Portuguese Journal of Social Science: Volume 15.03

The Portuguese Journal of Social Science (PJSS), a peer-reviewed cross-disciplinary journal focusing on research about Portuguese society by scholars of any nationality, is supported by several research units of ISCTE-IUL, including CEI-IUL. PJSS is published three times a year, indexed in Scopus and Web of Science, and available on EBSCO and on b-on.

Special dossier

PJSS number 15, volume 03, features a special dossier on “Spaces of Inequality“, guest edited by Renato Miguel Carmo. The dossier includes five different articles focusing on social inequalities as a global phenomenon, without disregarding local and regional specificities. This dossier analyses this phenomenon through different methodological perspectives and looking at various issue/areas.

The first article of the special dossier, written by Anna Barford, focuses on socio-economic inequality within and between countries, namely Kenya, Mexico and the United Kingdom. By using discussion groups, the author is able to identify discursive patterns that persist in different neo-liberal settings.

The second article in the dossier, co-authored by Luis Camarero and Jesús Oliva explores social and territorial inequalities in the Southern European region. The article focuses specifically on issues of mobility and household in the context of rural populations.

In the third article of the dossier Frederico Cantante, Renato Miguel Carmo, Nuno de Almeida Alves and António Firmino da Costa write about income inequality. The article compares income redistribution in the United States and Portugal, concluding that although this inequality may be more visible in the former, both countries have similar profiles in the context of OECD countries.

The fourth article, authored by Sofia Santos, also looks at issues related to mobility in the context of the uneveness of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. The article concludes that there is a link between space and society in the production of mobility in this area, which constitutes both a result and a cause of inequality in access to the metropolitan space.

Finally, the fifth article of the special dossier, written by Sónia Alves, focusing on the case of Porto, analyses the issue of inequality from a socio-spatial perspective. Following an extensive literature review on the subject, the article focuses on aspects of suburbanization in the city of Porto, confirming the hypothesis of  increasing socio-spatial inequality in this context.

Articles and Reviews

This issue of the PJSS also includes two aditional (unrelated) articles as well as two book reviews.

The first article, written by Nuno Ferreira, analyses  dynamics of the classroom in secondary education, in light of the impact that new information and communication technologies have on society and the everyday life of social actors.

The second article, authored by Rafael Betencourt, focuses on governmental discourse in the area of human rights in the context of the Bolivarian Revolution. According to the author, such discourse has contributed to establishing a counter-hegemonic position on behalf of Bolivia in international politics.

As for the book reviews, the first one was written by David Ferreira on the book “The EU and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: Strategies, Policies, Actions”, by S. Blavoukos, D. Bourantonis and C. Portela (eds) (2015); and the second one was written by Sabah Mushtaq on the book “State of War: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1945–2011”, by P. A. C. Koistinen (2012).

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Inês Marques Ribeiro

Research Assistant at CEI-IUL. Editorial Assistant at PJSS. Guest lecturer at ISCTE-IUL. PhD Candidate in History, Defence and IR (ISCTE-IUL); M.A. in European Political and Administrative Studies (College of Europe).

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