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Cinta de moebio

versión On-line ISSN 0717-554X


CALLEJO, Javier. What silence and discourse mean for empirical sociology. Cinta moebio [online]. 2019, n.65, pp.194-208. ISSN 0717-554X.

Sometimes results from qualitative perspective in empirical sociological research shows that observed subjects do not talk about the phenomenon studied. This paper asks about the extent to which this silence can be considered a sociological evidence. If so, then an evidence of what. First it is presented a study that inquiries about the near future to Spanish society about climate change in a qualitative perspective, but an almost absolute silence about the subject by the qualitative perspective. After some interpretations about these results, it becomes necessary to redefine the concept of discourse for the sociological research, with special references to Foucault and Boltanski, in order to point out its basic and essential elements. In this way, we proposed that a phenomenon as relevant as climate change does not reach to daily conversation because it is socially sedimented (following Schutz's work on relevance) and it has not got a discourse.

Palabras clave : silence; discourse; relevance; climate; change; empirical; evidence.

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