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Worlds of Events, Worlds of Structures. Graham Scambler UCL March 2014. Outline. Themes Approaches Challenge of interdisciplinarity Beginnings and endings for science From individuals to the social And on to structures Six sociologies. Themes. ‘Basic human needs’ Unmet needs

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worlds of events worlds of structures

Worlds of Events, Worlds of Structures

Graham Scambler

UCL

March 2014

outline
Outline
  • Themes
  • Approaches
  • Challenge of interdisciplinarity
  • Beginnings and endings for science
  • From individuals to the social
  • And on to structures
  • Six sociologies
themes
Themes
  • ‘Basic human needs’
  • Unmet needs
  • Negotiating justice
  • Enacting justice
  • Overcoming obstacles
perspectives
Perspectives

In relation to the topics of this conference:

  • Documenting
  • Describing and understanding
  • Explaining
  • Intervening
interdisciplinarity
Interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinarity is NOT multidisciplinarity

Have barely scratched the surface in relation to interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinarity vital for interventions

science
Science

A multitude of philosophies and methodologies

For emergence, against reductionism

Science about mechanisms

individuals and society
Individuals and Society

Revisit:

For emergence, against reductionism

significance of social structures
Significance of Social Structures

Recent comment by Robin Cohen on the Great British Class Survey. It reduces to three classes:

  • Global superrich
  • Locked-in national middle class
  • Precariat

Sociologically: new class/command dynamic

types of sociology
Types of Sociology
  • Professional Scholar
  • Policy Reformer
  • Critical Radical
  • Public Democrat
  • Action Activist
  • Foresight Visionary
intervening
Intervening

So what do we mean when we say we want to change things?