Challenging Times Across Southern Europe and Latin America: Policies, Publics and Professions

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 12:30-14:00
Location: Hörsaal 6A P (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups (host committee)

Language: English

New directions are arising from the global economic and the ways in which governments are restructuring their public sectors and the concept of citizenship. Professionalism is facing many challenges that may create substantive transformations in the professions and their relationships with the state, the market and the citizens. These new trends in the public sector may challenge professionalism and even foster new chances to professional work, like the emergent areas of enterprising professionalism promoted by privatisation and new managerial regimes. Yet this contemporary challenges may therefore create variety and even contradictions in the transformations of professions, according to different contexts. 
This invited session explores these developments in a comparative perspective between Southern Europe and Latin America countries, considering the different cases and looking for common characteristics and/or contradictions. Focusing on these particular contexts, of social, political and economic breakdowns, this session will count with guest sociologists and social scientists that will address these topics.

Session Organizer:
Helena SERRA, New University of Lisbon, FCSH, Portugal
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Javier HERMO, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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