I’m Dr Zuleyka Zevallos; a Peruvian-Australian applied sociologist, living on Gadigal land. I hold a PhD in Sociology and have 20 years’ experience in research, policy and consultancy. I currently work as a senior policy researcher.
I acknowledge and pay respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of Country where I live, in the city we now call Sydney.
You can read more about me and my work on my personal website.
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About My Blog
My writing is informed by my professional practice and knowledge as a sociologist. I present research, data and informed commentary based on my cumulative experience as a sociology researcher, lecturer, policy analyst and consultant.
My aim for this blog is to share my knowledge and experience, and hopefully help others to better understand issues of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice.
I am also motivated to make sociology more accessible by sharing my writing with the public. (Copyright statement below.)
Feel free to ask questions or share your thoughts on my posts. I welcome polite and respectful discussion of social differences. Off-topic and abusive comments are deleted (see my commenting policy). Sorry but I can’t help with assignments. Enjoy my blog! 🙂
What is an Applied Sociologist?
Sociology is the study of society, particularly the impact of culture and institutions on identities, behaviour, group membership and life outcomes. Institutions is a term covering all major areas of socialisation and power, including the law, economy, media, family, religion and so on. Applied sociologists are researchers and activists who work beyond universities, such as in community service, government and private industry. We answer questions posed by our clients. This includes helping clients understand the impact of socio-economic factors on individuals, interpersonal relations, group dynamics and the functioning of organisations. Applied sociologists work in a variety of jobs, such as policy advisors, community workers and consultants. Learn more about applied sociology on Sociology at Work.
Why ‘The Other Sociologist’?
The title of my blog refers to the theme of difference, or Otherness, that has dominated most of my personal and professional life. I analyse themes of social exclusion and social justice related to race, gender, sexuality, education, media, politics and world events. I also write about how to improve public education and science.
What is Intersectionality?
My blog features sociological commentary from an Australian perspective, using intersectionality. Intersectionality is a feminist social theory conceptualised by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw (1989), and further developed by sociologists Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge (2016), as well as other scholars from around the world. Intersectionality recognises the interconnections of social inequality. In particular, how gender and race are shaped by other axes of power (such as sexuality, disability, and class). Rather than seeing these in isolation, intersectionality recognises that disadvantage is compounded and complex. This includes how sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism (discrimination on the grounds of disability), and other forms of institutional discrimination have multiple impacts on minorities.
Collins and Bilge position intersectionality as an analytical tool that helps us to understand how axes of social division work together an influence one another. For example, the needs and experiences of able-bodied, queer women of colour from working-class backgrounds are very different from the opportunities and challenges faced by disabled White, heterosexual, middle-class women who are cisgender (that is, people who are not transgender). My writing explores such nuances.
My writing is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. Feel free to use my graphics and to share my posts, but be sure to include a full credit to me and a link back to my site. Using any of my images, writing, videos or other work for a commercial purpose is not allowed without my express permission.
This is my personal blog; as such, my posts reflect my sociologically informed opinions. The contents of my blog and social media writing do not in any way represent the organisational views of my current or previous employers, nor do they reflect upon any of the clients and professional organisations to which I am affiliated. Comments about products, services and organisations as well as the links I share do not reflect commercial endorsement.