Paula Black, Nick
Crossley, Colette Fagan, Mike Savage and Laura Turney
(2002) 'Globalisation and Social Change: Editorial
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Received: 14/10/2002 Accepted: 22/10/2002 Published: 22/10/2002
There was also an open stream. Since there were very few aspects of sociology that could not have fitted into one of these themes, we hoped that this would encourage a broad-ranging conference. As paper submissions were made, it became clear, however, that the various streams attracted differing amounts of interest. Indeed, as plans for the conference progressed the uneven spread of papers between streams itself became a telling comment on British sociology. Those areas of sociology which had their own specialist conferences, journals and specialist practitioners tended to have other priorities and were not well represented. This was especially true of sociologists of education and criminologists (who we hoped might contribute to the 'state, education and law' theme), and to a lesser extent for sociologists of health and medicine (who might have contributed to the health, the body and sexuality theme. It appeared that in areas such as these where other professional channels have been established as normal outlets for research, the BSA conference is of relatively little significance. In addition, it was striking that there were few papers presented in the science, method and methodology stream. Here it appears, understandably, that more specialised conferences devoted to particular theoretical currents and concerns attract more interest and that few sociologists felt energised by the invitation to speak in a diffuse stream.
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