‘I have no one to turn to’ – Socioanalytical Dimensions of Vulnerability (financed by the National Science Fund at the Ministry of Education and Science, contract № ДМ 20/4 – 20.12.2017) is a two-year research project involving 11 young scientists, PhD students and post-doctoral students from the Department of Sociology and Human Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the Paissiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv.
The project focuses on the issue of social vulnerability as a borderline topic between the fields of logic and methodology of humanities and social sciences (socioanalysis, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis). Its main objective is to explore the practical dimensions and specifics of various forms of social vulnerability that are of interest to the so-called “socioanalysis of self-inheritance” (inspired mainly by Pierre Bourdieu’s works but differing in its focus on the assisting functions of the socioanalyst for the successful self-inheritance of traumatized individuals with fractal identities, that is, with a lost biographical illusio, i.e. what it’s worth living for). The project is of interdisciplinary nature and the research is conducted mainly through non-classical analyzes of what ethnomethodologists call ‘endogenous logic of practices’ – an approach that is fundamentally different from traditional disciplines such as classical sociology, psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis or social psychology. The specificity of these locally produced social vulnerabilities is generically illustrated by the phrase in the title: ‘I have no one to turn to!’ with an implicitly stated ‘but I want to’. It is borrowed from Harvey Sacks’s lectures on conversation analysis with the aim of focusing the research and public attention towards the problem of social vulnerability in the following dual perspective:
• on the one hand, in the mode of singularity of social suffering (in each separate case study included in the project, we have different forms of deprivation of opportunities for shared social experience);
• on the other hand, in the unifying mode that social suffering implicitly presupposes ‘seeking for help’, that someone should ‘hear’ the suffering beyond the relevant social circles of everyday life.