A brief angry word on Auckland Uni gutting 50% of their Arts courses: UPDATE
DLANZ Comments on this issue and offers support to those at UoA in Solidarity and Mana. By Martin Bradbury http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/11/05/
Sociology needs Disabled input now more than ever....ta and keep smiling...Dougie
Thanks Bomber for thus article. I (All I's DLANZ sanctioned), am disappointed but not surprised as Disabled have long expressed concern about the gradual slide from Sociology that is supposed to provide a visionary concept. Not any papers concerning disability or Waitangi concepts either.
When Peter Davis took over 2004...5, the sociology became more social research for statistics and not for change. We identified too many that moving away from rigorous social analysis would render modern day sociology useless, and while I agree that it is to National’s benefit, this situation has culminated over at least 10 years probably about the time of V/C McCutcheon arrived in about 2001,
As we said then, there are serious doubts if Waitangi and NZ Disability Strategy 2001 (Disabled’s Treaty) doctrines concerning academic research is ignored. When posing questions of cultural and social coherence in the absence of any serious effort to connect the themes of individualism and moral order with an analysis of social oppression and movements of resistance, little value is produced.
Sociology has been called Queen if the Social Sciences (Seidman S Contested Knowledge Social Theory in the Post Modern Era 1994), and is in need of her ‘subjects’ to stand up and speak. In our ‘Fusion of Horizons’ Disabled contribution to Waitangi’s Review DLANZ see a more prominent role for Sociology:
“As like the Pakeha system, where the Prime Minister has a Chief Science Advisor (Prof Peter Gluckman), DLANZ believe the same opportunity is made available to the Tangata Whenua of Waitangi’s Crown. This motion is not done to combat the good work conducted under scientific research, rather, its intention is to provide an alternative/anti-thesis model to compare, contrast and (if needed) critique current policies. It has been noted that advice given to the Prime Minister does not include political causations, as this falls outside the paradigms of (Hard/Medical) science data.
Both Disabled and Maori have been critical of government policies that are becoming too individualistic and pathological. The Sale of Assets legislation and other economic aims, that are drivers fir poverty, cannot be addressed because of a micro-middle of the road type of study that exclude social issues of colonization and marginalization that go all the way back to Waitangi and UN Conventions for Disabled and Indigenous
Policies of kicking Housing NZ's defenseless tenants out of their homes in Glenn Innes; charges of Eugenics at Ministry of Health (Savings Downs is just one longstanding example), and the report that over 270 000 kids live in poverty (Children Advisory Panel 2012), only reinforce that pseudo genocide on society’s most vulnerable, is running at a rapid pace because of a ‘laissez faire-we don’t care” attitude.
A truly rigorous analysis of such circumstances requires that these Social Advisors MUST include Sociology as a lead, as this is where the study of organizational structures are, and can be integrated into a cohesive, theoretical and practical framework. Its intention is to provide a counter-weight or litmus test to ensure that both ends of society’s continuum (Cabinet to kitchen tables) are secure and included in policy process. Otherwise Aotearoa, without consideration of Treaty of Waitangi and NZ Disability doctrines; could see a Waka without its rudder, running around in circles.