AB prof re-elected as president of Philippine Sociological Society

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A SOCIOLOGY professor from the Faculty of Arts and Letters is again heading the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS).

Assoc. Prof. Clarence Batan, who will serve as the organization’s president from January to December 2018, said he wants to address the problem on Filipinos’ understanding of the concept and practice of justice in the country.

“[The problem] challenges our sociologic discipline in making sense of how social things become just for others, and unjust, often, for the majority,” Batan said in his opening remarks during PSS’ annual conference held at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Cebu on Oct. 7.

The former director of the UST Research Center on Culture, Education and Social Issues said he aims to have a more inclusive organization through online media links and expand and strengthen the networks and partnerships of PSS.

Updating the Society’s publication, the Philippine Sociological Review, is also one of Batan’s goals during his term.

Batan finished his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UST and earned his master’s degree in Sociology from the UP-Diliman. He earned his doctorate degree in Sociology from the Dalhousie University in Canada.

PSS is a non-profit academic organization that aims to organize and improve sociological teaching and research in the Philippines to further promote sociology as a social science discipline in the country. F

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