Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Khoo, S.
Symposium on Randall Collins
Reflections on A sociology o of Credentialism – and a sociology of thinking
UCD, Dublin
Conference Organising Committee Chairperson
Optional Fields
This paper begins with a review of Collin's classic work on credentialism and the undying theory meritocracy. The critique of meritocracy is one of the hardest things to explain in teaching sociology, and this discussion draws in the critique of meritocracy developed by Michael Young (1958), which is a satire meant to be a warning. Needless to say, neither Young's nor Collins' critiques have been heeded., not least the final revolt against the meritocracy that Young imagined would happen by 2033. “It is good sense to appoint individual people to jobs on their merit. It is the opposite when those who are judged to have merit of a particular kind harden into a new social class without room in it for others” (Young, On New Labour policies, 2001). Collin's conflict sociology of groups, based on material production and cultural domination helps us understand the logic of expanding education. Collins extend these insights towards a sociology of thinking in his latest work on the sociology of philosophies.SoP offers a global theory of intellectual based on an analysis of networked thinking, "an activity of overt and internal conversations. The individual thinker,… in privacy, thinks something which is significant for the network only because his or her inner conversation is part of the larger conversation and contributes to its problems…Truth arises in social networks; it could not possibly arise anywhere else (SoP , 8777). The paper assesses Collins; sociological realism - in medias res, resulting in theorizing based on truly global and connected scope (Iriye, 2012; Bhambra 2014).
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Humanities in Context