Social Theory and Methodology (STAM group)

Social Theory and Methodology (STAM group)

The STAM group is a joint forum for regular seminars and discussion related to social theory and methodology at ISS. It represents a venue for exchange, in which students and staff can become better informed about issues related to social and political theory, applied theory, and diverse methodological issues (concerning e.g., causation, ontology, and epistemology). As the research frontier unfolds across a future that is sure to include more and better data, not to mention new research questions and social challenges that we are today unable to imagine (let alone predict), there should be little doubt about the need to develop stronger deductive skills and the capacity for greater methodological reflection in our student body. Our ambition is that the STAM group can spotlight these shortcomings in a way that will allow us better equip the next generation of sociologists and political scientists with the appropriate epistemological tools.  

The STAM group is also the home of ongoing research projects with a more generic interest in theory and methodology development. This include Leiulfsrud and Sohlbergs NFR- project “Sociological Theory and Practice Revisited” (STPR) and Moses´ and colleagues project on “Big Data”.

To achieve the goals of a joint venue strengthening social theory and methodology, we envision the need for a plethora of instruments, including regular meetings, seminars, guest lectures and even new courses.  Toward that end, we invite all willing hands — whether students or staff, female or male, young or old, sociologist, political scientist or sport scientist — to help in this development.

Ongoing research projects and activities

Ongoing research projects and activities

Publications

Publications

Calendar - Seminars STAM group

Calendar - Seminars STAM group

  • March 18, 11.30-12.30 (ISS Meeting Room: «Velferdsstaten»). Professor Håkon Leiulfsrud: Social class and class research revisited: a critical appraisal
  • March (TBA), 11.30-12.30 (ISS Meeting Room: «Velferdsstaten»). Professor Arild Blekesaune, PhD Fellows Marie Holm Slettebakk & Jorunn Kaasa: Micro data in use – examples based on ongoing research projects
  • April 7, 11.30-12.30 (ISS Meeting Room: «Velferdsstaten») Professor Göran Therborn (university of Cambridge): Dynamics of Social Inequality in studies of social resistance and class (Prel Title -More information will be available soon)
  • May 6, 11.30-12.30 (ISS Meeting Room: «Velferdsstaten»): Professor John Scott (CBE, Fellow of British Academy & Academy of Social Sciences): On Social structure.
  • May 27, 11.30-12.30 (ISS Meeting Room: «Velferdsstaten»): Professors David Harding and Sam Lucas (UC Berkeley): More information will be available soon.