Social Science Publications Place Brazil Among the Elite of Scientific Output

Researchers argue that the government is wrong when comparing academic output from different fields and finding that human sciences are of little relevance when, in fact, these have had above-average growth and have helped to place Brazil among the fifteen largest producers of knowledge in the world.

By Xiu Ying

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to data on the number of public resources, scientific output and the importance of this production, since Abraham Weintraub took over as Brazil's Minister of Education, there seems to be a presumption of lack of productivity and uselessness of the Brazilian social sciences and related areas in comparison, for instance, to the exact sciences.

Such explanations would support proposals for public funding cuts specifically in these areas of knowledge. President Jair Bolsonaro supports this discourse.

However, many researchers find that the areas which have been targeted by the current government have . . .

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