The sociology of education in Portugal: Towards a renewed critical space

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This article aims to identify points from the past and present itinerary of the sociology of education in Portugal, through considering future horizons in three areas of activity: teaching, research and intervention. What state is the teaching of sociology in and what is the curricular space it occupies in teacher training? Which regularities can be identified in sociological research and which challenges can be seen in the production of knowledge regarding new phenomena, objects and approaches? Which constraints are faced in the public recognition of sociology and its intervention in socio-educational, school and non-school, formal and non-formal scenarios? The basis of these questions is a reflection which is being carried out through the coordination of the Sociology of Education Section of the Portuguese Sociology Association, especially through interviews with sociologists of education, a documental survey and organisation of symposia on these topics, which have been publicised in the Portuguese Jornal de Sociologia da Educação ( Journal of the Sociology of Education). The aim of this portrait concerning Portugal is to broaden dialogue with other sociologists of education, particularly those from the South of Europe, to show common or diverging concerns, which challenge the communities of various countries, within a perspective which is both national and international.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-61
Number of pages22
JournalItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • Research
  • Socio-educational intervention
  • Sociology of education
  • Teaching


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