Comments for The Sociological Imagination http://sociologicalimagination.org A daily dose of the Sociological Imagination Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:21:46 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Grayson Perry and The Ashford Hijab: White, Female & Muslim by Anthonyhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/16369/comment-page-1#comment-128242 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:21:46 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=16369#comment-128242 fantastic piece

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Comment on Shaking up the social sciences by Sociological Imaginationhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/16213/comment-page-1#comment-127672 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:27:53 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=16213#comment-127672 I find that very plausible. You give grounds for thinking that the call to relevance might inadvertently entrench the problems lead people to call for relevance.

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Comment on What is the Function of the Social Movement Academic? by R. Mantlehttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15545/comment-page-1#comment-127619 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:33:50 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15545#comment-127619 Good discussion here: “Anarchism in the Academy” by Jeff Shantz. http://philosophersforchange.org/2012/08/14/anarchism-in-the-academy/

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Comment on Shaking up the social sciences by Benjamin Geerhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/16213/comment-page-1#comment-127524 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:16:53 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=16213#comment-127524 The question about purposes can interpreted as a question about interests. We’re all aware of how research can serve the interests of the researchers who need to improve their CVs. Can it serve anyone else’s interests?

Social theories can and do have huge social effects far beyond academia: just look at the effects of neoliberal economics and of Marxist economics before it. As those examples suggest, such effects can be aimed at serving the interests of the haves or of the have-nots.

People who argue for strengthening the autonomy of the field (myself included) argue that sociology should not aim to serve non-scientific interests, and that it should be protected from the harmful influence of those interests, because even good politics often makes for bad science. Instead, they suggest that only an autonomous social science, which is able to ask questions and think thoughts that cannot be asked or thought in everyday discourse, can produce understanding of society that would be accurate enough to be of any real use to social movements aimed at serving the interests of the have-nots.

Aside from the pressure of publish-or-perish, I think there is also pressure to do research that is seen as ‘relevant’, either to state policy-making or to the contestation of state policies. Perhaps this helps explain why so much research seems obsessed with social minutiae and utterly lacking in intellectual ambition. If sociologists were expected to tackle deeper questions, perhaps they would publish less.

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Comment on The need for a sociology of thinking by Sociological Imaginationhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15845/comment-page-1#comment-127255 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:12:25 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15845#comment-127255 Could you see over thinking as an inability to bring internal conversations to a close? There’s lots of things in your life which prompt you to start thinking but you’ve not developed triggers which get you to stop?

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Comment on The need for a sociology of thinking by Teresa Culverwellhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15845/comment-page-1#comment-127241 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:15:07 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15845#comment-127241 Question is – what about over thinkers (like me)? Or those who have information overload? It’s like hoarding on a grand scale. Why does this happen, and why does it happen to some while not to others who seem to sift out a lot and leave just the bare bones – I need it all!!! Does OCD influence this overloading, even if that OCD relates to other things (but mostly information and paperwork in my case) And why can it finally reduce some to nervous wrecks unable to work out how and where to file “F”?

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Comment on Cfp: Mini Conference on Digital Sociology by Sociological Imaginationhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15680/comment-page-1#comment-127182 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:47 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15680#comment-127182 call for papers

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Comment on Cfp: Mini Conference on Digital Sociology by Rhea Pagehttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/15680/comment-page-1#comment-127179 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:39:06 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=15680#comment-127179 This is intriguing! But what does CFP stand for?

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Comment on Shaking up the social sciences by Stephenhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/16213/comment-page-1#comment-127171 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:57:39 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=16213#comment-127171 I agree. The problem will get worse until there is some convergence that manages not to mask or minimise the specificities and mechanisms of singular actual societies.

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Comment on Against ‘Shaking Up’ the Social Science by » Shaking up the social sciences The Sociological Imaginationhttp://sociologicalimagination.org/archives/13771/comment-page-1#comment-127147 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:01:18 +0000 http://sociologicalimagination.org/?p=13771#comment-127147 […] Higher Education has run an interesting article by Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald. I wrote a response to the original article by Christakis that sparked this debate (in fairness he didn’t choose […]

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