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Presentation of the Study | The State from Inside

04 Dec from 17:30 to 19:00
Bibliotexa Palácio Galveias


The study "The State from Inside" will be presented on the 4 th of December by Professor Daniel Seabra Lopes (ISEG). The other authors of the study are Professor Sofia Bento and Raquel Carvalheira, a PhD student at ISEG. 

The presentation will take place at 17.30, in the Bibliotexa Palácio Galveias. 

Programme invitation (pdf) 

Free entrance, subject to pre-enrolment on .


About the Study

This study presents an ethnographic view of three representative functions of the State: political power, in the form of Members of the Assembly of the Republic; judicial power, in the form of magistrates or bailiffs of two higher courts, and; environmental management, carried out by technicians of the Portuguese Environment Agency. The study portrays and analyses the intricacies of the four institutions' functioning, attempting to understand how they work from an interactional, sociotechnical and cultural point of view and the methodology employed is based on intensive fieldwork using participant observation, in an attempt to give priority to those who make the State a concrete and functioning reality. 


17.30 –  Opening session 
Pedro Magalhães [Scientific Director, FFMS] 

Presentation of the Study 
Daniel Seabra Lopes [Anthropologist, ISEG-ULisboa] 
João Mineiro [Sociologist, CRIA-IUL] 

18.00 – Debate  
Fernando Negrão [MAR, PSD] 
Helena Roseta [MAR, PS] 
Rosa Brandão [Judge, Central Criminal Court of Lisbon] 
Moderator: Pedro Magalhães [Scientific Director, FFMS] 

19.30 – Closing session