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List of TetraSociology abstracts submitted to the 32 sessions of the XVth World Congress of Sociology

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The book's second part presents the thirteen sociocultural TetraSociological projects as possible responses to some of the XXIst century's challenges. We want to stress again that our project proposals are exploratory, tentative and hypothetical. They are summarized in very brief abstracts, to be submitted at sessions of the XVth WCS. Project "Tetraempirism" is to build the empirical basis for all the projects proposed, so it comes first. Four projects after it concern the social sphere, the next three, informational, and the following two, organizational and technical spheres respectively. Three last projects are not as global as the previous o­nes, but significant in their own way nonetheless. They are distinguished for their national or organizational specificity.

1. The list of TetraSociology abstracts submitted to the 32 sessions of the XVth WCS

In 2001, the author made 32 abstracts for the WCS sessions and forwarded them to the sessions' chairpersons. Besides fulfilling the main function - to introduce sociocultural projects - the abstracts also serve other purposes. First, they are intended to give an idea of TetraSociology's scope, its ability to respond to many contemporary problems. Second, they are a kind of sociological test to fathom TetraSociology's acceptability for Western specialists, who are not aware of it: not a single publication o­n the subject has appeared in the West. The author was interested to learn how Western sociologists would treat a new theory, how many abstracts would be accepted, how many not accepted, how many would receive no response. Of 32 abstracts, 9 (28%) were ACCEPTED; 12 (37,5%), NOT ACCEPTED; 11 (34,5%) NO RESPONSE. This is an empirical fact. For an unknown theory, the initial approval rate of 28% is probably the quite good result, attesting to its substantiality. Certainly, forming an opinion about a new paradigm from brief (200-500 words) abstracts outlining fairly ambitious projects is not easy, which explains a big non-response rate. This also explains a high rejection rate. True, in some cases the reason for rejections lied not in the abstracts' content, but in the sessions' limited time-allotments, which cannot accommodate all those sending the abstracts. Understandably, the sessions' chairpersons' individual qualities account in a big part for the reactions to the abstracts: accepted, not accepted, no response. What has also important is that the abstracts' quality varies: some are better, some are worse. But overall the abstracts do give an idea of TetraSociology and its sociocultural projects.

The abstracts are listed with the title first, then the Research Committee's name and number, then the session's number and name, then the session's or committee's chairperson's name and country, then the chairperson's or committee's decision o­n the abstract: accepted, not accepted, no response.

List of Leo M. Semashko's Abstracts submitted o­n 32 Sessions of ISA XV World Congresses of Sociology

  1. TetraSociology: Peace Jerusalem, the Lessons of the XXth Century

    RC01 Armed Forces & Conflict Resolution

    Session 5: World in New Millennium: the Lessons of the XXth Century

    Chair: Proshanta Nandi, India. NOT ACCEPTED

  2. Tetra Format of Sociological Education: Innovative Experience

    RC04 Sociology of Education

    Session 8: Education and Society: the New Challenges

    Secretary: Ari Antikainen, Finland. ACCEPTED

  3. TetraSociology: Hypothesis of TetraGamy as New Family Form

    RC06 Family Research

    Session 2: New family forms

    Chair: Jan Trost, Sweden. ACCEPTED

  4. TetraSociology: Hypothesis of TetraGamy

    RC07 Futures Research

    Session 4: The social world of the XXIst century: the future of family and kinship culture

    Chair: Lorne Tepperman, Canada. NO RESPONSE

  5. TetraSociology: Hypothesis of Pluratheism

    RC07 Futures Research

    Session 4: Religion in the social world of the 21st century: toward a world ethos

    Chair: Rudolf J. Siebert, USA ACCEPTED

  6. Social Use of TetraSociology as Information Technology

    RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge & Culture

    Session 10 Social uses of information and communication technology

    RC14 President, Gaetan Tremblay, Canada ACCEPTED

  7. TetraSociological Theory: Universalism of Four-dimensional Continuum of Social Space - Time

    RC16 Sociological Theory

    Session 6: Can there be post-modern universalism?

    Convenor: Jeffrey Alexander, USA. NO RESPONSE

  8. TetraSociology: New Philosophy of Social Space - Time

    RC16 Sociological Theory

    Session 10: New philosophies of social science

    Convenor: Patrick Baert, UK NOT ACCEPTED

  9. TetraSociological Theory: for What, of What and for Whom?

    RC16 Sociological Theory

    Session 12: Theories for what, of what and for whom?

    Convenor: Piotr Sztompka, Poland NO RESPONSE

  10. TetraSociology as the Adequate Feminist Sociological Theory

    RC16 Sociological Theory

    Session 14: The feminist challenge to sociological theory.

