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for: ‘November, 2013’

Intro to Sociology: Reification, Agency and Structure

I’m teaching the introduction to Sociology at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt, and one of the early concepts that we’re working with is reification. I use this concept early because a lot of the things we will learn in the introduction to Sociology don’t sound very empowering for new sociologists. We learn a lot about structures that […]

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Prior Planning prevents Poor Performance: A cautionary tale

I recently was asked to help a masters-student with his thesis. I was horrified to discover that, after years of his effort and a deadline looming in 4 days, the challenge was not to check over the English or make sure that the t’s were crossed and i’s were dotted. The challenge was to CUT […]

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