Yesterday I was speaking with a doctoral student, Morteza Hashemi Madani, about the point of social theory, especially given the recent revelation that Zygmunt Bauman plagiarises not only himself but also Wikipedia – shock, horror! As someone who has always… Read More ›
Rethinking The World is a new regular column by Prakash Kona
This interview is broader than the title suggests, covering a lot of interesting ground. But it’s particularly interesting to hear Chomsky’s views on the technological singularity:
A documentary project I was interviewed for earlier in the year:
As anyone who follows party politics in the UK will have noticed, the home secretary’s rhetoric on ‘extremism’ has been getting increasingly bellicose in recent months. While it remains an open question as to what extent she believes this, as… Read More ›
INAUGURAL LECTURE BY PROF AERON DAVIS, CO-DIRECTOR OF PERC 5.30-7.30PM, 26TH JANUARY Over two decades Aeron Davis has interviewed some 350 elite subjects from the worlds of business, finance, politics and media: from Nigel Lawson to Jeremy Corbyn, Peter Oborne to… Read More ›
A great video by Les Back about the sociology of Christmas lights: Happy christmas!
A collection of lectures relating to her new book Notes Towards a Performative Theory of Assembly.
Oxford neuropharmacologist Susan Greenfield has become notorious for arguing that the internet is warping our minds. Many people – myself included – regard her as a scaremonger. Nevertheless, in a recent history of neuroscience that I’ve been reading for other… Read More ›
This mini-essay forms the basis of my contribution to the ‘self-tracking and the emergence of hybrid beings’ panel at the University of Liverpool’s Being Human Festival on 10 December 2015. The reader will see that I’m not especially enamored by… Read More ›
Thanks to Lynn Jamieson for linking to this video of Howard Becker giving the Goffman memorial lecture at the University of Edinburgh. Unfortunately, we can’t embed the video but you can watch it online here: http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events/goffman/2014_2015/goffman_memorial_lecture.
A fascinating exchange between one of the US’s most accomplished Sociologists and the intellectual hero of the American right:
Thanks to Les Back for linking to this short film about the presentation of self in everyday life:
by Rodanthi Tzanelli There is little to say about the Paris attacks that does not touch upon the phantom of the so-called War on Terror. What has been produced in journalistic and intellectual cycles certainly concurs on one thing: invisible violence… Read More ›
A really interesting project undertaken by SA&RF: Everyday Life in Salford. Read more about the project here. The book itself can be downloaded for free here: Everyday_Life_in_Salford I am pleased to present the book of Everyday Life in Salford. Through this project,… Read More ›
According to Hegel’s bird’s eye-view of the world, the Owl of Minerva takes flight at dusk. If this bird is supposed to be the personification of philosophical insight, then we start thinking deeply about the nature of something only once… Read More ›
This piece is dedicated to Stefan Stern, who picked up on – and ran with – a remark I made at this year’s Brain Bar Budapest, concerning the need for a ‘value-added’ account of being ‘human’ in a world in… Read More ›
One problem that we have as teachers of sociology and social theory is that we are so quick to assert our authority that we end up inhibiting the honest and probing questions from our supposedly ignorant students. Nevertheless, these questions… Read More ›
I’ve always found Andrew Abbott an intriguing figure. He’s someone I’ve come across in a diverse range of contexts: methodology, computational science, sociological writing, meta-theory, research methods, the sociology of higher education and information systems. Looking through his website, I… Read More ›
HT Paul Raymont for this engaging introduction to the fascinating topic of neurophilosophy:
More information on the Palgrave website here.
The increasing prominence of the category ‘millennial’ irritates me. I thought this was a sociological objection. As this superb n+1 essay observes, the category builds systemic conditions into the dispositions of the generational cohort and so disguises the former through… Read More ›