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A bord du Georges Leygues : interactions de recherche

Abstract : This study of social relations aboard a French warship focuses on how sailors and sociologists interacted through a confrontation between, and mutual learning of, radically different categories of thought and forms of action. These negotiations about the controversial presence of researchers sometimes made it quite hard for the latter to be free to move about in a closed, compartmentalized space where each place is subject to tightly defined rules about its formal and informal uses, where social stratification is based on ranks, and where the bounds between private and public places and between work and nonwork shift about. The disappointment following the circulation of a preliminary written report, which was submitted to the crew's criticism, illustrates the difficulties of feedback. It also shows how proposed interpretations can both lie at the center of bitter arguments aimed at using them for the causes defended by certain social groups and set off reactions that are useful for researchers by, for example, placing actors in a position where they can critically look at their own social relations and practices. By enabling researchers to validate, rectify and improve their statements and interpretations, the crew became full-fledged actors in producing sociology
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Pascale Trompette, Serge Dufoulon, Jean Saglio. A bord du Georges Leygues : interactions de recherche. Sociologie du Travail, Elsevier Masson, 1999, pp.5-22. ⟨halshs-00362211⟩



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