Comments for The Sociological Imagination http://sociologicalimagination.org A daily dose of the Sociological Imagination Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:51:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Comment on A Summer of Television Poverty Porn by Week 4: Listening to parents #107days | #107dayshttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/14013/comment-page-1#comment-132563 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:51:41 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=14013#comment-132563 […] that mothers bear a heavy load. Mothers have been blamed for everything from naughty children, the rise in teenage pregnancies to summer riots. They are credited with the ability (or lack of it) to wire their children’s brains correctly, […]

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Comment on Are academics very well-educated journalists who write badly but will work for free? by Celia Emmelhainzhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/17100/comment-page-1#comment-132560 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:49:16 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=17100#comment-132560 Definitely a concern. I wonder how much young academics are aware of places that pay for their words, esp. as many of the CFPs that circulate are for unpaid labor. Are there places on the web where we can encourage each other to write for appropriate compensation? I’m definitely up for joining / supporting a community like that!

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Comment on 19 interesting ways to communicate knowledge by Sociological Imaginationhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/17105/comment-page-1#comment-132559 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:36:51 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=17105#comment-132559 thanks! I’ll order it now

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Comment on 19 interesting ways to communicate knowledge by Mirandahttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/17105/comment-page-1#comment-132558 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 01:23:27 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=17105#comment-132558 A graphic novel example: “Citizens of No Place” by Jimenez Lai
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-07/12/citizens-of-no-place

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Comment on Some thoughts on the sociology of animals by Johnhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15094/comment-page-1#comment-132557 Sun, 05 Apr 2015 15:55:04 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15094#comment-132557 If you’re interested in the sociology of animals, check out the American Sociological Association’s section on Animals & Society: http://www.asanet.org/sectionanimals/animals.cfm

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Comment on A Modest Proposal for Making Actor-Network Theory More than Academia’s All-Purpose App by Steve Fuller (@ProfSteveFuller)http://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15243/comment-page-1#comment-132556 Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:47:08 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15243#comment-132556 There’s nothing wrong with being ‘humble’ — and ANT certainly didn’t invent this attitude (so references to Latour are gratuitous). However, humility is not an excuse for hiding behind the data in the manner of a dithering ventriloquist. Rather humility should imply a willingness to draw a firm conclusion which others may then contest — perhaps even successfully — and which in the process creates a common sense of inquiry.

No doubt It is a mark of our times — where researchers find themselves in precarious employment — that the hyperbolic enactment of fallibility becomes the preferred researcher’s stance. It amounts to taking minimum responsibility for whatever you say. In the past, if people weren’t sure what they thought, they simply kept their mouths shut. When they opened their mouths, they already knew that they might be shot down.

See here for more analysis of this malaise: http://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/16047

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Comment on A modest proposal for postmodernists who decide to write plain English by Steve Fuller (@ProfSteveFuller)http://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/16047/comment-page-1#comment-132555 Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:32:15 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=16047#comment-132555 Here’s the source — it comes from own field of social epistemology: http://openarchive.cbs.dk/bitstream/handle/10398/8691/ratner.pdf?sequence=1

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Comment on The DIY PhD and the transformation of intellectual life by March 2015 useful stuff roundup | The Research Companionhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15541/comment-page-1#comment-132554 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:17:12 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15541#comment-132554 […] blogging and tweeting about research papers? The importance of stupidity in scientific research Mark Carrigan on the DIY PhD
 From Crisis to Sustainable Health – lessons learned from the Ebola Outbreak worth viewing in […]

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Comment on A Modest Proposal for Making Actor-Network Theory More than Academia’s All-Purpose App by ailsahaxellhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15243/comment-page-1#comment-132552 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:54:35 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15243#comment-132552 I think the limitation placed on will and agency from an ANT perspective is more that we do not know what always drives us, and therefore ascribing will and agency in such ways may be flawed rather than non existent. IMHO and as an ANT researcher I would claim that I have will; from the choice of a research question to the way it is studied, written of, and disseminated, there is no neutrality. However, my self-awareness is partial, both because of bias and because I do not know everything (!!). ANT is after all a humble methodology. Some further reading on the place of cognitions http://www.bruno-latour.fr/node/380

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Comment on 11 reasons why we need a Chair for the Public Understanding of Sociology by Marilyn Sandershttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/16897/comment-page-1#comment-132551 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:28:05 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=16897#comment-132551 This role should be central to the purpose of the discipline to help increase the knowledge & understanding of the population beyond that of mere ‘common sense’, our views tend to be drawn from narrow personal experience married together with the equally prejudiced views of journalists in the media, a much less sound source of critical thought than a discipline whose main function is to question assumptions and to knit together knowledge of interconnected fields e.g psychology, human geography, history, genetics. For a sound democracy we need an informed society but at present this information often remains lodged in the silos of educational establishments. Such a waste.

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