December 2020 Newsletter

Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project 

On Tuesday 8th December, the Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project were pleased to have hosted their second online session, ‘Equality and Rights in 21st Century Britain: From Trojan Horse to Grenfell’, with over 500 tickets shifted! 

The speakers included Latifa Akay, Dr Nadine El-Enany, Prof John Holmwood and Lowkey. Their first event, ‘Haiti and the Making of the Modern World’ is currently available to watch 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 three modules on the website; follow them on Social Media for updates @CSociologies.


Current Issue

Our Current Issue, Volume 68 Issue 6, includes papers on the uses of postcolonial sociology by Zophia Edwards.

A selection of our Free to Access papers include Adam Elliot Cooper, Phil Hubbard and Loretta Lees’ article focussing on the right-to-buy legislation and stigmatisation of London council estates and a call by Rachel Ayrton for greater use of creative, visual and multimodal methods in different aspects of the research process, and much more.

You can also find all our Online First papers here.


Accidental Queerness’ by Hannah Ayres 2020

Digital Series: Postgraduate Research 

Our theme on our digital platforms this month is a little different than is typical, as it is not characterised by a particular topical focus, or methodological or theoretical approach, but by submission we received from those currently pursuing PhD study.

Vanessa Wintoneak explores pedagogies of humility through touching in her reflective piece on walking as a settler body. Rituparna Patgiri weaves theory and personal experience into her engaging account of food and academic networking, while Rebecca Porter uses the theory of necropolitics to understand the governmental oppression experienced by the UK’s disabled community. Bauman’s metaphor of liquidity becomes a framework through which Sherif Youssef explores the challenges faced by reachers conducting fieldwork within conflict zones. 

In addition to the blogs, for every monthly theme we select papers from our archive that fit our theme and make them free to access for the whole month. This month we wanted to show what PhD research looks like when it is published as a standalone article, and to highlight exciting work by ECRs recently post-PhD in the pages of the journal. We have chosen Laura Clancy’s 2020 paper ‘The corporate power of the British monarchy: Capital(ism), wealth and power in contemporary Britain’, and Bolaji Balogun’s ‘Race and racism in Poland: Theorising and contextualising ‘Polish-centrism’’. Both of these papers were based on the respective author’s PhD research. Laura Clancy also spoke with us about the process of transforming a thesis chapter into a publication; we launch the month’s blog with this interview, which contains invaluable hints and tips to those that would do.

And, further to the blogs, and these papers, we are also delighted to announce our Image-Maker in Residence this month, Hannah Ayres, who will be sharing her research that explores queer re/presentations in museums. Follow us on IG for all of the images, which are also published in a photobook on the blog.

Throughout January, we’ll be taking our Annual Break from social media, publishing blogs. We’ll be back on February 1st with some news about the exciting ways in which we’re going to be doing sociology digitally in 2021. Look out for our call for submissions for the next year too. This’ll be published on Twitter soon – please do watch that space!

All of the ‘Methodologies’ digital series can be found here


Book Reviews 

This month’s book reviews include Imogen Tyler’s Stigma: The Machinery of Inequality, reviewed by Devyani Prabhat, who concludes that ‘poverty, class, welfare stigma, slavery, and colonial histories are viewed through an intersectional lens throughout the book’. In addition, Siobhan O’Neill reviews Why Race Still Matters by Alana Lentin. 

We welcome proposals for book reviews in connection with our themes, reviews of books written in non-English languages, and reviews of sociological fiction and film. 

All reviews can be found here


Laura Arlotti (Mexico, 2020). ‘Afraid of No Ghost’. (For more of this artist’s work, see: https://giphy.com/lalavralarva/)

Solidarity and Care

Our initiative to document caring and solidarity initiatives around the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic, Solidarity and Carewill continue in the new year. 

Having published over 75 contributions in 2020, we continue to invite diverse submissions related to caring labour, and, now, with vaccine politics being a growing subject of public debate, we are also interested in reflections on the question of “conspiracy theory” and how these may be affecting cooperation, solidarity and care in your household or social circle. 
 

Our editor of Solidarity and Care, Erica Lagalisse, develops a critical anthropology of “conspiracy theory” in her book Occult Features of Anarchism, so she is ready for diverse analyses of the “plandemic”.  Visit our submissions page here.


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