February 2021 Newsletter

Connected Sociologies Curriculum Project 

On Tuesday 16th February, Connected Sociologies will present their fourth webinar, ‘Colonialism, Race and Policing’. This webinar seeks to excavate the colonial roots of contemporary modes of policing in Europe. Confirmed Speakers include Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper (Greenwich Uni), Dr Kristine Eck (Uppsala Uni), Dr Tanzil Chowdury (QMUL) and Danielle Beaujon (NYU).

You can book onto the event for free 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 69 Issue 2, March 2021, includes Emma Hill, Nasar Meer and Timothy Peace’s paper exploring the ways in which asylum accommodation processes and gentrification have developed a symbiotic dynamic. 

A selection of our Online First papers include a study of the growing market around raw milk producers in the UK, adding new insights to the sociology of food by Lindsay Hamilton, Marylyn Carrigan and Camille Bellet. Andrew Balmer’s paper ‘Painting with data: Alternative aesthetics of qualitative research’, offers researchers a crucial intervention through which to interpret qualitative data.

Illustration: ‘Journeys’ by Pardafash (2021)


This month our digital platform is publishing a range of material on migrations. These are political designations of people as well as places, and serve to close down the scale and scope of social life for us, while opening it up for others. We were hoping to receive pitches that not only troubled the stability of state boundaries that in many ways come to define migration formalistically, but that also get us close to the social experiences of migrating.

In addition to the fascinating original blog pieces, interviews, and illustrations, we are also making three articles on migration from The Sociological Review free to read throughout the month. Fatin Shabbar explores the issues associated when the category of ‘migrants’ is over-generalised, and the cultural lives and social positions are elided. Laura Jeffrey’s ethnography addresses forced migrations, and the ‘wide geographical arc of British colonialism’, addressing time, space and displacement in the process. And in their paper on lifestyle migration, Michaela Benson and Karen O’Reilly unpack the ways in which relative affluent groups explore aspirant and distinctive sets of living conditions as part of the ‘migratory chain’.

We’re really delighted with the quality and range of sociological engagements with migration that constitute our thematic understandings. We really hope that you enjoy reading what we think are a thought-provoking set of analyses. If you are interested in writing for our digital platform, and helping us realise our aspiration to share sociological thinking as widely as possible, please do look at our write for us page, which contains some information on our forthcoming themes and guidance on what we’re looking for.
– The Digital Team

All of the ‘Methodologies’ digital series from 2020 can be found here

Book Reviews 

The Sociological Review has been publishing book reviews for over 100 years. In 2018, we expanded our reviewing and moved it from the print journal onto our website. This compendium is an archive of reviews published in 2018-19. It includes 43 reviews of monographs, edited collections, film and photography that open out possibilities for both thinking sociologically and thinking differently. We take the ‘review’ of The Sociological Review to connote a process of critical engagement rather than a more or less comprehensive survey, and this is reflected in both the selection of work and the style of reviews, which range from concise to long-form reviews and review essays that bring together two or three publications. At the same time, this compendium offers a snapshot of the discipline and highlights some of the most exciting work being produced today.

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.

Illustration 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 further, so watch this space for future updates!

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