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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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Life Methods

By Des Fitzgerald Panic on the streets of Swansea In May 2016, in its online ‘Cities’ section, the Guardian reported on a survey about the rate of panic attacks in a range of different UK cities. The article partly caught my eye because, according to the survey, South Wales (where I live!) is the most […]

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Searching for a Sociological Sensibility

By Keith Kahn-Harris In a post on the Sociological Imagination blog, in the context of discussing my experiences as a sociologist working partly-in and partly-out of academia, I raised the following questions: Is there a sociological sensibility whose presence can make someone a sociologist without reference to what other sociologists write? Is there a bedrock on which […]

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Interviews

Bev Skeggs Discusses the Contemporary Sociological Imagination with Les Back

In this exchange originally posted on the Goldsmiths website, our editor-at-large Bev Skeggs discusses the contemporary Sociological Imagination with her former Goldsmiths colleague Les Back.  Bev: Tell me, what do you think is the politics of the sociological imagination now, in the contemporary? Les: Well, I still think what’s significant and relevant in Mills’ formulation […]

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