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

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7309

 

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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.

LSE Sociology faculty highly commended for Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2017

Dr Claire Moon has been highly commended in the category of Welfare and Pastoral Support, Professor Mike Savage has been highly commended for the award of Sharing Subject Knowledge and guest lecturer Dr Martina Klett-Davies has been highly commended in the category of Feedback and Communication, and has received the Class Teaching Award. Congratulations to them all!

The award provides the opportunity for students to offer feedback to those staff that have made a positive and significant difference to their learning journey. The process this year led to over 1100 individual nominations, with 450 members of staff being nominated. A review panel comprising of SSLC reps and Students’ Union officers reviewed the nomination feedback to shortlist nominees against criteria for excellent teaching and support.  

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

A new book by Professor  Bridget Hutter and Professor Sally Lloyd-Bostock is published today (11  May 2017) by Cambridge University Press. 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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Claire Moon receives Wellcome Trust Award

Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Humanities and Social Science for £385,000. The project is entitled ‘Human rights, human remains: forensic humanitarianism and the politics of the grave’ and she’ll be working on it for the next four years. Follow link above to our News and accolades page for more.

 

New research uncovers 'class pay gap' in Britain's professions

People from working class backgrounds who get a professional job are paid an average of £6,800 (17 per cent) less each year than colleagues from more affluent backgrounds, research for the Social Mobility Commission has revealed.

Using extensive data from the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS), Dr Sam Friedman and Dr Daniel Laurison of the Department of Sociology at LSE alongside academics from UCL, examined access to the professions and the impact of socio-economic background on earnings. Follow link above for more on this story.

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Launch of the International Inequalities Institute Atlantic Fellows programme

Mike Savage, Co-Director of the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute (III) is delighted to announce the launch of the III’s Atlantic Fellows programme, a 20-year programme funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies to support leaders tackling inequalities. This is an ambitious programme designed to build a global community of leaders dedicated to changing policy, practice and public dialogue around inequalities. Follow the link above to read more.

The Atlantic Fellows programme at the III is created with a grant of £64.4m from The Atlantic Philanthropies.This grant, the largest ever in the history of the LSE, will do much to inscribe critical social science at the heart of the LSE’s intellectual agenda.

Find out more about the programme here 

LSE Press Release: Atlantic Fellows programme

 

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

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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. It provides practical strategies for responding helpfully, including harm-reduction, and additional resources for policy writing and development. 

 
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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).

 
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Social Class in the 21st Century

Mike Savage, Penguin (Pelican Introduction, paperback), 2015

Social class has re-emerged as a topic of enormous scholarly and public attention. In this book, Mike Savage and the team of sociologists behind the BBC's Great British Class Survey - Niall Cunningham, Fiona Devine, Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison, Lisa Mckenzie, Andrew Miles, Helene Snee and Paul Wakeling - report their definitive findings and propose a new way of thinking about social class in Britain today.

 

Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

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/

Three Myths and Facts about the Great British Class Survey: blogpost by Dr Daniel Laurison for The Sociological Review (18 June 2015) following the release of the Special Issue (see below).

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

Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes project report: In October 2014, the Configuring Light/Staging the Social team of Dr Don Slater and Mona Sloane from LSE Sociology and Dr Joanne Entwistle (KCL) brought together 25 international lighting design professionals, architects, planners and social scientists for a week-long workshop on Peabody’s Whitecross Estate (London). The aim was to explore how social research could be better used to help designers understand the social spaces and users they are designing for, and how to better integrate social research into design processes. Follow link above to the official report (PDF).

The Sociological Review Special Issue: Sociologies of Class: Elites (GBCS) and Critiques: Mike Savage, Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison have all contributed to this Sociological Review special issue on The Great British Class Survey. The work reports new and original analyses on class theory, social mobility, universities and social closure, elites and political engagement and represents the most sustained programme of research on class in the UK in recent years.

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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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