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How to Shift Sociological Product: Lessons from the Career of Anthony Giddens

By Mark Carrigan In the fourth article of our special section on Superstar Professors, our Digital Fellow Mark Carrigan reflects on the career of Anthony Giddens and offers some tongue-in-cheek suggestions about lessons that can be learned from it. I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with the work of Anthony Giddens. His work drew me […]

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Early career planning and the management of the academic self in the neo-liberal university

By John Holmwood Recent changes to higher education in England have been dramatic, especially since the 2011 White Paper, Students at the Heart of the System. This proposed the withdrawal of direct public co-funding of undergraduate degrees in arts, humanities and social sciences and the replacement by student fees (temporarily capped at £9000) underwritten by a publicly […]

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Think Twice, It’s Alright: Reflections on Leaving Academia

By Meritxell Ramírez-i-Ollé I write this blog post moved by a mixture of feelings of rebellion, excitement and thankfulness. I rebel against the sense of urgency, determinism and short-sightedness that has pervaded my short postdoctoral life; I am excited about developing a more creative, unconventional and open-ended career as a sociologist; and I am extremely […]

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