Below is the latest podcast for Sociology at Work. It provides a broad overview of the work that applied sociologists do outside academia. Applied sociologists have two broad ways in which they apply sociology in their work. First, through our methods, which can be applied to social policy work, economic models and community evaluations. Second, through our specialist knowledge of particular social groups or social problems. This includes crime, disaster planning and more.
Applied sociologists face some hurdles in their work because not many people understand our methods and theories. Working together with academics would help us transcend these issues. For maximum impact sociology courses should integrate applied knowledge and experience into the way in which we teach sociology in the classroom.
Below is the first Sociology at Work podcast. It kicks off with a background about why Sociology at Work was formed, the types of professional concerns we address, and what you can expect from our podcast series.
While our website will continue to provide written articles and blog posts aimed at sociology graduates and professionals, the new podcast series will focus more specifically on the workplace issues that applied sociology practitioners face. This includes managing our professional identities, addressing our employers’ and colleagues’ misplaced notions about what sociology is about, maintaining our connection to our academic peers, ethics, doing research in high pressure environments, negotiating contracts, and so on.
As we often work in isolation or away from other sociologists, applied professionals may not have the space to talk about the challenges we navigate at different points in our careers. I hope that by addressing some of these issues and by sharing my experiences we might start a conversation about the reality of doing sociology outside universities, and how our discipline might better support our professional development.
My aim for the podcast series is to support our colleagues and to work together to make the most of the opportunities and hurdles that strengthen our sociological practice.
Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments!
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