RE: [xmca] agency/social/individual/work

From: Andy Blunden (
Date: Wed Oct 11 2006 - 06:49:21 PDT

Which country are you in, Eric?
At 08:43 AM 11/10/2006 -0500, you wrote:

>Eric, just out of curiosity -- where did you come by the belief that "By
>definition, union trade workers are masters of their craft and should only
>be studied in that context"?
>This would be the "journeyman" position of union trade worker. Once they
>have achieved that level they have followed the different stratas, levels,
>(insert favorite social term here) of training they are considered to be
>masters of their craft. When they are practicing "journeyman" they are
>certainly acting differently than the apprentice who may be a card carrying
>union member. Make sense?
>I would also like to reiterate that when studying human action it is
>important to clarify whether a study is idiographic (an individual's
>growth) or nomothetic (a study of a particular trait over a group of
>For instance a study of "journeyman" carpenters may illicit the data that
>none of those studied ever do the taping of the drywall they install. As
>compared to "apprentice" carpenters who would sometimes decide to do the
>taping. This would e a nomothetic study. An idiographic study of the
>carpenter trade would follow the individual practice of one carpenter in
>Maybe this only make sense to me?
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