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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…