‘Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.’ Today’s sociology quote is from C. Wright Mills’ classic, The Sociological Imagination. Mills argues that people sometimes feel “trapped” by their troubles or their personal circumstances… Continue Reading “The Sociological Imagination”
Do it! Photo: Marco Gomes
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”
“… 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”
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.
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”
Malaysian sociologist Professor Abdul Rahman Embong says that after a turbulent transition from colonial rule, sociology is now receiving a “revived interest” from students.
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.
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”
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”