One Answer

  1. Unfortunately, the golden days when “scientific schools” had a clear university registration are a thing of the past. In the 1950s, you could choose to go to Chicago to study with symbolic interactionists or to study with structural functionalists at Harvard. In the 60s and 70s, it was necessary to choose California-it was there that new theoretical intuitions were forged in the atmosphere of drug intoxication (from ethnomethodology to frame analysis). In the British Isles, Wittgensteinian sociologists were at war with each other (in Bath, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Oxford). But relentless academic mobility has done its job – no one stays in one place for a long time anymore, and even if a “star” professor is assigned to some university, this does not mean that he really teaches there. Manchester ethnomethodologists are scattered around the world, Wittgenstein heirs read Winch's books in empty and cold Oxford classrooms, and star professors – creators of new directions – live in airports and planes. If you see a new interesting paper on social theory written in collaboration, you can be sure that the co-authors teach at different universities and the article was written via Skype.

    If you still want to see how live social theory is made in this crazy mobile world, choose good universities for your studies: the London School of Economics, Cornell, Yale, Harvard, Manchester – the level of teaching in them remains at the level even in the absence of” stars”, and” stars ” sooner or later still settle for a semester or two in large academic ports.

Leave a Reply