I’ve just heard from the publisher that my Punk Sociology book has now gone into production. We are aiming for a January publication date. I posted about the book a little while ago, when I had a first draft of the manuscript together (thanks for the messages and interest I recieved from colleagues at the time, it was really encouraging). In my previous post I anticipated that it would take me two or three months to edit the manuscript for submission, this turned out to be about accurate. The book will be published in the Palgrave Pivot series. I’ll post on here when the book has a publisher’s site etc, and then when it becomes available. Below is a first attempt at a blurb, this might change a bit but it gives a sense of the content I hope:
This book explores the possibility of drawing upon a punk ethos to inspire sociology. It uses punk to think creatively about what sociology is and how it might be conducted. This book aims to fire the sociological imaginations of sociologists at any stage of their careers, from new students to established professors. It begins by outlining some of the disciplinary and social challenges that sociology faces today. In order to cultivate a vibrant future for the discipline, the book then applies the punk ethos to sociological knowledge, communication and terrain. The concept of punk sociology is then developed through a series of riffs, each of which directly applies key features of the punk ethos to sociology. The book encourages sociologists to avoid the temptation to play it safe. Instead it calls for us to be bold, open, inventive, and to produce raw, stripped back and fearless work that adheres to a do-it-yourself ethic.