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This project is financed by UEFISCDI through the Human Resources programme, with grant no. PN-II-RU-TE-2011-3-0143, contract 14/28.10.2011.

Project abstract

We aim to study specific forms of sociological imagination – the ‘interactional’ and ‘situational imagination’ – as they appear in applied social research and in communities of practice relying on lay social knowledge. We propose the concepts of ‘interactional imagination‘ and ‘situational ingenuity‘ as forms of understanding actions as situated accomplishments, attributing agency to ‘equipped humans’ that interact in social contexts. These concepts provide alternatives to trait-based understandings of action, that focus on the discovery of stable individual dispositions and attribute agency to individual persons. We explore these forms of sociological imagination in several settings of applied and lay social knowledge: marketing research; professionals’ lay knowledge of organizational life; fields of scientific research (in survey sociology and experimental psychology); online settings of knowledge production and communication (Quora, Wikipedia, serious games).

Research results

Expected research results include:

  • Minimum 3 scientific articles submitted for publication in prestigious journals indexed in ISI Web of Science (Social Sciences);
  • Minimum 6 presentations at national conferences and seminars;
  • Minimum 6 presentations at international conferences and seminars.

Final research results include:

Project team

Alexandra Deliu, University of Bucharest

Alexandru Eftimie, University Politehnica of Bucharest

Bogdana Humă,  University of Bucharest

Puiu Lățea, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Ștefania Matei, University of Bucharest

Cosima Rughiniș, University of Bucharest (project coordinator)

Cosmin Toth, University of Bucharest

Activity reports

- Report for 2011 (Rom.) / Report for 2011 (Eng.)

- Report for 2012 (Rom.) / Report for 2012 (Eng.)

- Report for 2013 (Rom) / Report for 2013 (Eng.)

- Report for 2014 (Rom.) / Report for 2014 (Eng.)