This area addresses urban studies, art theories, and aesthetic manifestations. It discusses city and society along with art, culture, and heritage. Studies are developed on: the commodification of social relations and the mentality of urban individuals; public and private spaces in cities; urban social movements and producing physical and social space; the impacts of city life on culture; urbanization and urban practices; the relationship between symbolic production and using IT to circulate and operate cultural assets; industrializing the symbolic, the consumer culture, and the economy of culture; art collections and the intellectual and aesthetic practices of culture; and traditions and ways of producing and reproducing intellectual and artistic fields. Research is conducted on material and immaterial cultural heritage considering the production and reproduction of collective memory, its relationship with power and with sustainable development.
Education, Science, and Technology
This area researches new trends in educational policies and in science and technology. It observes and evaluates policies and social programs and their relationship with the process of national development. It investigates production conditions and new practices in scientific and technological knowledge based on contexts of globalization, democratizing society, and their impacts on Brazilian society. It discusses the roles of the State, the productive sector, and the scientific community in policy making. It addresses emerging educational issues such as diversifying higher education, developing the graduate studies system, institutional evaluations, and training science professionals.
Feminism, Gender and Race Relations
This area encompasses epistemological, theoretical-methodological, and empirical research about feminist thought and the social relations of gender and/or race. It develops studies on: historical, cultural, and epistemological elements in feminist critique; gender and race categories from interdisciplinary perspectives using foreign and national approaches; the social constructions of gender and/or race in several socio-historical, cultural, and institutional contexts; women and/or Black people as subjects in social movements and public policies; the body, sexuality, masculinity, power, violence, and conflict; and identification and subjective processes of gender, race, and/or ethnicity. It researches both promoting and defending human rights in the current order of civil society and National States.
Social Thought and Theory
This area studies authors and lines of thinking that are established in traditions of social thought in Brazil, Latin America, and in other countries. It discusses logical-discursive formation, conceptual vocabulary, and the content of different social theories. It studies the relationship between theoretical-methodological structures and specific perspectives and lineages that make up the field of sociology and their implications. It examines possible frameworks for social science epistemology based on debates on the being (ontology) of the sociological object and its repercussions on how to conduct this subject. It approaches the nexus between analytical and interpretive model production and topics on modernity, post modernity, globalization, post colonialism, and postnational configurations.
Politics, Values, Religion, and Society
This area addresses the relationship between politics and society with a focus on political behavior, culture, and institutions. It investigates how political culture, social values, institutions, and political actors interface in order to comprehend the patterns of legitimizing political decisions in society. It undertakes studies on the relationship between politics and society; political behavior and values; public spheres and private spheres; religion, politics, and values; norms and political practices in the legislative branch; habitus and political capital; social movements; civil society and politics; public policies; processes and development policies; and social inequality, rights, and politics.
Labor and Society
This area addresses the relationship between labor and society, the production system, and social and political systems. It studies changes that take place in the social relations of production and in labor relations that result from the capitalization of the economy. It researches subjects that deal with migration and the structural and sectoral transformation of the labor force. It develops studies on the labor union movement; solidary economy; cooperativism; subjectivity in labor spheres; international cooperation; integration, labor, and female markets; and the connections between labor, culture, and relationships in worker practices.
Violence, Security, and Citizenship
This area focuses on knowledge and analyses of violence issues in different dimensions within contemporary society – origins and consequences – and investigates the relationship between violence and security policies. It addresses conflicts and violence using theoretical and empirical objects as central categories in sociological analysis. It studies the relationship between democracy, citizenship, and violence with an emphasis on manifestations in civil society and government. It develops studies about the social representations of violence; institutional forms of social control and conflict management; violence and police training; identity and police identity; justice systems and alternatives for administering justice; police investigations and how they unfold within the criminal justice system, including the police, justice, and prison circuit.