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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: August 20, 2014
Why does it matter whether you study or work at the sociology department that comes first, 12th or 89th in a ranking? Why does it matter whether the journal you publish in is included and...
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: October 19, 2013
Why academics' misunderstanding of the epistemology and politics of science is leading them to silently and uncritically support the politics of the powers that be.
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 27, 2013
As an academic, you are a brand not only as a matter of choice, but, increasingly, due to powerful institutional imperatives that are becoming harder and harder to ignore.