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Enquêtes collectives Enquêter en milieu rétif. L'industrie pharmaceutique sous observation collective

Abstract : While collective investigation offers an opportunity to compare viewpoints on a single object, it can also result in ways to approach complex institutions that are not very open to ethnographic research. This research project on the pharmaceutical industry, which involved ten sociologists, economists and historians, attests to the obstacles involved. The division of work made it possible to overcome access denied to the field and to find new means of enquiry, as well as to keep up with the objective of gaining precise empirical knowledge of a complex object. In addition, collective work paved the way to two forms of comparison : internal comparisons within the pharmaceutical sector, since different researchers had access to distinct fields of enquiry which could then be contrasted ; and external comparisons, as each researcher involved brought knowledge of another sector that shared some characteristics with the pharmaceutical industry. Finally, the article examines the type of writing that was favored by collective work in order to understand how it meets both the epistemological requirements of ethnographic enquiry, and the individual assessment of research.
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Pierre Fournier, Cédric Lomba, Séverin Muller. Enquêtes collectives Enquêter en milieu rétif. L'industrie pharmaceutique sous observation collective. ethnographiques.org, Association Ethnographiques.org, 2016, Enquêtes collectives. ⟨halshs-01361959⟩

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