Podcast: Work and the Social Science Imagination

In this third Social Science Centre podcast, Richard Lance Keeble discusses with fellow SSC scholars Gary Saunders and Joss Winn, ways in which C. Wright Mills’ The Sociological Imagination can help people reflect critically on their own experience of work.

They focus on how the writing of Kathi Weeks can help us explore the nature of capitalist work and then discuss possible ways to alleviate the central role of work in our lives: a reduction in working hours and a guaranteed, unconditional basic income.

Listen to the podcast on SirenFM

Texts mentioned in the discussion include:

Marx, Karl (1867) Capital

More, Thomas (1516) Utopia

New Economics Foundation (2010) 21 hours

Van Parijs, Philippe (2005) Basic Income: A simple and powerful idea for the twenty-first century

Weeks, Kathi (2011) The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries

 

Podcast: Education and the Social Science Imagination

In this second Social Science Centre podcast, Richard Lance Keeble discusses with fellow SSC scholars Gary Saunders and Peaceful Warrior ways in which C. Wright Mills’ The Sociological Imagination can help people reflect critically on their own experience of education. They also draw on the theories of Paulo Freire, Michel Foucault and belle hooks to explore the impact race, gender and class can have on one’s education.

Listen to the podcast on SirenFM

Podcast: Introduction to the Social Science Imagination course

Sarah Amsler, a scholar at the Social Science Centre, Lincoln, discusses with fellow SSC scholar, Richard Lance Keeble: the origins and aims of the SSC, how teaching and learning are structured, the choice of C. Wright Mill’s The Sociological Imagination (1959) as the key text for the course, the nature of the ‘sociological imagination’ as explained by Wright Mills, how the podcasts will track the development of the course and how to get in touch with the SSC for further information.

Listen to the podcast on Siren FM, Lincoln’s first community radio station.

Recording of ‘Copyright, Piracy and Cultural Imperialism’ talk

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Here’s a recording of last night’s talk by Dr. Alan Story on Copyright, Piracy and Cultural Imperialism. The recording is 1 hour 40 mins. Alan spoke for about 45 mins and the remainder is discussion. Alan was a clear and animated speaker and the recording came out very well. Many thanks to Alan for travelling to Lincoln to talk with us.

You can also download the MP3 to listen offline.

Alan provided handouts during the talk which can be found on the CopySouth website.

‘Intellectual property law starts from the premise that ideas are free as the air ‑ a common resource for all to use as they can and wish. It then proceeds systematically to undermine that principle.’ Professor David Vaver

Using a series of contemporary conflicts over copyright across the global South (Asia, Africa and Latin America), this talk will examine whether the global copyright system operates in the interests of the peoples who live here and who make up 3/4 of the world’s population. Among the questions it will address: is the trade in copyrighted products free and fair trade? Why all the fuss about so-called copyright ‘piracy’? Is copyright essential for creativity?,
and is copyright linked to cultural imperialism?