Sociologists without Borders's work with the US Social Forum aims to develop new forms of collaboration and cooperation between universities and communities and to support those doing work that bridges the scholar-activist divide.
As an organization, Sociologists without Borders is committed to the following principles: that all people have equal rights to political freedoms and legal protections, to socioeconomic security, to self-determination, and to their personality. That is, old or young, regardless of where they live, their faith, and whether they are male or female, gay or straight, and regardless of their skin color they have the same universal rights, including their rights to their own particular cultures. SSF also promotes an understanding that collective goods, including a sustainable environment, cannot be privatized.
These principles call into question the legitimacy of passive systems of democracy and they challenge the western neoliberal ideology that subordinates peoples, communities, and societies to global markets, transnational corporations, and financiers. Sociologists without Borders is opposed to militarism, opposed to states that oppress their citizens, and condemns racism and violence against women. In these ways, SSF is “partisan,” that is, partisan in favor of human rights, participatory democracy, equitable economies, peace, and sustainable ecosystems. SSF is thus perfectly in synch with public sociology that advocates that sociologists be engaged and committed, and also reflective and critical. Besides SSF-US, there are chapters in Brazil, Chile, Iran, Canada, and Spain. The US chapter has members from many countries.