What is meant by the decolonisation of academic life? Why might it be of importance to contemporary British sociology? How might decolonisation proceed, and what might our sociological imaginations suggest are some of the obstacles it faces along the way?
As noted in Why Is Classical Theory Classical? (1997) by Raewyn Connell, and in chapter six of our book where we discuss the relationship between empire and the development of sociology, the main stories told about the world by many sociologists of late nineteenth and early twentieth century rarely looked at the structural relationship and centrality of race to modernity, industrial society, and capitalism. Instead of making connections between social structures and racial inequalities, they spoke of different stages of development and focused on cultural differences to erase the ongoing colonial and imperial encounter from understandings of the “metropole” and the “periphery”.
This co-authored op-ed from a Sociology grad student and myself based on a three month study done by Mr Maraj under my supervision of the local newspapers and in particular their reports on violent crime, questions the CoP's recent comments about the newspapers in T&T glorifying gangster life.
Why doesn’t the PM speak and listen to sociologists as much as he does economists?
In this column for a series on academic freedom at sage social science space I looked at the financialisation of the academic book publishing industry and asked questions about changes in the production cycle and ethos of academic publishing in the 21st century. What does the emergence of a franchise system within academic publishing suggest has happened to the traditional purpose of academic knowledge production, academic disciplines and academic authors themselves?
There is also a webinar on academic freedom with Joanna Williams, Daniel Nehring and me that you can listen to here
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