Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais
On-line version ISSN 1806-9053
SILVA, Rogério Bezerra da. The relationship between universities and society at the periphery of capitalism. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2012, vol.27, n.78, pp.25-40. ISSN 1806-9053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-69092012000100002.
This article seeks to answer, based on the Social Studies of Science and Technology (SSST), why the relationship between universities and society in Brazil has been reduced to the relationship between universities and businesses. We argue, in this sense, that businesses have been strongly defended in academia in order to increase public resources intended to academic research, even though there is not, by businesses, any interest in the university. We point out the inconsistency of neoboundable approaches in relation to the social reality of the peripheral countries, which is essential to the understanding of what has been happening in Brazil in this area.
Keywords : Public university; Society; Private company; public funding.