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The New Rules of Sociological Labour

By Lambros Fatsis Pressures to “publish or perish” have left an indelible mark on contemporary academic life. So much so, that they are often expressed in crude “survive-the-heat-or-retreat” appeals that inspire warnings about ‘the closing of Sociology’s mind’, the ‘hidden injuries of neoliberal academia’, and the negative impact of auditing practices in Higher Education (see here, here, […]

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Are We Seeing the Closing of Sociology’s Mind?

By Les Back In this special series for The Sociological Review website, innovative sociologists reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing the discipline today. In the second essay, Les Back, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, highlights the dangers posed to Sociology by the narrow criteria through which ‘impact’ is measured. He argues that we risk a […]

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