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Creative Solidarity

DemouErgia is a research cooperative which focuses on action research. The DemouErgia members are particularly interested in communities facing emergency situations, in the framework of social and environmental crisis. It is also important for the research cooperative to actively study the framework of social solidarity interventions and plans, focusing mainly on social groups facing hardships. The main means by which they will benefit the program are the practical and theoretical research and implementation tools they have created for the development of 'Creative Solidarity' between local and displaced populations in close cooperation with Universities . The aim of the Action Research will be empowerment of the young people in their involvement and participation in the project activities. A parallel implementation of our Action Research will take the form of young people participating in primary production and training activities. Host communities, civil society associations, local authorities, volunteer organizations, as well as refugees, have come stressed the need for integration opportunities, both for young Greeks and young refugees, suffering under the double effect of economic and refugee crisis. Our aim is to find concrete ways to overcome social exclusion, labour market exclusion, as well as all kinds of prejudice and social antagonism. Therefore, we intend to create a pilot project in Agro -Tech Production, close to the Hot Spots of Moria and Kara Tepe, on Lesvos island. This pilot farm will be a Zero-Emissions Agro Production (Z.E.A.P) producing fresh vegetables. Young participants will have opportunities for temporary work and also to be trained in the farm. Furthermore, we intend to organize structured training programs and workshops on Marketing and Distribution of Agricultural Products, and, also, on the acquisition of skills in using and servicing all relevant electrical machinery and solar systems developed in the farm.

Empirical Dialectical Realism

Applied social clinical research, The research method of dialectical empirical realism I Sotiris Chtouris Sotiris Chtouris ISBN © "Demou Ergia KoinSep" Publications, 2022 Thermi Towers, Mytilini-Lesvos, 81100, Greece Tel: 690 7920353 E-mail: info@demouergia. com and order@demouergia. com Site: www. demouergia. com Table of contents . 1 Applied social clinical research, 1 The research method of dialectical empirical realism I 1 Introductory ethical and epistemological remarks 5 bibliography 14 CHAPTER ONE 15 The Dynamic two-way relationship between Empirical Data and Theoretical Concepts. A Framework for Recording and Understanding Social Phenomena 15 CHAPTER 2 . 50 A proposal for dialectical empirical research methodology: The example of the Focused 50 CHAPTER 3 88 A dialectical thematic approach and its practical application. 88 Central codes, Binding code fields , conceptual fields & concept networks in qualitative methods. 88 CHAPTER 4 104 The method of interactive En-imaging 104 CHAPTER 5 131 Examples of the application of the Dialectical Empirical Realism Method. A Brief Introduction to Volume II 131 The Dialectical Empirical Realism (DER) research method in clinical sociology 139 Introductory ethical and epistemological remarks Epistemology and Ethics in Applied Research in the Clinical Social Sciences. General context: Ethics and Scientific Considerations. The clinical dimension in research is based on the fact that there are specific users/applicants who are seeking to benefit from the research, while from the researcher's perspective there is the perspective that the users/applicants are specific and unique cases that the research must highlight and support. It is also evident that these cases will be the subject of a multi-level and, if necessary, a multidisciplinary approach to research through the involvement of more experts in sociodiagnostics and clinical research. This is mainly achieved through a shared understanding of the users' situation and through different expertise practices. The research and the methods applied must directly serve its general objectives, in particular: α) The socio-diagnosis of important issues in the individual, micro, medium and macro context of users and citizens in general. b) The ability to search for empirical data that is compatible and useful with the needs and fully understood by the Users and the interested parties and recipients of assistance. c) Empowering and addressing the vulnerability of individuals and social groups who have sought support from the Clinical Sciences These three dimensions, as often mentioned in this work, are mainly guided by our gaze on the User, his/her request and by the need to develop and apply new knowledge, especially in the fields he/she lives in and in order to use the available and predicted/produced knowledge to improve life and cure the social problems he/she faces. In contrast, interests arising from more general questions of social theory, the effectiveness of policy applications and economic activity are more secondary and are always subject to both general and specific (where appropriate) critical evaluation. This is also true in the context of the interdisciplinarity developed by applied research and research in the Clinical Sciences and in particular Sociology with other disciplines such as economics, psychology, medicine and law. The autonomy of its research process is necessary to avoid negative affiliations that directly or indirectly impose its specific conceptual environment and examples of practice that have not undergone critical clinical scrutiny. Often, they are interests linked to the prestige and cultural capital of the various disciplines that are dominant in therapeutic practices. The clinical sciences and especially Clinical Sociology in this context must function therapeutically and diagnostically and in relation to the various disciplines that operate complementarily in the field of Sociodiagnosis of Social Pathology and user support. In particular, Clinical Sociology, Clinical Social Work , Social Medicine and Clinical Psychology, critically raise issues of ethics and ethical practice towards users and help-seekers. But it is our obligation to do so also as far as all the entities under investigation are concerned, whether they are human beings in the social environment of the users, other living beings or the very elements of nature which are considered to exist independently of the anthropocentric view of the world and as such are entitled to some form of 'reason' for the maintenance and viability of their existence. Even more important for the clinical perspective in relation to the entities under investigation, is the avoidance of stigmatizing social subjects and imprisoning them as fixed 'pathological' and passive recipients of protection and assistance, without the right to their own discourse and autonomous opportunity for transformation or creative expression. Research particularly on issues of social pathology and vulnerability requires a developed Empathy and Compassion for the individuals and social issues it addresses, but also entails significant limitations in terms of the normative functions that will flow from the knowledge it produces (Harrison and Sanders, 2006), as well as from scientific categorisations and classifications that will be extracted in public and political discourse. The ethics of research in the Clinical Sciences is directly linked to the more general epistemological assumptions which must also allow for the application of the principles of respect, reciprocity of knowledge and the non-harmful use of the knowledge we produce. At the same time, living in a democratic society, this knowledge can, with the participation and control of stakeholders, positively shape and control public policy through forms of dialogue, reflection and institutionalisation carried out, above all, collectively by the stakeholders. The ethics of research in clinical science and its application precedes the act of research itself and is not so much determined by the relational assessment of the effects of research on stakeholders. In this way, its relationship to an objective ethics and more general rules of application is ensured (Etzioni, 1988). Therefore, it avoids creating inequalities and indirect conditions of inequality with regard to the users and groups that are the reference point of the research. This criterion is particularly crucial in the current period of the intense presence of electronic social networks in which relational and "utilitarian ethical imperatives" are frequently and occasionally produced, determined by current events -particular interests- constantly changing and, despite the intensity of their utterance, politically ephemeral. These, of course, cannot be the basis for valid and useful ethics in clinical sociology, nor also an element of orientation for its research imperatives.

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