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Sociology Research

 

Dr Darin Weinberg received a BA in Sociology and Communications from the University of California, San Diego in 1984; an MSc in Social Philosophy from the London School of Economics in 1985, and PhD in Sociology from U.C.L.A. in 1998. After teaching for three years at the University of Florida, he joined the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (now HSPS) as a University Lecturer in 2000. He held a Lindesmith Fellowship for Drug Policy Studies, from the Lindesmith Center of the Open Society Institute in 2000-2001. He has been a Fellow of King's college since 2001, and a Reader in the Department of Sociology since 2012.

In 2011 Darin won the Melvin Pollner Prize in Ethnomethodology from the American Sociological Association's Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis for his book Of Others Inside and the Outstanding Article Award from the Social Problems Theory Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. In 2018 Darin again won the Melvin Pollner Prize in Ethnomethodology for his book Contemporary Social Constructionism.

Research Interests

Darin’s research focuses primarily on the practical purposes to which concepts of addiction, mental illness, and learning disability are applied in various historical and contemporary contexts. He is particularly interested in how these concepts figure in state sponsored campaigns of social welfare and social control, and in what their uses reveal about how and why people distinguish the social and natural forces held to govern human behaviour. Beyond these specific research interests, Darin is also more broadly interested in social theory, the sociology of science, sociology of health and illness, and qualitative research methodologies.

Teaching

Courses:

SOC13: Health, Medicine and Society

Current Doctoral students:

Akbar Ansari

Tobias Haeusermann

Alev Sen

Tanisha Spratt

Key Publications - Books

Weinberg, Darin. 2014. Contemporary Social Constructionism: Key Themes. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. Winner of the 2018 Melvin Pollner Prize awarded by the American Sociological Association's Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis. Reviewed in: British Journal of Sociology, Sociology

Herring, Jonathan, Ciaran Regan, Darin Weinberg, and Phil Withington, eds. 2013. Intoxication and Society: Problematic Pleasures of Drugs and Alcohol. London: Palgrave 

Drew, Paul, Geoffrey Raymond, and Darin Weinberg, eds.. 2006. Talk and interaction in social research methods. London: Sage 

Weinberg, Darin. 2005. Of Others Inside: Insanity, Addiction, and Belonging in America. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, Winner of the 2011 Melvin Pollner Prize awarded by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis. Finalist for: The Phillip Abrams Memorial Prize, British Sociological Association; and The Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize, British Sociological Association. Reviewed in: Addiction; American Ethnologist; Canadian Journal of Sociology; Contemporary Sociology; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Sociology of Health & Illness, Symbolic Interaction.

Weinberg, Darin, ed.. 2002. Qualitative Research Methods. Malden, MA: Blackwell Journal 

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Weinberg, Darin. 2013. "Post-humanism, Addiction and the Loss of Self-Control: Reflections on the Missing Core in Addiction Science." International Journal of Drug Policy. 24(3): 173-181 

Weinberg, Darin. 2011. “Sociological Perspectives on Addiction.” Sociology Compass. 5/4: 298- 310 

Weinberg, Darin. 2009. “On the Social Construction of Social Problems and Social Problems Theory: A Contribution to the Legacy of John Kitsuse.” American Sociologist. 40(1-2): 61-78. Winner of the 2011 Outstanding Article Award from the Social Problems Theory Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Weinberg, Darin. 2002. “On the Embodiment of Addiction.” Body & Society. 8(4): 1-19 

Weinberg, Darin. 2000. “‘Out There’: The Ecology of Addiction in Drug Abuse Treatment Discourse.” Social Problems. 47(4): 606-21 

Weinberg, Darin. 1997. “Lindesmith on Addiction: A Critical History of a Classic Theory.” Sociological Theory. 15(2):150-61

Awards

Melvin Pollner Prize awarded by the American Sociological Association's Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, 2018.

Melvin Pollner Prize awarded by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, 2011.

Outstanding Article Award from the Social Problems Theory Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2011.

Finalist for: The Phillip Abrams Memorial Prize, British Sociological Association, 2006; and The Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize, British Sociological Association, 2007.

Job Title:
Reader in Sociology, Fellow and Director of Studies at King's College