April 2021 Newsletter

Call For Applications: The Sociological Review Fellowship 2021/2022

The Sociological Review is delighted to announce that applications are open for our 2021/2022 Fellowship at Keele University. 

Further information and details on how to apply are available here.

You can read more about our annual Fellowship and hear from some of our past fellows here.

Any queries related to the appointment process should be addressed to Keele University HR.

Deadline: 23rd April 2021

Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project 

‘The School to Prison Pipeline’ is the latest session to be uploaded to the Connected Sociologies Policing module. You can access the video lecture and additional resources here

The Sociological Review is delighted to be supporting The Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project. Connected Sociologies responds to these challenges by providing resources designed to support students and teachers interested in ‘decolonising’ school, college, and university curricula. There are currently four modules on the website; follow them on Social Media for updates @CSociologies.

Current Issue

Our Current Issue, Volume 69 Issue 2, March 2021, includes Simone Varriale’s article ‘The colonially of distinction: Class, race and whiteness among post-crisis Italian migrants’. Varriale draws on interviews with Italian migrants, demonstrating how, in the post-2008 context, enduring narratives of South–North difference legitimise class inequalities, exploitation and neoliberal forms of self-governance.

In a selection of our OnlineFirst papers, Greg Martin and Steven Roberts explore the veracity of claims made around generations and the legacies of baby boomers. ‘Affective labour and class distinction in the night-time economy’ by Steven Threadgold, David Farrugia and Julia Coffey reveals how the classed dynamics of gentrification are enacted in affective economies. 

Illustration: ‘Dinner’ by Anthony Muisyo (2021)

April digital theme: Social Class

Despite – or perhaps because – of the fact that social class is one of the fundamental sociological tools for making sense of social division, it is the source of a great deal of controversy. When it comes to sociological class analysis, a series of struggles characterise contemporary definitions, which involve various combinations of the material and the symbolic, intersections with other categories such as poverty, race-class, and generation. 

This all creates a very dynamic backdrop to this month’s theme, as we open up The Sociological Review’s online platforms as a space for sociological analyses of class, which here we understand broadly, and encompassing theories, empirical studies, reflective pieces, interviews, and sets of visual images. We’re absolutely delighted with the resources we will be sharing with you this month, which represent a spread of different ways of making sociological sense of class; we really hope that this collection makes an important intervention into debates on/understandings of such. 

Foreshadowing a forthcoming monograph on class and associated analysis and politics, in her blog Kirsteen Paton calls for a reimagination necessary to ‘[advance] a sociology of class which is informed by a politics of class’, underpinning an intellectual and political project grounded in ‘solidarity and hope’. Also addressing the current state of the art of class analysis, Ryan Nolan’s blog draws on McKenzie Wark’s work Capital is Dead to animate a discussion of the ‘Contemporaneity of Class Relations’, in the process drawing out entanglements between capitalist social orders and class. 

Additionally, we have three papers that connect with our theme this month that will be free to view throughout the month.

We are currently open to blog pitches exploring our June digital theme, Sociological Theories. Submission guidelines here.
 – The Digital Team

All of our digital themes from 2020 can be found here

Book Reviews 

Each month we publish book reviews that speak to the monthly digital themes explored in our online platforms. 

What is the impact of punitive cuts, the disembowelment of the welfare state, and precarious employment on different individuals in society? asks Daisy May Barker in her review of Austerity, Women and the Role of the State: Lived Experiences of the Crisis, by Vicki Dabrowski. 

Taking a different turn in her ethnography of the global party elite, Ashley Mears’ Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuitinvites ‘in-depth insight into a niche of society that without such research would remain largely hidden’, writes reviewer Sam Pryke.

We welcome proposals for book reviews in connection with our digital themes, reviews of books written in non-English languages, and reviews of sociological fiction and film. To suggest a title for review please get in touch with our reviews editor at: reviews@thesociologicalreview.com.

Illlustration by Fran Murphy

Solidarity and Care

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.

We are currently working on new ways to develop the archive, so watch this space for future updates!

The Sociological Review and Discover Society Collaboration

The Sociological Review is pleased to be in collaboration with Discover Society. Discover Society: New Series was launched on 7th April 2021 on the theme of ‘Rethinking Modern Migration’. It is committed to publishing good quality writing that is measured, factual, and critical and that intervenes in current social and political debates. Our new format is quarterly, with each issue devoted to a particular theme, involving invited contributions. 

Read the current issue here

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