There was a fascinating debate in a recent issue of the British Journal of Sociology about the current status of the discipline in the UK. Well worth a read for those who have access to the journal: Sociology’s misfortune; disciplines,… Read More ›
Archive for March 2011
Walking Life (2001) is a live-action rotoscoped film, directed by Richard Linklater. It won’t answer all your questions about the meaning of life, but it will prompt you to ask even more.
For all professional and/or novice visual researchers out there: the Sociological Imagination is pleased to announce its new column dedicated to “Visual Research”. To celebrate its beginning, we are launching a continuous call for reader submissions. The call is open… Read More ›
Slavoi Zizek talks about modern capitalism: are buying a cup of coffee, or are we buying redemption for being consumers?
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 ›
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The well-documented and lamented Higher Education tuition fees rise has forced many English students to consider undertaking their studies at Irish and Scottish institutions as this article suggests. Tuition fees in Ireland prove to be less costly than those in… Read More ›
Sen gave the annual lecture at DEMOS last year, on 15 March 2010, shortly after his latest book, The Idea of Justice (2009) was published. Watch the lecture here: http://www.demos.co.uk/events/annual-lecture-2010-hd
So far, the debate on the increase in tuition fees and cuts in Higher Education has focused mainly on the consequences for undergraduate students. We can all imagine the impact on undergraduates of being saddled with a debt that even… Read More ›
In his article TEN LIES OF ETHNOGRAPHY : Moral Dilemmas of Field Research (published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 1993 22: 267), Gary Alan Fine discusses the dilemmas faced by ethnographic researchers. He singles out the “classic virtues” (the… Read More ›
An absolutely fascinating Ted Talk about how the expansion of social media is changing the construction of gender within contemporary society. Comments on this would be very appreciated! It’s a provocative argument…
Dickson-Smith et al (2009: 61) suggest that ‘undertaking qualitative research is an embodied experience and that researchers may be emotionally affected by the work that they do’. They also state that this ‘emotional work’ (Hochschild 1983) is rarely theoretically or… Read More ›
This recent (June 2010) article hypothesises that both physical and social pain ‘may rely on some of the same behavioral and neural mechanisms that register pain-related affect.’: Acetaminophen Reduces Social Pain: Behavioral and Neural Evidence In the language of practice,… Read More ›
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Traditional anthropology and ethnography are all about daring researchers originating from civilised Western European countries venturing into unknown territories to spend half their lives living with fascinating, backward tribes. They defy the comfy practice of armchair theorising and instead theorise… Read More ›
Social Research in an Age of Austerity A new coalition government pledges an unparalleled age of fiscal austerity and a new universities minister promises radical ‘reform’ of higher education: what does the future hold for the British university in an… Read More ›
Watch the interview from 8 March 2011 here
Watch this fascinating live-chart by Google in which China’s fertility rate ‘falls off a cliff’ in the words of a commentator at the Business Insider: (found at http://www.businessinsider.com/population-growth-video-2011-1)