by Ramiro Carlos Humberto Caggiano Blanco, University of São Paulo, Brazil, and Natalia Teresa Berti, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia The commodities boom of the 2000s enabled the governments of Argentina and Brazil to adopt policies of re-industrialization combined with social integration. These governments re-nationalized strategic companies, partially (re-)regulated the labor market, promoted a minimum income, […]

by María José Álvarez Rivadulla, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia and Board Member of ISA Research Committee on Regional and Urban Development (RC21) Montevideo changed drastically during the last two decades of the twentieth century: in the confluence of neoliberalism and democratization, Uruguay’s capital city grew increasingly unequal and segregated. Perhaps the most visible change […]

by Eliana Kaimowitz, The Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia), Bogotá, Colombia Imagine you are a human rights activist from a small town in South America who is trying to stop a European mining company from continuing to pollute your community’s drinking water. You recently heard that a human rights activist […]

María José Álvarez Rivadulla, ISA Member of Research Committee on Regional and Urban Development (RC21) Majo is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Rosario University, Colombia. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, she has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and has lived in Colombia for the last five years. She is interested […]

by Nadia Margarita Rodríguez, University of Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia Controversy over land restitution in Colombia began with the passing of Law 1448, also known as Law of Victims, on June 10, 2011. It was a historical milestone given the tremendous political, economic, social and legal challenges posed by land restitution and given the state’s explicit […]

by Johanna Parra, Universidad Icesi, Cali, Colombia Factional violence taking place in Colombia has become an object of sociological analysis, particularly through the specialty known as Violentology. This Colombian branch of sociology was initially dedicated to the study of the Colombian historical period called La Violencia (1945-1965), grounded in the seminal book La Violencia en […]

by Mara Viveros-Vigoya, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia Numerous studies have shown that the Colombian population of African origin has the lowest income level, the poorest quality of life, the highest rate of child labor, the lowest rate of social security affiliation, and the highest demographic vulnerability of any group in Colombia (Urrea et […]

by Patricia S. Jaramillo Guerra with Fernando Cubides, National University of Colombia at Bogota On November 2-4 (2011) Colombian sociologists gathered in the city of Cali, for their 10th National Sociology Conference. The theme was heritage and rupture in contemporary Colombian sociology. The organizers were the sociology departments of Universidad del Valle, Universidad ICESI, and […]

by Ana Lucía Paz Rueda, Icesi University There are 15 sociology programs in Colombia, 6 in private and 9 in public universities. Professional sociology emerged in 1959 paying special attention to rural topics, political issues, social change and the analysis of the state. In the decades that followed, sociological interests expanded to include industrial and […]