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Department of Sociology
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7309

 

See Who's who for a complete list of all people working in the Department and how to contact them. 

 

We are based on the first floor of St Clement's Building.

 

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Welcome to the Department of Sociology, which has played a key role in establishing and developing the discipline since 1904. Today we remain committed to providing top quality teaching, and to research and scholarship which is leading the evolution of the social sciences into new intellectual areas and the study of the social problems and ethical dilemmas facing a cosmopolitan and fractured society.

QS World University Rankings 2017 puts the Department second in Europe and fourth in the world for sociology.

What Is Housing for?

Monday 23rd October 2017 | 18.30-20.00 | Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Anna Minton (UEL), Alex Vasudevan (Oxford), David Madden (LSE)
Chair: Suzanne Hall (LSE)

The need for a home is universal. But today, housing is dominated by economic and political logics that conflict with the ideal of housing for all. 

This event will explore struggles over the shape and function of the housing system, in London and beyond. It will connect an analysis of the housing crisis with debates about commodification, residential injustice, and rights.

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis. For more information, see the event weblisting.

Twitter: #LSEhousing
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Strangers in Their Own Land: bridging a growing divide

Monday 30th October 2017 |   18.30-20.00 | CLM 3.02, Clement House

Speaker: Professor Arlie Russell Hochschild
Chair: Dr Rebecca Elliott

In this lecture, Professor Hochschild describes five years of research in southern Louisiana, a center of the oil industry and heartland of the American Tea Party and support for Donald Trump. Why, she asked, are America’s poorest states, those which suffer the worst health, education, and receive the most federal aid, also those who most oppose the federal government? 

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

For more information, please see the event weblisting here.

Twitter: #LSESociology
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LSE Human Rights 

Important and exciting changes are planned for the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE.  In Michaelmas Term 2017, the Centre will move to the Department of Sociology and be relaunched as LSE Human Rights.  LSE Human Rights will be the key focal point at LSE for interdisciplinary human rights teaching, research, and public engagement. LSE Human Rights will benefit considerably from the strong support and commitment of the Department of Sociology and other departments at LSE, including the Department of Law. LSE Human Rights will relocate to a new dedicated cluster space within the Department of Sociology and will develop further its engagement with new academic colleagues working in human rights areas. The new organisational structure of LSE Human Rights will improve its academic capacity to better meet the challenges of human rights today. The Stan Cohen Library will be housed in Sociology in recognition of a key founder of the Centre and renowned sociologist, the late Stan Cohen, a former colleague in the Department. 

Current Centre activities will continue in LSE Human Rights, and new activities are planned in several areas. These include the development of a new human rights Executive Masters programme, potentially a second Masters in Politics and Human Rights, and further high profile public engagement activities and research projects.  LSE Human Rights will also offer two new short courses in 2018 in migration and in cybersecurity, and these will join the existing portfolio of six short courses on international human rights, war, women’s rights, children’s rights, advocacy and business. LSE Human Rights will remain committed to public engagement, including through its highly successful public events programme, the human rights blog, newsletter, social media, and other planned activities. The Scholars at Risk programme will continue to be managed by LSE Human Rights and will expand its fundraising capacity to assist more scholars in the future.  Current Centre funding and research staff will remain in place under the umbrella of LSE Human Rights, overseen by and under the governance of the Department of Sociology. LSE Human Rights will have its own Strategy Committee, comprised of a subset of current Advisory Board members along with Department staff representatives and other interested collaborative partners internal to the LSE. 

Commenting on the relaunch of LSE Human Rights incoming Director of the LSE, Dame Minouche Shafik said: “During this period of escalating attacks on human rights in many parts of the world and on many of the freedoms we take for granted, I am delighted to affirm LSE’s commitment to human rights, ones that are key to LSE’s mission of international education, research and public engagement. I warmly support the transition of LSE Human Rights into the Department of Sociology, a transition that will expand its interdisciplinary activities and increase further the profile of human rights across and outside the School.  I look forward to working with LSE Human Rights colleagues and wish it every success for the future.”

 

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British Journal of Sociology Annual Lecture: 
The Social Life of DNA: racial reconciliation and institutional morality 

Thursday 26th October 2017 |   18.30-20.00 | Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Alondra Nelson
Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd

In the British Journal of Sociology's Annual Lecture, Alondra Nelson will discuss her book The Social Life of DNA on how claims about ancestry are marshalled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures.

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or registration required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

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Assistant Professor in Sociology 

The Department of Sociology at LSE seeks to hire one outstanding Assistant Professor in Race and Ethnicity who also has advanced expertise in Quantitative Methods to add to our internationally renowned, innovative and publicly engaged faculty.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/LSEJobs

Closing Date: 22nd October 2017 (23.59 UK time)

 

New and recent publications by LSE Sociology faculty (scroll down for articles and reports):

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Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law

Bridget Hutter, Edward Elgar Publishing (2017)

This newly published book considers how the law has adapted to the environmental challenges of the 21st Century and the ways in which it might be used to cope with environmental risks and uncertainties whilst promoting resilience and greater equality.

These issues are considered in social context by contributors from different disciplines who examine some of the experiments tried in different parts of the world to govern the environment, improve the available legal tools and give voice to more diverse groups.

