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Filipe Carreira da Silva

Summary

Filipe Carreira da Silva is an Affiliated Lecturer in Sociology and Fellow of Selwyn College (since 2014). He is also Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (since 2016). He was born in 1975 and educated in Sociology (PhD) at St. Edmund's College Cambridge . He has hold 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).

Dr Carreira da Silva is willing to supervise PhD students on a variety of topics, namely contemporary social theory, history of sociology, and pragmatism. 

More detailed information on his Personal Web page

Brief CV

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 sociology of rights, namely his proposal for a neo-pragmatist theory of human rights. 

Selected publications

Books

(Forthcoming) Political Culture, Cambridge: Polity Press

(Forthcoming) The Politics of the Book, University Park, PA: Penn State University Press

2015. Sociology in Portugal. A Short History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

2013. O Futuro do Estado Social. Lisboa: FFMS

 — b. Ciências Sociais: Vocação e Profissão. Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais. (with Pedro Alcântara da Silva).

 — c. Os Portugueses e o Estado Providência. Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais.

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

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)

2009. Em Diálogo com os Tempos Modernos. O Pensamento Social e Político de G.H. Mead. Rio de Janeiro: Tempo Brasileiro

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

2007. G.H. Mead. A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press

2004. Virtude e Democracia. Um Ensaio sobre Ideias Republicanas. Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais. (Translation into Spanish: 2009. Virtud y Democracia. Ideas Republicanas en el Pensamiento Contemporáneo. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva)

Selected recent papers

2016. 'On the pragmatics of social theory: The case of Elias's 'The Process of Civilization'. Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences, With Marta Bucholc.

2016. 'Waiting for Godot? Welfare Attitudes in Portugal Before and After the Financial Crisis' Political Studies: 1-24. With Mónica Brito Vieira and Cicero Pereira.

2016. 'Direitos Sociais na Constituição. Uma Análise da Constitucionalização dos Direitos Sociais em Portugal, 1975-76' Relações Internacionais 49. With Mónica Brito Vieira.

2015. 'Following the Book. Toward a Pragmatic Sociology of the Book', Sociology

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

2014. 'Questionando o social: A propósito do Homo Academicus de P. Bourdieu'  Análise Social 210(1): 152-156

2014. 'Culture on the Rise. How and Why Cultural Membership Promotes Democratic Politics', International Journal of Society, Culture and Politics 27(3): 343-363. With Terry N. Clark and Susana Cabaço.

2013. 'Outline of a Social Theory of Rights. A Neo-Pragmatist Approach'. European Journal of Social Theory. 16(4): 457-475

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

2013. 'Time is of the Essence: Remarks on Michael Mann's The Sources of Social Power'. Análise Social 209(4): 959-964

2013. 'Democracia Deliberativa Hoje. Desafios e Perspectivas' Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política 10: 151-194. With Mónica Brito Vieira 

2013. 'Pragmatism Defended: A Reply to Simon Susen', Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 14(1): 102-107. With Patrick Baert

2012. 'Editors’ Introduction to the Symposia “Pragmatism and the Social Sciences: A Century of Influences and Interactions, Vol. 2' European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4(1): iv. With Roberto Frega.

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

2011. Editors’ Introduction to the Symposia 'Pragmatism and the Social Sciences: A Century of Influences and Interactions', European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3(2): v-x. With Roberto Frega

2010. 'School and Democracy. A Reassessment of G.H. Mead’s Educational Ideas', Ethics and Politics 12(1): 181-194.

2009. 'Bringing Republican Ideas Back Home: The Dewey-Laski Connection', History of European Ideas 35 (3): 360-368.

2009. 'Plural Modernity. Changing Modern Institutional Forms: Disciplines and Nation-States.' Social Analysis 53 (2): 60-79. With Mónica Brito Vieira.

2007. 'Re-examining Mead: G.H. Mead on the ‘Material Reproduction of Society.’” Journal of Classical Sociology 7 (3): 291-313.

