Sociology in Portugal: Local, national and international dialogues

Lígia Ferro, João Miguel Trancoso Vaz Teixeira Lopes, Madalena Ramos, Maria Benedita Lemos Portugal e Melo, Dalila Cerejo, Joana Azevedo, Paulo Peixoto, Pedro Abrantes, Alexandra Aníbal, Ana Ferreira

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Although the institutionalization of sociology in Portugal was only made possible after the revolution of 1974, it is currently characterized by a remarkable vitality, apparent for instance in the number and diversity of members of the Associação Portuguesa de Sociologia as well as that of participants at its national conferences. However, significant challenges have also emerged, stemming not only from the expansion and diversification of sociologists, but also from the economic crisis, austerity policies, the enlargement of social science specializations, and the pressures in politics and the media to give advantage to business, law and engineering professionals, courses and research.
The present paper will be organized in three sections. Firstly, we will analyse the existing courses of sociology in Portugal (at BA, master and PhD level) as well as the regional location, activity sectors and professional positions of those who have graduated in sociology. Secondly, we will discuss the participation of those different profiles in the Associação Portuguesa de Sociologia throughout time and the ongoing efforts to improve such participation. According to Burawoy’s typology, we suggest that, despite some tensions, academic and critical sociologies have been developed and working together in Portugal, but the connection with a large group of applied sociologists has weakened over time. Public sociology may be the missed link to foster a dialogue among sociologists and other sectors of society. Our national association’s current strategy to develop such links will be sketched. Thirdly, we will present a broad overview of the internationalization of Portuguese sociology, through collaboration in projects and networks, especially with Europe and Portuguese-speaking countries like Brazil and Angola.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event4th ISA Conference of the Council of National Associations : Sociologies in Dialogue - 1st & 2nd Conference Room, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 8 May 201711 May 2017
Conference number: 4


Conference4th ISA Conference of the Council of National Associations
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
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  • Sociologies in Dialogue
  • Sociology in Portugal


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