista tutkimuskohteeksi.Poliittinen ja moraalinen sosiologia tutkii myös uusia hallinnan ja osallistamisen muotoja, sekä tapoja, joilla toimijat pyrkivät politisoimaan asioita eli nostamaan kohtaamiaan ongelmia julkisiksi kysymyksiksi”, kirjoittavat Luhtakallio ja Ylä-Anttila numeron pääkirjoituksessa. Kyseessä on Sosiologia-lehden ensimmäinen teemanumero.

Lehden avaa itsensä Laurent Thévenot’n artikkeli Oikeutettavuuden rajat. Yhteiselämää koossapitävät sidokset ja niiden väärinkäyttö, jonka on englannista kääntänyt Veikko Eranti.

Numeron muut varsinaiset artikkelit ovat HEPO:laisten käsialaa. Markku Lonkilan artikkeli käsittelee Yhteisyyden kielioppeja helsinkiläisessä ja pietarilaisessa kaupunkiaktivismissa ja Suvi Huikurin artikkeli ilmastosopimuksen oikeuttamista Suomessa ja Intiassa. Eeva Luhtakallio ja Tuomas Ylä-Anttila esittelevät lehdessä Thévenot’n ja Boltanskin oikeuttamisteorian pohjalta kehittämänsä tutkimusmenetelmän, Julkisen oikeuttamisen analyysin.

“Kyseessä on epäilemättä kevään painokkain yhteiskuntateoreettinen kontribuutio” –anonyymi hepolainen.

New Books by HEPO

In addition to the theses presented here earlier,  members of HEPO published or edited several books during 2010. Here are brief introductions of them.

Networks in the Russian Market Economy from Palgrave Macmillan, by Markku Lonkila.

“If Russia has become a market economy, how does it function on a grassroots level? In addition to market mechanisms, what kinds of social and moral principles are at work in the new Russian economy? Is the ‘Soviet legacy’ still present in post-Soviet business practices?

This book searches for answers to these questions, by investigating the networking practices of the Russian software industry. It examines what kinds of resources are transmitted through the personal networks of Russian IT directors and managers, and which mechanisms govern this transmission. The volume opens a rarely available grassroots-level view into the business practices of the new Russian knowledge-based economy.”

Political Theory and Community Building in Post-Soviet Russia from Routledge, edited by Oleg Kharkhordin, Risto Alapuro.

This book revisits many aspects of current social science theories, such as actor-network theory and the French school of science and technology studies, to test how the theories apply in a specific situation, in this case after 1991 in the city of Cherepovets in Russia, home of Russia’s second biggest steel producer, Severstal. Using political philosophy to analyse the down-to-earth details of the real techno-scientific problems facing the world, the book examines the role of things – and urban infrastructure in particular – in political change. It considers how the city’s infrastructure, including housing, ICT networks, the provision of public utilities of all kinds, has been transformed in recent years; examines the roles of different actors including the municipal authorities, and explores citizens’ differing and sometimes contradictory images of their city. It includes a great deal of new thinking on how communities are built, how common action is initiated to provide public goods, and how the goods themselves – physical things – are a crucial driver of community action and community building, arguably more so than more abstract social and human forces.”

Nordic Associations in a European Perspective from Nomos, edited by Risto Alapuro, Henrik Stenius.

Associations provide the most appropriate perspective to the Nordic conception of democracy. The book accepts this wisdom but argues that contrarily to conventional analyses, the specificity can only be shown if Nordic associations are analyzed both in a comparative and in an historically informed perspective.

An extensive historical introduction relates the development of the Nordic countries both to Western Europe and to each other. Then, in the following chapters, Denmark, Finland, Norway, or Sweden, or some of them are related to each other or to other European countries, and reflections are made on the relevance of the long historical time span.

An eloquent indication of the Nordic particularity is the importance of passive membership. It tells of the representation as the key quality of Nordic associations: it has been more important to belong, or to “be part of,” than to take part. But passive membership also poses the question of the viability of the Nordic association-based practices. Does the present “crisis of representation” signal the demise of the Nordic model, or can it serve as a springboard for new forms of vigilance?”