The International Sociological Association (ISA) is a non-profit association for scientific purposes. Its function is to represent sociologists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion.


The goal of the Association is to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world. In its structure, the Association recognizes the aspirations of sociologists in all parts of the world and endeavors to support and strengthen the free development of sociology in cooperation with similar associations of social scientists.


To achieve these ends, the Association shall support activities to:
secure and develop institutional and personal contacts between sociologists and other social scientists throughout the world;
encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on developments in sociological knowledge;
facilitate and promote international research and training;
convene meetings and regularly scheduled world congresses;
promote publications which support its other activities.