Professions Within, Between and Beyond. A research agenda.

Finally, the special issue I have co-edited with my colleague and friend Andrea Bellini has been published by CAMBIO, an open access journal which is indexed in ERIH-Plus and ESCI Sociology. In our introduction to the special issue, we try to sketch what we think it should a research agenda for the sociology of professional groups in the next years. Within, to investigate the increasing differentiation inside each professional groups; Between, to compare different groups and their different regulation; Beyond, to understand the new role of professions in society.

This issue collects 9 articles from the most recent and innovative studies held in the last years on the professional groups that investigate the three above dimensions, like education, tattoo artists, project managers and many more. All articles are freely accessible on the CAMBIO website. Here is the TOC of the monographic section:

Professions Within, Between and Beyond. Varieties of Professionalism in a Globalising World – Andrea Bellini, Lara Maestripieri

What Are the Issues of Focusing on Irreducible Uncertainties in Professional Work? A Historical Outline of “Prudential Professionalism” –Florent Champy


Street-Level Workers’ Discretion in the Changing Welfare – Tatiana Saruis


«You’ve Got to Do This like a Professional – Not like One of These Scratchers!». Reconstructing the Professional Self-Understanding of Tattoo Artists – Irmgard Steckdaub-Muller


A Royal Charter Is Not Enough – How PM Professional Associations Can Continually Show the Value of Professionalisation to the Markets – Kun Wang, Ian Stewart


Torn Between Neoliberal and Postmodern Trends, Corporatist Defence and Creative Age Prospects: The Ongoing Reshaping of the Classical Music Profession in Italy – Clementina Casula

Italian Teachers: A Profession in Transition? – Micol Bronzini, Elena Spina


Socio-Professional Integration and International Mobility: The Case of French Engineers Under the France-Quebec Mutual Recognition Arrangements – Jean-Luc Bédard, Marta Massana


Managing Knowledge Standards at the Periphery of Professional Knowledge Development: The Case of the Philippine Accountancy Profession and International Accounting Standards Harmonisation – Erwin Francisco Rafael


Professional Boundaries in Transnational IT Workspaces – Esther Ruiz Ben

CfP on Professions and Organization, at the next ISA Forum 2020

I am so happy to announce that I will be coordinating a very interesting joint session at the next ISA Forum 2020, devoted to professions and organization. The session is entitled Professional Occupations and Organizations and it is a joint session of RC52 Sociology of Professional Groups and Rc17 Sociology of Organization. I have the honour to be supported by Mirko Noordegraaf and Daniel Muzio in this task.

The next ISA Forum will be held in Porto Alegre, July 14-18 2020. You have up to September 30th, 2019 to send your proposal to the session. Please access the submission system through the ISA Website.

About Qualitative Sampling

I am very happy to announce that I have published a chapter in the new edition of the SAGE manual “Researching Health. 3rd Edition“. The chapter is co-authored with my colleagues Arianna Radin and Elena Spina, the two expert in health research.

In the chapter, we start by analyzing the challenging of sampling in qualitative research, while giving suggestions and recommendations about the four main types of qualitative sampling: quota, purposive, self-selection and snowball sampling.

CfP “Professions Within and Professions Between”

With my colleagues and friends Andrea Bellini and Karolina Parding, we have launched a call for papers for the next ISA Rc52 Interim Meeting, to be held in Florence July 4th-6th, 2019.

Session S1 is entitled “Varieties of Professionalism. Exploring heterogeneity within and between professions”. The session aims at gathering theoretical and empirical papers that explore heterogeneity, differentiation and change within and between professions, among traditional and emerging professions, in comparative studies, either between professions within the same national context or within the same professional group between countries.
We also warmly invite contributions that explore professionalism and its national/local/contextual peculiarities in Southern and Eastern Europe as well as in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Submit your abstract (250 words) to rc52florence2019@gmail.com, indicating Session S1, the title of your paper, name and contact details. Deadline for submitting your proposal: March 31st, 2019.