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A Sociology for Women

Dorothy Smith helped to revolutionise sociological methods through feminist principles: “A sociology for women would offer a knowledge of the social organisation & determinations of the properties & events of our directly experienced world.” Smith helped pioneer feminist standpoint theory. She was writing at… Continue Reading “A Sociology for Women”

Applied sociology career spotlight: NGOs

Senegal-born sociologist Moustapha Diou began his career as a researcher for UNESCO. He then took an academic position in the USA, where he worked for 24 years, but he returned to Senegal as an applied sociologist.

The Insight of Karl Marx

  “… Inequality is rising. This is not just a ‘moral’ issue but also an issue of too little consumption too little savings that is bad for global growth. It’s a bit like the Marxist idea that if profits grow too much compared to… Continue Reading “The Insight of Karl Marx”

International Women’s Day: Jane Addams

Happy International Women’s Day, colleagues! “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” – Jane Addams, sociologist, was the second woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Graduate Programs versus Small Business

Here are some of the benefits of joining Graduate Training Schemes versus beginning your career in small to medium-sized enterprises.

Sociology of Law

Sociology student and Fullbright Scholar, Jesse Fenichel, worked as a “temp attorney” over the summers before heading to the Philippines to study the ever-growing market for outsourcing American legal work overseas. The Philippines and India are two key nations where much of the outsourced work… Continue Reading “Sociology of Law”

Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Politics

Angelia Schultz has a Masters in sociology and she ran in the Democratic nomination for the USA state of Aberdeen in 2014. She stood on a platform promoting stronger provision of healthcare and education. You will notice her use of the sociological perspective (Bourdieu specifically)… Continue Reading “Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Politics”

Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Urban Planning

The Californian Department of Transportation in the USA has a cultural studies team. It’s led by an anthropologist and it includes anthropologists, archaeologists and historians. They conduct research on the city’s landscape and they analyse potential architectural sites for artefacts. They are also tasked… Continue Reading “Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Urban Planning”

Our Responsibility as Sociologists

The President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), Professor Margaret Abraham, has addressed the Executive Order by USA President Donald Trump. The Order suspends visas to people born in seven Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Professor Abraham writes in the ISA… Continue Reading “Our Responsibility as Sociologists”

The Power of Sociology

Malaysian sociologist Professor Abdul Rahman Embong says that after a turbulent transition from colonial rule, sociology is now receiving a “revived interest” from students.