Sociology in Portugal: A Short History

  • Filipe Carreira da Silva

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Filipe Carreira da Silva
    Pages 1-13
  3. Filipe Carreira da Silva
    Pages 14-23
  4. Filipe Carreira da Silva
    Pages 24-34
  5. Filipe Carreira da Silva
    Pages 35-46
  6. Filipe Carreira da Silva
    Pages 47-60
  7. Filipe Carreira da Silva
    Pages 61-75
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 79-95

About this book


Sociology in Portugal provides the first English-language account of the history of sociology in Portugal from 1945 to the present day. Banned by the fascist regime until 1974, the institutionalization of sociology as an academic discipline came relatively late. Understanding academic disciplines as institutionalized struggles over meaning, Filipe Carreira da Silva gives a genealogy of sociology in Portugal from its origins in the political-administrative interstices of a dictatorship, through the 'cyclopean moment' of the political revolution of April 1974, which brought about its swift institutionalization and subsequent consolidation in the new democratic regime, to the challenges posed by internationalization since the 1990s. Attempts to define Portugal itself, he demonstrates, have been at the heart of these struggles. Analyzing agents, institutions, contexts, instruments and ideas, Carreira da Silva shows in fascinating detail how the sociological understanding of Portugal evolved from that of a developing society in the 1960s, to that of a modernizing European social formation in the 1980s, to the post-colonial or post-imperial Portugal of today.


Sociology Portugal history of Sociology Institution Nation sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Filipe Carreira da Silva
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Selwyn CollegeCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-69757-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49551-8
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