Is sociology melting into the air and/or asserting itself? Cover Image

Ali se sociologija razblinja in/ali krepi?
Is sociology melting into the air and/or asserting itself?

Author(s): Zdravko Mlinar
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Slovensko sociološko društvo (in FDV)
Keywords: professionalisation; identity; employment; public sociology; academic sphere; alumni; practice

Summary/Abstract: The number of sociologists in Slovenia is growing, with a large majority of them finding employment outside the academic sphere. In spite of this, the university core of sociologists in Ljubljana strongly dominates public professional activities. In the last few years the number of unemployed sociologists has been increasing. This is related to the theoretical dimensions of professionalisation and socialisation, on ‘public sociolo¬gy’ and on how ‘everything firm melts into the air’. However, sociology in Slovenia is primarily melting when – traversing from the university – it does not succeed to assert its own identity in practice; thus it is less an issue of the spread and affirmative trans¬formation of sociological findings indifferent user contexts. With the aid of responses from a web inquiry among alumni, the author presents his experiences concerning the assertion and loss of their identity. Several proposals for future activities are given.

  • Issue Year: 22/2006
  • Issue No: 52
  • Page Range: 7-27
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Slovenian