Author Archives: Robert Dingwall

Why the Chinese Government should read Herbert Spencer

…Under the current president, China has been moving towards the militant pole of Spencer’s continuum. Large numbers of people are employed in monitoring social media and maintaining the ‘Great Firewall’ to exclude and suppress knowledge and opinions that do not fit into the national leadership’s vision of a good society. This workforce is a direct,… Read More »

BSA Conference 1976 – Books back in print

The 1976 BSA conference in Manchester was the year medical sociology was welcomed into the mainstream of UK sociology. Robert Dingwall was a member of the organizing committee, led by the much-missed Meg Stacey and including Margaret Reid and Christian Heath. At that time, selected papers were published in edited books – the strength of… Read More »

What can we learn from studies of the professions in Africa?

Professions and the Social Order: Some Lessons from Burkina Faso? NATÉWINDÉ SAWADOGO, University of Ouaga II ROBERT DINGWALL, Nottingham Trent University Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie Early View Article DOI: 10.1111/cars.12209 IT HAS LONG BEEN OBSERVED that the study of professions has been dominated by Anglo-American models, with their focus on a small… Read More »

Sir Cliff Richard, the BBC and the ethics of interviewing

The UK media are engaged in a feverish debate about the implications of the judgement in the civil action over breach of privacy between Sir Cliff Richard, the BBC and South Yorkshire Police (SYP)…However, the case also raises interesting issues about ethical standards in interviewing, which have implications beyond journalism. Many aspects of the BBC’s… Read More »

Paying for the Good Stuff

I recently attended the Annual Lecture of the Academy of Social Sciences in London, which was given by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England. The lecture was a fascinating journey through the problem of industrial productivity in the UK, as seen through the lens of economics. In the way of much economic… Read More »

Celebrity culture and its influence on consumers

Celebrity culture is thought to have a huge impact on contemporary consumers. If famous people are paid millions of dollars to promote a product, does their recommendation have any influence? Commentary for Press Plus TV  

The PRO-RES Project: PROmoting integrity in the use of RESearch results

Dingwall Enterprises Ltd. will be participating in a €2.8 million project linking 13 leading European scientific institutions to build an ethics/integrity framework for all non-medical research ————————————————————— Effective policymaking, built upon sound research, produces outcomes that benefit society, communities, groups and individuals. If research is flawed by lacking integrity and by being conducted unethically it… Read More »

Should universities be parents?

UK student mobilization in 1968-69 was often around domestic issues rather than revolution and opposition to the Vietnam War. It focussed on the concept of in loco parentis, that university authorities had legal duties, and associated powers, to act as parents in relation to students…The treatment of students as children had been increasingly problematic since… Read More »

Globalization and Local Cultures

A new link on the video page to a Press TV programme looking at the challenges to local traditions from global society. My contributions question whether traditions deserve to survive unless they work for everyone in the community that has adopted them.

Resolving Disputes

It is a great honour to be part of the new edition of The Negotiator’s Desk Reference edited by the indefatigable Chris Honeyman and Andrea Schneider. This has just been published by the DRI Press of Mitchell Hamline School of Law at St Paul, Minnesota in two volumes. I have a half share in two… Read More »