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My career so far has taken me to a fairly wide range of places, and this has allowed me to experience a wide range of approaches to sociology and social science. In my blog, I reflect on this diversity and its implications for the future of the discipline. Over the last few years, I have also become interested in exploring the contours of academic life under neoliberal hegemony. Far-reaching transformations are taking place at universities around the world, in terms of organisational structures, patterns of authority, and forms of intellectual activity. With my posts, I hope to draw attention to some of these transformations.More about Daniel Nehring...
By Daniel Nehring | Published: May 14, 2013
The recent and on-going reforms of higher education are enforcing an individualisation of academic labour. That academics would gamely play along with such a system is astonishing.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: May 9, 2013
Sociology is a brand. To survive or even thrive in the academic marketplace, sociology needs to take care of its image. But at what cost?
By Daniel Nehring | Published: April 24, 2013
Tom Wolfe, Miami, and the shallowness of our image-driven modern life.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: March 27, 2013
The Ivory Tower has been toppled and academia has an impact in the ‘real world’. The problem is that this may have come at the expense of truly innovative and critical scholarship.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: March 13, 2013
E-readers are now commonplace. But how useful are e-readers as a replacement for printed academic books and journal articles?
By Daniel Nehring | Published: February 19, 2013
Just as it is insufficiently recognised in public debates, the emotional side of forced flexibility in academic labour does not appear to be a major topic of conversation among established sociologists
By Daniel Nehring | Published: February 6, 2013
So what exactly are the rules by which academic careers work? Where does one learn them? How does one learn them? And how, exactly, is playing by the rules to the benefit of one’s career?
By Daniel Nehring | Published: January 27, 2013
All criticism of the genre notwithstanding, textbooks do have a central role to play in turning sociology students into sociologists. Sometimes I do wonder, however, whether it is time to re-invent the textbook.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: December 23, 2012
When the customs agent started to smile, I knew that things would go badly indeed. He told me that my books would not be allowed into the country, unless I paid a fine of 50 per cent of their current price (a lot of money, and more than I could possibly afford).