Social quality is how I am perceived by my social environment. In my case, I have studied international economics and indicate often 'economist' as my profession. Hence, economist is my profession from a social point of view, my 'social quality'.However, these days, I am mainly working on this manual you are reading. So, my current 'occupation' should be framed as manual curator.
The social, professional or political quality of an actor or a person refers to the social position given in time that an individual holds within a given social organisation. It is distinguished from a function or occupation in the sense that it is mostly the society that gives this status to an individual and he/she produces concretely nothing through his/her social position.Scientist, historian, artist, politics, etc. can be considered as social qualities. While Marie Curie is known as a physicist and chemist, this was not her day to day job. She was a professor of the new chair of physics at the Faculty of Science at the University of Paris from 1904, but also director of a university laboratory.There are types of Social Qualities that are more ambiguous and could be considered as occupations, or as both occupation and social quality. It is often your research intention that will define whether it is better to talk about a social quality or an occupation. For example Alfred Hitchcock's social quality is as a film director. His occupation is to have directed the films Psycho in 1960 or The Birds in 1963.