Of Blogs and Prelims

I just got back the results of my prelims and I passed – Hooray(s)!

And I couldn’t have done it with all of you (and by you, I mean the sociology blogging community). I would especially like to thank the orgtheory folks for all their suggested readings, and for the conversations explicitly about surpassing 70’s organizational theory and the lack of new phenomena. I actually cited those two discussions in answering a question about the value of 70s organizational theory and why we haven’t moved past it. If OrgTheory were a book, I would offer this quote for its dust jacket: “No better resource exists for the budding scholar of organizations. OrgTheory is the place for insight into everything from the classics of organizational analysis to conference presentations and works-in-progress. A must-read for anyone trying to quickly master the field and enjoy doing it.”

A second shout-out goes to Kieran Healy and his lengthy discussion of MacKenzie’s work, along with the bloggers at Socializing Finance, whose discussions of performativity, politics and science studies really helped ground my answer to a question on Callon and MacKenzie and the connection between performativity and self-fulfilling prophecies.

So, now when I claim that all this time spent reading blogs is actually work, I can almost justify it!



  1. Congrats! I remember how great it felt to get those things out of the way. I’m glad the orgtheory posts helped.

  2. Congratulations!!!

  3. congrats!

  4. Congratulations!

  5. Congrats!

  6. You rock, Dan! I bet you blew the committee away.


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