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Solidarity and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic is a public platform supported and produced by The Sociological Review that documents and reports on the lived experiences, caring strategies and solidarity initiatives of diverse people and groups across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Sociological Review has long supported research on social reproduction, which we […]

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The Sociological Review has been publishing high quality and innovative articles for over 100 years. During this time we have steadfastly remained a journal that pushes the boundaries of sociological enquiry, selecting papers of immediate and lasting significance. Our tradition extends to research that is anthropological or philosophical in orientation and analytical or ethnographic in approach. […]

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Call for Sociological Fiction

We are seeking submissions of sociological short stories that critically and creatively explore the social as well as the politics and consequences of sociology itself.

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The Role of the ‘Safe Maverick’ in NHS Maternity Services

Georgia Clancy Despite mainstream sociology being slow to apply the lens of risk to reproduction (Oakley, 2016) the language, knowledge, practices and negotiation of risk and uncertainty permeates childbirth and opens up a wealth of ideas and arguments about risk (Possamai-Inesedy, 2006). Indeed, Scamell (2011) argues that risk has come to underpin the development of […]

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Tracing Affect Through Imagination/Being Affected Through Imagination

Madeleine Rungius The intricate connection between affect and imagination leaves room for creative methodological and theoretical exploration. This is the case when prison reports by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons are discursively analysed to explore the prison as an affective institution of the state within broader structures of morality. Prison reports are characterised through bureaucratic, […]

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Fieldwork, Theory and Layers in the Black Country

Sophie Wootton After spending many hours in Dudley, learning about the local area’s pivotal role in the industrial revolution, getting to know more about Black Country heritage and customs and spending hours sitting in and wandering through public spaces, I began to develop a sense of the town imbued with layers that go beyond its […]

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Whose Knowledge Counts When and Why? The Ways of Doing and Knowing in Transnational, Multidisciplinary Knowledge Collaborations

Rachel Fishberg European academics were promised a transnational utopia for research with the potential for the ‘free flow’ of knowledge across European borders and disciplinary boundaries. The assurance came in the form of the EU’s most recent funding scheme, Horizon 2020. The programme is unique both in its financial pull i.e. the potential for millions […]

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Book Review: Generation Share by Matofska & Sheinwald

Generation Share. The change-makers building the Sharing Economy (2019) by Benita Matofska and Sophie Sheinwald, published by Policy Press. Benita Matofska is an international public speaker, change-maker and world-leading expert on the Sharing Economy. She tweets @benitamatofska. Sophie Sheinwald is a photographer and visual storyteller. She tweets @sophie_snap. Review by Mayya Shmidt, 17th December 2020. What […]

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Pursuing ‘Discourse’ Without Morphing into a Linguist

Romain Chenet There is a slipperiness to poststructural discourse analysis and explaining this seems to either enthuse or repel interest. It does not help there is no genuine unity to poststructuralism or agreement on what discourse is, with the concepts informed by loosely knit critical efforts joined concretely only in rejecting or questioning binarily-presented social […]

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Walking as a Settler Body: Pedagogies of Humility Through Touching

Vanessa Wintoneak Derbarl Yerrigan is a significant river that runs 175 kilometers through Whadjuk Country in Western Australia. I have been walking with Derbarl Yerrigan, educators, and young children for a year and a half with a focus on generating climate change pedagogies. This work is necessary as Earth, and all of its inhabitants, are […]

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Fiction: Guernica

João Cerqueira The characters look or move towards the bull as if they were subject to a gravitational force. While the latter remains serene and balanced, the remaining figures perform disconnected movements and demonstrate panic and suffering. The horse tries to reverse this trend, but its neck undergoes a violent twist that forces it to […]

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The Human Catastrophe: Personal Independence Payment and Necropolitical Governance

Rebecca Porter The aim of my research is to explore disabled people’s experiences of claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The current Conservative government are engaging in necropolitics at the expense of disabled peoples’ human rights, affecting their quality of life. Who counts as disabled in the U.K? This is question has been asked in different […]

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Doing Fieldwork in Liquid Times

Sherif Youssef Zygmunt Bauman used liquidity as a metaphorical frame to provide a thorough analysis of the predicaments of modernity in the current human condition underscored by globalisation and hyper consumerism. One of the key features of liquidity in is the intensified elements of risk and uncertainty that characterise our everyday lives. Thinking about methodology […]

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Networking in the Menu: The Role of Food in Academic Events

Rituparna Patgiri It was a casual evening chat between a fellow researcher and me, sometime in December of 2018. I remember this vividly because both of us were returning from a research methods workshop that we had attended together in Guwahati. She asked me what my favourite drink was. I replied that I do not […]

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Publishing PhD Research in the Journal: Interview with Laura Clancy

This month we are highlighting the excellent work of PGR students on our digital platforms. Many PGRs will be thinking about publishing their work, and we spoke to Laura Clancy whose 2020 paper ‘The corporate power of the British monarchy: Capital(ism), wealth and power in contemporary Britain’ was published in The Sociological Review and was […]

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Book Review: Why Race Still Matters by Lentin

Why Race Still Matters (2020) by Alana Lentin, published by Polity. Alana Lentin is an Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. She is an antiracist race critical scholar who works on the critical theorisation of race, racism and anti-racism. Her latest book is Why Race Still Matters (Polity, 2020). She […]

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Image-Maker in Residence: Hannah Ayres

This month our Digital Theme celebrates Postgraduate Research, and we are delighted to have Hannah Ayres as Image-Maker in Residence. You can see Hannah’s images over on our Instagram throughout the month. Find us at thesociologicalreview. Imagine walking into an ‘official space’, such as a museum, and seeing nothing that resembles you. There are no […]

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But What If When a Sociologist is an Introvert?

Sampurna Das It was the final day of our research methodology course in February 2019, a few weeks from before our class was scheduled to start our studies. The instructor asked if anyone had queries about fieldwork. Most of us asked about ethical dilemmas. But one amongst us asked something that kept me thinking. He […]

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