Sociology at Work
Promoting the professional excellence of applied sociologists and supporting career planning of students
"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both." - C. Wright Mills, from his classic text, The Sociological Imagination. Mills argues that people sometimes feel trapped by their troubles or their personal circumstances . #sociology #quotes #socialscience
“We live today in an era of stunning social change, marked by transformations radically discrepant from those of previous periods… the formation of intensified global communication systems, the apparent world-wide triumph of capitalism at a time at which global divisions are becoming acute and ecological problems looming more and more large – all these and other issues confront social science and have to confronted by social science.” - Anthony Giddens
“Political equality is not merely freedom from domination. The best way to avoid being dominated is to help build the world in which one lives.” Professor Danielle Allen, sociologist. #sociology #quote #socialscience
"Prioritising two-parent families tethers victims of violence to their assailants." - Sara Shoener, sociologist. #socialscience #quotes #sociology
There are many benefits to diversity in established firms - different mindsets, different ideas. - Professor Martin Ruef, sociologist. #sociology #quote
As two men were arrested in 2013 for allegedly conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not interested in talking about the causes of terrorism. He said: “I think, though, this is not a time to commit sociology, if I can use an expression… The root causes of terrorism is terrorists.” Guess what? This is EXACTLY the time to commit sociology! http://sociologyatwork.org/commit-sociology/ #sociology #quotes #socialscience
"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Did you know that MLK studied #sociology? Students and practitioners can draw much inspiration from King's "change management" leadership style and his communication of social justice principles. Both are grounded in applied sociology. http://sociologyatwork.org/blog/2-blog/195-dr-martin-luther-king
Happy New Year, colleagues! May we all continue to make a better world through sociological action. I have a few blog posts ready to kick start 2019! Starting from tomorrow, we’ll have a weekly series over January, on Careers in Sociology. We’ll cover the issues and opportunities for graduates, how to look for applied work, creating a CV, starting a consultancy, and from there, there’ll be other fun pieces.
Alfred McClung Lee posed the question “sociology for whom?” in his 1976 Presidential Address to the American Sociological Association. This question has plagued sociology since its inception: why do we do sociology? Do we do it for other sociologists? If so, research and academic publishing are the main outcomes of our discipline. Do we do it for a broader public? If so, then how do we support the activities of sociologists who practice outside universities?
Institutional checklist to address the gaps in protection of academic activists. This includes: - Measures of prevention - Setting and administrating policies - Accessible dissemination of information - Education of rights and responsibilities - Provision of support during public harassment - Co-designing a safety plan with the affected staff member
“I believe not just in going for immediate and obtainable goals, but trying in a larger way to change our culture. I think that’s the special niche, perhaps, of sociologists. We realise how important culture is, and if we can make certain cultural changes –which are not easy, it takes a lot of people and it takes a lot of time– but when we make those cultural changes we find the social and political changes are much easier because we have a widespread support for it. It seems more natural then"
“That’s part of the sociological genius in our field. If we can be good thinkers; and know how to find information; know how to link to other people; and try to connect micro and meso and macro and therefore know how to problem-solve, then we can be useful in any field. And there’s no field that a sociologically trained student can’t go into and be very successful.”
Where to Look For Contract Research Work: A good place to look for contract work is in local councils. They often have research positions especially in health policy. Sign up to job email lists for local councils in your area to keep on top of new opportunities. These contract research positions tend to run from six months to two years. There are also lots of contract jobs at the state government level.
"The greatest benefit of my job and career to me as an individual and to my country is that I have laid a solid foundation for the professionalisation of teaching in Nigeria." Find out why Dr Steve Nwokeocha says sociology is his key to success in shaping national and regional policies in education.
“Just knowing how to research and write a literature review, how to construct a research proposal – if I hadn’t done research methods, I wouldn’t know how to do that. So I use it [sociology] all the time. It’s a fantastic boon in the area I’m working in.” See how Dr Sue Malta uses applied sociology in her role as researcher and project manager in the not for profit sector!
Don’t discount the market research industry. We tend to look down on this field in sociology. Sure there is a lot of poor research pumped out under the guise of market research, but wide-sweeping elitism on where sociologists should work is a disservice to our training and expertise. More case studies on where to find contract work as an applied sociologist!