Read this first

This is a complete revamp of my blog. As I read up more for my PhD along the way, I get more ideas and want to share them on this platform. It is also an online diary of my life here in Down Under. 

The blog (and my life) is largely led by the following research questions: ‘What is controversy? How is controversy enacted in policy discourse and recontextualised in various policy sites?‘ I do not take a very analytical approach that attempts to pin down what counts as a controversy, nor am I going to teach teachers how to do controversy pedagogy. After all, as Orwell said, “All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.” Anything can be controversial. My blog here mainly focuses on these questions and the problem of controversy from a sociological perspective. I will also write a bit about post-truth and democracy.

I have written piles of notes based on what I read but they won’t be published here since they are pretty hard and dry. I attempt to take a different approach. As the name of this blog suggests, I read the complex social reality through the lens of social theory, and I believe such a nuanced understanding can give us a better understanding than the one presented in news media. That’s why social theory is much more interesting than we thought.

Academic life of reading and writing is tiring. So, forgive me if I don’t post regularly. ‘And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.’ (Ecclesiastes 12:12, KJV)

How true it is.