IDEAS AS SOCIAL FORCES: A RESEARCH AGENDA PROPOSAL

Antonio Brasil JrAbout the author

Abstract

This article discusses Elide Rugai Bastos' contributions to the contemporary researches on Brazilian social thought. It analyzes her main texts on the so-called São Paulo sociological school, i. e., the sociological perspective based on Florestan Fernandes' work. Specifically, we focus on how Bastos: (i) understands the process of systematization of Brazilian social sciences, as well the role played by Freyre and Fernandes in this process; (ii) reconstructs the analytical categories that emerge from the sociology proposed by Fernandes and his group; and (iii) renovates this intellectual tradition with the discussion of the role of ideas in social change.

Keywords:
Brazilian social thought; Elide Rugai Bastos; Florestan Fernandes; Intellectuals; Ideas and society

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