“Research in the humanities, arts and social sciences is often driven by philosophies of social justice and public benefit, which don’t always sit comfortably with commercialisation. It thrives on an impressive degree of unpaid knowledge transfer and engagement that’s uncosted … Continue reading Driven by Social Justice
The Social Science Quote for the Week comes from Gabor Maté, a physician who specialises in mind-body wellbeing. His writing promotes principles founded in the social sciences, which he uses to address mental illness, addiction and disease. He also works in the area of … Continue reading Take Responsibility for the Mind
“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.” ― Marshall McLuhan. McLuhan made an important contribution to the study of media. He wrote a book called The Medium is the Message which is … Continue reading A Dangerous Luxury
James Coleman’s classic sociology study on the structural inequalities of the American education system has an ongoing influence in academia and in public discussions.
“One implication stands out above all: That schools bring little influence to bear on a child’s achievement that is independent of his background and general social context; and that this very lack of an independent effect means that the inequalities imposed on children by their home, neighbourhood, and peer environment are carried along to become the inequalities with which they confront adult life at the end of school.”
Anthropological training is sought-after for casting agents in the high fashion industry. University of Cincinnati anthropologist, Dr Stephanie Sadre-Orafai, says: “The role of the anthropologist is evolving and the kind of people we work with is evolving, too. As anthropologists … Continue reading Role of the Anthropologist
“In a post-Brexit world in which funding falls, jobs decline, pressure on departments increases and European academics find it harder to meet residency requirements, people will be victims of unkindness. They will be pushed to do more work than they … Continue reading Post-Brexit World
Professor Bill Von Hippel, psychologist, finds that older people rely more on stereotypes to make decisions which can make them more inflexible to new ideas and to changes. “A lot of research shows that older adults suffer losses in their ability to inhibit unwanted thoughts.” Mornings can be a better time for making new decisions for older adults as they are more alert and therfore open minded when drawing on stereotypes.
“Society provides us with warm, reasonably comfortable caves, in which we can huddle with our fellows, beating on the drums that drown out the howling hyenas … Continue reading Society
Want to be a jet-setting leader? A social science degree will get you there! A British Council study shows that 44%of leaders surveyed had a degree in social science, and 46% also had studied or worked overseas.
“Language is a guide to social reality… The worlds in which different societies live are distinct worlds, not merely the same world with different labels attached.” Edward Sapier, linguist, 1929/1949. Image: Social Science Insights. Continue reading Language is a guide to social reality