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British Sociological Association Sociologists Outside Academia Group: Reflections and Experiences of Working in the Public, VCFS and Private Sector. A presentation from the BSA Annual Conference 2013.

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  1. 1. Sociologists Outside Academia3 April 2013tinyurl.com/bsasoa #britsoc13http://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13Reflections and Experiences of Working inthe Public, VCFS and Private Sector
  2. 2. Sociologists Outside AcademiaMark Carriganhttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  3. 3. Theory and Practice in MentalHealthGeraldine Masonhttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13Or: How I Became Interested inCarers
  4. 4. Influences in the University of EssexSociology Department• Supervised by Professor Joan Busfield. Her research focussed on psychiatry and mental disorder. Books: Managing Madness:Changing Ideas and Practice (1986), Men, Women and Madness (1996). President, British Sociological Association, 2003-5.• A large and inclusive department; over half of postgraduate students had non-sociology first degrees, and staff were recruitedfrom other disciplines. Karl Figlio (my tutor at the Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy), Ken Plummer, JohnWalshe and Ian Craib set up an MA in Sociology and Psychotherapy and went on to develop the Centre for PsychoanalyticStudies. Mary McIntosh had written a paper ‘The Homosexual Role’ which became ‘the foundational argument for thecontemporary sociology of homosexuality’ (Ken Plummer). Her book (with Michele Barrett) ‘The Antisocial Family’ argued that‘the normative ideology of the standard nuclear family excluded and marginalised many people’.• Ian Craib worked at Essex from 1973 until his death in 2002. Ian’s engagement with psychoanalysis led to him becoming agroup psychotherapist in the NHS and writing Psychoanalysis and Social Theory: The Limits of Sociology (1989). His book, TheImportance of Disappointment (1994) criticised the proliferation of specialist therapies as pandering to the illusion that ‘wecould create identities of our own choosing’ (Michael Roper). Ian believed that these therapies ignored the ways in whichunconscious desires resisted change, and diluted the reality of relationships: ‘the links with other people, in all their dreadfulcomplexity, are all we have’.• Ian saw the purpose of higher education as humanist rather than instrumental: ‘For some people education is a value in itself,something to be sought after because the more educated we are, the more civilized we become. Through education we becomebetter people, more sensitive, able to appreciate the true and the beautiful, able to find sophisticated pleasures in the world.’http://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  5. 5. A Sociologist In and OutsideAcademiaCeridwen RobertsDepartment of Social Policy andInterventionUniversity of Oxfordhttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  6. 6. Education University of Sussex 67-70- BA History University of Bristol 70-71 – PostgraduateDiploma in Social Science [Sociology] Imperial College, Industrial Sociology Unit,University of London- postgraduate research 71-74http://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  7. 7. Career 75-78 Lecturer 1n Industrial Sociology – Trent Polytechnic 78- 92 Department of Employment Senior Research Officer, Social Science Branch, Principal Research Officer, Employment Market Research Unit Principal, Research Administration, Principal Research Officer, Social Science Branch 92-01 Family Policy Studies Centre – Director 01-now University of Oxford. DSPI- Senior Research Fellowhttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  8. 8. Why I Left Academia I missed being in a research unit Research was not very sophisticated orprioritised I found teaching only partially stimulating [16hours a week contact time] I wanted to return to London I was specifically attracted to the idea ofworking in Social Science Branch as I knew ofits reputationhttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  9. 9. The Joys and Challenges[this very much reflects my experience]JOYS Access to resources in research budgets Demand for research – customers Policy relevance of research Potential immediacy of results Not having to write refereed articles Team / collaborative working Interdisciplinaryhttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  10. 10. And Challenges Having to develop customer “appetite” Living in an “alien” environment – an outsider Managing the relationship with policy customers andMinisters Not having enough resources [voluntary sector] Learning to write simply, clearly without sociologese Have a wide range of sociological knowledge and skills Not being able to be a subject expert Having to be quantitatively competent Keeping in touch with academic developmentshttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  11. 11. The Type of Work I Have Done Managed large research programmes which I have designed andpart commissioned – 5 years running a DE programme of 13projects total cost in current terms over £2 million Joint principal investigator of a national social survey [withOPCS] “Women’s Lifetime employment” 1980 published 1984. Research reviews Re-written commissioned external research reports Contributed to departmental reports including to Selectcommittees, PQs Used research in policy briefings and monographs aimed atparliamentarians, practitioners, the media and the generalpublichttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  12. 12. Managing a Professional Identity asa SociologistThis is more difficult outside academia but even more essentialboth to keep up with sociological knowledge and to benefitfrom peer support.How to do it? See yourself as a professional not just a technician Join relevant learned societies eg BSA and also thoseorganisations /groups for social scientists outside academiaSRA, Laria, etc. Read some journals Go to conferences and seminars regularly both to getinformation but also to meet others Contribute to journals/ conferences and seminarshttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  13. 13. Finally I have enjoyed nearly 40 years working as a sociologistin a variety of settings I am also committed to using Social Science to helppeople understand the society they live in. I hope others will have the same rich experiences overtheir working life as sociologists and am happy to helpin any way I can Ceridwen Roberts ceridwen.roberts@btopenworld.comhttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  14. 14. Patsy Staddon, PhDBecoming a Sociologist at 65http://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  15. 15. Becoming a sociologist at 65 My background as a ‘recovered alcoholic’—a service user Problems with conventional treatment and AA First involved in research as service user steering groupmember Funded by AWP to do own research—basis for PhD Developed interest in authenticity and alcohol ‘disorder’(Staddon 2009) Getting blasted, annihilated—wiping out learntbehaviours—sometimes road to self-understandingespecially for womenhttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  16. 16. Where My Research Road Led Action-based, service user controlled researchinto what improved support for women withalcohol issues ‘Unconditional positive regard’ (Rogers 1975) – WIAS—service user controlled organisation Ongoing research and community action Continue to advise on national research projects Some lecturing at Bristol and Plymouth Challenge conventional understandings of‘alcoholism’http://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  17. 17. Favourite Publications Staddon, P. (forthcoming June 2013) ‘Theorising a social model of ‘alcoholism’: serviceusers who misbehave’ in Mental health service users in research: a critical sociologicalperspective, ed. Staddon, P., Bristol: Policy Press. Staddon, P. (2012) ‘No blame, no shame: towards a social model of alcohol dependency -a story from emancipatory research,’ Social Care, Service Users and User Involvement:Building on Research, Carr,S. and Beresford, P., Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Staddon, Patsy ‘Many Roads to Recovery’, Big Issue January 10 2011Staddon, P. (2009)Making Whoopee? : An exploration of understandings and responses around womensalcohol use, PhD thesis, Plymouth University, Plymouth. (Online) Available athttp://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/415. Accessed 12 December 2012. Staddon, Patsy. (2005) ‘Labelling Out’, in special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies,2005,vol.9,Issue 3. pp. 69-78. Also co-published in Making Lesbians visible in thesubstance use field, ed. Elizabeth Ettorre. New York: Haworth Press.http://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  18. 18.  Questions? Thoughts? Insight? Collaborate?http://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13
  19. 19.  Presentation available from:tinyurl.com/bsasoahttp://tinyurl.com/bsasoa | #britsoc13

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