·Sociology is the study of society, or how people form social groups and bonds, as well as the impact of social institutions on inequality and justice
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The Academic Musician
“As a researcher I find that the challenges are more straightforward than music because they’re more within my control. Academia in Australia is highly competitive, yes, but there also lots of opportunities. The PhD is like an apprenticeship and there are transparent and logical rewards for your efforts – pretty much the opposite of the music industry. ”
French researcher Jacqueline Fendt argues that academic research on businesses is not practical enough in its focus. She argues that management education would be improved with a stronger focus on the everyday realities of Executives. She also advocates using more qualitative research methods and case studies, rather than statistical surveys. Fendt argues that would improve in-depth understanding of how management is actually carried out in the real world.
Link Analysis of Science on Bitly
Link Analysis of Science on Bitly: At Scientific American’s request, the chief scientist at Bitly examined 600 science Web page addresses. Biology was linked to almost all of them. Health was tied more to business than to food. But why did fashion connect strongly to physics? And why was astronomy linked to genetics?
Happy New Year 2019
Happy New Year, colleagues! May we all continue to make a better world through sociological action. Starting on 3rd January and continuing weekly for the rest of the month, we’ll have series on Careers in Sociology. We’ll cover the issues and opportunities for graduates, how to look for applied work, creating a CV, starting a consultancy, and from there, there’ll be other fun pieces.
Beyond Arm Chair Social Science: Diabetes and Food Insecurity
The sociology of health examines the socio-economic and material constraints on well-being. Social location matters to the management of diabetes. In low-income areas, it is not so much that people choose to eat “bad” food that impacts their blood sugar levels, such as high sugar or high fat junk food. The fact is that, in some areas such as poor neighbourhoods or remote regions, healthy food is not readily available at local food stores or when such healthy food exists, it is too expensive.
The Sociology of Why People Don’t Believe Science
The key to understanding why beliefs are hard to shift comes down to one question: Who benefits from this belief? For example, when we ask: Are men and women fundamentally different? Someone who benefits from patriarchy and doesn’t want to lose their gender privilege will say: “Of course, men and women are different, look around you!” A social scientist will bring up examples from other cultures where gender is organised differently. Still, the other person will see these as exceptions
Nelson Mandela’s ProSocial Moral Disobedience
Cultural capital is the symbolic resources that help children get a head start in school. Children who have well educated parents who can invest a lot of time, effort and resources are better poised to do well in school. Nelson Mandela had social networks that supported his moral and political growth. Still, this advantage cannot overcome institutional racism. As Mandela notes: 'No matter how high a black man advanced, he was still considered inferior to the lowest white man'
Adapting Sociological Teaching and Learning for Online Environments
The way in which sociology is currently taught may not be suited to online environments as they currently stand – under resourced and with learning outcomes poorly understood. Sociology requires a high degree of reading, writing but also critical debate. Tutorials are typically structured around group work and oral debates. Is the problem a poor fit between sociology and online learning; poor training on offer to educators; or is the issue online delivery in general?
Why Don’t More People Join Social Justice Movements?
"I believe not just in going for immediate and obtainable goals, but trying in a larger way to change our culture. I think that’s the special niche, perhaps, of sociologists. We realise how important culture is, and if we can make certain cultural changes – which are not easy, it takes a lot of people & it takes a lot of time – but when we make those cultural changes we find the social and political changes are much easier because we have a widespread support for it. It seems more natural then."
Sociology for What, Who, Where and How? Situating Applied Sociology in Action
Thinking about how place influences sociological analysis is central to the work of applied sociologists. Place can mean geography – where the research is being conducted. It can also speak to the social location (or status) of the researcher and their participants or clients in relation to the place where a project is undertaken.
Nelson Mandela’s ProSocial Moral Disobedience
We aren’t born leaders nor followers. Nelson Mandela’s autobiography demonstrates what sociologists call reflexivity. Mandela wanted his followers to know that morality is a choice. What is “right” is not necessarily what is lawful. What is right is not just what we know from personal experience. We learn about morality by engaging in critical thinking and continually re-evaluating our social position and social privilege, and by drawing on systems of social support.
Protecting Activist Academics Against Public Harassment
“People of colour, White women, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in science (as well as in sociology and other fields), while racial minority women navigate multiple disadvantages. Given this context of discrimination, academics who discuss the negative impact of colonialism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism or other forms of inequality are exercising academic freedom in support of common good for all. ”
Indigenous Sociology for Social Impact - Associate Prof Kathleen Butler
Associate Professor Butler discusses her idea for the Indigenous Sociology for Social Impact workshop, which emerged from observing how non-Indigenous educators and students engage with Aboriginal knowledge. She shows why a trauma-informed perspective is important to sociology. She also discusses why the talking circle methodology was integral to the workshop, given the need for safe, open-ended dialogue amongst a diverse group of attendees.
Invasion Day 2018
No pride in genocide: the Invasion Day protest organisers emphasised that Aboriginal people have always resisted injustice and that their protests are always peaceful, despite the media and politicians making out otherwise. Various organisations carried flags and signs in solidarity
Invasion Day 2018
White Australia has a Black history: Complacency by all of us who are non-Indigenous will never achieve national inclusion and unity. We need to listen. We need to respect the various ongoing discussions led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about national change, justice, treaty, healing, truth-telling and reparations. We need to follow when we are called. We need to act. We need to keep pushing for change, on the terms set out by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Interview: Making New Worlds
The other aspect is really about the efforts of what it would take for human beings to colonise other planets. And that effort, we know, from history, is one of inherent inequality. The people who finance the colonial efforts are not the people who do the hard work, who will have to build the machines, who will have to build the structures that would facilitate colonialisation. And certainly the people who do that manual labour won't benefit from colonisation