Dorothy E. Smith visits the department
Prof. Dorothy E. Smith is visiting the department for the the two weeks 3rd-14th of October. Together with Prof Karin Widerberg she is giving a Phd course on Insitutional Ethnography, 3rd-5th of October, and holding a seminar for the staff on the same subject, on the 12th of October.
Dorothy E. Smith is known for her thorough critique of the sociological traditions, for our way of ‘writing the social’ from a ruler’s perspective. And for the alternative she outlines; a sociology that starts out from where people are, that is, in the local actualities of daily life. She advocates a sociology not about people but for people, a sociology about the workings of society that can tell us how the social is put together or comes about. In proposing such ‘a method of inquiry’ she emphasizes the role of texts as sites or starting points for investigations. By illuminating ‘the workings of texts’, how they can be investigated and understood, she also provides a profound sociological response to the poststructuralist challenge. Smith’s approach represents a fruitful path for a sociology which takes seriously critiques from Marxism, feminism, poststructuralism and postcolonialism.