Mediterranean Association of Sociology of Education

AMSE is a collective member of the International Sociological Association (ISA).

We are sociologists and social scientists from different cultures and different religious traditions who share the interest in contributing to the development of scientific research aimed at improving education for all, that has as its ultimate goal of social transformation and overcoming inequalities.

We include in our work an interest in sociology and education in the countries of North Africa, southern Europe and Northeast Asia. The Barcelona Convention, including the UN Environment Program, seeks to protect the wealth of that geographical area. From sociology of education, we founded AMSE in Barcelona, not with the aim of becoming a unique representation of those who work on sociology of education in these countries, but to collaborate from Barcelona with all the professionals of sociology of education who wish to do it. We work closely with the International Sociological Association and consider the sociological work that takes into account the wider Mediterranean cultural field as one of the essential parts of the sociology of global education.

Our first president (Lena de Botton) brings in her own work and family history, much of the Mediterranean diversity. BA in Sociology from the University of Barcelona, made her doctorate in sociology at the School of Social Studies in Paris, with a thesis directed by Michel Wieviorka on Muslim women.

The Mediterranean has been a relentless space of exchanges throughout history (some forced but others by mutual agreement). Intense movement of people, trade relations, knowledge exchange. Currently, the southern Mediterranean has been an example of the mobilization for democratic radicalization. In this sense, we plan to strengthen AMSE these links both past and present through interdisciplinary exchange and education. Today education has become an important means of inclusion and social cohesion.

AMSE would like to promote dialogue between cultures, religions and lifestyles, as well as exchanges between civil society in different countries within Mediterranean, and especially to promote quality education based on evidence.

During the 80s and part of the 90s, the strong influence that reproduction theories had on the sociology of education prevented the development of studies that took into account the role that schools play as a basic tool for social transformation. These analysis reproductions of the school had a strong impact on research in our universities. This had a major impact on educational practice of teachers and, of course, the trajectories of children and adults participating in training processes.

However during those years the international scientific community (ICC) already incorporated the transformative dimension of the school and the social partners. Only through this perspective it is possible to identify the actions that lead to success and make it available to all social and educational agents to implement them.

Different cultures and religious traditions from which we come, the growing interdependence and diversity existing in our schools highlight the need for a partnership not limited to a local area. Sociology of Education can not be left out of the transformations that society is living and therefore, it must adapt to embrace an intercultural perspective. Thus, AMSE is set in a Mediterranean environment to be able to enrich the relationships that have been established for centuries between the regions of this area.