20 e 21 de Março, Auditório B203, ISCTE




Social identity and differentiation
Principal Investigator:
Miguel de Matos Castanheira do Vale de Almeida

Social processes of differentiation;
Social processes of Identification;
Dynamics of difference and inequality;
Family, Gender, Body, Emotions, Work, Consumption.

This group’s main research objective is to assemble researchers who work on the processes of identification and differentiation at both the individual and social levels. These processes will be researched and analyzed as matters of structure and agency, i.e., as constituted within material and symbolic circumstances that set the stage for actors’ agency, while not precluding the latter’s autonomy and inventiveness. Processes of identification and differentiation are understood to be simultaneously both material and symbolic; they take place in contested and dynamic social fields for the construction of emotions, the management of everyday life, the outlining of life projects, the negotiation of relationships, changes in social institutions, and for their relationship with wider social and political structures. The researchers’ projects are diverse in their nature and scope, and can independently thrive on their own worth. Social identity and differentiation are not understood as code words for traditional analytical levels such as social organization, but rather also include such diverse constructs as emotions, biography, consumption, work, modes of artistic production, marginalized or ostracized practices, bodily resistance and empowerment, parallel forms of authority and so forth. Articulation, dialogue, and the building of a common ground between projects will, therefore, have to be done at a higher level – that is the level of methodological and theoretical construction. This is seen as a positive and constructive (rather than as a defensive or expedient solution) perspective for handling research diversity and allowing for experimenting with new forms of theory building – forms that will hopefully help to better understand contemporary processes of identity formation that are in dire need of good ethnography and agile theoretical formulations.

Antonio Fernando Gomes Medeiros

Brian O'Neill

Carla Maria Miranda de Almeida Ferreira de Sousa

Elsa Margarida Cabrita de Sousa Lechner

Emília Margarida Duarte Domingues Marques

Fernando José Pereira Florêncio

Francisco Manuel da Silva Oneto Nunes

Humberto Miguel dos Santos Martins

Jean-Yves Dominique Durand

Jose Gabriel da Fonseca Pereira Bastos

Lorenzo Ibrahim Bordonaro

Luís Carlos Cirilo da Silva Pereira

Manuela Ivone Paredes Pereira da Cunha

Maria Antonia Pereira de Resende Pedroso de Lima

Maria Clara Ferreira de Almeida Saraiva

Maria dos Anjos Maltez Cardeira da Silva

Maria Filomena de Almeida Paiva Silvano

Maria Inês Pinto Fonseca

Maria José Fazenda Martins

Marta Rodrigues Vilar Rosales

Micol Brazzabeni

Miguel de Matos Castanheira do Vale de Almeida

Miguel DeCouto Tavares Moniz

Robert Lewis Rowland

Rosa Maria de Figueiredo Perez

Susana Salvaterra Trovao Pereira Bastos

Susana Soares Branco Durão

Ana Claudia Duarte Rocha Marques

Clara Afonso de Azevedo de Carvalho Piçarra

Ruy Jesús de Llera Blanes

Alexandre António Frutuoso Abaladas

Ana Luísa Martins Micaelo

Ana Sofia Soares de Oliveira Miranda

Ângela Maria dos Santos Miranda Cardoso

António José da Conceição Mafra Lourenço

Catarina Lopes Oliveira Frois

Célia Sofia Jesus Antunes

Claudia Patricia Cruz Pereira

Ema Cláudia Ribeiro Pires

Ines Margarida de Castro Barbosa Lourenco

Joana Abril Santos Nunes Areosa Feio

Joana da Nóbrega Moita Quelhas Ribeiro

José Manuel Cavaleiro Rodrigues

Margarida Maria Moz Fernandes de Sá

Maria Assunção Baião Gato

Maria Leonor Pires Martins

Maria de Jesus Sequeira Espada

Otávio Ribeiro Raposo

Patricia Cruz Azevedo Silva

Paulo Daniel Silva Mendes

Pedro Manuel Silva Sena

Philip José Rodrigues Esteves

Rui Manuel Vieira Monteiro

Sandra Cristina Simões Marques

Silvina Maria de Jesus da Silva Fonseca

Susana Cristina Gaspar Pereira