ARTICLE 1. NATURE OF RC 52
RC 52 has been established in
accordance with Article XI of the Statutes of the International
Sociological Association (ISA).
Funds for RC 52 may be raised
from membership fees : grants and gifts from organisations or individuals;
conferences, publications; investment of the committee's own capital;
or any other means as the Board may decide from time to time in
accordance within the principles as set out in Article 2.
As a full RC of the ISA, RC
52 will develop in accordance with ISA statutes, rules and regulations
and meet ISA requests for information about its activities and procedures.
ARTICLE 2. AIMS OF RC 52
To establish contacts and to
encourage collaboration among scholars working in the field of sociology
of professional/occupational groups throughout the world.
To encourage the international
exchange of research findings in the sociology of professional/occupational
To link theoretical and empirical
research in the sociology of professional/occupational groups with
related specialist fields or disciplines represented in other ISA
Research Committees, Working and Thematic Groups.
ARTICLE 3. ACTIVITIES OF
The RC cannot itself engage
in research activities.
The RC should :
- encourage research among
its members and others and serve as a conduit for research ideas
and collaboration internationally.
- organise sessions at meetings
of the ISA.
- provide information on significant
developments in the field through means such as regular newsletters,
journals and other special conferences.
- support international seminars
of theorical, methodological or substantive importance and international
training seminars to add to the skills of research in the field.
ARTICLE 4. MEMBERSHIP
Membership is open to any individual
who seeks membership through an interest in the sociology of professional/occupational
groups and pays the membership fee ; also any group, organisation
or institution may become members with the approval of the Board
; at the discretion of the Board, student members pay a lower fee.
According to the statutes of
ISA each member of RC 52 is asked to become an individual member
Associate membership: This covers
a four year subscription paid only to RC 52, therefore not in good
standing with ISA, and is intended primarily for student members
and cases of real financial hardship.
All members in good standing
(i.e. who have paid their dues) have the same voting rights, may
nominate and be nominated as office bearers of the Board.
All members are entitled to
receive the RC 52 Newsletter.
ARTICLE 5. GOVERNING BODY
The Board Composition :
Vice-President (President Elect)
Associate members (former President and chairpersons of sub-committees
or research groups, and/or others co-opted by the Board).
The Board is to meet at least twice every four years at the ISA
Congress and Interim Conference. A quorum of members of Board is
required. The Board will draw up an Agenda for the Congress General
In addition to at least two
Board Meetings, Board members will communicate and if necessary
make decisions by email.
ARTICLE 6. ELECTION PROCEDURES
The term of Board members is
four years (from one Congress to the next).
Elections are conducted the via the Newsletter (see below).
All members of RC 52 (both full and associate members) are eligible
to stand for the Board and to vote in the Board elections.
All Board members must, however, be full members (i.e. in good standing
with ISA and RC 52) since this is an ISA requirement.
In the Newsletter the Board
elections take place in two stages:
A request is made via the Newsletter for names of candidates who
wish to stand for election to the Board. Candidates may suggest
themselves or be suggested by others with the candidate's prior
agreement. A short statement is requested which should include name
and contact details and could include information about research
interests and links to RC 52's intellectual field, attendance at
and presentations to professions networks, conferences and meetings,
and what the candidate has already contributed or might be able
to contribute to RC 52 if elected. The statement should be no more
than 250 words, or a maximum of half an A4 page and should be single-spaced.
In the subsequent Newsletter there will appear a list of the candidates
and their statements and voting slips for RC 52 members to elect
the Board. The result will be announced via the Newsletter and the
new Board will take over and hold its first meeting at the ISA Congress.
ARTICLE 7. RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES
The Board is entrusted with
the direction of the activities of the RC and to nominate a representative
(and one alternate) for the Research Council of the ISA.
President : general co-ordination;
Treasurer : finance, subscriptions and membership data
Others : to be determined by the Board.
ARTICLE 8. RELATIONS WITH
Relations with other organisations
may be established by the RC or by the Board as is deemed useful,
or necessary in accordance with the aims and objectives of RC 52.
ARTICLE 9. CHANGES &
AMENDMENTS TO STATUTES
Changes and amendments to the
Statutes may be made at the Congress General Meeting. Changes and
amendments must be adopted with a two/ thirds majority of the meeting.