Quezon City, Philippines

Bio: The Ateneo de Manila University is a Jesuit institution of learning recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, and incorporated and operating under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines, the guidelines of the Catholic Church, and the principles of the Society of Jesus. The University seeks to preserve, extend, and communicate knowledge, applying this to the development of women and men, as well as to the preservation of the environment. Through the education of the whole person, the formation of needed professionals and technologies, and the conduct of various corporate activities, the University aims to contribute to the development goals of the nation. It also seeks to form the persons who will devote their lives to the service of their fellow individuals and, through the promotion of justice, serve those who are in need of help, most especially the poor and the powerless. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is an academic unit of the School of Arts and Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University. Through its training and educational programs, the Department instills in its students a critical understanding of the interplay between structure and human agency in a globalized society, and the ability to apply this understanding to social practices, especially those found in Third World countries such as the Philippines. These skills help the individual in making sense of contemporary issues such as globalization vis-à-vis national integration, inequalities in accessing power and resources, and the deconstructive ethos of Postmodernity

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