Steve Rose holds a PhD in sociology from Queen’s University. His dissertation inquires into the problem of suicidal ideation among Canadian military Veterans returning from Afghanistan.
This site is dedicated to exploring the social determinants of health and well-being through sociological inquiry into life in transition. Sociology was founded during the West’s transition into modernity to address the problems arising from the diminishing role of traditional communal solidarity provided by religion and the family. Auguste Comte, Émile Durkheim, Max Weber and Ferdinand Tönnies founded the discipline with this central concern running through their work: how can we maintain a sense of warmth and community in this new era of secular individualism?
Durkheim states, “society is the end on which our better selves depend,” and if it disintegrates into a dog-eat-dog world of, as Weber said, “specialists without spirit, and sensualists without heart,” we will lose a sense of community and what Tönnies described makes us happiest: “when one is surrounded by his family and his own circle.” Drawing on sociology’s disciplinary roots, this site considers the complex relationship between the individual and society during life transitions in an age of increasing fluidity, ambiguity, and uncertainty.