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'We must put ourselves in the position of the subject who tries to find his way in this world, and we must remember, first of all, that the environment by which he is influenced and to which he adapts himself is his world, not the objective world of science.'

W.I. Thomas
and
F. Znaniecki

Qualitative Sociology Review
2007
Volume III Issue 3


Contributors


Howard S. Becker has taught sociology at Northwestern University and the University of Washington. He is the author of Outsiders, Art Worlds, Writing for Social Scientists, Tricks of the Trade, and Telling About Society.
Home page: http://home.earthlink.net/~hsbecker

Contact: hsbecker@earthlink.net


Marie Buscatto is maîtresse de conferences – H.D.R. at l'Université de Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and a researcher at Georges Friedmann Research Center (Paris 1 – CNRS). She has led several intensive ethnographic surveys in modern organizations - call centers, automobile industry, insurance companies and distribution sector – and in the French Jazz world. Her current main research topics are women’s difficulties to get access and full recognition in artistic worlds and main gender segregations at work. She also develops epistemological reflections related to the uses and advantages of ethnography to study organized work. Her publications include Femmes du jazz. Musicalités, féminités, marginalisations (Paris: CNRS Editions, 2007); “Chanteuse de jazz n’est point métier d’homme. L’accord imparfait entre voix et instrument en France.” (Revue française de sociologie, 44 (1): 33-60, 2003); “De la vocation artistique au travail musical: tensions, compromis et ambivalences chez les musiciens de jazz” (Sociologie de l’art, Opus 5: 35-56, 2004); « Des managers à la marge : la stigmatisation d’une hiérarchie intermédiaire » (Revue française de sociologie, 43 (1): 73-98, 2002).

Contact: marie.buscatto@univ-paris1.fr


Sabine Chalvon-Demersay is a sociologist, researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and at the School for Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS). For the last twenty years she has been working in media sociology and especially about television. She has studied television professionals (TV hosts, scriptwriters, producers), reception and audiences, and TV fiction contents. She has worked with ethnographic observations, quantitative surveys and in depth interviews. Among her publications on those topics: "Drôles de stars, la télévision des animateurs", with Dominique Pasquier, Aubier, 199O; "Mille scénarios, une enquête sur l'imagination en temps de crise", Paris, Métailié 1994. This book has been translated at the University of Chicago Press: "Thousand screenplays, The French imagination in a time of crisis",1999.

Contact: chalvon@ehess.fr


Basile Zimmermann (PhD) is Maître assistant at the Unit of Chinese Studies of the Faculty of Arts in the University of Geneva, Switzerland. A former student in computer music at the Institut de Musique Electroacoustique et Informatique of Geneva, and visiting scholar at the Department of sociology of Peking University (China), his current research and teaching activities focus on technology issues in contemporary China.

Contact: basile.zimmermann@lettres.unige.ch


Emmanuel Grimaud anthropologist, researcher at CNRS (Paris, France) and cofounder of the Artmap Group of research (artmap-research.com). Emmanuel Grimaud has written an extensive ethnography of the Bombay film studios where he has worked as an assistant director (Bollywood Film Studio, Paris: CNRS Editions, 2004). His study deals with the specificity of the Bombay studios in terms of coordination between the different corporations involved in the film making process and shows how these studios have elaborated alternative models to those commonly at work in film studio organisations. Emmanuel Grimaud has also published a portrait of a Mahatma Gandhi's duplicate (Le sosie de Gandhi ou l'incroyable histoire de Ram Dayal Srivastava, Paris: CNRS Editions, 2007) and his third book deals with the world of studio machineries, special effects supervisors and religious robotic theatres in Bombay (Cosmic City, Paris: L'Archange Minotaure, 2007, under press).

Contact: emmanuel.grimaud@mae.u-paris10.fr


Celia Bense Ferreira Alves (PhD) is associate professor in the English Department at Paris 8 University where she teaches classes on the US Industrial and Service Relations, Methodology, Translation and, US sociologists. She is also a researcher of the GETI (a research group specialized in School, Work and Institutions) and her interests include the study of work relations in theater activity and service occupations. She has launched a collective study on the perspectives of the non-acting theater personnel in institutions of higher education to be started in fall 2008 and is currently working on translating Elliot Liebow’s Tally’s Corner.

Contact: celia.bense@univ-paris8.fr


Marie-Pierre Gibert (PhD) is a research fellow at the University of Southampton (UK). Her research interests include cultural and corporal practices (with a focus on dance and music), nationalism, migration and diaspora. She is currently taking part of an AHRC Project on transnational networks of artists between Europe and Africa.

Contact: marie.gibert@soton.ac.uk


Erin O'Connor, a Ph.D. candidate at the New School for Social Research in New York City, will defend her dissertation, "The Matter of Culture: An Ethnography of Embodied Knowledge in Glassblowing" in May 2008. Committed to theorizing from the body rather than of the body, she conducts in situ ethnographic research in the fields of knowledge, culture, and the arts. Drawing from her four years of fieldwork in a glassblowing studio, she has published on the modalities of embodied knowledge, relations of maker, tools and material, the significance of matter in language and social worlds, and imagination in Ethnography and Qualitative Sociology, as well as in the edited volumes, Embodying Sociology: Retrospect, Progress, and Prospects (2007) and Practicing Culture (2007). She also works as a qualitative researcher for a National Science Foundation study of interdisciplinary work among young scientists and is planning her next research project: an ethnography of the invisible, which will investigate processes of perception, specifically how the visible is implicated in the invisible, in both art and everyday life.

Contact: eeo@mac.com


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