The simplification of complex social phenomenon has been driving a wide debate about the crescent polarisation of contemporaneous societies. Setting the tendencies of social transformation that we see, the polarisation has taken over the intelectual debate and political, ideological and comercial agendas.
A astute and renewed sociological view at the fundamental condition to analyse and face the recent fragmentation of the society, revolving around crucial questions for the collective future of the humanity.
Visions, themselves, contradictory and disruptive of a world either unipolar, bipolar, either multipolar or even stamped by emerging polarities that form an initial challenged for the sociological debate in the several fields in which APS organizes itself as a professional and scientific society.
If the poles that assert themselves and are consolidated in social stratification dramatically reflect social inequalities that reveal growing gaps between the richest and the poorest, the most and the least educated, or that show the entrenchment of the middle classes, inviting bipolar interpretations, what new dynamics allow us to face a society of broadening and apparently insurmountable chasms?
The challenges that polarization brings to sociology now extend to crucial domains of social processes and action, reaching, among others, the arenas of consumption, religions, identities, sexuality, childhood, culture, and science. In this context, the digitization of society and the economy creates and emphasizes dynamics of polarization, while simultaneously opening up new possibilities. Beyond the general impact on social interactions and practices, to what extent are the new social media a factor that promotes expressions of polarization?
Professora de ciências Politicas
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