Category: Books, Articles & Research

NARRATIVE NOW An interview with Ken Plummer

Earlier this year I was interviewed by two dynamic sociologists, Ashley Barnwell and Signe Ravn – both at the University of Melbourne (see picture below). They run a regular podcast series NARRATIVE NOW. These look at different approaches to narrative and‘how to employ them. For episode 4 they interviewed me about my engagement over the…

CRITICAL HUMANISM: An interview with Ken Plummer

Critical Humanism: A Manifesto for the 21st Century (2021) Polity Press has just been published and here Ken is interviewed about the book. This was published on the Polity Press Blog on 27th September 2021. See https://politybooks.com/blog/ Q: I’ll start by asking you just what you mean by Critical Humanism?  KP. The words human, humanity and…

Sociology: The Basics 3rd edition

A new third edition of this book will be published in September 2021 A lively, accessible and comprehensive introduction to the diverse ways of thinking about social life, Sociology: The Basics has been translated into six languages. The volume is packed with thought-provoking summaries, questions, quotations and activities. It offers an absorbing narrative about what we mean…

Critical Humanism

Publishing on September 24th 2021 in UK We live in a mutilated world and our humanity seems irrevocably damaged. Many critics suggest we have reached the end of humanity. In this challenging book, Ken Plummer suggests that such claims may be premature; instead, what we need is a new transformative understanding of humanity. Critical Humanism critically…

Pioneering Social Research

Pioneering Social Research: Life Stories of a Generation is out now from Policy Press.  Presenting the landmark Pioneers life stories project, this one-of-a-kind book documents how modern social research in the UK was shaped. It sheds new light on the lives, methods and motivations of men and women who helped develop a new world of research methodology, pioneered…

Narrative Power

  NARRATIVE POWER: A SHORT INTERVIEW In this short interview, Ken Plummer tells a little about his new book. Q: Why did you write Narrative Power? Narrative has become a contemporary buzzword: everybody’s talking about it.  There’s now a vast amount of writing by academics in all kinds of different disciplines from literature and the…

Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitan Studies

The 2nd edition of The Routledge International Handbook o COSMOPOLITAN STUDIES edited by Gerard Delanty has just been published. It contains some 50 wide ranging original essays. I have a small contribution on COSMOPOLITAN SEXUALITIES s    

50 Years of Decriminalization? Still Queer After All These Years

  To mark the 50th Anniversary Changes in the law…… a recent  little piece written for the British Sociological Association Web site at: British Sociological Association: News: July 27th 50 Years of Decriminalization? Still Queer After All These Years On 27th July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act, ‘an act to amend the law of England…

New Article: On the Infinitude of Life Stories – Still Puzzling Queer Tales After All These Years

I have just published a new short article. This is an extract of an article published in QED: A Journal in GLBTQWorldmaking 4.1 (2017) p189-197.   FROM: Tony Adams and Derek Bolen eds ‘Queer Auto/ethnographies” Forum for QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. A Story of My Stories Over the years I have told many sexual stories.…

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