9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN19 Sociology of Professions

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 New and Existing Concerns in the Sociology of Professions Building I, Auditório 1

Deontological and methodological research questions in sociology of professions

Taking into account the social conflicts and the several forces present in the field of professions, it is aimed to reflect upon some ethical and methodological questions of the scientific research when studying the dynamics of professions and its associations. Taking as empirical support a research developed on the health sector and the main objectives of a future research project in this field, the authors propose a critical reflection upon the research activity and the social pressure to which researchers are submitted when focusing on social fields where conflicts of interests and antagonist positions within professions prevail. It is intended to discuss the limits and the statements that researchers must define taking into account the ethic principles of research activities, the accurate methodologies of inquiring and the pressure to which the former ones are submitted. This discussion also aims to be developed taking as a broaden field the social conditions of knowledge production taking into account, namely, the fact that researches are developed, either with public funding (national and/or international), having been approved within a public contest and submitted to a scientific evaluation, either as a private demand and, therefore, private funding. This relates to different clients and their different objectives concerning research and stresses the general question of State versus Market or, in another hand, the private interests (of professional groups) versus the general interest (of the community, national or other large one). It is an issue that can be discussed in parallel with the professions and the professional associations? dynamics. Reality dynamics, social conditions of scientific knowledge production upon reality and the social uses of the research results is the main issue of this presentation.