After a long period of monopolising academic discourse, European universities went into decline as classical scholasticism, which was primarily inward and backward looking, gave way to the ideas of Enlightenment. Intellectual development moved outside the walled gardens of academia, because… Read More ›
Archive for April 2014
This great podcast is from an event at Goldsmiths a few years ago. It’s introduced by Les Back and the talk covers a lot of ground. The video below shows Howard Becker engaged in a different craft. http://magiclantern.gold.ac.uk/movs/sociology/howie-the-craft-sociology.mp3
So the weather in Britain has been a bit extreme recently, right? Well actually, argues Christopher Brooker, a quick perusal of the facts shows nothing of the sort: On the belief that Britain has recently experienced unprecedented rain, for instance, look… Read More ›
Stage 1: It’s complex and needs more research (funding) See here for the next two stages. I share the frustration at this belated mainstream recognition of things that many have been pointing out for years.
The Sociological Imagination invites short articles (500-1500 words) critically reflecting upon the prevailing forms of intellectual meeting within the contemporary academy. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? How could they be done differently? What are the sociological implications of these… Read More ›
Final Reminder: Second Call for Papers ‘Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters’ The Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of June 2014. Confirmed keynote speakers for the conference are: Ann Phoenix, University of London Ken Plummer,… Read More ›
There are many things I dislike about 90s self-help Giddens. However one aspect that has stuck with me is his discussion of ‘ontological security’. This is established relationally between child and care-giver through the durability of trust, acting to “‘bracket out’ potential occurrences… Read More ›
In this interesting video, Clinton Sanders reflects on his experiences of being taught by Howard Becker. It sheds light on Becker as a teacher and person but also offers insights into US sociology in the 1960s.
We are pleased to announce that the new SAGE journal, Big Data & Society, is now open for submissions at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bdas. The journal invites contributions that analyse Big Data practices and/or involve empirical engagements and experiments with innovative methods while… Read More ›
Have you ever been inside your local county health department? Who goes there, who works there, and what do they do there? October Birds explores a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding public health and sociological practice through social fiction. Increasingly popular with… Read More ›
The notion of ‘internal conversation’ can be contentious in some quarters within the academy. However, outside it, I’ve found that anyone I’ve spoken to about my research instantly knows what I mean when I say ‘internal conversation’ or ‘inner monologue’…. Read More ›