The core of a Reflexive Sociology then is the attitude it fosters toward those parts
of the social world closest to the sociologists - his own university, his own profession
and its associations, his professional role, and most importantly, his students and himself -
rather than toward only the remote parts of his social surround. A Reflexive Sociology
is distinguished by its refusal to segregate the intimate or personal from the public and
collective, or the everyday life from the occasional 'political' act. It rejects the old-style
closed-office politics no less than the old-style public politics. A Reflexive Sociology is
not a bundle of technical skills; it is a conception of how to live and a total praxis
(Gouldner, 1970: 504).
Photo: With courtey to Les Back. This picture stems from an interactive exhibit 'Sociologists Talking' that I conceptualised
together with Cath Lambert in 2008, based on research I had carried out in relation
to my doctoral research.
For me, teaching is one of the most effective ways of practising our disciplinary traditions and what sociology stands for - critique.
Throughout my PhD I have had the chance to teach on various courses in Warwick University. Beyond that, my work with the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research and the research I have been carrying out over the last few years within the Centre on teachers, students, pedagogy and spaces have shaped my relationship to teaching. If you want to know more about my research related to teaching, you can read more here.
- Sessional teacher, 'Sociology of Education', Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, 2009/2010
- Sessional teacher, 'Critical Issues in Law and Management', Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, 2008/2009
- Sessional teacher, 'Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Intellectuals', Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, 2007/2008
- Sessional teacher, 'Sociology of Crime and Deviance', Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, 2006/2007
- Seminar teaching and lecturing on 'Life in Scientific Communities', SOQUA, Vienna, (SOQUA is a 1.5 yer long seminar series for postgraduates from the social sciences and humanities and aims to provide further training in the Social Sciences (funded by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Education), June 2007.