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Identities, ideologies, market forces and social sciences

Sheehan, Helena (2007) Identities, ideologies, market forces and social sciences. In: University of Cape Town Dept of Sociology seminar series, 22 February 2007, University of Cape Town.

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Why does the theme of identities feature so prominently these days? What ideologies are at play in these discourses? What forces are shaping the academic agenda of our times? What is happening to the humanities and social sciences? How have universities changed over recent decades? How have academic disciplines evolved? Why do various forms of neopositivism and postmodernism prevail across various disciplines? Why the mania for metrics, the surveys of the surface, the exotica of deconstruction, the conclusions of inconclusiveness? Why does the most totalising system the world has ever known paralyse totalising thinking? Will marketisation marginalise all else? Will sociologists be stenographers of the surface or seers of the social order?

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Talk)
Event Type:Seminar
Additional Information:This paper was presented to a seminar in the Department of Sociology at University of Cape Town.
Uncontrolled Keywords:ideologies; epistemology; universities; marketisation; commodification; positivism; marxism; postmodernism; feminism; black consciousness; history from below; hegemony; subaltern studies; african studies; South Africa;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Globalization
Social Sciences > Migration
Humanities > Philosophy
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Social psychology
Social Sciences > Multiculturalism
Humanities > History
Social Sciences > Ethnicity
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:4712
Deposited On:28 Jul 2009 11:00 by Helena Sheehan. Last Modified 28 Jul 2009 11:00

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