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L’enquête des Gaston ou les sociologues au travail : Jacques Dofny et Bernard Mottez à la tôlerie de Mont Saint-Martin en 1955

Abstract : In 1954 two aspiring sociologists, Bernard Mottez and Jacques Dofny, went to visit the laminators of Mont-Saint-Martin in order to study the perception of technical change among workers, under the supervision of Alain Touraine and Jean-Daniel Reynaud. This landmark survey of postwar French sociology, then in its first stage, was finally published as a book in 1966 only. This article aims at making visible if not all, at least some different “stages” (as one says of a painting), hidden behind the façade of the 1966 publication. The materials upon which it builds are not only various intermediary reports, but also the survey diary of the two young researchers, who called themselves the “Gastons”. This precious document makes it possible to study sociology “in the making” and to show how the final product translates the fieldwork to fit the standards of sociological writing of its time.
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Gwenaële Rot, François Vatin. L’enquête des Gaston ou les sociologues au travail : Jacques Dofny et Bernard Mottez à la tôlerie de Mont Saint-Martin en 1955. Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, Editions du Seuil, 2008, pp.62 - 81. ⟨10.3917/arss.175.0062⟩. ⟨hal-03217889⟩

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