The graduate program in Sociology of the IESP-UERJ is formed by the professors of the former graduate program in Sociology of IUPERJ, that migrated to the new institution (June 2010). This migration guaranteed the integrity and the continuity of the tradition consolidated during the years of national leadership in Social Sciences research and education at a graduate level.

The graduate program in Sociology of the IESP-UERJ was founded in the former IUPERJ in 1973 and it became a reference of excellence in this area. In the former IUPERJ, as well as in the current UERJ, the Sociology and Political Science programs have always had a close relationship of intellectual and institutional collaboration. These characteristics helped to create an intellectually creative alternative in the scene of graduate studies in Social Sciences in Brazil.

The initial inspiration of the graduate program in Sociology involved a requalification of the democratic issue in the public sphere, putting aside the conceptions that considered the democracy merely as a political form. After more than 40 years, the format of the graduate program in Sociology of the IESP-UERJ preserves this inspiration, and is formed, on one hand, by the institutional issue addressed from the angles of political sociology and social theory and, on the other hand, by the Brazilian social question addressed from the angle of urban sociology and social inequalities. These approaches are in constant dialogue with the legacy of the country’s Political and Social Thought, which essayistic has been progressively integrated to the program.

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Lines of research

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The economic and social inequality is still one of the main problems in Brazil. To research on inequalities is therefore relevant to understand questions such as the courses of contemporary democracy, the human dimension of economic development, the conceptions of social justice, the public policies and the private initiatives to solve worst social problems, as hunger and violence. Currently, the debate on Inequality focuses on what are its main dimensions, what levels are socially justifiable and acceptable, what are its main determinants, and what are the best forms to fight against it. The sociologies of work and education, as well as all its ramifications, play a central role in this debate.
The relations between State and Society, the foundations and social basis of the policy and the political practice of agents and social groups are the main concerns of this line of research. With a multidisciplinary perspective based on Sociology, this line of research aims to discuss classical subjects, such as the social and political formation of the States; the relation between social groups, social networks and politics; the social construction of public policies; the role of the public opinion, of social movements and of other collectivities in the institutional policy; social participation; social changes; conflicts; power and domination; social movements in a historical, theoretical and comparative perspective; collective identities; citizenship and solidarity; gender and race; social rights.

The urban space is understood, not only as a locus and context of practices, relations and dynamics, but also as a field of discussion on the spatiality of social and political action. This line of research mobilizes qualitative and quantitative methodologies of social analysis, to reveal the daily mechanisms of the structural aspects of urban sociability. It also aims at studying the reproduction of violence as a constitutive element of sociability and of the public policies designed to confront the problem. It also studies the innovations in the fields of culture and sociability; social and spatial dimensions of globalization and transnationalism; and comparison with other countries.

The Social Theory covers a related field that is wider than the field of sociological theory. It studies fields related to other disciplines, such as Philosophy, Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Political Science and Economy. In the framework of our program, the core component remains the sociological theory and its relations with other ways of thinking the social life.

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