Where are all the sociology blogs?

When I was preparing to set up this blog, like a good sociologist I did some background research first. I checked what other sociological blogs were out there on the web. I found strangely few of them. The blog that was listed first was ‘The Everyday Sociology Blog’ (http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com), which looks quite interesting with various sociologists posting. Closer inspection, however, reveals that it is part of an academic publishing house’s publicity efforts. Nothing wrong with that, but I was also interested in reading independent sociological writings from academics working in the area.

Other sociology blogs I found were very specialised, had wound up or had a particular barrow to push. I came across one post by Jon Smajda, who writes about the sociology of technology. His post, entitled ‘Why don’t more sociologists blog’?, argues that sociologists are rather diffident about blogging.

According to Smajda, many sociologists are wary of new computer technologies and self-promotion. They are also unsure about reaching out to a wider audience beyond the narrow confines of their academic discipline and writing for a potentially larger, unknown audience (http://jon.smaja.com/2008/08/25/why-dont-more-sociologists-blog).

I personally think that an important part of being a sociologist is to attempt to convey your research findings and views on social issues to a general readership.

Of course, I may have entered the wrong search term (I used ‘sociology blogs’) and there may be dozens  of interesting sociology blogs out there that I have yet to explore. Some I have found include ‘Sociology in Focus’ (http://sociologyinfocus.com), which has some lively posts about popular culture, ‘The Grumpy Sociologist’ (love the name!), which focuses on sports, masculinities, popular culture and violence (http://thegrumpysociologist.blogspot.com), ‘Sociology for the People’ (http://sociologyforthepeople.wordpress.com) by an advocate of public sociology, ‘BodySpaceSociety’ (http://www.bodyspacesociety.eu), looking specifically at digital technologies and ‘Monclair SocioBlog’ (http://montclairsoci.blogspot.com.au), which covers a range of topics by several sociologists.

Welcome to my blog. Given my current interests in medicine and public health, risk, parenting culture and childhood, food and critical weight studies, I will probably be blogging most about these topics. But we’ll see what happens!

Addendum: Since writing this blog, I have discovered some other interesting sociological blogs. Check them out on my Blogroll (scroll down the right side of this page to find it). Also see my Pearltrees ‘Blogs I like‘ and Dave Purcell’s list of sociology and other social science blogs here.

21 thoughts on “Where are all the sociology blogs?

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  3. Hi there!

    One you might be interested in is my own blog: sociologyfornerds.com.

    I’m glad to have found this post, because it has introduced me to some blogs I had not heard of. Exciting!

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  7. Dear Dr. Lupton: I have a book that I think would be useful for people in our field and in epidemiology during pandemics as we are experiencing today, it is free. It started as my senior thesis at UCB in1970 focused on indigenous and folk responses to disease compared with animal examples. Then it was developed in a dissertation expanding the work to urban responses to pandemics after volunteering at the San Francisco free clinic just as AIDS epidemic struck. It was rewritten for publication as a book in 1999 and posted free on the Social Science Research Network. Finally I made it available in new published form in 2012, though one can obtain a book form copy, I believe, from the SSRN for $10.
    It has never been reviewed formally, though I have sent copies to researchers over the years who requested copies after reading blog reviews online after 2000. I would be happy to send you a pdf if you like. I think people might find it helpful in looking at the way humans in various societies have responded to epidemics and regarded the outcome. The SSRN link is at:https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2001098

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