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On the Impact of ‘Impact’

By Robert Frodeman Special Section on the Future of Research Governance How can we best frame our thinking about the Research Excellence Framework? James Wilsdon doesn’t think it should come from some hypothetical universe where researchers happily pursue their work unimpeded by nosy outsiders (a world that never existed in any case). Rather, we need […]

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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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On the side of the powerful: the ‘impact agenda’ & sociology in public

Special Section on Future Sociologies By Les Back Twenty years ago public sociology was something you did in your spare time. Even writing for newspapers or magazines was thought of as an extra-curricula and extra mural pursuit. That all changed as a result of the debate stimulated by Michael Burawoy’s influential Presidential address to the […]

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Sociology As Court Poetry

By Les Back Special Section on Future Sociologies In this podcast Les Back, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, reflects on the Future Sociologies event which took place at the University of Leeds in July 2015. He argues that the discipline risks becoming ‘court poetry’, as the pressure to demonstrate impact by narrow criteria inculcates a similarly narrow orientation […]

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