Wawancara

Social Analysis from the Bottom-up Approach: A Conversation with Diana Wong

I grew up in Singapore, I was so shy, I was so afraid of doing things wrong, then having to go out of your comfort zone, forcing yourself to face the challenge of overcoming your own insecurities and fear of rejection, I was very afraid of being rejected, I thought my god these people are so nice and I’m just a horrible person from the city. You know. No manners, nothing. That is the constant fear in doing social science research on the ground.

Dialog bersama Abdul Halim Ali dan Norani Othman

Dalam kajian global, kita bukan sahaja perlu memahami aktor utama di arus global yang memainkan peranan penting yang menjalankan inisiatif ekonomi global dan proses-proses global tetapi kita juga perlu lihat daripada aktor, individu ataupun kelompok yang memberi impak kepada global. Projek yang dilaksanakan oleh IKMAS “capturing globalization” merupakan contoh dalam sosiologi untuk memahami konteks dan aktor lokal.

Power Relations and Public Activism: A Conversation with Norani Othman

One more if I may add. Given that we may have an election, snap or whatever, it’s also important for young scholars to start looking at our electoral system. I started that project in 2006. Book on electoral system and democracy in Malaysia. People should begin from there and make that relevant because it is very crucial. We had certain euphoria after the last election but then now the whole prospect.

From Research to Action: A Conversation with Cecilia Ng

Being aware or proud of one’s identity, religion, culture is not necessarily a bad thing but when it is being politicised… So it is the politicisation of ethnicity and religion which can be dangerous and in fact is dangerous because it is used as an instrument to divide and rule Malaysian society. And it is happening and used by different power grouping. So this is I think has been happening in this country.

Doing Cutting Edge Social Sciences: A Conversation with Francis Loh

The lesson is not the theory that’s important but it’s actually getting the empirical research done correctly. And that stands for all time. So you look at the back of their book, like Ben Anderson’s on Bermuda revolution, it’s all data about who he interviewed and who they all are. So you want to debate him, you debate who he interviewed. There’s something there. You don’t debate about a theoretical perspective. For me, that’s actually futile.

Memahami Masyarakat menerusi Imaginasi Sosiologi: Wawancara bersama Shamsul Amri Baharuddin

Begitu juga dalam kapitalisme, pun ada juga teori dan konsepnya. Kita lihat Max Weber melihat stratifikasi sosial lain daripada Marx—berasaskan kepercayaan, kedudukan sosial. Durkheim pun begitu juga, mengkaji mengenai masyarakat manusia yang sengsara akibat masalah sosial sehingga sanggup bunuh diri. Jadi kajian dia adalah mengenai impak langsung daripada revolusi industri.

Sejarah Sains Sosial di Malaysia: Wawancara bersama Abdul Halim Ali

Namun pada awal 1990-an, timbul satu kritik hebat —kritik yang konstruktif— apabila dikatakan kebanyakan daripada kajian sains sosial di sini tidak lain daripada tompokan serbuk gergaji, “saw dusts.” Apabila ditiup angin, terbang dan hilang. Jadi itu sesuatu yang serius yang dilontarkan oleh dua orang ahli sains sosial dari ANSOS UKM. Pandangan saya sendiri secara peribadi, ada asasnya. Kerana yang dikatakan karya-karya itu serbuk gergaji kerana diri mereka tidak ada “point of view.”

Intelektual Awam lawan Akademik Menikus: Wawancara bersama Syed Husin Ali

Sebenarnya dalam sejarah perkembangan sains sosial di Malaysia, ia boleh dikatakan bermula pada 1955 di Singapura. Waktu itu yang mula mengajar ialah Jocelyn Dejong, seorang Belanda. Dia banyak mengajar tentang soal perbandingan adat Minangkabau dengan Negeri Sembilan. Itu lapangan dia. Kemudian lepas itu dia diganti oleh MG Swift. Michael Swift ini bukunya yang terkenal ialah tentang Malay peasantry, dan dia memang banyak menyelidik dan menulis tentang peasantry.