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Lines of research

City, State and Development
This line of research intends to analyze practices and conceptions of citizenship and democracy as expressions of the relations society-State; associative forms in the cities, as well as spatial and social conflicts; new sociabilities and daily life in the cities; new ruralities, and the economic and social development processes in their epistemological inter-relations with the environment; participative experiences at the urban and regional administration and planning; social movements and collective identities.

Professors in this line of research: Flávio Sacco dos Anjos, Léo Peixoto Rodrigues, Maria Thereza Rosa Ribeiro, Rafael Braz da Silva, Sérgio Bottom Barcellos, William Héctor Gómez Soto, Camila Dellagnese Prates (Collaborated Professor), Eder Claudio Malta Souza (Collaborated Professor).

Social Theories and Knowledge
This line of research is focused on debating knowledge in a broad sense. It approaches subjects related to the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of science and the sociology of sociology. It includes various themes, such as epistemological perspectives on social theories; the critical problematization of the relationship between knowledge and society; scientific production in a disciplinary as well as an interdisciplinary context; and science as an autonomous social space in relation to other spaces, Brazilian sociology and other national sociologies. It also discusses the pertinence of new and old categories of knowledge in order to think about the social, such as class, race, ethnicity, gender etc.

Professors in this line of research: Léo Peixoto Rodrigues, Marcus Vinicius Spolle, Maria Thereza Rosa Ribeiro, Pedro Robertt, William Héctor Gómez Soto, Fernando de Figueiredo Balieiro (Collaborated Professor).

Work, Organizations and Identity
This line of research analyzes transformations ocurred in the world of work in contemporary society, such as: productive restructuring processes, flexibilization of working relationships, self-managed work, and organizational changes. It deals with matters that affect both the objective and the subjective dimension of workers’ lives, in their professional space and collective organization as well as in their daily lives. It involves the study of class, groups and workers’ sectors forms of organization, as well as their living conditions, their forms of resistance, and cultural and identity conformation. It also analyzes the production of new economic practices and enterpreneurial discourses that create new ways for individuals to relate to their careers and ways of generating income. It incorporates the debate about power relations inside institutions, the company as a social space in terms of work and organization, and the different social worlds of a company.

Professors in this line of research: Attila Magno e Silva Barbosa, Elaine da Silveira Leite, Lorena Almeida Gill, Pedro Robertt, Amílcar Cardoso Vilaça de Freitas (Collaborated Professor), Marcio Silva Rodrigues (Collaborated Professor).