 
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Social Theory Now

Edited by Monika Krause, Claudio E. Benzecry and Isaac Ariail Reed, University of Chicago Press (2017)

The landscape of social theory has changed significantly over the three decades since the publication of Anthony Giddens and Jonathan Turner’s seminal Social Theory Today. Sociologists in the twenty-first century desperately need a new agenda centered around central questions of social theory. In Social Theory Now, Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed set a new course for sociologists, bringing together contributions from the most distinctive sociological traditions in an ambitious survey of where social theory is today and where it might be going.

The book provides a strategic window onto social theory based on current research, examining trends in classical traditions and the cutting edge of more recent approaches. From distinctive theoretical positions, contributors address questions about how social order is accomplished; the role of materiality, practice, and meaning; as well as the conditions for the knowledge of the social world. 

 
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Regulatory Crisis: negotiating the consequences of risk, disasters and crises

Bridget Hutter and Sally Lloyd-Bostock, Cambridge University Press (2017)

Using a new concept - 'regulatory crisis' - this book examines how major crises may or may not affect regulation. The authors provide a detailed analysis of selected well-known disasters, tracing multiple interwoven sources of influence and competing narratives shaping crises and their impact. Their findings challenge currently influential ideas about 'regulatory failure', 'risk society' and the process of learning from disasters.  Follow link above to read more and order a copy from the publisher's webpage.

‘All future scholars of disaster, natural or otherwise, will have to consult this wide-ranging comparative study of the complex and multiple forces that aim to ignore, remediate or exploit this crucial species of public troubles. I know of no work that matches it in terms of thorough documentation and range across so wide variety of cases.’ Harvey Molotch, New York University.

 
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Safe with Self-Injury

Kay Inckle, PCCS Books, 2016

This book is an essential resource for anyone who has a supporting role or relationship with someone who hurts themself. It is equally useful for people who self-injure, to help them to explore their experiences and to keep themselves safe. Based on interviews with people who self-injure and frontline practitioners who work with them, it explores why people hurt themselves, debunks myths and misconceptions and explains self-injury in the contexts of human embodiment and a social model approach to distress.
 
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The Sociology of Speed

Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities

Edited by Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd, OUP, December 2016

Pulls together and extends the most important theoretical and empirical innovations across the social sciences, with contributions by leading scholars from the US and Europe.

 
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In Defence of Housing: the politics of crisis

David Madden and Peter Marcuse, Verso, 2016

In every major city in the world there is a housing crisis. How did this happen and what can we do about it? Everyone needs and deserves housing. But today our homes are being transformed into commodities, making the inequalities of the city ever more acute. Profit has become more important than social need.

In Defense of Housing is the definitive statement by leading urban planner Peter Marcuse and sociologist David Madden (LSE Sociology).

 

Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

Chant S., Klett-Davies M. & J. Ramalho (2017) Young Female Adolescents in Urban Areas of the Global South, The Challenges of Slums and Potential Solutions - Rapid Evidence Review, London: Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

An article by Dr Suzanne Hall on ‘Mooring “super-diversity” to a brutal migration milieu’ published in Ethnic and Racial Studies 40th anniversary celebration (2017), which explores processes of subordination that underpin the European migration system: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2017.1300296

An article by Dr Claire Moon entitled ‘Human rights, human remains: forensic humanitarianism and the human rights of the dead’ in a special issue of International Social Science Journal: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/issj.12071/abstract).

A paper published in the journal Sociology by Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison (LSE Sociology) and Dr David O’Brien (Goldsmiths) using data from the Great British Class Survey which reveals the extent to which actors from relatively wealthy backgrounds are dominating the theatre and film industry: Like Skydiving without a Parachute’: How Class Origin Shapes Occupational Trajectories in British Acting.

A report by Dr Martina Klett-Davies anaylysing trends and characteristics associated with single parents in the UK from 1997 to 2015 published by the Bertelsmann Foundation as part of their Families and Education programme: Under Pressure? Single parents in the UK (PDF).

Suzanne Hall’s article on ‘Migrant Urbanisms: Ordinary Cities and everyday resistance’  in the journal Sociology on their special issue on Sociologies of Everyday Life (vol 49 (5): 853-869). The article explores how migrants are active in the making of urban space and urban politics: http://soc.sagepub.com/content/49/5/853.full.pdf+html

A chapter by Dr Suzanne Hall on ‘Designing Public Space in Austerity Britain’ recently published in an edited book on Economy and Architecture by Odgers, McVicar and Kite (Routledge, 2015): http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/63143/

An article by Dr Ayça Çubukçu (2015), “On the Exception of Hannah Arendt,” in Law, Culture and the Humanities, DOI: 10.1177/1743872115588442.

Sociology of Speed

Do We Really Live in an Acceleration Society?

Speaker: Hartmut Rosa

12 January 2017

Link to video and podcast above.

 
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Respectable: the experience of class

Speaker: Lynsey Hanley

3 May 2016

Link to video and podcast above.

 
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New Forms of Cultural Capital

Speakers: Philippe Coulangeon, Sam Friedman, Laurie Hanquinet, Mike Savage

16 November 2015

Link to video, podcast and slides above.

 
For more events, past and forthcoming, plus podcasts and videos, please see our Events and Past Events pages.
 
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