VOL. 6, NO. 5, PGS. 17–22


Searching for Solutions to Priority Problems
A Problematic Precept in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Flor Urbina Barrera

Flor Urbina Barrera is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.

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Gradually and recently, the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT), the main governing body that promotes and evaluates the quality of postgraduate study programmes in Mexico, has called on students to produce theses that result in concrete retributions for the benefit of society. This effort involves the development of thesis projects that have a direct impact on the resolution of problems in different areas of knowledge —thesis students must explicitly state the contribution that society obtains from the completion of their postgraduate thesis.

Such an objective once again demonstrates a kind of uncomfortable valuation or devaluation of the humanities and social sciences. And it falsely places the social sciences and humanities on the shelves of uselessness, which is not the case with the bio-medical sciences, with the so-called exact sciences or with the new technologies and telecommunications, whose concrete retribution is unquestionable in the eyes of CONACyT.

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