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Sociologists without Borders

Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3210
United States

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E-mail adress:Judith_Blau@unc.edu
Internet:http://www.sociologistswithoutborders.org
 http://www.ssfthinktank.org
Contact person: Prof. Judith Blau

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Sociologists without Borders/Sociólogos Sin Fronteras (SSF) was founded in Spain in 2001, and in the United States in 2002, as a transnational association of sociologists committed to the following principles: that all people have equal rights to political freedoms and legal protections, to socioeconomic security, to self-determination, and to their personality. That is, old or young, regardless of where they live, their faith, and whether they are male or female, gay or straight, and regardless of their skin color they have the same universal rights, including their rights to their own particular cultures. SSF also promotes an understanding that collective goods, including a sustainable environment, cannot be privatized.

These principles call into question the legitimacy of passive systems of democracy and they challenge the western neoliberal ideology that subordinates peoples, communities, and societies to global markets, transnational corporations, and financiers. Sociologists without Borders is opposed to militarism, opposed to states that oppress their citizens, and condemns racism and violence against women. In these ways, SSF is “partisan,” that is, partisan in favor of human rights, participatory democracy, equitable economies, peace, and sustainable ecosystems. SSF is thus perfectly in synch with public sociology that advocates that sociologists be engaged and committed, and also reflective and critical. Besides SSF-US, there are chapters in Brazil, Chile, Iran, Canada, and Spain. The US chapter has members from many countries.

SSF is a platform for reflection and discussion among concerned sociologists who want to discover the new challenges to Sociology in a global environment.

Prof. Judith Blau is the President of SSF.

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