Sebastián G. Guzmán

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Sebastián G. Guzmán

As a college student, I decided I wanted to help social movements struggling against inequality. I was especially interested in how they can deal with difficult challenges and dilemmas and why so many people accept inequality. This led me to Public Sociology, which involves sharing the knowledge produced by sociologists with the broader public, to help us all make the world better. This also led me to a research program focused on understanding how political and class subjectivities are produced and how these subjectivities relate to political and economic action that reproduces or challenges inequality. I have developed this program especially (but not exclusively) by studying struggles for social rights (such as housing and education) and debt resistance in Chile. These projects have led me to multiple interests within Sociology and with related disciplines: Political Sociology, Social Movement Studies, Inequality, Sociology of Culture, Economic Sociology, Social Theory, Social Psychology, Education, Urban Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, and Latin American studies.

WCU Courses Taught

  • SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 491 - Political Sociology

Areas of Specialization

  • Political Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Social Inequality
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Economic Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of Education
  • Qualitative Methods

Latest Referred Publications

  • 2015. "'Should I Trust the Bank or the Social Movement?' Motivated Reasoning and Debtors' Work to Accept Misinformation." Sociological Forum 30(4): 900-924.
  • 2015. "Substantive-Rational Authority: The Missing Fourth Pure Type in Weber’s Typology of Legitimate Domination." Journal of Classical Sociology 15(1): 73-95.
  • 2013. "Reasons and the Acceptance of the Authoritative Speech: An Empirically-Grounded Synthesis of Habermas and Bourdieu." Sociological Theory 31(3): 267-289.

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