Lecture: Introduction - From critical sociology to a sociology of critique
- The exigence of justification and the value of studying disputes and crises
- Institutions and institutionalisation
- The dynamics of critique in the tension between ‘is’ and ‘should be’ (Boltanski) or ‘confidence in’ and ‘could be’ (Thévenot)
Reading group: On Critique, chapter 3: The Power of Institutions
Lecture: Confirmation and critique: the concept of test (épreuve)
Case study: Truth and reality tests: why is it difficult to extend truth tests to reality tests in evaluative research?
Reference for case study: Smith, S., Ward, V. & Kabele, J. (2014) Critically evaluating collaborative research: Why is it difficult to extend truth tests to reality tests? Social Science Information 53(3): 374-402.
Reading group: On Critique, chapter 4: The Necessity of Critique
Lecture: Judgement, qualification and evaluation as routine practices
Case study: Frontline professional knowledge work: the classificatory and inferential judgements of online discussion administrators
Reference for case study: Smith, S. (2017) Discussing the News: The Uneasy Alliance between Participatory Journalists and the Critical Public. London: Palgrave. Chapter 4.
Reading group: On Justification, preface
Lecture: Perception and intuition
Case study: Collective practices of vigilance: activating the social web's affordances as a facilitator of critical testing and proving
Reference for case study: Smith, S. (2017) Discussing the News: The Uneasy Alliance between Participatory Journalists and the Critical Public. London: Palgrave. Chapter 6
Reading group: Being Attentive to Things, chapter 3 only.
Lecture: Orders of worth as specifications of the common good
Case study: Critiques across orders of worth. Conflicting constructions of mental illness and the public-private boundary
Reference for case study: Smith, S. (forthcoming) Storifying routines and routinising stories. A dualistic subject positioning analysis of controversies about constraints on patient autonomy. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.
Reading group: On Justification, chapter 3: Political Orders and a Model of Justice
Lecture: Existential tests and familiar regimes of engagement: the role of emotion and passion in critique and the access of personal attachments to public criticism
Case study: You call yourself the caring professions? Conflicts and compromises between points of view in the Alder Hey scandal
Reading group: We will listen in class to a BBC radio documentary about the Alder Hey scandal and discuss it. In case you’re unable to attend, the recording is here (you’ll need to create a BBC user account to listen).