About the fiddling sociologist

Photo by Todd Paris 2010

Photo by Todd Paris 2010

I like to claim that I am Alaska’s fiddling sociologist. I borrowed the idea from Ken Waldman, who is indisputably Alaska’s fiddling poet. He fiddles while he cites his own original poetry in a delicious combination of words and music. I appreciate his fiddle playing–he’s got that raw old time sound that satisfies my deep hunger for authentic music made by the people for the people’s enrichment instead of for corporate enrichment. But beyond that, I appreciate how he fiddles with ideas and words. Sociology is a wondrous discipline. What I mean is that sociology inspires to wonderment as well as having wonderful insights and tools of analysis. I love my discipline, but I also like to fiddle with it, to explore the edges of sociology, to peek under overturned rocks, to poke at established sociological facts. I welcome you to read (and to comment) as I experiment with sociological ideas and ways of thinking. Sociologically fiddling, one might say.

1 Response to About the fiddling sociologist

  1. Kim Scott says:

    Hi, I would love to use your cartoon “stop trying to finish when men are interrupting you” in my new book, Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast and Fair about how to create more equitable workplaces. My previous book is Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. Just Work will be published March 2021 by St Martin’s Press. I’d like to send you the permission form they asked me to get signed. My email is kim@radicalcandor.com.

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