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Szocioanalízis, avagy játék a társadalmi egyenlőtlenségekkel
Socioanalysis: A Game with Social Inequalities

A training method and its takeaways

Author(s): Cecília Kovai, Melinda Kovai, Eszter Neumann, György Mészáros
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Adult Education, Higher Education , Educational Psychology, Social psychology and group interaction, Organizational Psychology, Applied Sociology, Social Theory, Sociology of Culture, Radical sociology , Welfare services, Sociology of Education, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Fordulat
Keywords: social mobility;social psychology;sociology of education;Pierre Bourdieu;sociodrama;carework;social work;higher education;

Summary/Abstract: The paper presents the methodology behind and some lessons from a small group training course developed by the members of the Working Group for Public Sociology (Helyzet Műhely). Our training, named after Pierre Bourdieu’s socioanalysis, primarily targets active or future professionals in supportive roles such as social workers, health care professionals, teachers and psychologists. The objective of the training is making participants capable of deciphering the social space in reflective ways: by learning to understand their perceptive, action and cognitive schemes stemming from their own social positions and family socialization patterns; and by exploring the ways in which the social space is perceived differently from different social positions. One of our presumptions is that – similarly to other relations driven by solidarity – the choice of helping professions, the social protection institutional system, and the supporting relationship itself (who and why deserves support and who can decide about it) are fundamentally shaped by the social positions of the participants, and those involved in these relations are only partially aware of these determinations. In fact, the unreflected working mechanisms of our social positions – or in psychoanalytic terms, the operation of our unconscious – sustains the status quo. The paper presents the theoretical insights behind our training syllabus (focusing on the perception of the social, the intersection of ethnic and class relations and racism, the social context and internal hierarchy of supportive professions) as well as the analysis of some concrete examples from our trainings.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 28
  • Page Range: 102-125
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Hungarian