Tag: Sociology

Call for Submissions: Applied Sociologists and the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

I work in a policy team responding to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic in Sydney, Australia. This is not our regular job; but it has become a large part of our work. Like many people, our directive has completely shifted. Our team is voluntarily working… Continue Reading “Call for Submissions: Applied Sociologists and the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic”

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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… Continue Reading “A Sociology for Women”

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.

Sociology of Law

Sociology student and Fullbright Scholar, Jesse Fenichel, worked as a “temp attorney” over the summers before heading to the Philippines to study the ever-growing market for outsourcing American legal work overseas. The Philippines and India are two key nations where much of the outsourced work… Continue Reading “Sociology of Law”

Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Urban Planning

The Californian Department of Transportation in the USA has a cultural studies team. It’s led by an anthropologist and it includes anthropologists, archaeologists and historians. They conduct research on the city’s landscape and they analyse potential architectural sites for artefacts. They are also tasked… Continue Reading “Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Urban Planning”

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”

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”

Classic Quote of the Week: Zygmunt Bauman on The Task for Sociology

Your sociology quote of the week is by Zygmunt Bauman, featured in an interview with The Guardian. Bauman reflects on the political landscape in the UK, and how our discipline needs to focus on finding applied answers to social problems. He was unhappy to note… Continue Reading “Classic Quote of the Week: Zygmunt Bauman on The Task for Sociology”