The Concept of Career: An Interactionist Instrument of Objectivation

By Muriel Darmon

This article proposes using the concept of career as an instrument of objectivation that goes beyond the traditional opposition between “description” and “objectivation.” Beginning with a study of the anorexic career, we show that it is a technique for breaking with both medical interpretations and the self-descriptions of those studied. The concept of career, then, is part of a system of objectivation distinctive of interactionist sociology, based in particular on “qualitative” aggregation procedures and systematic comparison.

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