Sociology/ Social Science/ Culture Studies…Humanities?

This might be a stupid question, but it just popped up into my head and I was wondering ever since. To clarify what the terms mean and how they are connected, I had a quick look and summarized my thoughts below.

Social science as the umbrella term: aspects of human society. Sociology is one part of social science and focuses on society, human social behaviour, patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and aspects of culture associated with everyday life, meaning it focuses on aspects of human society. Somewhere I found the info that social science primarily focus on “in the now”. Whereas humanities focus on the product of human society (literature, arts, languages, philosophy…).

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Alright, task for the future that I am trying to get into my routine: posting my readings per week!

  1. Säljö, Roger. “Learning, Theories of Learning, and Units of Analysis in Research.” Educational Psychologist 44, no. 3 (July 24, 2009): 202–8.

2. Jornet, Alfredo, and Crina Damşa. “Unit of Analysis from an Ecological Perspective: Beyond the Individual/Social Dichotomy.” Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, August 2019, 100329.

3. Baker, Tom, and Pauline McGuirk. “Assemblage Thinking as Methodology: Commitments and Practices for Critical Policy Research.” Territory, Politics, Governance 5, no. 4 (October 2, 2017): 425–42.

4. Fox, Nick J., and Pam Alldred. “Re-Assembling Climate Change Policy: Materialism, Posthumanism, and the Policy Assemblage.” The British Journal of Sociology 71, no. 2 (2020): 269–83.

5. Savage, Glenn C. “Policy Assemblages and Human Devices: A Reflection on ‘Assembling Policy.’” Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 39, no. 2 (March 4, 2018): 309–21.

6. Mellaard, Arne, and Toon van Meijl. “Doing Policy: Enacting a Policy Assemblage about Domestic Violence.” Critical Policy Studies 11, no. 3 (July 3, 2017): 330–48.

7. Hartong, Sigrid. “Towards a Topological Re-Assemblage of Education Policy? Observing the Implementation of Performance Data Infrastructures and ‘Centers of Calculation’ in Germany.” Globalisation, Societies and Education 16, no. 1 (January 1, 2018): 134–50.

Readings 23.8.20

During the last 2 weeks I have read:

1. Kitchin, Rob. The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures & Their Consequences. Los Angeles, California: SAGE Publications, 2014.

2. Loukissas, Yanni A. All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2019.

3. Thorpe, C., Yuill, C., Hobbs, M., Todd, M., Tomley, S., Weeks, M., & Graham, J. (2016). Das Soziologie-Buch (K. Lehmann, Trans.). Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH.

I also read a couple of chapters from the following books:

4. Williamson, Ben. Big Data in Education: The Digital Future of Learning, Policy and Practice. 1st edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2017.

5. Pangrazio, Luci. Young People’s Literacies in the Digital Age: Continuities, Conflicts and Contradictions. London ; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.

6. Gorur, Radhika. “Policy as Assemblage.” European Educational Research Journal 10, no. 4 (December 2011): 611–22.

Mhmmm, that does not seem that much, I guess I am missing a couple f things, I really should just copy and paste whenever I read sth!

I started to read:

Gnosa, Tanja. Im Dispositiv: Zur reziproken Genese von Wissen, Macht und Medien. Im Dispositiv. transcript, 2018.

Mau, Steffen. The Metric Society: On the Quantification of the Social. Cambridge, UK : Medford, MA: Polity Press, 2019.

Rogers, Richard. Doing Digital Methods. 1st edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2019.

Zuboff, Shoshana. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. First edition. New York: PublicAffairs, 2019.

And, good news! Based on the data I collected for my master thesis, we wrote an article which has finally been published!

Podcasts on Big Thinkers

I have recently found a couple of great podcasts about philosophy, which I thought I would share!

  1. Soziopod

Why I like it? The two hosts (Patrick Breitenbach Nils Köbel) discuss numerous topics (identity, work…) by raising critical interview-like questions to each other. They illuminate the subject from the perspective of various philosophers, sociologists and others, while keeping they ptentially dry topics humerous and interesting. Gets me thinking everytime I listen to it!

2. Philosophize this!

Why I like it? Philosophize this can be summarized by: “GET TO THE POINT!”. Short, coherent and beginner-friendly summaries of the works of some of the biggest thinkers of our time. If I read a name and do not really know what that person stood for or what his/her stance was, I quickly look up Philosophize this! to get an idea.

I will continuously update this page!