Sociology and poetry

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So this is sociology

K.J., sociology student

There is an uneasy relationship between traditional sociology and the arts, in particular openly irrational registers of writing, such as poetry. I’m not sure the ‘founding fathers’ would be very amused if they could see you trying to use poetry as a medium in a sociology class. But who cares: it’s no longer the XIX century, and back then many universities didn’t even have sociology as a subject. I’d like to think that C.W. Mills would have liked the idea of linking sociology with poetry. So, here is a great blogpost by sociologist Peter Kaufman on one of our favourite blogs ( about poetry and sociology – and about using poetry in teaching and learning. Reading this makes me wish he had been my teacher when I did my degree in sociology.

Click here to read “Poetic sociology” by Peter Kaufman (and some pretty cool sociological poems)

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