9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS06 Maritime Sociology

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Maritime Sociology I Building AA, AA.340

History and future perspectives of Maritime Sociology

The aim of our work is to present the roots and possible future perspectives of maritime sociology. The unique nature of this subdiscipline will be shown by history of maritime sociology in Poland, and abroad.
The emergence of the subject areas and research of this subdiscipline will be discussed. Searching for its own theoretical identity, being an "enclave" among others subjects of sociology and finally a general trend in social sciences to interdisciplinary - all these factors make difficult clear and consistent definition of the maritime sociology. Researching the port city is the perfect example of the dilemmas that we want to discuss. The main topics of port town studies (e.g. port city as an cultural idea, globalizing port cities) are also the main points of interest of maritime sociology. The aim of our further studies is to draw the portrait of the maritime sociology and recognize its place within social sciences - both in Poland and abroad. Currently, we are in the organization of existing research in this field. Our research project is also meta-sociological as maritime sociology is the field, where the struggle for individuality and uniqueness of each sociological discipline can be perceived.