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Working with theory in social research

USING THEORY CREATIVELY IN SOCIAL RESEARCH

17 May 2016

This session will discuss issues in using theory creatively in social research, with attention to problems in the making and circulation of theory. Please read beforehand Professor Connell's paper “Rethinking gender from the South”, which includes a brief definition of theory, and a discussion of how its scope in social sciences might be expanded beyond its orthodox sources. Participants are asked to bring the following:

  • a piece of theoretical writing, on any subject, that they particularly like, with a view to describing it to the seminar and sharing it with colleagues
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  • notes about the theories they are contemplating using in their own research. These might include concepts, methodology and lines of interpretation

The session will first share the resources that everyone brings, then focus discussion on problems participants are experiencing in understanding, using, and developing theory. Be assured, there is nothing esoteric about theory; we do it, in small ways, all the time!

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Research Student Liaison officer
    T: +61 2 9351 6268
    E: edsw.rslo@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/doctoral_studies/research_training_support/research_training_modules/working-with-theory-2016.shtml

  • Speaker: Raewyn Connell is Professor Emerita at The University of Sydney. She has previously held posts at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Flinders University in Adelaide. She has held visiting posts at the University of Toronto, Harvard University, and Ruhr-Universität Bochum.


    Raewyn is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a recipient of the American Sociological Association's award for distinguished contribution to the study of sex and gender, and of the Australian Sociological Association's award for distinguished service to sociology in Australia. Raewyn's teaching fields have included general sociology, social theory, sociology of education, gender relations, sexuality, and research methods.


    Raewyn is supervising seven research higher degree students, refecting the major contribution her own research and theorising about the social construction of masculinities has had in creating this international research field.


    Raewyn's academic papers and books, including Masculinities, have been translated into 13 languages. Masculinities alone has been translated into Italian, Swedish, German, Spanish and Chinese. It is the most cited research publication in its field. More recently, Raewyn she has opened up questions about the relations between masculinities and neoliberal globalisation. Raewyn is also a leading figure in other research fields, all of which are areas that demonstrate her characteristic concern for combining an understanding of large-scale social structures with recognition of personal experience and collective agency.


    Making the Difference (1982) is the most discussed Australian study of social inequalities in education, while in Gender and Power (1987), Raewyn developed an influential sociological theory of gender which her current research is reformulating in a world context.


    As author of Ruling Class Ruling Culture (1977) and co-author of Class Structure in Australian History (1980), Raewyn has also been a key figure in the development of an Australian sociology of class. Her other research agendas include adolescence, sexuality and intellectual labour. Raewyn's most recent book, Southern Theory (2007) discusses theorists unfamiliar in the European canon of social science, and explores the possibility of a genuinely global social science. Across these fields, Raewyn has tried to make social science relevant to social justice, becoming involved with campaigns, teachers and social-movement activists to bring research to bear on public policy and strategies of social change. Raewyn has conducted applied studies and given policy advice to governments about poverty and education, AIDS prevention, gender equity, and other fields.


    In the past decade, Raewyn was invited by United Nations agencies to lead international discussions about masculinities, violence and peacemaking, and the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality. Raewyn's work is widely cited in social science and humanities publications internationally. Four of her books were listed among the 10 most influential books in Australian sociology. She is frequently invited to give keynote addresses at conferences and seminars, including events in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Senegal and Britain.


Working with theory in social research: using theory creatively in social research

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

17 May 2016


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