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By Robert Dingwall | Published: January 7, 2015
Amid the encomiums and eulogies surrounding the late German sociologist Ulrich Beck, Robert Dingwall asks how far Beck’s body of published work represents a model that other sociologists should seek to follow
By Robert Dingwall | Published: December 7, 2014
There is a genuine cost from ignoring lessons from social science in the fight against Ebola. What's even sadder -- these lessons were taught in blood three decades ago in the fights against AIDS. Are we ready for the next malady?
By Robert Dingwall | Published: August 11, 2014
Doctor Who's sobriquet implies he's earned a doctorate in something. The Doctor's not telling what he might have studied, but his actions and attitudes make a strong case for one discipline ...
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 Olivia Mena | Published: June 4, 2014
This conversational book with Zygmunt Bauman looks at the usefulness of sociology with an aim to inspire future conversations about the discipline.
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.