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By Daniel Nehring | Published: June 27, 2016
Public conversations about Britain’s EU membership could have involved wide-ranging discussions of British and European politics, economics and society, argues our Daniel Nehring. They did not. Instead, they were dominated by oversimplifications, stereotypes and lies.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: May 17, 2016
Rebutting Daniel Nehring's recent post asking if sociology still matters in Britain, Robert Dingwall responds that sociology does have a good story to tell about itself, even in the age of austerity.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: May 2, 2016
Daniel Nehring sees a fundamental contradiction between the critically engaged scholarship on social inequalities and power structures that British sociologists still produce and the thoroughly financialized, individualistic, and highly competitive organisational logics of the universities in which they work.
By Social Science Space | Published: December 22, 2015
Social Science Space is presenting 10 shortlisted essays written by young social scientists in an ESRC competition looking at how social science might change the world in the next half century. This week we present Kristin Hübner's discussion on how feminist theory may erase socially constructed ideas about what gender is and how it functions.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: October 26, 2015
With most works of art looking at the past, the real focus is the present. The new movie 'Suffragette,' writes Robert Dingwall, invites us to think about the consequences of political systems that are supposedly democratic but systematically exclude many voices.
By Social Science Bites | Published: May 19, 2015
In this Social Science Bites podcast, social theorist Steven Lukes tells interviewer Nigel Warburton how Émile Durkheim's exploration of issues like labor, suicide and religion proved intriguing to a young academic and enduring for an established one.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: March 29, 2015
The arrival of a report calling for the British government to better support social science has raised questions about the role, responses and responsibilities of a 'public sociology.'
By Social Science Bites | Published: March 24, 2015
C. Wright Mills was one of the most important sociologists of the 20th century. He believed that sociology could change people’s lives, and that sociologists, far from being neutral, should help bring about such change, and his ideas would fuel ‘60s counter-culture. In this Social Science Bites podcast, John Brewer reveals the full man behind the icon.
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.