Numa iniciativa de Investigadores do Instituto de Sociologia da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, da University of California at Berkeley e da University of Edinburgh, foi constituÃda, em Janeiro de 2009, a rede internacional e interdisciplinar de investigadores Â«Urban Outcasts of the WorldÂ». Dedicada ao estudo da marginalidade urbana, a rede em causa possui informações disponÃveis na internet emÂ http://www.urbanoutcastsoftheworld.net.
“Urban Outcasts of the World: an international research network”
Spawned at the meeting of the International Sociological Association in Barcelona in September 2008, this site is the meeting ground for an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars conducting social research on urban marginality who take a fieldwork approach (solo or in combination with historical and statistical methods); are alert to the symbolic dimension (as recorded, for instance, in the phenomenon of territorial stigmatization) and to the multi-sided role of the state in the production of poverty; realize that urban relegation is not cut from the same cloth everywhere, in spite of homogenizing discourses and transnational currents, yet shares similar causes and germane features across countries; and wish to engage in theoretically guided comparison or dialogue across national borders to avoid getting locked into the predefined parameters of their local debate and to guard against the subordination of scholarly to policy agendas.
LoÃ¯c Wacquant, January 2009