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“Our Brains and Souls on Art”: U. Melissa Anyiwo interviews Patricia Leavy

U. Melissa Anyiwo: You’re a sociologist turned arts-based researcher turned novelist. Tell us about this journey. Patricia Leavy: Sociology is my home discipline, and that training has served me well, providing a lens through which I see and tools to use in my research. But I think once we have our core training, sometimes we […]

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Textures of Hospitality in Homes of Refugee Women in Istanbul: Tactile and Affective Dimensions of Sociality and Agency

Susan Rottmann and Maissam Nimer As Sima buzzed me (Nimer) into the building, the scent of garlic, red pepper and thyme enveloped me in the narrow staircase, and I promptly climbed up to the second floor. When I had first met her the day before in a community center near Taksim Square in Istanbul, and […]

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The Far Field: Sociological Reflections from Priya Sharma

This post is part of The Sociological Review’s exploration of what it means for something to be ‘sociological literature’. In this strand of the work, practice-researchers and sociologists reflect on sociological encounters with contemporary poetry and prose. Priya Sharma “I am thirty years old and that is nothing”, writes Shalini, the protagonist of Madhuri Vijay’s […]

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Sociological Literature: a Series of Engagements

Sociologists and practice-researchers explore literature longlisted for this year’s The Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize.

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Book Review: Me Not You by Phipps

Me Not You: the trouble with mainstream feminism (2020) by Alison Phipps, published by Manchester University Press. Alison Phipps is Professor of Gender Studies at Sussex University. Her research focuses on the contemporary feminist movement, especially around sexual violence. She has also conducted a number of empirical projects on sexual harassment and violence in universities.  Review […]

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New Materialism

This month we are exploring ‘Texture’ across our digital platforms. In many respects, calls for a ‘textural sociology’ come in the wake of growing attention to the materiality of social worlds under what is often labelled ‘new materialism.’ Global Social Theory – a free resource for anyone interested in social theory from a global perspective […]

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Resilience in Entertainment, and Entertainment for Resilience: Lessons from Queer Digital Spaces

Mohammed Cheded and Alexandros Skandalis Our story starts with an initial observation of how our interactions with surfaces, objects, and other humans have changed tremendously, after touch and contact have become heavily policed during the COVID-19 pandemic. By discussing processes of prohibiting and policing touch and contact, we refer to such juridical processes enforced by […]

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September 2020 Newsletter

A round up of what we’ve been publishing this month across the journal and our digital platforms.

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Teaching Social Research Methods in a Time of Crisis

Emma Jackson This summer The Sociological Review hosted its first fully online event. The idea for this workshop started with a Tweet on 19th June 2020. ‘Would there be interest in an online meet-up for those of us who are planning methods teaching for next academic year? Particularly focused on how we are adapting more […]

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In Defence of Holism: textures and materials, words conversing with images, theory with practice, disciplines joined together

Tess Baxter In my artistic and academic practice of video art, I make work out of rather than in the virtual world of Second Life, an online space that is now seventeen years old. My video art includes archive and contemporary film, images and sound, and this reworking is both informed by and informs theory. For example, my video […]

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Image-Maker in Residence: Sarah-Joy Ford

With our Image-Maker in residence scheme we hope to push the boundaries of what sociology looks like, and to share our platform with creative practitioners and social researchers alike. This month, as we explore ‘Texture’ across our digital platforms, we are delighted to host Sarah-Joy Ford as our Image-Maker in Residence. Ford is an Artist […]

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Living in a Textured World: Sociology and Contextual Intelligence

Eduardo de la Fuente Textures are greatly underappreciated. Their importance significantly undervalued. Yet textures are pervasive in everyday life. From the clothing, tattoos and adornments on our bodies to the patterned surfaces of built and natural environments, from the ascription of qualities such as freshness and firmness to foodstuff to whether our experience of time […]

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Book Review: Black Men in Britain by Monrose

Black Men in Britain: An ethnographic portrait of the post-Windrush generation (2020) by Kenny Monrose, published by Routledge. Kenny Monrose is a researcher at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Sociology, and a College Research Associate at Wolfson College. Kenny is also a lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice and member of the Centre for the […]

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Introducing September’s Theme: Texture

This month we’re exploring work that both studies textures in social lives, and that uses textures in social research.

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Sociology in Schools

“Geographies of hope”: A visual reflection on parks, places of play and schools in Hackney, East London

Manal Massalha[1] “If it wasn’t for the park, my eight-year old son wouldn’t have had the chance to interact with other children from outside our community,” said Ruth, my neighbour and running buddy, who is ultra-orthodox and whose son attends a Jewish boys school.[2] I first met Ruth in a local community swimming pool when […]

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