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Sociologists Without Borders


Sociologists Without Borders

Founded in Public sociology. The organization has active chapters in Brazil, Chile, Italy, Spain and the U.S., and recently in Canada and Iran. The Spanish and U.S. chapters each have international members. Each of the chapters has regular meetings and organizes sessions at national sociological conferences, and there is an affiliated online, peer-reviewed journal.


  • Overview 1
  • The SSF Think Tank 2
  • 2010 Arizona Boycott 3
  • Members and Office Bearers 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The group's central pedagogical aim is to develop a globally inclusive sociological curricula. Its epistemological premise is that human rights and collective goods (including sustainable natural resources and participatory democracy) are two aspects of the same concept.

As Sociologists, the group advances fair trade, food sovereignty (the rights of farmers and fishers to manage their own resources), and participatory democracy. Indeed, human rights are themselves common goods because they are indivisible and inclusive.

The group's framework is considered utopian, and Sociologists Without Borders takes the view that this is necessary in a world in crisis: wars, civil strife, diminishing environmental resources, epidemics, and the growing economic gap between the Global North and the Global South. What this pessimistic account leaves out, and what Sociologists without Borders stresses, is that there are growing interdependencies and solidarities around the world and these draw less from nation-states than they do from the capabilities and resourcefulness of ordinary people.

The SSF Think Tank

On July 25, 2008, the SSF US Chapter released an online discussion platform for reflection and discussion among concerned sociologists, other social scientists, NGOs, governments, academics, students, activists, journalists, and individuals who want to discover and hopefully help fight the "Challenges to Human Rights" in a global environment. This can be accessed at The SSF Think Tank. This has since been taken over by The Development Cafe and is now run as Global Sociology Network, independent of the SSF.

2010 Arizona Boycott

In response to Arizona [4]

Members and Office Bearers

  • Davita Silfen Glasberg, President, US Chapter
  • Lisa Hajjar, Vice President, US Chapter
  • Mark Frezzo, Past Vice President, US Chapter
  • David Brunsma, Treasurer, US Chapter
  • Molly Talcott, Secretary, US Chapter
  • Autumn McClellan, Administrative Manager, US Chapter
  • April Stapp, Graduate Student Representative, US Chapter

  • Societies Without Borders Journal Editors: David Brunsma, Mark Frezzo, Keri Iyall Smith
  • Representatives to American Association for the Advancement of Science: Judith Blau, Mark Frezzo, Jerry Krase (Alternate)
  • Beatrice and Sidney Award Committee: Gran (Chair), Joe Feagin, Walda Katz-Fishman, Judith Wittner
  • ASA Liaison: Louis Esparza
  • Poet Laureate: Rodney Coates

See also


  1. ^ Joe (May 2, 2010). "Sociologists without Borders Petitions Governor Jan Brewer in Arizona". Racism Review. 
  2. ^ Liliana Segura (May 3, 2010). "Forces Align Against Arizona: 4 Major Cities Threaten Boycotts, Baseball Flexes Its Muscles, Citizens in Uproar".  
  3. ^ Megan Kamerick (May 7, 2010). "Arizona boycotts or threatened boycotts". New Mexico Business Weekly. 
  4. ^ Newswire (May 18, 2010). "Consortium of Professional and Academic Associations Condemns Arizona Immigration Law".  

External links

  • Sociologists Without Borders´s Updates -- the official newsletter of Sociologists without Borders
  • International Sociologists Without Borders´s web log -- the official newsletter of International Association of Sociologists without Borders
  • Societies Without Borders -- the official journal of Sociologists without Borders


  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • United States
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