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Fiction: The Nightclub

By Craig Potter The student mingles. At the culmination of each uncomfortable silence, he steps away before greedily edging forwards to drink from another centre of worldly energy. ‘Which hall are you in?’ ‘What are you studying?’ ‘Where did you come from?’ Closed conversation propels him onward. He expects more. All expect more. They came […]

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Fiction: The Desert

By Carissa Gordon Boy walks.             He walks in the desert beneath the weight of too many books in his backpack. He walks too far in the cold rain to arrive at a bus station full of too many people. Some look dangerous. Some are in danger. Boy’s desert isn’t like others. Boy’s desert is […]

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Fiction: Who Are Your Friends?

By Caroline Osella Check-in done, security over – only the formality of immigration now and she’d be leaving India. Her phone was pinging non-stop but she couldn’t stop to catch up on the latest baby or dog photos from the family WhatsApp, nor to read all the ‘goodby and safe journey’ messages and memes from […]

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A mere literary woman: on illegitimate texts

By Katie Collins In the twelfth part of our special section on Sociology and Fiction, Katie Collins reflects on the transgressive nature of Social Science Fiction.  I’m doing a creative writing workshop at the moment, and while my fellow writers intrigue me with the fragments of fictional lives they create from the brief prompts, all I can […]

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Fiction: A Working-Class State of Mind

By Colin Burnett Ah laid the boax ae painkillers alongside the boattle ae Smirnoff vodka oan the coffee table. It doesnae even matter tae me that ma flat is that cauld it wid gee an Eskimo the shivers. Aw ah kin focus oan is the troubling thoats which are circling aroond ma heid like a […]

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Writing Fiction as a Sociologist: an Interview with Ann Oakley

When did you begin writing fiction? I have always written fiction, beginning as a small child. I wrote little stories and poems as soon as I could write. Small children, of course, don’t understand the difference between writing fiction and writing nonfiction, which makes their narratives particularly charming. As a teenager I published a few […]

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Launching Fiction @ The Sociological Review

Thinking and writing sociologically, as The Sociological Review’s manifesto outlines, has always been an art as much as a science. It ‘involves intricate and complex sets of sensitivities and sensibilities that require fostering and developing, orientated towards emerging issues as well as the perennial debates.’ We are seeking high quality fiction that is considered, reflective and attuned […]

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Making So Fi, a sociological fiction zine

So Fi, a sociological fiction zine, launched on June 24 2017 online and at the London Radical Bookfair. This zine brings together 21 sociologically-imaginative short stories from writers around the world. You can read the zine online at https://sofizine.wordpress.com. I decided to create the zine as part of my Endeavour Research Fellowship, part of the Australia […]

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Some Thoughts on ‘Sociological Fiction’

By Ashleigh Watson In the seventh part of our special section on Sociology and Fiction, Ashleigh Watson reflects on the unusual status of her doctoral research and addresses the theoretical questions posed by a project which is both fiction and sociology.  Sociology has a long, well-documented history. Developing through the Enlightenment, the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, and Romantic and […]

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