Social Sciences Forum

Two visits from Brazil

January 2012: one after the other, two interesting moments of sociological reflection took place at the IUS, with two Brazilian sociologists as speakers: Marcos Mucheroni (Universidade de São Paulo/USP) and Lucas Galindo (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco/UFPE).
Dr. Mucheroni, professor at the Department of Communication and Art of a renown university of South America, held one of the lessons on the use of new technologies of communication, to illustrate the potential that they express for the building of free and non-hierarchical relationships. In a phase marked by the aggressive role of global processes, it is opportune to underscore the widespread network of horizontal relationships produced by the new systems of communication and the forming of a different and polycentric public space where decision-making is made increasingly on the web. Therefore, it is urgent also that sociological research know how to recognize the rich articulation of true values and resources brought by the new media, expressions in different ways of the free sphere of civil society. 
Another theme that constantly surfaced in these months, in both research work and in deepening the theory of gift, is the analysis of its main theoretical points, elaborated by the anti-utilitarian French Movement - MAUSS. It is a theme that also Dr. Galindo, professor of political science and sociology in Recife, is working on in another of the oldest universities of Brazil. He presented some of his latest work centred on the relationship between gift and gratuity, showing the results from a branch of research that studies actions and interactions based on agapic-love: “The moments of gratuity, which seem rare, but that exist and of which we experience the effects, possess an enormous power whose maximum expression is gratuitous reciprocity, which concerns the generation and the establishing of interpersonal relationships, up to the constitution of society and of institutions. These are choices which can, in effect, invigorate, heal and regenerate the social fabric and its constitutive elements.”
The research objective, therefore, aims at defining the new conceptual instruments of analysis, useful in deciphering in the societal reality the social phenomenon that are otherwise “invisible,” even though universally present.

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