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If Karl Marx Was Alive

As we commiserate with our American colleagues on Inauguration Day 2017, may this courageous lady’s sign bring you some mirth and sociological comfort. “If Karl Marx was alive he would say, I told you so.” Photo: Pete Birkinshaw.

Sociology More Nimble on its Feet

The quote below comes from a great book with lots of useful case studies of applied sociology in action. In Public Sociology: Research, Action, and Change, Philip Nyden, Leslie Hossfeld and Gwendolyn Nyden, argue: “In their active engagement with various publics, sociologists become more aware… Continue Reading “Sociology More Nimble on its Feet”

Social Survey Invented by Sociology

  Here’s a fun read by E. W. Burgess, who was writing in 1916 about the importance of social surveys as a “constructive service by departments of sociology”: “Indeed a case might well be made for the statement that the social survey was an… Continue Reading “Social Survey Invented by Sociology”

Applied Sociology Goals for 2017

Dear colleagues: if you’re celebrating the new year – do you have resolutions? Here are some ideas for enhancing our collective sociological practice! We’re on our way with the first one… number six is a bit tricky to say the least. (We have our… Continue Reading “Applied Sociology Goals for 2017”

Happy New Year!

Dear colleagues – happy new year to those celebrating and to all applied sociologists: stay inspired and keep working for social change! Best wishes for 2017. – Zuleyka [Image: text card with megaphone icon and new year message]

I Can Feel Like a Ship Without a Rudder

By Susan Pitt [1] I have finally come to the realisation that I am a sociologist, but some times I have felt like a ship without a rudder. I have drifted off course without the benefit of others around me to steer me back, and… Continue Reading “I Can Feel Like a Ship Without a Rudder”

Opportunities for Teaching Sociology Within Enabling Courses

By Anna Bennett Sociology not only offers us the tools to analyse and assess the society around us but, in addition, it allows us to consider our own experiences and assumptions. Because of its wide focus on the relational dynamics within society, sociology provides the… Continue Reading “Opportunities for Teaching Sociology Within Enabling Courses”

The Utility of Participant Observation in Applied Sociological Research

By Jan Ali [1] Participant observation has long been an important social inquiry tool in sociological investigation of the social world and in applied sociology. It is a complex blend of methods and techniques of observation, informant interviewing, respondent interviewing, and document analysis. Researchers and… Continue Reading “The Utility of Participant Observation in Applied Sociological Research”

A Personal View of Diversity in the Sociological World

By Julie Cappleman-Morgan and Annika Coughlin [1] The world of sociology and sociological research is changing.  The increasing demand for policy-related and evidence-based’ research within public services and private business, in addition to a progressively marketising higher education system, has led to a rapid reduction… Continue Reading “A Personal View of Diversity in the Sociological World”

Applied Sociology

Applied sociology is centrally concerned with social change. It is a specific type of sociological practice – it is led by the research questions and concerns of clients. The quote is drawn from a terrific, easy to read book by Stephen Steele and Jamie… Continue Reading “Applied Sociology”