Author Archives: Robert Dingwall

Robert Dingwall appointed to DHSC New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG)

Robert Dingwall has been appointed as a social science member of the DHSC New and Emerging Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) NERVTAG is an Advisory Group to provide the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and, through the CMO, Ministers, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and other Government departments, with scientific risk assessment and mitigation… Read More »

The State of Sociology

Sociology in the UK ought to be in a healthy state given the vast range of skills it promises to confer on its graduates. Ideally, sociology graduates are well equipped to handle all contemporary forms of information….However, it is difficult to see how these qualities are developed by some UK sociology courses. The discipline risks… Read More »

Now published – Howard Becker: Sociology and Music in the Chicago School

Who is Howard S. Becker? This book traces his career, examining his work and contributions to the field of sociology. Themes covered include Becker’s theoretical conceptualizations, approaches, teaching style, and positioning in the intellectual milieu. Translated from French by sociologist Robert Dingwall, the English edition benefits from an editorial introduction and additional referencing, as well… Read More »

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 »