Day: March 10, 2019

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Defining and Challenging New Nationalism

By Sivamohan Valluvan Brexit represented the formal consolidation of a new electoral coalition in the UK: middle-income conservatives as dotted across the green shires and provincial towns of England hitched to huge swathes of previously Labour voting working-class Britain. Much ink has been accordingly spilt trying to account for the different motivations and socio-economic circumstances […]

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Do We Need to Talk About the Scottish Diaspora?

By Murray Stewart Leith and Duncan Sim When it comes to Scotland and England and the future relationship that is the UK Union, and the EU Union, there is a slight problem.  First the Scots were asked in 2014 if they wished to stay in the UK.  They did, by roughly 55-45%.  Then in 2016 […]

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Becoming Independent: Youth transitions and Indyref Participation

By Maddie Breeze The enfranchisement of 16 and 17 year olds in the 2014 Scottish referendum saw remarkably high levels of voter turnout among this youngest group, accompanied by wider forms of political engagement. We interviewed young people who’d voted in favour of Scottish independence, to explore this engagement in the immediate aftermath of the […]

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Deadly Cityscapes of Inequality

By David Madden There is a lot that is unknown about the deadly fire that began in Grenfell Tower in the North Kensington area of West London during the early hours of the 14th of June. The total number of fatalities is still being calculated. The precise details about the fire’s causes and enabling conditions […]

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What is Digital Sociology?

In this podcast recorded at the British Sociological Association’s 2017 Annual Conference, our Digital Fellow Mark Carrigan talks to editorial board member Noortje Marres about her new book Digital Sociology: The Reinvention of Social Research. Originally posted 19th June 2017.

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Synthetic Biology and the Problem of Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Knowledge Integration

By Jared Commerer Following the advent of innovatory genome-sequencing projects during the 1990s, the domain of synthetic biology has emerged as a burgeoning space of scientific inquiry, technological development, and public intrigue. However, since the mid-2000s, the transfiguration of synthetic biology from a field initially constituted by starry-eyed research manifestoes, to one underpinned by actual […]

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The Elephant is the Room: Sociology and Architecture

By Adam Wood Sociological explorations of architecture tend to be incursions – sporadic, occasional papers or contextualising features of ethnographies. There are some recent attempts to counter that trend, often outside of the English language [1]. In general, however, whereas sociology’s spatial domain has been an abstracted space or suffered a ‘long term lack of attention’ or […]

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Making So Fi, a sociological fiction zine

So Fi, a sociological fiction zine, launched on June 24 2017 online and at the London Radical Bookfair. This zine brings together 21 sociologically-imaginative short stories from writers around the world. You can read the zine online at https://sofizine.wordpress.com. I decided to create the zine as part of my Endeavour Research Fellowship, part of the Australia […]

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Brexit, British Citizenship and Overseas Voting Rights

By Sue Collard It’s hard for die-hard ‘Remainers’ like myself to find anything positive to say about last year’s EU referendum and its lamentable result. But actually, one good outcome of this otherwise catastrophic travesty of democracy was that it triggered a realization amongst many Britons living abroad that leaving the homeland does not necessarily […]

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Sociology, Faith and Islam: Some Reflections on the Legacy of Peter L. Berger (1929-2017)

By Riyaz Timol I cannot remember this incident – my parents told me about it. I must have been four or five years old. For my birthday or for Christmas I was given the present of a very sophisticated electric toy train. One could control its movements through multiple tracks and tunnels across a miniature […]

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LGBTI Organisations Navigating Imperial Contexts

By Matthew Waites My new article in The Sociological Review is titled ‘LGBTI organisations navigating imperial contexts: the Kaleidoscope Trust, the Commonwealth and the need for a decolonizing, intersectional politics’. The article was conceived to report and address some issues I have become aware of through closely following, and engaging with, the development of UK-based […]

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Damned If You Do… Banal Gendered Exclusions in Academia, Babies and ‘Dinner with Other Candidates’

By Emma Jackson ‘The younger generation of academic women just don’t have children.’ I’m sat in the office of an older woman professor in an elite university. I’m here as part of a job interview. This institution has moved to a more American way of doing things and part of this is having individual meetings […]

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Futures Always In Question

By Richard Tutton and Rebecca Coleman The perils of editing a special issue of The Sociological Review called ‘Futures in Question: Theories, Methods, Practices’ have been made all too apparent by the events that have unfolded since we and our contributors submitted the first versions of the articles in late 2015. Our view of what […]

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Investigating Social Futures

In this series of micro-podcasts, our Digital Fellow Mark Carrigan spoke to Rebecca Coleman and Richard Tutton, editors of our special issue Futures In Question. It was recorded at the Paths to Utopia exhibition which took place at Somerset House last summer. Originally posted 26th July 2017.

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You Don’t Have Rights, You Use Them: Brexit and European Citizenship

By Kuba Jablonowski Shortly after the vote on Britain’s membership in the European Union I was invited to the recording of Gary Younge’s programme Eastern Europeans in Brexitland for BBC Radio 4 in Bristol. At that time #postreferendumracism was trending, and the talk about the anxiety felt by Europeans living in Britain started to reach the national media. Our […]

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