Political Sociology and the Global South

We are an intellectual community of graduate students and scholars who share interests on various intersecting issues in the Global South including socioeconomic development and underdevelopment; wealth and inequality; welfare and social protection; and state-society relations. Focusing on the developing world is a central element for us. We worry that much of the claims made in the name of ‘general sociology’ reflect instead the rather local experiences of the North-Atlantic world. This group has been conceived upon the conviction that studying the multiple realities of the developing world can bring new insights into different areas of sociology. The meanings, dynamics, and analysis of “politics,” “development” or “collective agency” in the Global South require us to rethink many taken for granted paradigms and concepts.

This working group is open to all regardless of enrollment status.

Our meetings take place every other Friday in Haines 279 between 14:00 and 15:30, unless otherwise specified.

AUTUMN 2017

29 September: Introductory meeting

13 October: Fellowship application reviews

03 November: Laura Enriquez, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley (co-sponsored with Taller Nuestro Norte)

17 November: Student paper presentations

Molly Fee (UCLA Sociology)

Chiara Galli (UCLA Sociology)

01 December: Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA

WINTER 2018

19 January: Student paper presentations

Wisam Alshaibi (UCLA Sociology)

Amy Zhou (UCLA Sociology) 

02 February: Student paper presentations

Cory Mengual (UCLA Sociology)

Luis Manuel Olguin (UCLA Sociology)

**23 February: Brodwyn Fischer, Professor of History, University of Chicago (co-sponsored with Taller Nuestro Norte)

02 March: Nina Bandelj, Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine (co-sponsored with the Movements, Organizations, and Markets working group)

09 March: Claire Adida, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

SPRING 2018

13 April: Mara Loveman, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley (co-sponsored with Taller Nuestro Norte)

27 April: Student paper presentations 

Gabriel Suchodolski (UCLA, Sociology)

Matias Fernandez (UCLA, Sociology)

**04 May: Fabiana Li, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Manitoba (co-sponsored with Taller Nuestro Norte)

11 May: Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

25 May: Student paper presentations

Juan Delgado (UCLA, Sociology)

Allison Ramirez (UCLA, Sociology)

 

**External event supported by PSGS

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Past external speakers:

Hannah Appel (UCLA)                                                      Vivek Chibber (NYU)

John Foran (UC Santa Barbara)                                       Gabriel Hetland (SUNY Albany)

Phillip Hough (Florida Atlantic)                                         Steven McKay (UC Santa Cruz)

Aihwa Ong (UC Berkeley)                                                 William Robinson (UC Santa Barbara)

Leslie Salzinger (UC Berkeley)                                         Cihan Tugal (UC Berkeley)

Espiritu Yen (UC San Diego)