2007. 'G. H. Mead. A System in a State of Flux.' History of the Human Sciences 20 (1): 45-65

2006. 'G.H. Mead in the History of Sociological Ideas' Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 42 (1): 19-39

Chapters in books

2016. 'Justiça e Equidade'. In 40 Anos de Políticas de Justiça em Portugal. Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues, Nuno Garoupa, Pedro Magalhães, Alexandra Leitão, Conceição Gomes (eds). Coimbra: Almedina. With Mónica Brito Vieira

2016. 'G.H. Mead'. In Key Sociological Thinkers, 3rd ed. Rob Stones (ed), London: Palgrave Macmillan

2015. 'Political Culture' In International Encyclopedia of Political Communication, G. Mazzoleni, K. Barnhurst, K. Ikeda, & R. M. Hartmut (eds.). New York: Wiley-Blackwell. With Terry N. Clark and Mónica Brito Vieira 

2014. 'Evolution, Agency and Objects: Re-discovering Classical Pragmatism.' In Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Theory. A. Gardner, M. Lake, & U. Sommer (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. With Patrick Baert

2014. 'Was Tocqueville wrong? Buzz as Charisma, Creativity, and Glamour; New Sources of Political Legitimacy Supplementing Voting, and Civic Participation'. In Can Tocqueville Karaoke? (Research in Urban Policy, Volume 11). Terry Nichols Clark (ed.) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.157-173. With Terry Nichols Clark

2014. 'How Context Transforms Citizen Participation: Propositions', In Can Tocqueville Karaoke? (Research in Urban Policy, Volume 11). Terry Nichols Clark (ed.) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.237-250. With Terry Nichols Clark

2014. Global Contexts of Politics and Arts Participation. In Can Tocqueville Karaoke? (Research in Urban Policy, Volume 11). Terry Nichols Clark (ed.) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.269-303. With Terry Nichols Clark and Susana Cabaço.

2014. 'Jürgen Habermas e o projecto de uma teoria crítica da sociedade'. In Pensamento Crítico Contemporâneo, J. Neves, F. Ramalho (eds.). Lisboa: Edições 70, pp. 241-261

2013. 'Direitos Iguais, Vidas Desiguais. As Atitudes dos Portugueses sobre Desigualdade', In A Qualidade da Democracia em Portugal. A Visão dos Cidadãos, António Costa Pinto et al. (eds.). Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, pp. 179-209. With Mónica Brito Vieira and Susana Cabaço. 

2013. 'C'idadania. Portugal Social de A a Z: Temas em Aberto', José Luís Cardoso, Pedro Magalhães e José Machado Pais (orgs.).  Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, pp. 35-42

2013. 'G.H. Mead'. In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2013. 'Modernization' In Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, G. Claeys (ed). Washington, DC: CQ Press. 

2013. 'Introdução. O Modelo Português de Estado-Providência: Análise e Perspectiva', In Os Portugueses e o Estado-Providência: Uma Perspectiva Comparada, Filipe Carreira da Silva (ed.).  Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, pp. 23-42.

2012. 'Quo vadis Europa? O Tortuoso Caminho da Construção Europeia', In Estados, Regimes e Revoluções. Estudos em Homenagem a Manuel de Lucena, Carlos Gaspar et al. (eds). Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, pp. 387-404. With Mónica Brito Vieira.

2011. 'Citizenship', in Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, Dale Southerton (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

2009. 'Revisiting Tocqueville: Citizenship Norms, Political Repertoires, and Cultural Participation' In Mohamed Cherkaoui and Peter Hamilton (eds.), Raymond Boudon. A Life in Sociology, 4 vols. Oxford: Bardwell Press: 247-278. With Terry N. Clark

Recent collaborative research projects organized and directed:

April 2009/December 2013: Principal Researcher, Research Project “Broken Promises. The Political Origins of Socioeconomic Inequality in Portugal, 1960-2010” (PTDC/CPJ-CPO/101290/2008), funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portuguese Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. Research Team: Mónica Brito Vieira (University of York) and Pedro Ramos Pinto (University of Manchester). Research assistant: Inés Calzada. Funding awarded: €100,000.

October 2007/March 2010: Principal Researcher, Research Project “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. Research Team: Pedro Magalhães and Mónica Brito Vieira. Research Assistant: Bárbara Direito. Published as “Getting Rights Right. Explaining Social Rights Constitutionalization in Revolutionary Portugal”, International Journal of Constitutional Law. With Mónica Brito Vieira. Funding awarded: €50,000.

  • Position: Affiliated Lecturer in Sociology
  • E-mail: fcs23@cam.ac.uk
  • Tel: 01223 334537
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Research Interests: Classical and contemporary social theory; critical theory; American philosophical pragmatism; human rights; citizenship rights