The Sociological Review Blog

Fiction: Who Are Your Friends?

December 2018

This is the first sociological short story in our new fiction section. We invite sociological short stories that critically and creatively explore the social as well as the politics and consequences of sociology itself. With each story writers also offer an exegesis of the work – a short piece of critical writing that unpacks and contextualises the story.

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Book Review: Shell Shocked: The Social Response to Terrorist Attacks by Gérôme Truc

December 2018

Acts of terrorism across the globe have increased markedly in recent decades, inspiring the proliferation of terrorism-related studies, courses in terrorism and counter-terrorism, and international, even global, research networks. In this multidisciplinary field of enquiry sociology has an important contribution to make in helping us understand the impact of and social responses to terrorism in contemporary societies.

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Book Review: The Defiance of Global Commitment by Brian Castellani

December 2018

In The Defiance of Global Commitment: A Complex Social Psychology, Brian Castellani provides a deep socio-psychological analysis of the interconnected 21st century world. Against the background of rising interest in globalisation, this book explores how various societies are dealing with globalisation. In this review I discuss three major sections of the book: globalisation as a pursuit of happiness, globalism as an impossible promise, and repression and resistance in international relations. 

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The Great British Nostalgia Fest

December 2018

As the ninth season of Great British Bake Off (GBBO) reached its climax recently it is a good time to question the continuing prevalence of the title Great British something. This is used everywhere that just ‘British’ would do - not only across a number of BBC programmes (Great British Railway journeys, Great British Menu etc, etc) but also the recently completed (and truly epic) swim around the island of Great Britain (Ross Edgley’s Great British Swim), the BBC sponsored academic research The Great British Class Survey, and the government sponsored competition for the best British High Streets (the Great British High Street), amongst others. Great Britain, as the largest of the British Isles, is great in the sense of big, not wonderful, grand, significant or any of the other numerous synonyms for the different meanings of great. When someone at the production company came up with the Great British Bake Off as a programme title in 2010 they were picking up on the ‘austerity nostalgia’ signalled particularly by the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ wartime poster, as Owen Hatherley describes in his book The Ministry of Nostalgia.

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The Winners of our Seminar Competition, December 2018

December 2018

We’re pleased to announce the winners of our most recent seminar competition. Full details about each event will be posted on our events page in due course.

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