Simulated theory – Engaging students creatively in doing sociological theory

Students taking sociology courses are can be very successful at absorbing empirical data and understanding the dynamics of everyday life in relation to topics of gender, class, ethnicity and so on. As my colleague Ralph Fevre and myself noticed, students often understood theoretical frameworks well but have difficulty moving between …

Discover lives as lived: create puzzlement and elaborate your bafflement

The researcher stance should be one of polite but informed puzzlement and a willingness to learn from the world. A few of the posts I have been writing are about different ways to spark your curiosity. It is that willingness to push beyond face value answers and assumptions that is …