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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: June 25, 2014
Just as scholarship now is more and more about the generation of economic benefits, for many studying is now less about 'reading for a degree' than about 'getting a degree,' suggests Daniel Nehring.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: April 20, 2014
'It's not what you know but who you know' is a trope that's common in many careers but which the academy often claims to avoid. Except that in many cases it doesn't.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: March 13, 2014
How does the experience of impermanent, precarious employment on the margins of academia affect young scholars’ ability to engage in creative labor? Is such creative labor still possible?
By Daniel Nehring | Published: February 22, 2014
The story of a young German academic who followed the agreed-upon career path only to find the roadsigns don't always lead to where they indicate.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: December 7, 2013
In academia, elitism seems to be taking root, and privilege seems to matter more and more. Daniel Nehring discusses the consequences.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: September 12, 2013
At the moment, some universities do seem to be very happy with quite a lot of inequality. Apparently, universities are even more likely than other employers to make extensive use of zero-hour contracts. This coincides...
By Daniel Nehring | Published: July 28, 2013
In the context of consulting projects there may be very little room for the sociological imagination, the questioning of common sense, and, least of all, challenges to the status quo.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: June 23, 2013
Critical scholarship and intellectual dissent are currently being closed down in favour of a model of academic life that accords scholars a limited role as purveyors of practically useful skills in ‘real-world’ labour markets.
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?