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.
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).
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:
- Publication list
- Scientific communication: participation to conferences and organization of workshops
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