Special Issue "Society 5.0: Innovation, Uncertainty and Social Sciences"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sandro Serpa

1. Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Department of Sociology, University of the Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
2. Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences-CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Interests: sociology of education; sociology of organizations; teaching sociology; sociology of sustainable digital society
Guest Editor
Prof. Carlos Miguel Ferreira

1 Department of Estoril Higher, Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Estoril, Portugal 2 Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, and Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.NOVA, Portugal
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Interests: sociology of science; sociology of health; teaching sociology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Society 5.0, by proposing to further the potential of the individual-technology relationship in fostering the enhancement of the quality of life of all people through a super smart society, is an extremely recent concept that will potentially be a core notion in a very near future, as a guide for social development in diverse societal contexts and that may have a profound impact on societies at all levels, such as in terms of quality of life and sustainability. Society 5.0 emerges, to a great extent, as a (con)sequence of the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the mobilization of technology for production. But will it be an essentially political-ideological concept applied and implied in Japan?

This Special Issue aims to deepen, through empirical research or reflection, on what is the contribution of the social sciences in the analysis and innovation of Society 5.0, the (un)successes, the impacts and uncertainties that emerge from its design and implementation and that may be materialized in issues such as the uncertainty generated by Society 5.0, its relevance and the possibility of application in several social contexts; reasoned reflections with a prospective component of a phenomenon that generates indeterminacy and uncertainty are present, among others. In short, this Special Issue is a contribution to expand our understanding of this phenomenon, at all levels of open analysis, which seeks, above all, to contribute to opening up this debate and introduce lines of research from social sciences’ perspectives.

So as to meet this purpose, this Special Issue of Social Sciences aims to invite the submission of original manuscripts (whether in the form of research, reviews, theoretical papers or reasoned essays, whatever the methodology used), from a disciplinary or interdisciplinary stance.

Dr. Sandro Serpa
Dr. Carlos Miguel Ferreira
Guest Editors

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  • Society 5.0;
  • social innovation;
  • social participation;
  • change;
  • technology;
  • corporate responsibility;
  • sustainable innovation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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