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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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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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Recipe and Research: Tracey Skillington

Research Interests: Broadly, my area of research focus is the human rights implications of global climate change for present and future generations. When viewed as an act of wrongdoing (a knowing imposition of harm), climate change raises many issues of central relevance to sociology, including that of inequality, power, exclusion, community, relations between generations, protest, […]

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A Question of Taste?: Food, Xenophobia, and the Coronavirus 

Katie Jones The outbreak of the novel coronavirus led to a flurry of “origin stories” – stories that not only mislead by implying definitive knowledge of a subject, but also attempt to find the locus of blame or responsibility. The origin story of interest here is the “coronavirus bat” and the misinformation propagated by anti-migration […]

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The Importance of Being Taste Dealers in the Contemporary Food Economy

Alessandro Gerosa It was during an interview – conducted for my doctoral research about gourmet food trucks and hipster bars in Milan – that one operator told me that he defined himself as a ‘taste dealer’, referring to both the ‘trader’ and ‘pusher’ meaning of dealer. In a sort of academic epiphany, I realised I […]

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Food Insecurity: Upsetting ‘Apple Carts’ in Abstract and Tangible Markets

Susan Marie Martin The words ‘food security’ are easily consigned to concerns with contamination, blight, or the inability to move goods across borders due to political tensions or war.  These scenarios are relegated in the minds of many to the developing world; the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, for example, articulates food security as ‘zero hunger’, […]

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Book Review: Egg Freezing, Fertility and Reproductive Choice by Baldwin

Egg Freezing, Fertility and Reproductive Choice: Negotiating Responsibility, Hope and Modern Motherhood (2019) by Kylie Baldwin, published by Emerald Insight. Kylie Baldwin is Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology at De Montfort University where she is part of the Centre for Reproduction Research. Her research explores the emergence and use of novel technologies concerned with fertility […]

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Disenfranchised: Families Facing Food Insecurity in the United States

Sinikka Elliott, Sarah Bowen, and Annie Hardison-Moody “They want to check the workers. It’s one obstacle after the other. They want to virtually lock us up,” says Angie, an immigrant mother who works as a cook in a deli. After the 2016 election, Angie was no longer allowed to speak Spanish at work, ostensibly because […]

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Food, Work and Sovereignty

Kiah Smith and Zoe Staines Hunger in remote Australia Although Indigenous[i] Australians have lived successfully off the Australian landscape for over sixty millennia, those living in post-colonial remote Australian communities now regularly experience hunger. Food insecurity is five to six times higher for Indigenous Australians than for other Australians and is at least partly determined […]

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The Taste of Others: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Participatory Observation

This blog has been translated from the French original by Sarah Gordts. For those who prefer to read in French, please see below.  Jean Pierre Poulain It has been several days since we fixed a date for “the dinner of the dog.” There are five of us: three academics from the Global North (one geographer, […]

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Work and the ethics of care: Working class mothers of higher weight children

Sharon Noonan-Gunning ‘Obesity’ is at the fore of Covid-19 crisis as illustrated by the BBC World Service’s Food Chain programme ‘Coronavirus: obesity’s defining moment’. For decades obesity has been framed a major problem, a burden on society which results from individuals making poor lifestyle choices. For children that applies to parents/caregivers/mothers. In 2007, Secretary of […]

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Taste the Joy: Food, Family, Women and Social Media

Smriti Singh As a university student, cooking was a survival skill. I learnt to cook to get through. Everything basic and nothing too fancy. I had learnt over time, with sustained inputs from everyone and everything around me, that cooking is not a skill that academia rewards, at all. Then, this PhD-holding, economy-facing woman married; […]

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Food’s Not Really Meant for Eating…

Leigh Lawrence … Well, not from a sociological standpoint, that is. The sociology of food is a multifaceted and diverse study, broaching into topics of food security, climate studies, nutrition, economics, diplomacy, race and gender studies, and so much more. Food’s diverse positioning as a biological necessity, a cultural practice, and a grounding in our […]

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“A Desert is Full of Life”: Food, Fugitivity, and Futurity in the Flatlands of Los Angeles

Above: Pop-Up Mexican Barbecue Restaurant in Vermont-Slauson Neighborhood. Photo by Julio Angel Alicea Julio Angel Alicea Written off by architectural explorer Reynam Banham (1971) as “the only parts of Los Angeles flat enough and boring enough to compare with the cities of the Middle West,” (p. 173), South Central Los Angeles has been stung by […]

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Book Review: Chronic Illness in a Pakistani Labour Diaspora by Qureshi

Chronic Illness in a Pakistani Labour Diaspora (2019) by Kaveri Qureshi, published by Carolina Academic Press. Kaveri Qureshi is Lecturer at the Global Health Policy Unit, Department of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh. She tweets @KaveriQureshi. Review by Shruti Chaudhry, 8th October 2020. Based on two rounds of fieldwork conducted over a decade, this rich […]

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Image-Maker in Residence: Verdine Etoria

Verdine offers us a tour of Leeds with a sociological eye, taking in its food scene.

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Recipe and Research: Beyond Banglatown with Claire Alexander

This month we approached a selection of academics, asking them to share a recipe with us that links to the work they’re currently researching. This is the first in the series. Claire Alexander My fascination with Bengali Brick Lane began in the mid-1990s, during fieldwork for The Asian Gang, when I would visit with ‘Yasmin’, […]

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