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Swiss Journal of Sociology
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ISSN (Print) 0379-3664 - ISSN (Online) 2297-8348
Published by Sciendo Homepage  [389 journals]
  • Editorial

    • PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • Civil Society at the United Nations Through the Lens of Organizational
           Sociology: Exclusion and Temporariness

    • Abstract: Studying the inclusion of civil society in international organizations has grown in the last decade. This article repatriates the ongoing scholarly discussions of this inclusion within organizational sociology to answer what the nature of civil society is as an organization at the United Nations. With “temporary organizations” it proposes a relational perspective whereby civil society’s temporariness induces mechanisms of exclusion and vice-versa. In practice civil society actors counter exclusion mechanisms by holding on to their autonomy.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • Working for World Peace: Between Idealism and Cynicism in International

    • Abstract: In International Organizations (IOs), noble ideals often clash with harsh realities on the ground. It should therefore come as no surprise if IO employees become cynical over time. However, while there is a large body of work on “organizational cynicism” in sociology and management studies, a systematic examination of cynicism is lacking in IO research. The article addresses this gap and explores the causes and consequences of cynicism among IO staff based on insights gained in 50+ in-depth interviews with staff members at the UN Secretariat from 2020 to 2022.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • The Temporality of Solidarities. Family and Friend Support’s Variability
           in Regard to Young People’s Economic Vulnerability Degree in Switzerland

    • Abstract: Based on an original survey on 1500 young people aged from 18 to 29 years old, this article aims to better understand the influence of economic vulnerability on family and peers’ solidarity. By considering two types of support (practical and financial supports), our results show that for economically vulnerable young people the support provided by family and peers is more durable and more intimately related to basic needs fulfilment.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • Social Boundary Work in International Organizations: Taxonomy and

    • Abstract: This article – based on the case studies of the WHO and the FAO – shows that the expansion of cooperation between international organizations (IOs) and non-state actors (NSAs) leads to a significant rearrangement of IOs organizational boundaries. IOs develop bureaucratic procedures (e. g. due diligence, risk management) that lead IO employees to be in charge of “taxonomy work”, i. e. the classification and hierarchization of NSAs. This work re draws the boundaries of IOs and generates resistance and contestation, both inside and out side IOs.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • Anchoring International Organizations in Organizational Sociology

    • PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • Social Support, Gender and the Roots of Political Efficacy: Evidence from
           the Swiss Household Panel

    • Abstract: This study explores how social support, defined as the number and quality of close relationships, affects feelings of political influence. Using Swiss Household Panel data (1999–2018), it reveals that the quality of relationships (emotional support) enjoyed from weak ties drives women’s political efficacy, while having no significant effect for men. In addition to extending on the socially oriented drivers of political engagement, social support has the potential to reduce female disadvantage in political efficacy and eventually alleviate gen der inequality in politics.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • The Bureaucratic Competency: A Source of Power' An Exploration of
           International Organizations Staff Through the Notion of Competency in
           Organizational Sociology

    • Abstract: Bureaucratic competency arises from an approach combining a concept from organizational sociology (functional competency by Crozier) and a research in political science on individual competency in international organization (IO). The article shows that IO agents must master areas of uncertainty inherent in the career in IOs. To deal with this, they develop a multi-form bureaucratic skill. The analysis of this competency reveals individual strategies, far from a vision of competency as a collective resource for IOs.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • Intimate Partner Violence and the Complexity Turn. The Multiple
           Conceptions of Gender in IPV Policy in Switzerland

    • Abstract: Based on socio-historical research of domestic violence treatment in the cantons of Vaud and Geneva, this article analyses how the co-presence of many actors and approaches has affected the definition of intimate partner violence (IPV) in Switzerland. IPV policies centred on gender and then reframed to define violence as a complex issue. We show what the consequences of framing complexity for policy are.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • Internal Dynamics as Drivers of Change in International Organizations: The
           Economists’ Takeover at the World Bank

    • Abstract: Using the largely untapped episode of the reconstruction of the World Bank’s Economics Department in the mid-1960s, this article aims to augment our theoretical and empirical understanding of intra-organizational change in international organizations (IOs). By analyzing the instruments and mechanisms of dynamic staff agency, it highlights the capacity of norm entrepreneurs, professional groups, and internal administrative units to shape activities and initiate a change of IOs. The article makes a case for a more dynamic constructivist approach to the study of IOs and their ecosystems.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Perceived Employment (In)Security
           in Switzerland

