Stan Cohen as Key Inspiration Stan Cohen was my first teacher and inspiration in sociology. He taught me social psychology and the sociology of deviance as a student at Enfield College in 1965 and 1966 – and he showed me what a non pompous intellectual life could look like. His ideas inspired me as I…
How long is a man’s life finally?
A thousand days or only one?
One week or a few centuries?
How long does a man’s death last?
And what do we mean when we say, “gone forever”?
-Brian Patten, So Many Different Lengths of Time (2007:154)
If you need cheering up, you can see Brian Patten speak this poem wandering around a graveyard! Link to Brian Patten here
My most recent work has been concerned with worrying about time and generations. You can find some of this writing in the Generational section of Selected Articles
On Symbolic Interactionism I have since the late 1960’s been interested in the theory of symbolic interactionism. It is a very partial and limited theory but for many purposes it is actually one of the best we have. The Poetic for Paul a few posts back has already introduced some key ideas. …
INTIMATE CITIZENSHIP Today I have started a page which will hopefully slowly piece together some of my writings and thoughts on this idea ( Go to: Selected Writings/ Intimate Citizenship). I first recall thinking of the idea walking along a beach in Santa Barbara in the early 1990’s as I was completing Modern Homosexualities…
Below is my most recent article published in April 2012. It is my first published piece based on my illness. MY MULTIPLE SICK BODIES: SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM, AUTOETHNOGRAPHY AND EMBODIMENT Ken Plummer Published in Bryan S Turner ed. Routledge Handbook of Body Studies 2012: Routledge p75-93 What happens when my body breaks down…
One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life
E.M. Forster Two Cheers for democracy: What I Believe
Love all. Trust a few.
Do wrong to none.
Shakespeare All’s well that ends well