Fields of activities:
|» History |
» Political science
|» Sociology |
Brief description of your activity focus
My work explores the politics of social citizenship in historical perspective
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
My research interests revolve around the relationship between people and state in historical perspective. I am interested in how collective action builds, transforms and constrains states, but also in how the actions of the state can shape the political values and forms of action of popular movements. As an historian, the challenge that drives me is to explore social change across societies and cultures in ways that incorporate agency, contingency and the complexity of human relations.
I am currently working on two main research projects. Firstly, I am completing a monograph that reassesses the role of grassroots urban movements in the Portuguese Revolution (1974-1976). I argue that the political mobilisation, commitment and choices of the urban poor in Lisbon played a significant role in the countrys transition to democracy, which is often considered solely from the perspective of elite bargaining. In relation to this, I have a continued interest in the history of social movements and contentious politics in Southern Europe and beyond.
At the same time, I am embarking on a new cycle of research focusing on the history of welfare, and its relationship to the historical creation and reproduction of inequalities. The decline of traditional social history and the rise of cultural history have meant that historians have tended to shy away from exploring larger questions regarding the politics of poverty and redistribution. Yet, I believe that it is possible to build on the insights of cultural history to address questions of social and economic change that informed social history in its heyday without falling prey to the kinds of structuralist reductionism that hindered it.
I am beginning by exploring the authoritarian origins of public welfare under Salazars New State (1928-1974), asking how its birth relates to Portugals position as a colonial power, and to international exchanges of ideas about economics, state action and rights in the 1930s and 1940s. A part of this work feeds into a collaborative project with colleagues in the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon that investigates why contemporary Portugal is one of the most unequal societies among the industrialised nations, with only the UK and the US displaying greater gaps between rich and poor.
EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Socio-economic development trajectories
» Interactions & interdependences between world regions
» Participation and citizenship in Europe
International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
The general information is available at http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/about/