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Functionalism Reconsidered

26th September 2019

Functionalism has had a bad press. It is routinely criticised for its conservative implications and for its misunderstanding of social processes. However, criticism is often based on a lack of understanding about what functionalism really is. Few critics actually read the key writings on the subject. Perhaps it is time to reassess functionalism and to consider whether it might have a lot to tell us about how societies operate.

The Social Life of Nothing

27th August 2019

Writing a book about nothing is an obvious paradox, but Susie Scott has achieved it and has developed a powerful approach to explaining those things that we don't do and that are often more important than the things that we do. If you are doing nothing, you might like to read her book!

Space and Social Space

24th July 2019

Space is an idea that seems obvious and familiar, but what does it mean to talk about 'social space'. In this post I look at a way of theorising space and social space in order to see how we actively produce the space in which we live.

Objectivity and Subjectivity

18th February 2019

In Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research, which I wrote with Gayle Letherby and Malcolm Williams (Sage Publications, 2013), we set out an account of objectivity and truth in relation to the necessarily subjective basis of social knowledge. This posting outlines a summary of the key arguments of the book.

Weber on Stratification

25th October 2018

It is commonly held that Weber identified three dimensions of stratification: class, status, and party. This has long been the standard view and has been repeated countless times. It is not, in fact, what Weber said, or even what he implied. I have tried to counter this interpretation before, but here goes again.