Contemporary Social Structures (NEW)
The objective of the course is to familiarize the students with the main contributions of sociology on the processes of structuring contemporary social inequality. The different theoretical approaches to the structuring axes of inequality (especially class, gender, ethnicity and age) and their empirical application will be worked on. The theoretical approaches and the historical framework are basically limited to the formation of Western patriarchal capitalist societies.
Students must develop the necessary learning skills to collect, process and analyze information in a critical manner. They also need, to compare and define the implications of the main contemporary sociological debates on social structures, and to analyze the different ideological readings of inequality from a comparative perspective.
|Week||Contents||Teaching / learning activities|
Seminar: dealing with sociological questions
||Video activity: Analysing a social phenomenon|
||Group project: final project analysing a social phenomenon from a sociological perspective.|
The evaluation consists of 3 parts: 2 individual (each one 30%) and 1 group project (40%).
Seminar: Friday first week
Video activity: Friday second week
Group project: Friday third week
- Mills, C. W. (2000). The sociological imagination. Oxford University Press. Chap 1
- Wallerstein, I. (1998). Open de Social Sciences. Report of the Gulbenkian. Chap 1
- Keirns, N. J., Strayer, E., Griffiths, H., Vyain, S., Bry, J. D., Cody-Rydzewski, S., ... & Sadler, T. (2015). Introduction to Sociology 2e: OpenStax.
- Martin, J. L. (2009). Social structures. In Social Structures. Princeton University Press.
- Clemens, E. S., & Cook, J. M. (1999). Politics and institutionalism: Explaining durability and change. Annual review of sociology, 441-466.
- Littek, W. (2001). International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences || Labor, Division of. , (), 8220–8226. doi:10.1016/b0-08-043076-7/01908-2Fitxer
- Narotzky, S. (2018). Rethinking the concept of labour. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 24(S1), 29-43.
- Federici, S. (2004). Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, Autonomedia. New York. Chapt 2
- Wallach Scott, J. (2010). Gender: Still a Useful Category of Analysis? Diogenes, 57(1), 7–14.
- Winant, H. (2000). The theoretical status of the concept of race. Theories of race and racism: A reader. Chap 13
Julián Porras is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and a researcher in different research projects. My research and teaching interests are located at the intersection of the Sociology of Work, Economic Sociology, and Urban and Migration Studies. Specifically, I am interested in Informal Work and its relationship with the use of public space and social inequality. During these years of postdoctoral time, I have been able to delve into this area of research thanks to a scholarship, postdoctoral position, and international research stay. In addition to my position at the UAB, I work as an associate professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) at the Faculty of Psychology and Social Education.