Political Sociology and the Global South

We are an intellectual community of graduate students and scholars who share interests on various intersecting issues in the Global South including socioeconomic development and underdevelopment; wealth and inequality; welfare and social protection; and state-society relations. Focusing on the developing world is a central element for us. We worry that much of the claims made in the name of ‘general sociology’ reflect instead the rather local experiences of the North-Atlantic world. This group has been conceived upon the conviction that studying the developing world can bring new insights into different areas of sociology. The meanings, dynamics, and analysis of “politics,” “development” or “collective agency” in the Global South require us to rethink many taken for granted paradigms and concepts.

This working group is open to all regardless of enrollment status.

Our meetings will take place on Fridays over Zoom during the 2020-2021 academic year, unless otherwise specified. Times will be variable to acommodate students and scholars joining from around the world. Please email psgs.ucla@gmail.com for a Zoom link if you are interested in joining. 

FALL 2020: 

16 October: Introductory meeting

23 October: Student paper presentation: Sima Ghaddar, UCLA Sociology, 11:00-11:50am PST.

06 November: Student paper presentation: Joel Herrera, UCLA Sociology, Time TBA.

20 November: Calvert Jones, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, Time TBA. 

04 December: Jean-Paul Faguet, Professor of the Political Economy of Development, London School of Economics, 9:00-10:30am PST.




Past external speakers (abridged):

  • Andrew Walder (Stanford)
  • Javier Auyero (UT-Austin)
  • Nina Bandelj (UC Irvine)
  • Michael Burawoy (UC Berkeley)
  • Vivek Chibber (NYU)
  • Brodwyn Fischer (Univ of Chicago)
  • Aihwa Ong (UC Berkeley)