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University of Wroclaw

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Department of the Sociology of Dispositional Groups

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History of the department

The Department of the Sociology of Dispositional Groups has an interesting history in the research of institutional structures responsible for drafting of public security. Since 2009 it become the research unit engaged in the innovative area of public security issues related to sociology of dispositional groups. It developed a research approach which allows researchers and students to explore the roles, positions, organizational structures and the effectiveness of professional formation of the system of state security known as dispositional groups. The researchers engaged in the Department perceive the inevitable changes in the sphere of social organization. They have defined the necessity of the creation of a safety culture in the state institutionalized to provide the optimal level of security for its members in an increasingly civilizationally developed social system.

The origins of the scientific considerations in the Department can be traced back to the work of prof. Zdzisław Zagórski, who introduces the terminology of dispositional and uniformed groups. The research indicated that these groups have fundamentally shaped the contemporary society and their security status. His continuator is Jan Maciejewski fixing and developing the achievements of the sociology of dispositional group in the book Dispositional groups. Sociological analysis (2012 and extended edition of 2014), providing the theoretical assumptions necessary for making analyses of the issues these groups in the state security system.

The Department of the Sociology of Dispositional Groups aims at integrating researchers who deal with the issues of dispositional groups in the active exploration of that area of social reality and (in)security.

Main research topics

The identity of the sociology of dispositional groups has been defined as a discipline of scientific knowledge about organized structures prepared for rapid response, which are created in the military, paramilitary or civilian systems in order to perform specific functions related to the prevention of various dangers that threaten the communities or society and the resources of the country as well as attempts aimed at overcoming these dangers2.

Therefore, the sociological analysis of dispositional groups is focused on the law making social practices, the lawmaking security and restoring social order in the face of new social, environmental and technogenic risks. The risks are seen as an inherent elements of the social structures and changes as more and more profound transformations of civilization.

The researches in the field of sociology dispositional groups respond to questions of practical development of dynamic relationships and operators of securing the social space of our lives. The subject of interdisciplinary research are entities established in the administrative structures which form the appropriate force equipped with the appropriate measures whose overarching aim is to counteract the prevention and intervention in alarm mode in response to the destructive interference to the social fabric. These formations are a specific tool or instrument of domination of the risks, and make it subject to the specific discipline of availability in the security system. That availability in the range of tasks in the security system counteracts the destructive forces of risks destabilizing social structures and social capital is a significant consideration in the context of the volatility of natural hazards.

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