My short piece on Experiencing Sociology’s Midlife Crisis has been published on the Sociological Imagination site.
Here’s the opening paragraph:
Is it possible for an academic discipline to experience a midlife crisis? The recent exchange in the British Journal of Sociology on ‘sociology’s misfortune’ (Holmwood, 2010; Savage, 2010a; Rosenfeld, 2010) was just the most recent of a raft of work exploring the peculiar contemporary challenges and difficulties that face British sociology. This growing set of literature has come to exemplify and define what Savage (2010a: 659) has referred to as the ‘sense of malaise that currently hovers over British sociology’. But in response, can this sense of malaise be understood as a type of disciplinary mid-life crisis?