Profession of Sociologist:
Applicants' Ideals and Students' Consensus


Popov Е.А.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Prof., Head of the Department of General Sociology, Altai State University, Barnaul, Russia рopov.еug@yandex.ru

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250013144-1
ID of the Article: 8761


For citation:

Popov Е.А. Profession of Sociologist: Applicants' Ideals and Students' Consensus. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2021. No 8. P. 130-139




Abstract

The article is devoted to analysis of the problem of future profession choice. Building on the methodological principles of the sociology of professions and empirical research, results were obtained that convey an imagined idea of the future profession. At the same time, as part of the empirical study, interviews were conducted with applicants for Russia universities (N = 34), who became students (N = 20). The idea was to track how the applicants’ ideals of the future profession were preserved/changed in the future after some time in the field of «sociology» studies at universities. The paper uses the concepts of ideals and idealization of the future profession. The concept of consensus was applied to students’ perceptions of how much their ideals changed after a period of study. “Constructive”, “value” and “epistemological” ideals of the future profession of sociologist were formulated. All of them influenced the formation of an image of the profession among University applicants when they chose the course for training. At the same time, a consensus among students was seen in the fact that in their views a number of ideals were unchanged, and some ideals were transformed. This circumstance also influenced the formation of the image of the profession, in our case, profession of sociologist. The main conclusion of the study is that the positive image of the future profession is influenced not only by its idealization, but also by a consensus in which some ideals turn out to have been overestimated and are naturally lost.


Keywords
profession of sociologist; choice of profession; profession ideals; applicants and students

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