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Call for Contributions

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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Your Choices: A Sociological Playlist

The final edition of our “sociological playlist” July series is made up of songs picked by you. Introduced below, the suggestions have come from our social media followers. Thank you to everyone who sent in their choices. We couldn’t include all of the songs (there were hundreds!), but have included some of the ideas that […]

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Satnam Virdee: A Sociological Playlist

Professor Satnam Virdee contributes the penultimate “sociological playlist” in our July series. The playlist can be listened to in full here. Freedom Now 1. Nina Simone, “Mississippi Goddam” 2. Barbara Dane and The Chambers Brothers, “It isn’t Nice” 3. Mavis Staples, “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” 4. The Impressions, “People Get Ready” 5. Bob Dylan, “The Times […]

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Of Music and Men: A Discussion Of Rap as Mental Healthcare

JaQuon Epps Rising suicide rates within the Black community has led scholars to focus on Black mental healthcare (Price and Khubchandani, 2019). Studies reveal that Blacks are less likely to initiate and continue formal mental healthcare, leaving many eager to investigate the alternative practices they employ (Price and Khubchandani, 2019). I argue that the process […]

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Hurry up! We’re dreaming

Alex Skandalis In these challenging times, individuals engage with music in many different ways and often enact its emancipatory potential to escape everyday life, to find comfort and to foster a sense of community, amongst others. This playlist aims to highlight the emancipatory potential of music as a cultural and aesthetic experience in the COVID-19 […]

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Raewyn Connell: A Sociological Playlist

Professor Raewyn Connell contributes the next “sociological playlist” in our July series. Introduced below, the playlist can be listened to in full here. Context The music I play during the day while I’m working is the church cantatas of J. S. Bach. Some of them include chorales that we used to sing in the church […]

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Cripping Musicianship: Reflections on Compulsory Non-Disability in Classical Music and the Orchestra

Melissa Martin We were rehearsing Shostakovich Symphony No. 10, focussing on an extended quiet and contemplative section of the work. It was an intensive rehearsal, with the conductor making the orchestra go back and begin again each time somebody made an error. Nothing less than perfection was to be accepted. As a percussionist, I was […]

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Fiction: Involuntary Servitude

Korey Tillman “Aggh!” A gasp, almost inaudible, escapes my mouth as I try to catch the breath I lost to a dream turned sour. The sound oscillates off the concrete walls of my cell, slowly fading away like the image of two mirrors opposing each other. My bed sheets, balled up in the corner of […]

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Collective Listening off the Dance Floor

M.F. Campbell The cathartic experience of techno and its various subgenres is often attributed to the body collective of the dance floor. What the DJ Eris Drew calls the “positive goddess force of the motherbeat”, a space where “The only network you need is inside the club,” Bell writes of Berghain’s strict phone policy. The […]

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Black Radical Thought in Sound

Lambros Fatsis In the midst of the most recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests and the electrifying energy with which they infuse our civic conscience, public discourse and political imagination, some keywords of Black radical thought – police abolition and defunding featuring prominently among them – suddenly became mainstream. These words and the ideas […]

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Singing Sociologists

Les Back Sociologists are often secret musicians.  This goes all the way back to W.E.B. Du Bois and Max Weber in the nineteenth for whom musical life was always woven into their sociological thinking.  These founding figures had strong attachments to music and both men had fine singing voices.  As biographer David Levering Lewis (1993) comments […]

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Phil Scraton: A Sociological Playlist

Professor Phil Scraton contributes the fourth “sociological playlist” in our July series. Introduced below, the playlist can be listened to in full here. Context Music has been elemental in my life. As a child it was the radio, family sessions and the school choir. On my first visit to Liverpool’s grand Philharmonic Hall I stood […]

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Book Review: Narrative Power by Plummer

Narrative Power: The Struggle for Human Value by Ken Plummer. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019. Ken Plummer is a UK sociologist and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. He has researched widely and published some fifteen books and over 150 articles on life stories, narratives, symbolic interactionism, humanism, rights, intimacies, global inequalities, queer theory, […]

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Transgressive Force of Desecration: Transference of Devotion in kavu tindal Songs

K V Cybil Cybil K V · Bharani songs It is as part of an ethnographic work (forthcoming) on the ritualistic practice of kalam ezhuthu pattu that I made my visits to the famous kavu tindal of Kodungallur Kurumba Kavu (temple)[i] on the day of Aswathy according to the Malayalam calendar (late March) in the […]

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Meg-John Barker & Justin Hancock: A Sociological Playlist

Meg-John Barker and Justin Hancock contribute the third “sociological playlist” in our July series. They responded to our request on an episode of their podcast, which can be listened to here. They introduce the playlist below, and it can be listened to in full here. The Meg-John and Justin desert island discs In this episode […]

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Introducing the Instagram residency: Richard R Ross by Geng

Geng—who runs collective-plus-label PTP (Purple Tape Pedigree)—introduces the place of Ross’ images in the scene they document.

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