I figured Mathieu Deflem must have gone onto something else when he stopped his various efforts against public sociology. I wouldn’t have guessed, however, that it was Lady Gaga [HT:Andrea].

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

5 thoughts on “starstruck”

  1. That is just dumb. Perhaps the course should be called “I Love Gaga and want to draw as much attention to myself as possible. Oh, and i’m a little crazy. 101”


  2. Frankly, I’m glad to see Mathieu has lightened up a bit, and frankly the course doesn’t look so bad. Most of the readings listed are scholarly in character, so if done well it might be a useful way to engage students in the sociology of culture and music. That said, I don’t think he has any credentials whatsoever in the study of music or culture; if he did he probably would have ended up with some sort of cross-artist or cross-genre comparison to help highlight what’s generic and what’s unique about Lady Gaga.


  3. Isn’t this course part of his general effort to “save sociology”? As his manifesto says, “Sociology . . . cannot be involved in promoting or defining anything other than scientific knowledge about social life . . . .
    Sociology is not limited to any specific issues.”

    After reading the Times article, I’m not sure that “starstruck” captures it. More like

    ga·ga [gah-gah]
    –adjective Informal .
    1. excessively and foolishly enthusiastic: The public went gaga over the new fashions.
    2. ardently fond; infatuated: He’s gaga over the new girl in class.
    3. demented; crazy; dotty.

    (from this online dictionary


  4. You knew SOME sociologist was going to attribute augmented theoretical significance to Lady Gaga.

    And the source is not that surprising, considering how much public attention professor Deflem sought for his crusade against public sociology.

    Maybe someone will put together a course on the sociology of entrepreneurial sociology.


  5. I’m somewhat guilty too. The metal rock groove of LG and Redone is so cool. This guitars I did and the drums are from a woman in the UK who does a lot of cool covers.


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