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The missing history of the practical intellectuals

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 the ‘universal intellectual'” as Bourdieu ably described it in his tribute to the philosopher after his death: 460 more words


CFP: Alternative Social Media special issue of Social Media + Society

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… 830 more words

The Political Economy Of Digital Capitalism

The Public Sociology of Patrick Geddes and Victor Branford

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… 493 more words


How can Sociology be inspired by its own archive?

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. 627 more words


Towards a sociological curatorial journalism 

In Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, Zeynep Tufekci discusses the emergence of curatorial journalism and contrasts its function with that of traditional journalism. 226 more words

What does public sociology have to say about sociologists who are 'merchants of doubt'?

What does public sociology have to say about sociologists who are ‘merchants of doubt’? This is the question I’m slightly obsessing over after discovering that Peter Berger, famous for his work on social construction and the sociology of religion, … 180 more words


Op-Ed: Toronto can easily do more for Non-Status children

My colleagues and I published an op-ed recently on non-status childrens’ experiences with Parks and Recreation, as well as other city services.

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