This co-authored op-ed from University of the West Indies, Sociology PhD candidate Nathan Chapman and myself, is meant as a conversation starter about the importance of student activism at the UWI
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.
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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how might the police and anthropologists collaborate?
How and why the psychological view has come to trump the sociological imagination...
Culture shapes how we see the world, are we reading culture critically enough?
How top-down misleading definitions of culture and multiculturalism contribute to racism in T&T...
Looking at Lessing's movement for political reforms in the US how might such ideas translate to electoral reforms in T&T
What do the end of slavery and the European financial crisis have in common?
Examples how many of us are complicit in our subordination and domination by neoliberal power...
The depoliticisation of the individual and how Oprah symbolises a dumbing down of what social change really requires...
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What is a Basic Income Grant and what might it mean for Trinidad and Tobago...