Concentration Areas: Social Question, Social Policies and Social Work


Research Lines


History and contemporary conceptions of Social Work

It analyzes the emergence and institutionalization of Social Work. It examines the theoretical-methodological   and the ethical-political foundations of Social Work. It studies the contemporary agenda of Social Work. It also analyzes the background of Social Work, as well as its social-occupational space and practices.


Social Policies

The object of this research line is the Social Policy in capitalist society, its genesis and development; the perspectives of Social Policies analysis; Social Policies and social struggles in the civil society and in the State; social security and rights in Brazilian Constitution; the particularity of social welfare in Brazil; the reform of the State and the new treatment of the social question and the debate of the Third Sector in the context of capital transformations.


Work process and social classes

It studies the modifications that take place in the work process in the different sectors of the economy and their impacts in the world of work. It analyzes the proposals of the State and of the civil society in facing the "social question" expressions, which are derived from the relation between Capital and Work. It also analyzes the class structure in contemporary capitalism.


Social Theory and Social Work

It analyzes the relations between the classic lines of social theory and the constitution of Social Work. It studies the incidence of Social Sciences in the development of Social Work.


Concentration Areas: Culture, Citizenship and Social Work


Research Lines


Culture and social movements

This research line analyzes the cultural dimension of global flows, of the processes of subjectivation and construction of collective identities; the social movements - urban and rural - and their relations with the State and the market; political culture, the collective actions, and the institutional innovations; participation, power relations and citizenship; the experiences of participatory democracy in Brazil; the intergenerational and inter-ethnic gender relations in the public and private spaces.


Democracy and Globalization

The object of this research line is the analysis of the issue of democracy in the context of the globalization of politics: the new constraints on the sovereignty of the nation-state and democratic projects; the tensions between the expansion of democracy with the new dimensions of citizenship, and the concentrated power systems; the demands of the global extension of citizenship and the obstacles imposed by the new international relations and the democratic content of the social movements of the anti-globalists.


State, Society and Human Rights

It investigates the relations between the State/civil society in the configuration of a field of social struggles focused on the multiple expressions of human rights, and their implications in the formulation of public policies. It also focuses on the conditions for democratic construction and for strengthening of the public sphere, within the framework of the globalization of the economy and culture, aiming at the implementation of human rights policies, including analyses of their class, gender, ethnic determinations and generational approaches.


Urban Subjects

It studies the theoretical and methodological contributions about the city; urban transformations; social processes and social representations of territoriality; the production and circulation networks; public policies for integrated and sustainable local development, housing, environment, transportation, local power and public management of cities, urban violence; identity trajectories and constructions; social networks and sociability.


UFRJ Programa de Pós-Graduação da Escola de Serviço Social
Desenvolvido por: TIC/UFRJ