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Public intellectuals and British sociology since 1945

There is no such thing as the British tradition of sociology, but there has been a growth in the post-war period. However, much recent sociology is characterised by too much emphasis on culture, an absence of historical and comparative sociology, overdevelopment of social theory and lack of political relevance.

Professor Bryan S Turner, National University of Singapore, will explore British sociology since 1945 in a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Tuesday 11 October.

Bryan S Turner was professor of sociology at the University of Cambridge and is currently professor of sociology in the Asia Research Institute and research leader for research on religion and globalisation at the National University of Singapore.

This event will be chaired by Professor Bridget Hutter, LSE.

Public Intellectuals and British Sociology since 1945 is on Tuesday 11 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Press cuttings

Great minds beg to differ over top intellectuals (1 Oct 05)
One of the Britons on the list, Anthony Giddens, the former director of LSE and theorist of the Third Way, said he felt he was a 'public intellectual' but Britain was unique in its lack of regard for thinkers who play an active role in the public sphere. 

3 October 2005