University of Gdańsk in cooperation with Division of Sociology of Law and Gdańsk Branch of Polish Sociological Association invite scholars to join in a discussion about ‘unintended consequences’.
Many comments and theoretical developments that followed Robert K. Merton’s work on unanticipated consequences of purposive social actions have focused on ramifying the initial conceptual apparatus. This involved debating semantical nuances of such terms as: unexpected, unrecognized, unaware, unforeseen, perverse, in addition to, or instead of, the ones of unintended and unanticipated. The workshop aims to summarize and revitalize this debate.
On the other hand, the purpose of the conference is to bridge the gap between the discussions on unintended consequences and many discourses that emerged in theoretical circumstances different from, or even opposed to, mertonian functionalism. Similar themes were undertaken by scholars active in fields as different as systems' theory, post-foucauldian governance studies or neoinstitutionalism. Since terms used in such studies range from risk through contingency to regulatory failures, it is worthwhile to see whether linguistic differences signify speaking of different phenomena.
Thus, the organizers of the workshop welcome all contributions relevant for ‘sociology as an analysis of the unintended’ – 75 years after the original term was coined. The event will take place at Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism, University of Gdańsk on 9-10 May, 2011. Papers will be invited for publication in a themed volume. For further details about the conference please visit: www.wuc.ifsid.ug.edu.pl
Klaus Bachmann – University of Wrocław
Piotr Gliński – Polish Academy of Sciences, University of Białystok, Polish Sociological Association
Jacek Kurczewski – University of Warsaw
Jan Poleszczuk – University of Białystok
Brunon Synak – University of Gdańsk
Marek Ziółkowski – Adam Mickiewicz University
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