Archive for March 2015

The End of Theorists?

We’ve indirectly linked to this before but stumbling across it momentarily reminded me of how good it is: The End of Theorists: The Relevance, Opportunities, and Pitfalls of Theorizing in Sociology Today

Making Sociology Public

This was originally published on Making Science Public Ever since I began to study Sociology, I’ve been fascinated by the question of how the discipline orientates itself towards public life. When I first encountered Sociology I was an intellectually frustrated… Read More ›

What is theory?

Another interesting video from Theories, Mysteries and Mistakes We assume our theories about the world are gradually uncovering the way it really is. Yet from quantum mechanics to post-structuralism, the reality the theories describe is contradictory. Should we conclude… Read More ›

Big data philanthropy

This recent article in the New Yorker introduces a new counselling service, based in New York, which uses text messages a point of contact for young people experiencing crisis. It’s an intriguing discussion of changing generational norms regarding communication, offering a rich… Read More ›

Regulating Intimacy: A Research Symposium

Regulating Intimacy: A Research Symposium “Intimate Labors and the Labors of Intimacy” Indiana University, Bloomington September 26, 2015 Paper submission deadline: May 8, 2015 Regulating Intimacy is an interdisciplinary research symposium held annually at Indiana University. We seek to… Read More ›

The Tyranny of the Forced Smile

An interesting article in the New York Times discusses the mandated enthusiasm which increasingly characterises labour. This can be seen most emphatically in service jobs (e.g. the training required by Pret A Manger and its subsequent monitoring) but it’s also a feature… Read More ›