The Campaign for Social Science was launched in January this year by the Academy of Social Sciences. It aims to raise the profile of social science with the public, media and parliament at a time of great crisis and uncertainty…. Read More ›
Archive for May 2011
A specified form of death penalty occurs in the following cases:-gibbeting (on the spot where crime was committed) for burglary, later also for encroaching on the king’s highway, for getting a slave-brand obliterated, for procuring husband’s death; burning for incest… Read More ›
This year, the original `The picture of Dorian Gray’ has been published as an `annotated, uncensored version’. So, it turns out that the book that so many have admired had actually been censured!
Enough talk about women and work this week, let’s talk about brains. Just joking. I am a woman, after all. So: a recent article by Bill Keller reminded me that there can never be too many articles worrying about what… Read More ›
Following up on yesterday’s post which showed some fresh UK statistics on the full-time gender pay gap in median earnings, today we continue with a more argumentative (if slightly older) piece by psychology professor Hilary M. Lips of Radford University,… Read More ›
A quick message: My Perestroyka is finally in the UK! It is screening tonight, 24 May, at 8.30 at the London Documentary Film Festival at the Rich Mix cinema. More information: here . The screening will be followed by a panel… Read More ›
SI continues its traditional weekend review of 21st century student youtube-folklore with two songs. Our mums and dads played the guitar in scruffy student dorms full of thick nicotine smoke; today’s creative souls practice in front of webcams and flood… Read More ›
Two interesting websites promoting a new image of parenthood with practical examples. GeekDad’s subtitle is Raising generation 2.0, and GeekMom’s tagline is Smart. Savvy. Social. What is so interesting is the conscious effort to manage parenting according to certain principles… Read More ›
It has been over 50 years since C. Wright Mills wrote the Sociological Imagination. In that time the world has changed beyond recognition: the Cold War ended, the Keynesian consensus broke down, a globalizing neoliberalism rose to the ascendancy and… Read More ›
Scientific studies rarely venture into the realm of the irrational; yet it seems that that is exactly where we could find answers to many of the unsolved connundrums of modern medicine. A recent paper published in Science Translational Medicine, is… Read More ›
In a powerful op-ed written for The New York Times back in late 2010, bestselling novelist Michael Cunningham writes, ‘I’ve come to understand that all literature is a product of translation’. He explains, and I quote the article at length:… Read More ›
As ever, XKCD comics make a good point about women in science, even though they don’t touch on the broader reasons why women have been largely absent from science
In a recent (very unsociological, but fascinating) meditation survey which has been carried out in New York since 2008, the brains of prominent Buddhist monks have been scanned in the hope of detecting any physiological changes that might be occurring… Read More ›
Too often the media talk about migrants in aggregated, impersonal terms. This article by N.Nielsen is an exception. It presents several mini-case studies of economic migrants in Brussels and brings to the fore some of the subjective reasons for why… Read More ›
If you’re inspired by his argument then why not take a look at the Sociological Cinema?
SI brings to your attention the Directory of Open Access Journals: http://www.doaj.org/. Enjoy the treasure!
An interesting polemic article by Brian Davey discusses the potential perilous effects of the `Big Society’ project on volunteering and the British welfare state. Big Society: volunteering or rip off? Read Davey’s article on the New Internationalist blog and tell us what… Read More ›