GC201411536 ART. For a useful sociology: The sociology of interventions

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Asking the question of the usefulness of sociology leads us to question the roles, missions and postures that will give social scientists to advance their knowledge about situations and social facts. Among these positions, we want to mention in particular the sociologist practitioner claiming the sociology of intervention. The sociology of intervention is a practical discipline leading sociologist to immerse themselves in a local situation to improve it. Acting as a third party, the sociologist intervention takes place between individuals to help them better manage their community life. By bringing as much as possible academic knowledge and popular knowledge, it contributes to the well-being of individuals in their community life. The sociologist raises the question of his usefulness.


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Following the fire in the Mont Blanc tunnel, a new regulation was passed requiring each tunnel of a study of its specific risks and, for the transit of dangerous goods, a comparison with the risks alternative routes. In the practical implementation of these new studies, the temptation was great to multiply and more sophisticated modeling of fires, scenario analysis, the probability calculations, the criteria for making rational choices ... Group working to develop good practices, which had both an extensive field experience and scientific instruments, has gradually converged to a specific doctrine of "reasonable use" of science by their place in the traditional arguments based on simple rules, but tough. Be described by the complex trade-offs made ​​between two logics, the logic "hyperrationnelle" and the pragmatic logic, which are always more or less tension in the regulation of risk.

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