Thursday, August 26, 2004

Drek's Debate on the Politicization of Professional Sociology

Drek has really good critical (even with his distaste for us critical sociologists) discussion on the politicization of professional sociology.


At 12:52 PM, Blogger Goesh said...

Knowledge as Capital:
- too many polemics and too much politics = grant money reduction and diminished alumni and corporate donations - ya' can't hold the high moral ground and bow to the dollar at the same time -

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Nicholas said...

Liked your comment over at Drek, Erin. It's one of the best arguments I've seen FOR the politicization of the ASA.

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Erin said...

i felt that my title to the drek's link was misleading in the way that i understand the debates discussed, and so it would be remisce for me not to address it. i do so in the comments below (these comments are also on drek's original post):

i also agree that constructive, respectful conflict is a good thing drek. it helps us refine and better understand other positions and really good discussions help us better understand our own. i think this is one of those good debates.

one last thing on the framing of the whole politicization thing. and then, i'll try to stop. i am of the political sociologist (or sociology of knowledge persuasion, wherever you want to couch me) persuasion that politics is inherent in science, positivism, objectivism, and yes professionalism. as such, the the "politicization of professional sociology" as i unthinkingly titled the link on prairie sociology to this post, is redundant. it not a question of politics, its what kind of politics. just because it's implicit, or normalized, doesn't mean it isn't political already.

o.k. thanks for the opportunity to think these things out. i look forward to more constructive conflicts:) and respectful debates.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Erin said...

i meant remiss! that's annoying. i really don't like that you can't edit comments. also i'd like to know how you guys and gals use italics, bold text, etc. in comments.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Drek said...


The HTML tags for "bold" are "less-than-sign" "b" "greater-than-sign" then the text you want in bold, then "less-than-sign" "/" "b" "greater-than-sign."

Italics are the same, but with an "I" substituted above where the "b" is. Try it out.

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Erin said...

hadn't occurred to me to just use html code in the comments. thanks.


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