January 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
Global in scope and inter-woven by theoretical and methodological considerations
Chapters emerge from the Methods Lab at Goldsmiths University which is committed to developing inventive ways of 'doing sociology'
Studies the practice of sociological imagination and the aim is to make social research responsive to social life - to bring it alive
Series editor’s introduction (Chris Shilling)
A manifesto for live methods: provocations and capacities (Les Back and Nirmal Puwar)
Live sociology: social research and its futures (Les Back)
Curating sociology (Nirmal Puwar and Sanjay Sharma)
Seeing it whole: staging totality in social theory and art (Alberto Toscano)
Once upon a problem (Mariam Motamedi Fraser)
Learning to be affected: social suffering and total pain at life’s borders (Yasmin Gunaratnam)
Being stuck in (live) time: the sticky sociological imagination (Emma Uprichard)
The redistribution of methods: on intervention in digital social research, broadly conceived (Noorjte Marres)
De-signing the object of sociology: toward an ‘idiotic’ methodology (Mike Michael)
Going live: towards an amphibious sociology (Celia Lury)
Notes on contributors
Nirmal Puwar is Senior Lecturer is Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
"Sociology is alive! Here is an original and scholarly volume that rails against the numbing effects of a dead or defeatist sociology. The contributors provoke and inspire – through their engagement with the themes of art, storying, the digital and designs - by insisting upon a 'live sociology' that is inventive, artful and crafty, but always also ethical and attentive. The volume creates a vibrant sense of possibility at a time when it might be argued that sociology needs it most."
Jennifer Mason, Manchester University