Savage, Mike

Professor Mike Savage  


Position held

Head of Department


Experience keywords:

Academic; Consultant to organisations in cultural sector; Media

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I am interested in social inequality, especially its cultural dimensions. I also have interests in urban studies, historical sociology, politics and social theory

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:


Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points



Friedman, Sam and Savage, Mike (2018) Time, accumulation and trajectory: Bourdieu and social mobility In: Lawler, Steph and Payne, Geoff, (eds.) Social mobility for the 21st century: everyone a winner?. Sociological Futures. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781138244894


Nichols, Georgia and Savage, Mike (2017) A social analysis of an elite constellation: the case of Formula 1 Theory, Culture and Society, 34 (5-6). 201-225. ISSN 0263-2764


Savage, Mike (2016) End class wars Nature, 537 (7621). 475-479. ISSN 0028-0836

Savage, Mike (2016) Is there a class issue at LSE?: Episode 2 Researching Sociology (22 Nov 2016) blog

Savage, Mike (2016) Are we seeing a new ‘inequality paradigm’ in social science? Impact of Social Sciences Blog (3 Jun 2016) Blog entry

Eyres, Tallulah and Mwale, Temi and Savage, Mike and Gamsu, Sol and Daniel, Ronda (2016) Is there a class issue at LSE?: Episode 7 Researching Sociology (27 Nov 2016) blog

Savage, Mike (2016) Sociological dilemmas and the inequality agenda Researching Sociology (9 Jun 2016) blog

Savage, Mike (2016) The fall and rise of class analysis in British sociology, 1950-2016 Tempo Social, 28 (2). 57-72. ISSN 1809-4554

Hall, Suzanne M. and Savage, Mike (2016) Animating the urban vortex: new sociological urgencies International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (1). 82-95. ISSN 0309-1317


Savage, Mike and Mansell, Rebecca and Daniel, Ronda (2015) Social class in the 21st century: an interview with Mike Savage Researching Sociology (24 Oct 2015) blog

Savage, Mike (2015) Successful societies – “self, individualism and moral communities under neo-liberalism.” Researching Sociology (10 Feb 2015) blog

Savage, Mike and Friedman, Sam (2015) Social class in the 21st century Penguin Books, London, UK. ISBN 9780241004227

Friedman, Sam and Savage, Mike and Hanquinet, Laurie and Miles, Andre (2015) Cultural sociology and new forms of distinction Poetics, 53. 1-8. ISSN 0304-422X

Savage, Mike and Devine, Fiona and Cunningham, Niall and Friedman, Sam and Laurison, Daniel and Miles, Andrew and Snee, Helene and Taylor, Mark (2015) On social class, anno 2014 Sociology, 49 (6). 1011-1030. ISSN 0038-0385

Olcese, Cristiana and Savage, Mike (2015) Notes towards a ‘social aesthetic’: guest editors' introduction to the special section British Journal of Sociology, 66 (4). 720-737. ISSN 0007-1315


Hanquinet, Laurie and Roose, Henk and Savage, Mike (2014) The eyes of the beholder: aesthetic preferences and the remaking of cultural capital Sociology, 48 (1). 111-132. ISSN 0038-0385

Savage, Mike (2014) LSE sociology at the forefront of the inequalities agenda Researching Sociology (20 Oct 2014) blog


Savage, Mike (2013) The old new politics of class Researching Sociology (25 Nov 2013) blog

Savage, Mike (2013) The making of the Great British Class Survey and its essential capacity to communicate through digital modes Impact of Social Sciences Blog (23 Apr 2013) Blog entry

Prieur, Annick and Savage, Mike (2013) Emerging forms of cultural capital European Societies, 15 (2). 246-267. ISSN 1461-6696

Meuleman, R. and Savage, Mike (2013) A field analysis of cosmopolitan taste: lessons from the Netherlands Cultural Sociology, 7 (2). 230-256. ISSN 1749-9755

Savage, Mike and Silva, E. B. (2013) Field analysis in cultural sociology Cultural Sociology, 7 (2). 111-126. ISSN 1749-9755

Savage, Mike (2013) The 'social life of methods': a critical introduction Theory, Culture and Society, 30 (4). 3-21. ISSN 0263-2764

Savage, Mike (2013) The social life of methods: a critical introduction Theory, Culture and Society, 30 (4). 3-21. ISSN 0263-2764

Ruppert, Evelyn S. and Law, John and Savage, Mike (2013) Reassembling social science methods: the challenge of digital devices Theory, Culture and Society, 30 (4). 22-46. ISSN 0263-2764

Savage, Mike and Devine, Fiona and Cunningham, Niall and Taylor, Mark and Li, Yaojun and Hjellbrekke, Johs. and Le Roux, Brigitte and Friedman, Sam and Miles, Andrew (2013) A new model of social class? Findings from the BBC's Great British Class Survey experiment Sociology, 47 (2). 219-250. ISSN 0038-0385


Miles, Andrew and Savage, Mike (2012) The strange survival story of the English gentleman, 1945–2010 Cultural and Social History, 9 (4). 595-612. ISSN 1478-0038

Hanquinet, Laurie and Savage, Mike (2012) ‘Educative leisure’ and the art museum Museum and Society, 10 (1). 42-59. ISSN 1479-8360

Hanquinet, Laurie and Savage, Mike and Callier, Louise (2012) Elaborating Bourdieu's field analysis in urban studies: cultural dynamics in Brussels Urban Geography, 33 (4). 508-529. ISSN 0272-3638


Miles, Andrew and Savage, Mike and Bühlmann, Felix (2011) Telling a modest story: accounts of men's upward mobility from the National Child Development Study British Journal of Sociology, 62 (3). 418-441. ISSN 0007-1315


Savage, Mike (2010) Identities and social change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199587650


Bennett, Tony and Savage, Mike and Bortolaia Silva, Elizabeth and Warde, Alan and Gayo-Cal, Modesto and Wright, David (2008) Culture, class, distinction CRESC. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415422420

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