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Sociology as Documenting Dystopia: Imagining a Sociology without Borders – a Critical Dialogue Sociologie en tant que documentation de dystopia: imaginant une sociologie sans frontières – un dialogue critique La sociologia que documenta la dystopia: imaginando una sociología sin fronteras – un dialogo crítico

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This is a dialogue between a teacher-student and a student-teacher in the discipline of sociology. Critical questions about the state of sociology are pursued in the context of a hegemonic American sociological enterprise. American sociology has become content with continuing to document dystopia, with exploiting those who struggle under societies' structural weight, leading to a discipline whose work reproduces the very structures of domination we study. Through this Freirean dialogue, we ponder epistemologies and pedagogies of justice, liberation, and humanity. We hope this critical dialogue will help spark more conversation towards imagining a sociology without borders – away from the imperialism of American sociological epistemology, methodology, and practice. L'article est un dialogue entre un professeur-étudiant et un étudiant-professeur dans la discipline de la sociologie. Des questions critiques au sujet de l'état de sociologie sont poursuivies dans le cadre d'une recherche sociologique américaine hégémonique. La sociologie américaine est devenue contente de documenter le dystopia, et, en même temps, d'exploiter ceux qui luttent sous le poids structural des sociétés, menant à une discipline dont le travail reproduit les structures de la domination mêmes qu'on étudie. Par ce freirean dialogue, nous considérons des épistémologies et des pédagogies de justice, de libérté, et d'humanité. Nous espérons que ce dialogue critique encouragera plus de conversation vers imaginer une sociologie sans frontières – loin de l'impérialisme de l'épistémologie, de la méthodologie, et de la pratique sociologiques américaines. Este es un diálogo entre un profesor-estudiante y un estudiante-profesor de sociología. Se tratan cuestiones críticas sobre la situación de la sociología en un contexto americano. La sociología americana se contenta con continuar su documentación de la dystopia, con la explotación de quienes sufren bajo el peso estructural de la sociedad y conduce a una disciplina cuyo trabajo reproduce las mismas estructuras de dominación que estudia. A través de un diálogo al modo de Freire, nos planteamos las epistemologías y las pedagogías de la justicia, de la liberación y la humanidad. Esperamos que este diálogo crítico pueda fomentar más conversaciones acerca de la posibilidad de imaginar una sociología sin fronteras, alejada del imperialismo de la epistemología, metodología y práctica de la sociología americana.

Affiliations: 1: University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri, USA


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