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Sociology Research

 

Dr Filipe Carreira da Silva is a Fellow of Selwyn College (since 2014). He is also Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (since 2005). He was born in 1975 and educated in Sociology (PhD) at St. Edmund's College Cambridge. He has held visiting positions at Harvard, Chicago, Yale, and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2010, his book Mead and Modernity was awarded the American Sociological Association Distinguished Book Award (History of Sociology).

Research Interests

Filipe Carreira da Silva’s research began in the late 1990s with a series of conceptual reconstructions, namely: of a concept (Habermas’ concept of public sphere), of a political tradition (civic republicanism in late nineteenth-century America), and finally that of an individual author, G.H. Mead. His research on Mead, in particular, has led him to further explore the implications of the tension between theory building and intellectual history in sociology. This historical work on American philosophical pragmatism has provided him with the background for his current research on the materiality of ideas, namely his proposal for a pragmatic genealogy of key sociological classics.

 

Teaching

Courses:

SOC6: Advanced Social Theory - "Perfomance and power" module.

Graduate supervision availability and interests:

Filipe is available to supervise PhD and MPhil students interested in working on contemporary social theory, history of sociology, and pragmatism.

Current Doctoral students:

Abdullah Awad

Daniel Davison-Vecchione

Julius Maximilian Rogenhofer

Sebastian Raza Mejia

Key Publications - Books

Silva, F.C. 2018. The Politics of the Book. Penn State University Press. With Mónica Brito Vieira.

Silva, F. C., 2015. Sociology in Portugal. A Short History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Silva, F. C., 2011. G.H. Mead. A Reader. London: Routledge (Classics in Sociology Series). (edited) Now in Paperback - December 2012.

Silva, F. C., 2010. Social Theory in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Cambridge: Polity Press. With Patrick Baert. (Translations into Italian: 2010. Teoria Sociale Contemporanea. Bologna: Societá Editrice Il Mulino; Spanish: 2011. La Teoría Social Contemporánea. Madrid: Alianza Editorial; Portuguese: 2012. Teoria Social Hoje. Lisboa: Mundos Sociais: Polish: 2013. Krakow: Zaklad Wadawniczy Nomos) .

Silva, F. C., 2008. Mead and Modernity. Science, Selfhood, and Democratic Politics. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Silva, F.C., 2007. G.H. Mead. A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press. 

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Silva, F.C. 2018. Populism as a Logic of Political Action. European Journal of Social Theory. With Mónica Brito Vieira.

Silva, F.C. 2017. Waiting for Godot? Welfare Attitudes in Portugal Before and After the Financial Crisis. Political Studies 65(3): 535-558. With Mónica Brito Vieira and Cicero Pereira.

Silva, F.C. 2016. On the pragmatics of social theory. The case of Elias's 'The Process of Civilization'. Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences 52(4): 392-407. With Marta Bucholc.

Silva, F.C. 2016. Direitos Sociais na Constituição. Uma Análise da Constitucionalização dos Direitos Sociais em Portugal, 1975-76. Relações Internacionais 49: 69-94. With Mónica Brito Vieira.

Silva, F. C., 2015. Sophie’s Choice: Social Attitudes to Welfare State Retrenchment in Bailed-Out Portugal. European Societies 17(3): 351-371. With Laura Valadez. 

Silva, F. C., 2013. "Outline of a Social Theory of Rights. A Neo-Pragmatist Approach". European Journal of Social Theory. 16(4): 457-475. 

Silva, F. C., 2013. “Getting Rights Right. Explaining Social Rights Constitutionalization in Revolutionary Portugal." International Journal of Constitutional Law. 11(4): 898-922. With Mónica Brito Vieira. 

Silva, F. C., 2011. “Books and Canon Formation in Sociology. The Case of Mind, Self, and Society.” Journal of Classical Sociology 11 (4): 356-377. With Mónica Brito Vieira.

Grants and Projects

“Rethinking Populism”. Funded by: Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. Research Team: Mónica Brito Vieira (York University); Susana Salgado (ICS-UL), Catherine Moury (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). Funding awarded: €208.000.

“What do we do when we do nothing? A history of laziness”. Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme 2015/16. 

“A History of Sociology in Six Books”. British Academy-Leverhulme Small Research Grant and Newton Trust Small Research Grant.

“Broken Promises. The Political Origins of Socioeconomic Inequality in Portugal, 1960-2010”. Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education.

“Social Rights in Portugal: Their Constitutionalization and Socio-economic Implications” (PTDC/CPO/71295/2006), funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education.

“Cities and Citizenship in Portugal” (PDCT/CPO/60414/2004), funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education.

Job Title:
Fellow of Selwyn College