The featured blog is the ‘Everyday Sociology Blog‘ which the authors describe as a blog by sociologists about events in the world in an accessible language. This is a great blog for sociology with expert authors providing incisive analysis of current events using detailed knowledge of various aspects of sociological theory. The articles require a lot of focus but are rewarding in terms of the insights they offer.
Bradley Wright’s article about qualitative research discusses the distinction between inductive and deductive reasoning in research – which has been an area of debate in the philosophy of science. There’s an interesting film analysis by Sally Raskoff looking at the film ‘Be Kind Rewind’ in terms of self-fulfilling prophecy and social construction of reality. The bloggers have also moved over to video and are seen here discussing political wives. Karen Sternheimer suggests that Pop Idol might contribute to social cohesion in an interesting discussion which includes Durkheim. Here is an interesting look at the difference between sex and gender using films as a focus for discussion. In this article, Janis Inniss discusses the issue of ethnicity in blacks in America, whilst there is a discussion of passing ‘urban legends’ through e-mail in this article. There’s a very neat term ‘double minority status’ discussed in this article, while here Wright discusses types of causality disgtinguishing between normothetic causality which applies to a number of cases and idiographic causality which occurs in a single case, which presumably is an important component of the demarcation between sociology and individual psychology. Continuing evidence of the very unique perspectives that sociology affords is given in this article on the role that social comparison theory plays in understanding the Facebook phenomenon. This article on the sociology of rumours is interesting in the context of recent research that rumours actually facilitate trusting within a group. Here is an article discussing the possible implications that the election of Barack Obama might have for racism in the USA.
This is an interesting, frequently updated blog which should appeal to those particularly interested in sociology or else wanting a different perspective on contemporary events.
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