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. The introduction is freely available for download on the DDD of UAB as well.

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

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.

Marginal work in the REPS

Conference proceedings from the last edition 2018 of REPS (Red Espanola de Politicas Sociales) are now available online, including a contribution on marginal work in Southern Europe with A. Firinu. The chapter is entitled From dualization to continuum. Exploring dimensions of Outsiderness in Southern Europe

In this chapter, we explore involuntary non-standard work across a selection of six countries geographically located in the South of Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, France and Croatia) but not all belonging to the so-called Southern European model. Our analysis shows the growth of involuntariness and of work at risk of abuse along in the crisis, especially in France, Spain and Italy.

Read it at pag. 1257.

New Publication on Marginal Work

I am so happy to announce that a short chapter about marginal work in Italy written with Antonio Firinu has been published in a recent book from Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli that explores the relationship between work and social vulnerability. The book is entitled “Porte Girevoli. Contributi di ricerca e buone pratiche sul lavoro marginale e le nuove vulnerabilità sociali” and it is freely accessible on the FGGF website.

The chapter (in Italian) gives a theoretical introduction to the concept of marginal work, then showing the growth of marginal work in correspondence with the crisis and concentrated among young adult (25-36).

About Welfare and Prosumerism

It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of the special issue entitled “Pro-sumers on the move: overcoming the line between labour and consumption”, co-edited with my colleagues and friends Davide Arcidiacono, Allison Loconto and Antonello Podda. The issue has been published in Sociologia del Lavoro (4/2018), which is the main Italian journal that publish articles on sociology of work.

The front of our special issue.

The special issue offers a wide range of articles from Italian and International scholars that aims at investigating the heuristic capacity of the concept of prosumerism in the analysis of labour, consumption and social protection. In particular, in the introduction I discuss the term in the domain of welfare studies, linking it in particular with studies on social innovation.

The introduction entitled “Introducing the wave of the prosumers in the age of labour market shattering” is available on the Sociologia del Lavoro website.