The Problem-Solving Mode: Filipino Social Scientists and the Limits of Critique

What does solving a problem entail? In this lecture, Dr. Saloma-Akpedonu examines the social science approach on solving a problem using ideas from sociologist Michael Burawoy.

Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Dean of the School of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University. She obtained her doctorate in Sociology from Universität Bielefeld in Germany, her M.A. in Population Science from Peking University in the People’s Republic of China, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. As an experienced scholar working across academic and applied contexts, her research on knowledge mobilization in social development, the built environment, and responsible consumption and production aims at promoting a problem-solving mode in social science engagement and the intelligent popularization of social issues.

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