Obstacles of Clinical Sociology in Iran

Monday, July 14, 2014: 4:00 PM
Room: Booth 55
Oral Presentation
Hassan BEIG , Independent Scholar, Iran
In the domination of a single belief, which carries its own worldview system including beliefs about "ultimate reality, epistemology, ontology, ethics, purpose, etc.", and has a solution for social, psycho, economical and even environmental problems, it's difficult for any external new science to penetrate or sum up against these worldviews which became a denomination or sacred in some realms. Clinical sociology is not immune, but rather, is maybe on the verge of more anathematization.

In Iran, which Islamic law creates a huge shadow over all acts and interacts, and provides basement for any theory with its fixed solution, no new option can find its way, because should prove its compatibility with Islamic basic first.

But knowledge is embodied in people gathered in communities and networks. The road to knowledge is via people, conversations, connections and relationships.

Knowledge surfaces through dialog, all knowledge is socially mediated and access to knowledge is by connecting to people that know or know who to contact. In the fact, as Mikhail Bakhtin puts it, truth is not to be found inside the head of an individual person, it is born between people collectively searching for truth, in the process of their dialogic interaction.

We may obtain information from the 'sage on the stage' a book or CBT, but we learn on the playing field, where our identity is forged, opinions are validated, values mediated, beliefs formed and assumptions are tested. Because of that, we find clinical sociology can be useful for improving social behavior in Iran, but should approach its thoughts and solutions with basic Islamic concepts.

Based on this fact, we think clinical sociology if wants to find a gateway for improving the views and values in Iran, should correspond its solutions with the basic Islamic concepts which form the framework of Iranian society.