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SEMINAR: Anthropology / Sociology Seminar Series

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Anthropology / Sociology Seminar Series : Anthropology and Sociology in Australia: Asymmetries and Vexed Institutional Relationships Other events...
The ambit of the social sciences stretches across traditional disciplines, such as anthropology and sociology, which are closed bound by internal academic cultures, and others that are more responsive to external links, such as education and law’ (Macintyre 2010, p. 4).

This presentation was first given in the World Council of Anthropological Associations roundtable entitled ‘Do Good Fences make Good Neighbours?: Perspectives on the Anthropology-Sociology Relationship from Plural Global Vantage Points’ as part of the IUAES intercongress in Bangkok in July 2015 with the conference theme ‘Re-imagining Anthropological and Sociological Boundaries’. It is intended not as a formal paper, but as a set of prefatory remarks to inspire a discussion which will hopefully take up most of the seminar time. These remarks trace the development of Anthropology and Sociology as disciplines in the Australian context from their quite different institutional origins, despite the expected overlaps that might be expected from the heritage of the British tradition of Social Anthropology. Based on consulting university websites, it summarises the relative presence of anthropology and sociology as departments and programs and as content in units taught across all Australian universities, building on Marginson’s (1999) classification of sandstone universities, red brick universities, unitechs, gumtree universities, new universities and private universities. In order to stimulate discussion, it suggests some tentative interpretations of why Sociology has gained a larger presence in most categories of universities (e.g. having far larger numbers of staff in the joint departments found in Gumtree universities) based on institutional trends related to audit culture and original specifications of the theoretical scope of the disciplines.
Speaker(s) Greg Acciaioli, Anthropology and Sociology, UWA
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Contact Hayley Musson <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 01 Apr 2016 02:30
End Fri, 01 Apr 2016 03:30
Submitted by Hayley Musson <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:45
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