Daniel Nehring

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.

Showmanship and The Entrepreneurial University

The dominance of form over substance in the academic labour market has become so unforgiving that small flaws may invalidate a candidate´s presentation of self. You certainly can do the job, but you just don´t look the part.

8 years ago

I Have No Time to Think and Write

The extent to which academics in different situations own their time appears to be closely associated with the distribution of privilege. In an academic world that is elitist one needs to acquire privileges in order to have time.

8 years ago


Note: This is a translation of my post on global sociology (completed with the help of Amanda Pang). A few […]

8 years ago

Writing the North Atlantic Bubble, part 2

Many sociology departments teach along conventionalist, Eurocentric lines. Nonetheless, a reformulation of the scope of the sociological curriculum seems to be slowly taking shape.

8 years ago

Some thoughts on attitudes towards foreign students in the UK

When I was a student, I had teachers who spoke about opportunities to study abroad in terms of things like the ability to widen one’s emotional and intellectual horizon.To today’s hardboiled politicians, journalists, and academic managers, these views must seem quaint and laughable.

9 years ago

Writing the North Atlantic Bubble: Part 1

Sociology is arguably a global project. Significant approaches to the study of society have been developed in many parts of the world. Yet, students in the North Atlantic world do not learn about these approaches, as textbooks interpret the world in terms of scholars of the region.

9 years ago

What Makes Sociology Textbooks Original?

Currently, textbooks exist at the margins of the Sociology, summarising and recycling extant knowledge while fundamentally lacking in original contributions to sociological enquiry. This doesn’t have to be.

9 years ago

Textbook World

Textbooks now play a crucial role in teaching in the social sciences. Their importance is mirrored by their abundance; there is an enormous variety of textbooks on the most commonly taught subjects. The rise of the ‘textbook industry’ is not necessarily a good thing, though.

9 years ago