IESP-EdUERJ Collection

The Society and Politics Collection, edited by the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ), in partnership with the Editora of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (EdUERJ), proposes to publish books papers on the hottest topics of sociology and contemporary political science, being open to both empirical and theoretical contributions. More specifically, the collection aims to publish texts that deal with themes such as: (1) international relations and comparative politics; (2) institutions and political behavior; (3) political theory and Brazilian political thinking; (4) social stratification, social mobility and inequalities; (5) sociological theory, modernity and social movements; and (6) violence, democracy and sociability. Although the collection is academic in nature, its purpose is to expand the readership audience by publishing accessible and widely readable texts not only for the human and social sciences but also for non-specialist readers. The complete description of the collection can be found by clicking here.

REMOTE CONGRESS: BRAZILIAN LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE IN PANDEMIC TIMES

REMOTE CONGRESS: BRAZILIAN LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE IN PANDEMIC TIMES

Fabiano Santos

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The Brazilian legislative experience during the current health crisis caused by Covid-19 is not only a basic political element of the conjuncture, but also a phenomenon of great interest in the academic debate about the insertion of Congress in the decision-making process of public policy production. Since the pioneering studies of Argelina Figueiredo and Fernando Limongi in the 90s of the last century, some consensus has been formed in the specialized literature on the leadership of the Executive, the President and his ministers, in the organization of the agenda to be discussed in Congress, both with regard to the pace of processing and the content of the materials.

The political crisis generated by the pandemic reveals a new modus operandi of national politics in which the initiative and consolidation of national policies are seen, at least, shared between the occupiers of the Executive Branch and the hegemonic forces installed in the Legislative. Today, during the pandemic and perhaps more than at any time since the re-democratization, the divergences between such spheres of power are not resolved through the granting of positions and budgetary budgets, but through the proposal and approval of matters initiated by congressmen, and if necessary, overturning vetoes put forward by the Presidency.

Narrating, describing and analyzing the dynamics of the Congress operation under the remote format of deliberation and decision is what this volume proposes to present to the reading public.

In search of the public: The controversy of racial quotas in the press

In search of the public: The controversy of racial quotas in the press

Luiz Augusto Campos

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The process of redemocratization, after twenty years of military governments (1964-84), meant, among other things, the definitive incorporation in the Brazilian political agenda of the demands of black activists and organizations. The affirmative actions that have been consolidated since the 2000s, however, have not been implemented without facing conflicting interests.

This book analyzes how the controversy surrounding affirmative racial actions reverberated in the pages of Folha de São Paulo and O Globo. The work is the result of a collective research carried out at the Multidisciplinary Study Group of Affirmative Action (GEMAA). 1,831 texts published by newspapers between 2001 (year of entry of the subject in the media agenda) and 2009 (year of judicialization of controversy) were evaluated.

With a discourse analysis methodology, the author demonstrates the type of approach taken by newspapers to address specific situations, how some facts were emphasized to the detriment of others and, finally, the strategies of the media in the search for credibility that allow them to promote themselves as the most appropriate space for public debate.

Freedom in the Republic of Moderns: Theory and History of French Political Liberalism (1789-1848)

Freedom in the Republic of Moderns: Theory and History of French Political Liberalism (1789-1848)

Paulo Henrique Paschoeto Casimiro
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He studies political thought in France, at a crucial period for society, between the 1789 revolution and the restoration, concluded in 1848 with the February 22 revolution. The author discusses the constitution of a liberal political language and concepts such as republic, democracy, sovereignty, freedom, public opinion and civil society. With this objective, it analyzes the current political thought, of intellectuals like Madame de Staël, Benjamin Constant, François Guizot, Viscount de Chateaubriand and Alexis de Tocqueville.

Social Movements and Institutionalization (2019)

Social Movements and Institutionalization (2019)

Adrian Gurza Lavalle, Euzeneia Carlos, Monika Dowbor e José Szwako
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When analyzing processes of institutionalization of SM, the authors demonstrate the insufficiency of traditional approaches and establish a new analytical, relational and interactive level, without neglecting the institutional dimension. The book’s contribution comes from the articulation of sophisticated analytical lenses with well-designed empirical studies, thickening debates in the fields of SM theories and public policy analysis. In the scope of the theory of SM, the authors overcome simplisms involved in the perspective of conflict, taking seriously the relevance of state institutions. On the other hand, they demonstrate the insufficiency of state-centered approaches, when shifting the debate to the ground of the mutual constitution between State and civil society, configuring socio-state capacities.

Favelados and pobladores in social sciences: the theoretical construction of a social movement (2018)

Favelados and pobladores in social sciences: the theoretical construction of a social movement (2018)

Alexis Cortés
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The urban poor of Latin American cities during the last century were at the center of the debates of the intellectuals of the continent, generating a vast theoretical knowledge that contemplates the social question of the metropolises. This book proposes the perception of these urban movements also as a theoretical construction, instigating reflection on the role of social sciences in the constitution and recognition, as political actors, of the urban poor in Chile and Brazil.

Affirmative action: concept, history and debates (2018)

Affirmative action: concept, history and debates (2018)

João Feres Júnior, Luiz Augusto Campos, Verônica Toste Daflon e Anna Carolina Venturini
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Product of almost two decades of research, the work investigates the role of affirmative action in the democratization of public universities. It presents the reader with a look at the complexity of this public policy, analyzing its conceptual, legal and moral aspects, as well as historical, political and administrative perspectives. The reading makes it possible not only to better understand the context of positions favorable and contrary to affirmative policies, but also to share knowledge about the social actors involved, especially the press, and about the consequences of adopting this inclusion strategy in other countries.

Elections, public opinion and public communication in contemporary Brazil: homage to Marcus Figueiredo (2017)

Elections, public opinion and public communication in contemporary Brazil: homage to Marcus Figueiredo (2017)

Felipe Borba e Alessandra Aldé (orgs.)

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The book brings together a number of works by political scientists on the subject of public opinion and its impact on political behavior. The authors share the fact that they were all influenced by Professor Marcus Figueiredo, one of the founders of modern political analysis in Brazil. The work, organized by professors and researchers from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) Alessandra Aldé and Felipe Borba, is also a tribute to Professor Marcus Figueiredo and his legacy for the organization of the subdiscipline Political Communication in the scope of Brazilian political science .

Work in Brazil – Essays in historical and economic sociology (2016)

Work in Brazil – Essays in historical and economic sociology (2016)

Adalberto Cardoso
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Institutional frameworks, political action, social and political identities, class relations, social inertia and path dependence are the main aspects inquired in this book. Taken together, the chapters present a coherent and systematic portrait of Brazil, or a plausible point of view about the dynamics of our sociability which may interest the foreign reader. Collective bargaining, labour inspection, the labour and capital organizations are all elements of the Getulio Vargas legacies that, albeit with adaptations over time, still impinge upon our present. For that reason, it is impossible to understand what we are without looking back and trying and reconstruct the trajectories of the current institutions, social and political actors, and even the economy. As a consequence, most of the chapters adopt a historical sociological perspective, in dialogue between the contemporary context and the country’s vivid historiography.

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