Brazil

by Ruy Braga, University of São Paulo, Brazil and Board Member of Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44) and Ricardo Antunes, State University of Campinas, Brazil June 2013 will go down in the history of social uprisings in Brazil. Beginning on June 6 with a march in São Paulo, which attracted about 2,000 people in […]

An Interview with Fernando Henrique Cardoso After being Minister of Finance, Fernando Henrique Cardoso was elected President of Brazil for two terms, 1995-2003. He was President of the International Sociological Association (1982-1986), toward the end of the Brazilian dictatorship. He was already then a world-famous sociologist with pioneering work on the interaction between dependence and […]

by Bianca Freire-Medeiros, Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Favela tours in Rio de Janeiro, township tours in Cape Town and Soweto, slum tours in Mumbai, Manila, Jakarta, Cairo, Nairobi. Since the early 1990s – and in a context of accelerated economic integration, neoliberal urban governance regimes and globalized media cultures – territories […]

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal History shows – and current events confirm – that periods of acute crisis or deprivation are typically not the times when citizens will rise against an unjust state of affairs, forcing institutions and those with political power to significantly change the course of government. Although comparisons are […]

Breno Bringel, Institute of Social and Political Studies, State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ), Editor of Dados – Revista de Ciências Sociais (http://www.scielo.br/revistas/dados/iaboutj.htm)[1] Indignation or outrage is not a social movement. It is a state of being. As such, it can be expressed in a variety of ways. In Southern Europe, for example, the […]

by Eloísa Martín, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Editor of Current Sociology Currently, in institutions of higher education around the world, a common demand is heard: internationalization. Amidst various efforts to achieve that, one in particular tops the list: publish in high-impact academic journals. Over the last 30 years, this task has […]

by Herbert Docena, University of California, Berkeley Much of the post-conference analysis has centered on what words or phrases were included omitted in the final document, thus missing what can only be read between the lines. THE MOOD INSIDE THE WINDSOR BARRA HOTEL seemed more buoyant than in many of the over 3,000 other side-meetings […]

by Paulo Henrique Martins, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and President of the Latin American Sociological Association Globalization is creating new spaces of knowledge production that are changing the traditional intellectual division of labor dominated by Europe as the privileged center for thinking about modernity. For some authors, such as Arjun Appadurai, the “Third World” […]

by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, UK, and ISA Vice-President for Publications, 2010-2014, and Eloísa Martín, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Editor of Current Sociology Current Sociology is one of the longest-standing sociological journals; this year it celebrates its 60th anniversary. Its development shows quite a lot about the general progress of […]

by Tom Dwyer, University of Campinas, Brazil, and Member of the ISA Executive Committee, 2010-2014 The four BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, are being rapidly drawn together by the tectonic shifts in the global order. To better understand these processes and their implications for internal stratification sociologists from the four countries assembled in […]