October 2020 Newsletter

As many Universities across the globe are returning to teaching in the midst of this current crisis, we send our solidarity.

We continue to address issues affecting our community. You can read about our event discussing teaching research methods in this most unusual academic year, as well as our joint statement on open access and platform publishing.

Sociology is usually associated with the rise of capitalist modernity. Its standard approaches privilege Euro-centred histories and neglect the processes of imperialism. This has consequences for how sociology understands contemporary social and political issues, especially those associated with class, race, and religious difference.

The Sociological Review is delight 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 two modules on the website; follow them on Social Media for updates @CSociologies.

Current Issue

Our current issue, Volume 68 Issue 5, includes papers on photography’s role in public discourse, and ‘adventurous institutional politics.’ It also features a Special Section on ‘Intellectual Strategies of Engagement’ which is introduced by Mohamed Amine Brahimi, Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, Marcus Morgan and Amín Pérez (Free to Access). This includes a discussion of Abdelmalek Sayad, an analysis of the ‘European Islam Project’ developed by Tariq Ramadan, and much more.

You can also find all our Online First papers here.

Verdine Etoria, 2020

Digital Series: Food

This month’s digital theme is Food. Food – eating, growing, buying, selling, branding, cooking, and sharing it – is a topic rich with sociological questions, and we’re delighted by the menu (sorry; we couldn’t help it!) on offer across our digital platforms this month.

We are thrilled to be publishing blog posts by academics around the world, from Virgie Tovar, who writes with characteristic clarity on food justice and fat activism, to Jean-Pierre Poulain, author of The Sociology of Food: Eating and the Place of Food in Society writing about his ‘dinner of the Dog.’ Other blogs look at the bonds created by sharing recipes and the relationships between work, sovereignty and food in remote parts of Australia. We also bring you a series of recipes from Sociologists, starting off with Claire Alexander who shares her ‘Monsoon Chicken Supreme’ and details the research content of Brick Lane where she learnt the recipe.

Our Image Maker in Residence is Verdine Etoria who takes us on a sociological food tour of Leeds. Follow us on IG for all of the images, which are also published in a photobook on the blog.

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

Sociological Literature

This month we have published new additions to the series ‘Sociological Literature.’ We are interested in exploring what it means for something to be ‘sociological literature’ and have invited practice-researchers and sociologists to reflect on sociological encounters with contemporary poetry and prose.

The series kicks off with Priya Sharma’s illuminating take on Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel The Far Field and includes an interview between poets Kayo Chingonyi and Jay Bernard whose Surge grapples with the New Cross Fire of 1981.

The blog series can be found here

Solidarity and Care

‘Solidarity and Care’ continues to document, report on, and archive the lived experiences, caring strategies and solidarity initiatives of people across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are particularly interested in hearing your reflections on care in everyday ‘campus life’ as Covid-19 continues to rearrange our learning and teaching environments. Are you a student starting your University life under lockdown? Are you a lecturer working out how best to provide pastoral support? We want to hear from you, and to use the platform to share experiences and analysis. 

Follow the link below for more information on how to take part. As ever, we are open to creative responses – from poetry, to photographs, moving image or sketches.

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