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Writing a Book Review

By Dr Charlotte Bates, Dr Robin Smith and Dr Gareth Thomas  Before adding yet another item to your long ‘list of things to do’, it’s just as well to consider what the point of book reviews are, and why you should write one. Book reviews seem to be increasingly thought of as means to promote […]

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‘Publish or Perish!’

By Fawzia Mazanderani Any aspiring academic has heard, and possibly shuddered, at those words before. And for researchers within the social sciences and humanities, the call to ‘Shut up and Write’ booms all the louder, for writing is tantamount to academic survival and success. Yet the hallways and common rooms of universities worldwide are privy […]

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Writing Fiction and Writing Social Science

In the third part of our special section on Sociology and Fiction, Rob Kitchin talks to our Digital Fellow Mark Carrigan about scholarly writing, fictional writing and the relationship between them.  Have you always written fiction? Or is it something that began once you were an established academic writer?  I wrote my first novel when I was twenty one.  I […]

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Writing Fiction as a Sociologist: an Interview with Ann Oakley

When did you begin writing fiction? I have always written fiction, beginning as a small child. I wrote little stories and poems as soon as I could write. Small children, of course, don’t understand the difference between writing fiction and writing nonfiction, which makes their narratives particularly charming. As a teenager I published a few […]

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My Writing Plan

By David Beer When I’m putting together my writing plan I have two things in mind. First, I think about what I’d like to write. This might seem unnecessary, but there is always something tugging at our sleeves trying to divert us from what we think is important or exciting. We know when this tugging […]

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The Craft of Co-writing

By Emma Jackson with comments from Michaela Benson I have written more with others than I have on my own, including co-authored books with multiple authors. I like doing both. Sole-authored pieces come with the delight of deciding on every single word and no compromises (at least until the reviews roll in). Writing with others […]

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Strictly Come Writing: The Sociological Review Early Career Researchers Writing Retreat 2016

Time: Wednesday 14th September, 2016 – Friday 16th September, 2016 Location: Gartmore, Scotland The Sociological Review Foundation is delighted to announce that we have commissioned Rowena Murray to deliver a Writing Retreat for sociologists. Murray has devised and delivered structured writing retreats to support academics by providing dedicated writing time done in a group setting. To find out more […]

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Strictly Come Writing: The Sociological Review ECR writing retreat 2017

Time: Wednesday 13th September, 2017 – Friday 15th September, 2017 Location: Gartmore, Scotland The Sociological Review Foundation is delighted to announce that after the success of last year ECR writing retreat we have commissioned Rowena Murray to deliver another Writing Retreat for social scientist in 2017. We anticipate that this will become an annual feature of our […]

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An interview with Carli Ria Rowell, reflecting on her participation in our annual writing retreat

It’s less than a week to go until our next ECR writing retreat. In this short video Carli Ria Rowell, doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick, reflects on her participation in last year’s retreat and explains what she gained from the experience. She discussed this at greater length in this essay, published earlier this year. Originally […]

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The (Habitus) War Is over… If You Want It?

By Laura Bentley It was 13th September, and after navigating my way from Dudley to Birmingham I was finally on the train to Glasgow to take part in The Sociological Review’s 2017 Writing Retreat. Throughout the week leading up to that moment I had experienced conflicting emotions. I was excited that I had been offered a […]

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Taking Your PhD out from Under the Bed

I signed up to the Sociological Review’s Writing Retreat early in 2017 in a desperate bid to write up some papers from my PhD that I had hidden, figuratively and literally, under the bed. I had been gripped with an anxiety during my PhD that spilled out from imposter syndrome in the early years into […]

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Writing Retreats as Sites of Resistance, Inclusivity, Self-Care and the Care of Others?

By Carli Ria Rowell Delighted to have been one of sixteen attending The Sociological Review’s writing retreat from a pool of over seventy submissions I arrived at Glasgow central station on the afternoon of September 14th feeling both grateful and excited for what was to come. As a final year doctoral student I have spent […]

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Some Thoughts on ‘Sociological Fiction’

By Ashleigh Watson In the seventh part of our special section on Sociology and Fiction, Ashleigh Watson reflects on the unusual status of her doctoral research and addresses the theoretical questions posed by a project which is both fiction and sociology.  Sociology has a long, well-documented history. Developing through the Enlightenment, the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, and Romantic and […]

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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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A Short Story of How I Started Writing My Way Back from Fieldwork

In 2015/16 we ran our conference funding for Early Career Researchers scheme for the second time. In this series of posts, some of the winners report from the conferences they attended with our support. By Tatiana Sanchez Parra The last stage of my six month period of fieldwork in Colombia was shaped by a series of emotions, […]

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