Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Urban Planning

Applied Sociology Career Spotlight: Urban Planning

The Californian Department of Transportation in the USA has a cultural studies team. It’s led by an anthropologist and it includes anthropologists, archaeologists and historians. They conduct research on the city’s landscape and they analyse potential architectural sites for artefacts. They are also tasked with unearthing the city’s cultural heritage.
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Our Responsibility as Sociologists

Our Responsibility as Sociologists

The President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), Professor Margaret Abraham, has addressed the Executive Order by USA President Donald Trump. The Order suspends visas to people born in seven Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Professor Abraham writes in the ISA newsletter:

This ban is discriminatory, stigmatizing communities and people, and exacerbating forms of social exclusion of specific groups. Further, the ban adversely impacts knowledge production, prevents the free flow of academic exchanges and limits participation of sociologists in national and international conferences. Civil society members, individual academics, professional associations and communities nationally and internationally are responding by voicing their concern, opposing the ban, bringing legal challenges and supporting those affected.

Professor Abraham has a call to arms to sociologists to revive hope, inclusion and justice.

Our responsibility as sociologists
We need to reflect, respond and recognize our responsibility as sociologists. – Prof Margaret Abraham, President, International Sociological Association

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Sociology More Nimble on its Feet

Sociology More Nimble on its Feet

The quote below comes from a great book with lots of useful case studies of applied sociology in action. In Public Sociology: Research, Action, and Change, Philip Nyden, Leslie Hossfeld and Gwendolyn Nyden, argue:

“In their active engagement with various publics, sociologists become more aware of emerging issues and responding to those issues in their research. This elevates the field of sociology in the eyes of the 99.99% of the world outside of our field…. Because of their direct and immediate proximity, collaborative partners often raise questions and concerns based on local knowledge that the researchers may not even know about. Making these adjustments strengths the research by making it more relevant to the publics involved.”

...When research is conducted in partnership with community, sociology becomes more "nimble on its feet."
…When research is conducted in partnership with community, sociology becomes more “nimble on its feet.”
Social Survey Invented by Sociology

Social Survey Invented by Sociology

 

Here’s a fun read by E. W. Burgess, who was writing in 1916 about the importance of social surveys as a “constructive service by departments of sociology”:

“Indeed a case might well be made for the statement that the social survey was an invention of the sociologist. In every department of sociology in the country beginners in the science have been initiated into this method of community study.”

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Applied Sociology Goals for 2017

Applied Sociology Goals for 2017

Dear colleagues: if you’re celebrating the new year – do you have resolutions? Here are some ideas for enhancing our collective sociological practice!

We’re on our way with the first one… number six is a bit tricky to say the least. (We have our work cut out for us with the rise of ultra conservative politics in many parts of the world.)

What else should we work towards?

2017 Applied sociology goals. 1) Exercise sociological imagination. 2) Practice intersectionality daily. 3) Celebrate little wins in client work. 4) Make self-care a priority. 5) Share our unique stories. 6) Overthrow imperialist White supremacist capitalist patriarchy.* Quote by *bellhooks

[Image: text card with 6 goals: 1) Exercise sociological imagination. 2) Practice intersectionality daily. 3) Celebrate little wins in client work. 4) Make self-care a priority. 5) Share our unique stories. 6) Overthrow imperialist White supremacist capitalist patriarchy.*]

*”Imperialist…patriarchy” quote by bell hooks.