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By Paul M. W. Hackett | Published: January 6, 2014
There they sit, giving the ‘thumbs-up’ to our lives, affirming that all is okay in our world. The ubiquitous “like” button, the “like” option or “recommend” button are familiar features of many social media websites. The ‘like” feature on a social network site or blog allows readers to express their positive emotional and cognitive reactions [...]
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 American Academy of Political and Social Science | Published: May 29, 2013
The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences recognizes William Julius Wilson for his work on race, stratification, and disadvantage in the U.S.
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 Social Science Bites | Published: April 2, 2013
In this episode of the Social Science Bites podcast sociologist Ann Oakley discusses her research into a range of questions about women's experience of childbirth.
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 Pacific-Standard Magazine | Published: March 13, 2013
Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.
By Social Science Space | Published: March 7, 2013
In the February edition of Sociology, a previously unpublished translation of a speech given by Pierre Bourdieu. Here is an excerpt and introduction.
By The Monkey Cage | Published: March 5, 2013
We study social science because social phenomena affect people’s lives in profound ways. If you want to start with Cantor’s focus—physical illness and death—then social phenomena are tremendously important.
By The Emory Wheel | Published: February 21, 2013
Emory’s recent decision to shut down or suspend various academic departments and programs has rightly generated campus-wide and national attention.
By Global Dialogue | Published: February 20, 2013
Much destruction of human potential takes the form of a “slow violence” that extends over time. It is insidious, undramatic and relatively invisible.