Exciting-sounding (fairly) new book! Undoing property examines complex relationships inside art, culture, political economy, immaterial production, and the public realm today. In its pages artists and theorists address aspects of computing, curating, economy, ecology, gentrification, music, publishing, piracy, and much… Read More ›
Rethinking The World is a new regular column by Prakash Kona
Too much ink has been spent on examining the socio-economic conditions under which shantytowns emerge as urban enclaves and develop into unique lifeworlds. As ‘cities within global cities’, such as Delhi, Cape Town, Kingston, Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro… Read More ›
by Sumi Hollingworth I’m finding more and more friends posting ‘news’ articles and the like on Facebook that (depending on the post) attract a flurry of excited or outraged comments and interaction, and then turn out to be ‘hoaxes’ or… Read More ›
How does a critical sociologist approach a troubled world? Bill Carroll, professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Victoria (Victoria, Canada), has sent us this awesome music video. The original composition, entitled “Blind Eye Forward”, is a… Read More ›
Since 5 February 2014, all major cities in Bosnia have had daily mass protests by factory workers. What is happening and why? Read a good article by Michael Karadjis. .
The Human Brain Project is a rather enormous EU funded project, funded to the tune of €1.3 billion over 10 years, looking at future neuroscience, future medicine and future computing. It aims to overcome fragmentation within neuroscience, synthesise existing data sets and produce a platform to… Read More ›
Today the sad news was announced that Stuart Hall has died. My Twitter timeline and email account has been awash with mourning colleagues; scholars, researchers and students remembering and reflecting upon the legacy of his enormous archive of work. Many… Read More ›
Last year, whistleblower website WikiLeaks released three of the biggest ever leaks of classified information in history: the Iraq War Logs, the Afghanistan War Logs and Cablegate. Since then the world has undoubtedly changed. Ambassadors have resigned amid scandals exposed… Read More ›
YouTube comments are notorious. But Mark Slutsky, writer and filmmaker [and, clearly, also amateur sociologist] has dedicated his blog SadYoutube to salvaging fragile fragments of humanity from YouTube comments. He calls them “Moments of melancholy, sadness and saudade from the lives of… Read More ›
An excellent article in the New York Times tells the story of Wall Street Mothers and Stay-Home Fathers, revealing some of the many invisible factors that slow women down on the labour market – by Jodi Kantor and Jessica Silver-Greenberg.
Nicholas Christakis, Professor of Medical Sociology, Medicine, and Sociology at Harvard University If you think you’re in complete control of your destiny or even your own actions, you’re wrong. Every choice you make, every behavior you exhibit, and even every… Read More ›
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There’s an interesting article on the Boston Review which reflects on the critical work of Evgeny Morozov, with a particular focus on his recent critique of ‘solutionism’. We’ve attached a video below for those unfamiliar with his line of argument. The… Read More ›
One of the (many) things which fascinates me about self-quantification tools is their seeming capacity to both increase individual autonomy and extend control over the individual. However my instinctive personal reactions to this tend to be a matter of seeing… Read More ›
“Sociological Imagination and UK Riots” on Bundlr
“A 1940′s record of a symphony written in late 19th century”: Interview with German filmmaker Moritz Liewerscheidt
“Jahrhundertwende” (“Turn of the Century”) is a thirty-minute essay film by Berlin-based filmmaker Moritz Liewerscheidt. The film reflects both the formation of Nazi ideology in the early 20th century and the situation in today’s Eastern Germany, where a neo-Nazi movement… Read More ›
[I want to thank Adam Ford and Jim Collier for earlier posting this report on their websites, respectively, H+ Magazine and the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. (The latter site includes links to the various figures and concepts raised... Read More ›
Professor Rose is one of our leading contemporary social scientists. Currently he is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College, London. In the talk, Professor Rose characterises the ‘territory’ of… Read More ›
A four-year research project at Bournemouth University, “Gay and Pleasant Land?—a study about positioning, ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales”, took place as part of the Research Councils UK-funded New Dynamics of Ageing Programme on… Read More ›
Japan struggles with young people who have retreated into their bedrooms. Known as “hikikomori,” they are modern-day hermits who disdain social contact and are unable to work or go to school. Dr. Alan Teo reviews this epidemic of social isolation.
On the Tenth Anniversary of Edward Said’s passing, renowned scholars Judith Butler and Cornell West discuss what it means to be a public intellectual and Edward Said’s impact on the academic discourse of Palestine. (HT BSA Theory)