How far does your (sociological) imagination stretch? Let’s find out by considering the following question: Imagine that things could speak – what would they say? This question was put to 42 persons between the ages of 18-50 years old in… Read More ›
Archive for May 2012
“Technology will not advance democracy and human rights for (and instead of) you”. Zygmunt Bauman on the use and mis-use of new media.
In a recent article published by the Social Europe Journal, Zygmunt Bauman reflects on the use we make of new media and social networks and how this can be exploited to control us, rather than increasing our freedom of expression…. Read More ›
An Open Letter to English-Canadians, who might be feeling that Quebeckers have taken leave of their senses.
An open letter to my English-Canadian friends. Please circulate in your networks as you see fit. You may have heard that there has been some turmoil in Quebec in recent weeks. There have been demonstrations in the streets of Montreal… Read More ›
Inspired by this Guardian article, we asked followers on Twitter and Facebook what time management tips they had for other academics. These are some of the responses we received: https://www.rescuetime.com/ use this. its very good. (@OutstandingSEM) Zotero, pomodoro’s, task lists, coffee… Read More ›
This is the story of a town-planning cock-up known as the Northern Heights Plan which, if completed, would have meant miles of extra houses and tube stations to the North West of London. Produced by Jay Foreman and Paul Kendler.
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 ›
“Technologists also believe that publishing is transportable — anyone can be a publisher. All you need are some basic skills, access to a blogging platform, and some determination. While for certain forms of expression this can be true — this… Read More ›
In this video Beardyman, UK beat boxer renowned for his use of live looping, collaborates with the visual artist mr_hopkinson to visually describe the practice. As someone who is fascinated by this kind of music but had never understood how… Read More ›
Britain is gaining a reputation abroad for being a “no-go” zone to international students – potentially losing billions of pounds to the economy and to universities. In an article by the Independent, the restrictions on visas, the well-documented rise in… Read More ›
This podcast discusses cultural consumption in contemporary British society, exploring who does what and why, against the backdrop of the ethos of creative workers. The cultural ‘omnivore’ thesis is outlined and critiqued, suggesting the importance of expertise, social status and… Read More ›
This podcast is a recording of Mike O’Donnell’s talk at the C. Wright Mills session from the BSA conference in April 2012. Mike has written for SI on similar themes in the past: Charles Wright Mills’ Sociological Imagination and why we fail to… Read More ›
This podcast is a recording of John Holmwood’s talk at the C. Wright Mills session from the BSA conference in April 2012. The snippet below is from the subsequent q&a session. (main podcast) (snippet)
The Transformation of Academic Practice – Interview with Martin Weller, author of the Digital Scholar
In this podcast I talk to Martin Weller, author of the Digital Scholar, about the changes which digital technology is bringing about within academia and where they might ultimately lead.
A decade and a half ago, racial equality and anti-racism were non-existent in Northern Ireland and important attempts have been made to address racism. But multifaceted and deep-rooted racism is manifest at the individual, institutional and state levels of Northern… Read More ›
In this interview recorded at the BSA conference in April 2012, Les Back reflects upon the significance of last summer’s riots in the UK and what, if anything, has been learnt from them.
In a recent article Aditya Chakrabortty argued that economics has failed us but sociology has been unable to offer any alternatives. In this podcast I talk to Melanie Simms of Warwick Business School, who signed this group letter to the Guardian, about work sociology and its… Read More ›
“Members of the ‘Golden Dawn’ passing in the street”: The emergence of far right extremism and the elections of the 6th of May in Greece
The Greek MYPLACE team at Panteion University Of Social And Political Sciences on the forthcoming Greek elections and the emergence of the extreme right “Golden Dawn.” This was originally posted on the MYPLACE blog. Follow MYPLACE on Twitter here. For more information on the MYPLACE project, visit… Read More ›