Around 3,500 academics have gathered in Prague for a conference of the European Sociological Association. Due to run until Friday, it is the biggest such conference ever held in Europe. The eminent Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman gave the opening address on Tuesday evening, while other speakers will include Christopher T. Whelan and Arlie R. Hochschild. The theme of the 12th ESA conference is Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination.
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