Category: Blog

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…

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…

Social Acts

By Anthony Hogan [1] I am a sociologist by trade, having completed my undergraduate work at University of Western Sydney (UWS), a PhD with the amazingly wonderful Gary Dowsett at Macquarie and then a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Sciences at the University of Sydney….

Exploring the Entrepreneurial Option for Sociologists

By Karina Butera [1] Throughout my postgraduate experience I have operated within both the worlds of academia and commercial enterprise. I am perhaps a strange hybrid because I have entwined my ‘sociological imagination’ with  my interest  in a movement referred to as ‘positive psychology’ – in…

Changing Places

By Bruce Smyth [1] Until recently, I worked at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) as a researcher in the area of family law and post-separation parenting. I am now at the Australian National University (ANU) building a research program around family law…

Sociology as Other: Sociological Thinking Applied to Mental Health Clinical Practice

By Joy Adams-Jackson [1] In this piece I write about my clinical observations and experiences from the perspective of a sociological ‘other’. While I work  primarily as a registered nurse in a rural community mental health facility, I also have a background in sociology….

Doing Interdisciplinary Work in Applied Sociology

I’d like to share with you my experience of trying to engage academic sociologists on my interdisciplinary work. Interdisciplinary research is highly valued outside academia, while academia mostly pays lip service to interdisciplinary work. Within academia, much of the the interdisciplinary “praise singing” of…