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Theorising as self-work: the case of heuristics

My notes on Betta, M., & Swedberg, R. (2018). Heuristics and Theorizing as Work on the Self. Sociologica, 12(1), 21-25. Heuristics are commonly seen as either rules of thumb, simple tricks used under conditions of uncertainty, or tools for discovery, practical steps facilitating knowledge about what was previously concealed. However […]

The Hegelian sociology of Gillian Rose

My notes on Latz, A. B. (2015). Gillian Rose and Social Theory. Telos, 173, 37-54. and Fuller, B. W. (2018). Back to Hegel? On Gillian Rose’s critique of sociological reason. The British journal of sociology, 69(2), 265-285 The figure of Gillian Rose was a continual presence in the Sociology department […]

Social theory as sociology’s meta-conversation

My notes on Lichterman, P (2017) On Social Theory Now: Communicating Theory Now. Perspectives 39(2) In this response to Social Theory Now, Paul Lichterman offers a compelling vision of social theory as sociology’s meta-conversation, with communicating theory being “to keep track of and facilitate that conversation, treating it as always in movement”. It […]

Workshop: “Feminist ‘turns’ and the political economy of knowledge production”, Univ. Warwick, 28 Feb. 2014, 2-4pm

Workshop ORIENTATING FEMINISM(S): FEMINIST ‘TURNS’ AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick Friday 28th February 28th, 2014, 2.00pm  – 4.00pm Social Sciences Building, Room A0.23 Speakers: ·         Prof. Clare Hemmings (LSE) ·         Dr. Carolyn Pedwell (Newcastle) ·         Dr. Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths) ·         Prof. Valerie Hey (Sussex) ·         Prof. […]

Unification and Fragmentation

Brendan Halpin just linked to this on my last post. It’s my new favourite xkcd: Sociology seems to produce a number of co-existing and mutually exclusive (semi) paradigms which continually split and re-form in different combinations. Those who are committed to the idea of the necessity of a ‘theoretical core’ […]

BSA Annual Conference 2014: Changing Society – Call for papers

BSA Annual Conference 2014: Changing Society   Call for Papers  Theory Stream Submissions This stream welcomes abstracts on any aspect of theory as well as abstracts for the following Study Groups: · Bourdieu · Historical and Comparative Sociology · Realism and Social Research · Weber The Realism and Social Research group would also like to invite abstracts under the theme “What is Realism for?” The group is particularly interested in papers that consider any of the following issues: The relevance of realist theory to substantive social, economic and political issues. The practical implications of methodologically operationalising different forms of realist thought. Those from other schools of thought who wish to engage critically in a dialogue with realist theory. How to submit  All abstracts and proposals for other events can be submitted online at: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/bsa‐annual‐ conference/submissions.aspx The deadline for submission of abstracts is 18th October 2013.    For further information contact the Theory stream coordinators: Gurminder K Bhambra E: g.k.bhambra@warwick.ac.uk Tom Brock E: T.Brock@mmu.ac.uk Alternatively, contact the BSA Events Team E: events@britsoc.org.uk