    • Abstract: The Covid-19 pandemic and the way this health crisis has been handled has changed labour market inequalities. We argue that workers are affected differently by changed work and employment conditions, depending on the workers’ employment relations and study the impact of remote work, polarization of the core, and peripheral workforce as well as changes in working time during the Covid-19 pandemic on perceived employment insecurity. Based on data from the Swiss Household Panel and its special wave (“Covid-19 Study”), our results show that the perceived employment insecurity is related to employment strategies aimed at increasing flexibility in the labour market. In particular, short-time work increased perceived employment insecurity.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • The Social Structure on Perception and Attitudes on Education in

    • Abstract: The present study investigates the Swiss population’s perceptions of education. The results show that education is rated as very important. While functional and value-rational ideas about education are diferentiated in terms of social structure, there are no diferences related to origin and education for traditional ideas about education. Regardless of actual educational opportunities, disregarding gender and cohort diferences, approval of equal opportunities in the education system is high in all social groups.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • A Moral Entrepreneur in the Land of Consensus: Making School Policy in

    • Abstract: This article examines the way in which political decisions on schooling are made, with the double constraint of a search for consensus, anchored in Swiss politics, and the presence of moral entrepreneurs (Becker, 1985).We analyse the tensions that this creates in the design of a reform of lower secondary education and the forms that the conflict takes. The analyses show an over-politicisation of educational issues, exacerbating the divisions between policy actors.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Feb 2023 00:00:00 GMT
  • Street-Level Workers and Unaccompanied Minors: Between Vulnerability and

    • Abstract: Focusing on practices and representations mobilized by street-level workers in the management of North African unaccompanied minor migrants (UAMs) in Geneva, I take a closer look at the everyday assessment and production of UAMs’ deservingness in the context of humanitarianism. I show the importance of doubt and of perceived vulnerability in the informal evaluation process of UAMs’ right for protection. I further demonstrate how the social construction of childhood, race, and gender influence street-level workers’ perceptions.
      PubDate: Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT
  • Border Shifts: On the Relationship Between Residential Care, Flight and
           the Police in Germany

    • Abstract: Young people of color are affected by criminalization. This article addresses the question of how social work in the context of institutionalized out-of-home placement is framed by the ubiquity of national borders and police practices. It empirically traces that racial profiling manifests itself through ritualistic repetition. It is shown that the formal character of so-called dangerous places classified as criminogenic is transferred to youth-serving organizations through informal police practices.
      PubDate: Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT
  • “Bridge Builders” in the Dispositif of Collaborative Inclusion.
           Enactments of Expertise in Cooperations between Local Administrations and
           Immigrant Associations

    • Abstract: Immigrant associations in Germany are increasingly approached as experts and included in administrative action. This article develops a heuristic informed by governmentality studies to analyse this cooperation practice. A document analysis shows that immigrant associations are addressed as “bridge builders” between public administration and migrants. Interviews with actors in a municipal cooperation setting in Berlin reveal the paradoxes of this interpellation as well as reflexive strategies of organisational self-positioning.
      PubDate: Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT
  • (Un)suitable Difference: Ethnic and Racializing Differentiations in
           Recruitment Practices of Local Administrations in Berlin

    • Abstract: This article investigates the role of ethnic and racializing differentiations in recruitment practices of public administrations in a context of demands to employ more staff of immigrant origin. Drawing on a qualitative study of local administrations in Berlin, I show how figures of “(un)suitable candidates” are constructed, in which ethnic/racializing differentiations intersect with gendered and spatial differentiations. This serves both to justify low recruitment numbers and established routines and to showcase openness to diversity.
      PubDate: Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT
  • Introduction: Ethnicity and Public Service. How the State Deals with
           Ethnic Differences

    • PubDate: Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT
  • Manufacturing Difference: Police Responses to “Domestic

    • Abstract: Although previous research has criticized the racialization of violence against women, the tendency to link so-called “domestic violence” to migrant population remains popular in Switzerland. This article based on an ethnographic study of a police emergency unit, argues against the thesis according to which domestic violence is more frequent (or more serious) in migrant populations. It examines the “Sri Lankan case”, a prevailing narrative in this institution, to show how the police officers manufacture difference between similar cases.
      PubDate: Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT
  • “Like a Big Cool Family” – Smoothening Out Diversity
           Within the Police

    • Abstract: This article discusses narratives on diversity within two Swiss police corps. In biographical-narrative interviews, police officers smooth out diversity by neutralizing, externalizing and dosing differences. The experience of being different and speaking about differences goes against the organizational narrative of the “police as a family”. The latter contributes to building a homogenized and community-oriented police corps culture.
      PubDate: Mon, 07 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMT
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