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Vertigens: para uma sociologia da perversidade

Albertino Gonçalves

2ª edição | 2017 | Edições Húmus, Lda.


“The winds are not a feature of this way of investigating. The academic world is confronted with an evolution in chiasmus: higher education becomes entangled in the locality and research globalizes itself in networks. (Mills, 1982), uncommitted, open to “unforeseen, aberrant phenomena and capital” (Merton, 1965: 47).
In the arithmetic of certified efficiency, the rest belongs to him, the part that is left over from teaching, from management, from community extension and from institutional research. Give us the consolation of having planets where this rest is still the rose! And the rose is without a reason, as the mystic Angelus Silesius teaches us.
The texts gathered in this book all drink in these wastewaters. They are the fruit of both science and evasion. The style itself accuses this combination. The asceticism of science is disturbed by the aesthetics of discovery and communication.

Everyone is talking about commonplace issues. They summon experiences and experiences of our daily life: relationships between groups, grotesque and baroque figures, advertising, music videos, body uses, hypermarkets, pilgrimages, popular icons, soccer, emigrants’ vacations … They make up a messy mosaic. Each text is a unique copy, with its own contours and history, which is worth it. But it is also a copy of a series that, from the same hand and in the same way, communicates a destiny or a propensity. It is this stitching that lends some unity to the whole”.[Introductory note]