In many ways ‘People’ and ‘Society’ underpin all the other sections of this site. At the same time, this section allows a particular focus on a number of topics. Academic routes into content in this section arise from a mix of sociology, psychology, ethnography, politics, economics, and philosophy. Personal practices that connect with content in this section arise from experiences in community development, local social policies, scientific research, monitoring and evaluation responsibilities and a general interest in the puzzles of life.
The content includes:
- Sides and Edges: Tales from another place – A fictional sociologist’s research activity
- Flourishing neighbourhoods: What contribution can learning make?
- The nature of cities: a way of thinking
- Cities: Flourishing? Learning? Resilient? Capable? Emergent?
- In what ways might a city need to think differently if it is to get to where it wants to be?
- Can Twitter be a useful source of knowledge? Thinking about Cities through Twitter
- Thinking about cities: An exploration of contemporary themes
- Some exploratory thoughts on Progress
- Children in Distress: responding to known and unknown needs
- Expert Observation: More to it than meets the eye?
- Contemporary Identity: a personal exploration
- Some thoughts on identity and place
- Some outline thoughts concerning everyday puzzles with understanding autism
- How did all this social change come about and where might it be taking us?
- Public and private issues