Call | Classes, Inequalities and Public Policies

Call for papers | Classes, Inequalities and Public Policies


Nuno Nunes ( ISCTE-IUL, CIES-IUL )

João Emílio Alves ( IPPortalegre e CIES-IUL )

Cristina Roldão ( ISCTE-IUL, CIES-IUL )

The Thematic Section on Classes, Inequalities and Public Policies is one of the richest and most consolidated assets in the scientific panorama of Portuguese and international sociology. One of the main objectives of this ST is to establish a platform for communication and scientific discussion between the multiple theoretical, analytical and operative perspectives that take social classes, inequalities and public policies as their problematic core. The analysis of these processes in the specific context of Portuguese society has been a constant object of study, but throughout its existence the ST has also sought to accumulate knowledge about other national, international and global realities.

Classes, inequalities and public policies constitute a central sociological perspective on the theme proposed by the XI Portuguese Congress of Sociology, under the subject "Redolent identities: differences, belonging and populism in an effervescent world". In this call we invite all colleagues to present new or different views on the contemporary challenges that classes, inequalities and public policies raise, taking into account the social transformations resulting from globalization, the crisis, the increase in social inequalities and the rise of populism, nationalism and authoritarianism. Specific problems and objects of study will be welcomed, with innovative perspectives on social classes, social inequalities and public policies, given the challenges that contemporary societies currently face.

Local, regional, European, international or transnational analyses are welcome, with a focus on comparison, case study or a biographical perspective. The theoretical, analytical and methodological diversity constitute a scientific heritage to be preserved and encouraged. It will also be relevant to host professional experiences dedicated to public policies or to the study of inequalities and social classes. Other exhibits in the form of documentaries, films or reports may also enrich the study of classes, inequalities and public policies.

These are some of the open questions, among many others that could be asked, in a multitude of contributions on:

- Social classes, socio-professional recomposition and social mobility.

- Social classes, labour markets and precariousness.

- Social classes, gender and ethnicity.

- Social classes, consumption and living conditions.

- Domination, reproduction and social change.

- Capital-labour relations and economic injustices.

- Inequalities of income and material deprivation.

- Inequalities of well-being and health.

- Racism and inequalities of recognition

- Cultural injustices and inequalities of access to culture.

- Educational, literacy and technological inequalities.

- Inequalities in housing and quality of life.

- Inequalities in politics, citizenship and collective action.

- Inequalities of local, regional, national and global development.

- Public policies to reduce inequalities.

- Challenges of the social state and austerity policies.

- Public policies on income and wages.

- Social cohesion and sustainable development policies.

- Public policies for territorial development.

- The future of work, decent work and reconciliation of family and professional life.

- Climate change and environmental quality.

- Digital society, surveillance, manipulation and disinformation.

- Digitalization, artificial intelligence and human enhancement.

- UN 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.

Therefore, we invite all sociologists, and related researchers and professionals, to send proposals for the summary of research in an academic and non-academic context in response to our Call.

Posters and visual documents such as short films focusing on projects or interventions will be accepted. These proposals, despite the differences between academic and non-academic contexts, should be formulated considering a theoretical framework, objectives, methodologies used, diagnosis, results and conclusions.

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