European Sociology Association Conference 2013 Turin: First Impressions

I`m at the European Sociological Conference in Turin.

Take home points.

* The conference helpers are wearing t-shirts with phrases like `social actor` or `social phenonemon` on their backs. This is both cute and creeply de-humanising, a bit like sociology.
* It would be so lovely if the research streams were in the same location throughtout the conference, instead they are split between buildings, which has lead to much wandering lost in Turin. I am a sociologist, not a geographer. I can`t read a map.
* The sessions on work-life balance are filled with women, the sessions on industrial relations are filled with men.

Interesting papers so far;
* Thomas P. Boje (Roskilde University), Anders Ejrnaes (Roskilde University), The Economic Crisis and Precarity in Europe - How Do the Different Social Groups React?
Take home point; the more deprevation exeperienced, the lower are political participation rates, except in the Nordic countries.

* Silent Marginalization? Concession Bargaining and Trade Unions in the Irish Recession, Bill Roche, University College, Dublin & Paul Teague, Queen's University, Belfast
Take home point: real danger exists that the new norm of restricted concession bargaining, which ultimately will result in the silent marginalization of trade unions.

*Whose Insecurity – Which Insecurity?
Antti Saloniemi, University of Tampere
Anna K. Väisänen, University of Tampere
Take home point; there isn`t one universal experience of insecurity. Young, male, blue collar workers experience insecurity in terms of fears of job loss and short term contracts. Women public sector workers experience insecurity in terms of worsening working conditions.

*Towards a New Coal Worker in Industrial Relations in Tunçbilek Coal Mine, in Kütahya, Turkey: Where Have all the Solidarity Have Gone?
Sibel Kalaycıoğlu, Middle East Technical University
Kezban Celik, Ondokuz Mayıs University,
Take home point; privatisation of mining in Turkey has lead to a worsening of working conditions, pay and job security.

*Impact of Atypical Employment on European Demography
Andranik Melik-Tangyan (Tangian), Karlsruhe Istitute of Technology
Take home point: The higher atypical employment is, the higher are the rates of inequality, lower is the fertility rate and higher is the immigration. These trends are due to continue (though the numbers are aggregates, as ever, the devil is in the details).

I am up tomorrow,
14:00 – 15:30 / Saturday 31 / CLE B3
a10RN20 / Archiving and Using Archived Qualitative Data: Dilemmas or

Aileen O'Carroll (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Data Archives and Sensitive Data. Lessons from the Boston College Oral Histories.