What does it mean to claim a historical figure as a (proto)sociologist? What does it mean to claim people were ‘doing sociology’ under any rubric? Keneth MacDonald began this conference on the history of sociology in Britain by directing these questions towards Adam Ferguson and Adam Smith, kicking off with […]
So pleased with this new series I edited with Can Yalcinkaya: https://medium.com/@GraphicSocSci/in-defense-of-flatness-9610983ce6eb https://medium.com/@GraphicSocSci/living-on-the-edge-the-value-of-graphic-social-science-38e84a204b1f https://medium.com/@GraphicSocSci/why-i-chose-to-develop-my-doctoral-thesis-into-a-graphic-book-tottenhams-trojan-horse-6387db952d7 https://medium.com/@GraphicSocSci/graphic-social-science-now-requires-institutional-embrace-a2db7fb32678 https://medium.com/@GraphicSocSci/on-the-richness-of-using-a-comic-poster-in-a-workshop-setting-f5f9f0e973c6 https://medium.com/@GraphicSocSci/i-see-the-world-through-pain-goggles-and-you-refuse-my-visual-voice-305b8bd310fd
I’m once again editing a section on sociological micro-fiction for Ashleigh Watson’s wonderful So Fi zine. See here for full details about how to submit. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in the last issue, collecting a wonderful selection of sociological fiction of 100 words or less.
Not for the first time when reading John Scott and Ray Bromley’s Envisioning Sociology, I was struck by the parallels between the strengths and weaknesses of the early ‘sociological movement’ and tendencies we can see within activist sociology today. From loc 4419: Until the 1920s, Branford and Geddes relied almost […]
One of my pet hates is the legacy of the ‘intellectual’, with its connotations of heroic figures speaking truth to power. This is recognised even by those who seek to retain the notion, as was the case with Foucault’s project “to break with the totalizing ambition of what he called […]
After Social Media: Alternatives, New Beginnings, and Socialized Media ***Call for Proposals*** Editors: Fenwick McKelvey, Sean Lawson, and Robert W. Gehl The editors seeks 500 word abstracts for proposed articles for a special issue of Social Media + Society on “alternative social media.” The editors welcome proposals from scholars, practitioners, […]
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading about the foundations of British sociology and the motivations of its main figures. One of the most striking things about their work was how explicitly committed it was to a moral vision and sociology’s role in realising that vision. Whereas contemporary […]
What can sociology learn from its archive? In asking this question, I mean archive in the broadest sense, far beyond the formal outputs of the discipline. I spent much of yesterday in the Foundations of British Sociology archive at Keele University, gifted to the university by the Institute of Sociology when […]