The Impact of Social Media on Friendship
Commentary for Press TV about whether social media are having an impact on the nature of friendship. Is it becoming shallower? More transient?
Modern Day Racism
Commentary for Press TV about racism in the contemporary world
Celebrity Culture and its Influence on Consumer Behaviour
Commentary for Press TV about the use and impact of celebrity endorsements in consumer advertising
Globalization and Local Cultures
Commentary for Press TV about the interactions between contemporary global society and local cultural traditions
Commentary for Press TV on the contemporary demand for alternative medicine and the drivers for this.
Robot Care for the Elderly
Are robots part of the solution for the increasing need to provide care and companionship for ageing populations? Commentary for Press TV.
Privacy in a Cashless Society
Commentary for Press TV on the pressures to move towards a cashless society and the problems that may result from this.
Declining Trust in the Modern World
Commentary for Press TV on the role of trust in modern societies.
Why I am (not) a Symbolic Interactionist
My Plenary Address from the 8th Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism in Lòdz, Poland, 6 July 2017.
This is not my greatest performance – the first 10-15 minutes are affected by a bad reaction to monosodium glutamate in the soup at lunchtime and I forgot to use the PowerPoint slides! I am also wrongly credited with an affiliation at the University of Nottingham.
The Crisis of Moral Values in Modern Life
Commentary for Press TV about the claims that moral values have declined in modern life – spoiler alert – I am rather sceptical.
Social Science and Ebola
In an interview for an Argentine TV channel (in English with subtitles), Robert Dingwall discusses the neglect of social science in responses to the 2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the human consequences.
Interview with Peter M Hall for Symbolic Interaction
Peter M Hall, who died in December 2017, was a leading figure in the interactional study of organizations. I interviewed him at the 2015 SSSI meetings in San Francisco. The interview is posted here as a tribute to a fine scholar who was much loved by all those who knew him.
The Scope of Symbolic Interaction
As editor of the journal (2010-2016), Symbolic Interaction, Robert Dingwall describes the family of approaches to sociology that are connected by a common heritage.