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Foucault and Chomsky Debate Human Nature

What is our role in social justice as applied sociologists? In this great debate from 1971, Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky disagree about the fundamental qualities of “human nature” and the key task of social science in helping humanity achieve its collective potential. Chomsky believes…

Call Marx

Do it! Photo: Marco Gomes 

Benefits of Sociology to Future Careers

A useful report on social science methodologies identifies four areas of innovation that will open up employment opportunities for applied sociologists. These methods will also help us contribute towards positive social change. The relevance to our community are as follows:

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…

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…

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.