Successful sociological entrepreneurialism: on ‘Sociological Images’

I am in the process of preparing a blog, to be titled ‘Sociologics,’ the aim of which will be to document and celebrate the growth of sociology on the web.

There are a number of examples to illustrate. One of the most successful is ‘Sociological Images,’ here, edited by Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp. The great strength of the blog is the use of “images,” — pictures, charts, etc. — which allow the commentary to proceed on a level of empiricism even while making theoretical points, or, for example, like today, when asking what we can anticipate from future data (for example, here is a link to today’s post, “Are African-Americans Changing Their Mind About Gay Marriage?”).

My quick view is this: Sociological Images, better than any other sociology blog on the web, deals directly with the proliferation of symbolic data in advanced capitalism. My tentative critique of the site is, like much modern sociology, it does culture and cultural questions very well, but is less strong on economics and politics.

I’ll have a lot more to say about Sociological Images going forward, as it is one of my favorite examples of the growth of sociology on the web.

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3 Responses to Successful sociological entrepreneurialism: on ‘Sociological Images’

  1. Jaime says:

    I hope you include a review of TRAILS- The Teaching Resources and Innovations Library For Sociology

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