    Convenor: Sasha Roseneil, UK. NOT ACCEPTED

  11. TetraSociology: Sphere Quality of Classes and Democracy in the XX1st Century

    RC18 Political Sociology

    Session 4: The quality of democracy in the 21st century

    Co-Chair: Eva Etzioni-Halevy, Israel. NO RESPONSE

  12. TetraSociology: Hypothesis of Pluratheism as Tolerance and Union of Religions

    RC22 Sociology of Religion

    Session 5: Religious tolerance and intolerance

    Convenor: Ivan Varga, Canada. NOT ACCEPTED

  13. TetraSociology as Social Theory of Ecological Harmony

    RC24 Environment & Society

    Session 7: Social theory and the environment

    Chair: Frederick H.Buttel, USA. NOT ACCEPTED

  14. TetraSociology: The Ecological Modernization and Harmony Through Social Modernization and Harmony

    RC24 Environment & Society

    Session 9: Ecological modernization: theory and practice

    Chair: Frederick H.Buttel, USA. NO RESPONSE

  15. TetraSociology: Esperanto as the o­ne Language of Technologies and Intercourse in the XX1st century

    RC25 Sociolinguistics

    Session 4: Language, technology and work

    Chair: Max Travers, UK. ACCEPTED

  16. TetraSociology: Discovery of New Statistics

    RC26 Sociotechnics, Sociological Practice

    Session 6: Applying sociological knowledge: the challenges of sociotechnics and sociological practice

    RC26 President: John Alexander, Canada ACCEPTED

  17. TetraSociology as the Adequate Feminist Sociological Theory

    RC32 Women in Society

    Session 5: Feminist sociological theory

    Organizer: Eva Blay, Brazil. NO RESPONSE

  18. TetraSociology: Discovery of New Statistics - Revolution for Quantitative Sociology

    RC33 Logic & Methodology in Sociology

    Session 7: Qualitative (?) computing - a revolution for qualitative (?) sociology

    Chair: Edith D. De Leeuw, Netherlands. NO RESPONSE

  19. TetraSociological Statistics: Conversion of General Method in Tetraempiricism

    RC33 Logic & Methodology in Sociology

    Session 11: General Methods and Statistics

    Chair: Edith D. De Leeuw, Netherlands. NO RESPONSE

  20. TetraSociology: Constructing and Using of Four-Dimensional Social Space - Time in the Analysis of Youth

    RC34 Sociology of Youth

    Session 5.9: Constructing and using of space, time and place.

    Chair: Carmen Leccardi, Italy. NOT ACCEPTED

  21. TetraSociology: the Concept of Sphere Global Democracy

    RC35 Committee o­n Conceptual & Terminological Analysis

    Session 1: The concept of global democracy

    Organizer: Henry Teune, USA. NO RESPONSE

  22. TetraSociology: the Concept of Four-Dimensional Social Space - Time as Four-Dimensional Concept of Society

    RC35 Committee o­n Conceptual & Terminological Analysis

    Session 3: The concept of society

    Organizer: Martin Albrow, UK. ACCEPTED

  23. Russian Sphere Classes: Formation of New Actors

    RC47 Social Classes & Social Movements

    Session 2. The formation of new actors

    President of RC47, Francois Dubet, France. ACCEPTED

  24. TetraSociology: Peace and Global Jerusalem

    RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change

    Session 2. Political conflict, violence and social movements

    Chair: Tamar Herman, Israel. NOT ACCEPTED

  25. TetraSociological Modeling of Social World: Transition from Theory to Computer Technology.

    RC51 Sociocybernetics

    Session 4: Modeling the Social World by Using Computers

    Session Organizer: Cor Van Dijkum, Netherlands. NOT ACCEPTED

  26. TetraSociology as New Paradigm of Understanding Society

    RC51 Sociocybernetics

    Session 5: New Paradigms for Understanding Society

    Session Organizer: Vladimir Dimitrov, Australia. NOT ACCEPTED

  27. TetraSociology as World-System Analysis in the Twenty-First Century

    RC51 Sociocybernetics

    Session 9: World-Systems Analysis in the Twenty-First Century

    Program Coordinator, Bernard Scott, UK. NOT ACCEPTED

  28. TetraSociology as the Answer o­n Childhood Challenge to Sociological Theory

    RC53 Sociology of Childhood

    Session 1: Childhood and sociological theory

    Organizer: Robert van Krieken, NO RESPONSE

  29. TetraSociology: the Game Social Space-Time of Children

    RC53 Sociology of Childhood

    Session 7: Children in time and space

    Organizer: Helga Zeiher, Germany. NOT ACCEPTED

  30. TetraSociological Statistics: New System of the Social Indicators

    WG06 Social Indicators

    Chair: Robert A.Cummins, Australia. ACCEPTED

  31. TetraSociology: Russian Sphere Classes - Formation of New Actors

    Russian Speaking Forum

    Session 2. Contemporary Russia as a process: where does it lead?

    Chair: Nikita Pokrovsky, Russia. NO RESPONSE

  32. TetraSociological Statistics as the Means of Multi-Faceted Surveillance and Prevention of Terrorist Attacks in Information Societies

    Ad Hoc Session o­n Surveillance in Information Societies

    Chair: David Lyon, Canada. NOT ACCEPTED

From them o­nly those abstracts are placed below, which express appropriate sociocultural projects. Other abstracts duplicating the theoretical contents of TetraSociology are not placed. All projects, except for two last, are global and long-term designed not for o­ne decade. These projects, in spite of hypotheticness, create, from our point of view, new quality both empiricism and pragmatism of sociology open before it completely new applied horizons.

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