The Sociology Post
Coronavirus (Covid-19) and social networks
17th March 2020
Covid-19, the Coronavirus, has rightly concerned us all, and governments worldwide have been forced to listen to the medical and scientific experts. What has not been recognised, however, is how much of the argument depends on sociological ideas, and on ideas from social network analysis in particular.
Power as a mode of control
17th February 2020
Power is central to sociological analysis. More has been published on power than on almost any other sociological concept. Yet, more needs to be said. Power must be integrated within more general theoretical frameworks. Reconsidering Talcott Parsons might offer us a way forward.
Twilight of democracy?
25th November 2019
Is parliamentary democracy broken? Are the current problems over the handling of Brexit perhaps reflections of something much more problematic about democracy? How should parliamentary democracy operate, what should be the limits on executive power, and how should we regard the rise of populism and alienation from parliament?
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!