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Department of Sociology
London School of Economics
Houghton Street

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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 second 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 2015 puts the Department first in Europe and fifth in the world for sociology. 

Main image above of the Communist pre-election campaign in Greece 2012 by LSE Sociology PhD student Evangelos Georgas.

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Inequality in the 21st Century: a day long engagement with Thomas Piketty|

11th May 2015, Old Theatre, LSE

A day-long seminar with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of global significance in shaping debates about inequality across the globe. The workshop will be hosted by LSE's new International Inequalities Institute with the Department of Sociology at LSE and the British Journal of Sociology, which ran a special issue of reviews on Piketty’s book, several of the contributors to which will be involved in these discussions. 

There will be four sessions, and the event is free but will require registration.  All places are now reserved - people may queue on the day for any unallocated seats, but please be aware we cannot guarantee a place to anyone who has not already registered.  Please bring your reservation confirmation with you on the day.

Please follow link above to the draft programme, and watch this space for updates. See event poster| (PDF).


Divided Cities: urban Inequalities in the 21st century|

What kinds of cities are emerging as urbanisation grows alongside worsening inequality? Why does urban inequality matter, and what is distinctive about urban inequalities now?  Public lecture by Professor Fran Tonkiss on 6 May, 6.30pm in the New Theatre, open to all, follow link above for more info.


Introducing the Class Ceiling: social mobility and Britain's elite occupations|

LSE Sociology has launched a new working paper series. The first paper, by Daniel Laurison and Sam Friedman, is entitled ‘Introducing The Class Ceiling: Social Mobility and Britain’s Elite Occupations’. The paper argues for a new research agenda in social mobility research that goes beyond the issue of ‘access’ and examines the barriers that those from working-class backgrounds face within elite occupations. Here, Laurison and Friedman argue, it is possible to detect a powerful and previously unrecognised ‘class ceiling’ preventing the socially mobile from reaching the highest incomes.  Follow link above to read the paper online (PDF) and read their post for LSE's British Policy and Politics blog|.

Bridget Hutter on Regulatory Failure|

Follow link above to watch a video with Professor Bridget Hutter and Martin Lodge made for LSE's Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).  Professor Hutter's research on Preventing disease and death from food-borne pathogens also featured as a REF 2014 LSE Research Impact case study.  You can watch the Regulatory Impact Video here: Preventing disease and death from food-borne pathogens|.

For information on all our programmes, including the new MSc Inequalities and Social Science launching in 2015, and how to apply, please see our Study pages|.

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Comedy and Distinction nominated for BSA prize|

Dr Sam Friedman’s recent book Comedy and Distinction: the cultural currency of a ‘good’ sense of humour (Routledge, 2014) has been nominated for the prestigious BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize - awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of sociology. 


REF 2014 and LSE Sociology|

LSE Sociology has experienced major rebuilding since 2008, with seventeen new academic appointments, research funding worth over £9 million and one of the largest PhD programmes in the UK, proportionate to staff size.

Responding to the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Head of Department Mike Savage said: ‘I am delighted that the results show the amount of our world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) activity increasing hugely from 45% to 80% in only six years, making us the most rapidly advancing Sociology Department in the country. I am especially thrilled that the quality of our publications has been rated as amongst the top in the UK, with the Department ranked second in the UK for the percentage of its research receiving the very highest (4*) grade’.  Follow link above for the full story.

To read more about research developments in the Department and case studies by our faculty see our webpage Research impact|.

LSE Sociology on Pinterest| 

We now have two virtual pinboards on visual bookmarking site Pinterest, one for books, blogposts and podcasts by our faculty and academic visitors, and one for our public event posters.  You can take a look without joining Pinterest or, if you join, you can pin anything of interest to your own display.  Follow link above or look out for the 'P' in the red square on our webpages!

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


Democratizing Inequalities: dilemmas of the new public participation|

Edited by Caroline W. Lee, Michael McQuarrie and Edward T. Walker

Foreword by Craig Calhoun

NYU Press, January 2015

"Democratizing Inequalities is a timely and provocative compilation that demonstrates how participatory practices across a range of expected and unexpected locations cut both ways—opening up avenues for citizen engagement while also limiting the democratic potential assumed to follow... an important resource for researchers and practitioners interested in the democratic possibilities of the 'new public participation.'" —Debra Minkoff, author of Organizing for Equality.  

Michael McQuarrie is Associate Professor in Sociology at LSE.  Craig Calhoun is Director of LSE.

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Getting By: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain|

Lisa Mckenzie, Policy Press, January 2015

While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society's ills. This unique book redresses the balance.

"The stories within this book lay bare what it means to be regarded as inferior and an outcast in your own society. This is a resolutely impressive book written with authenticity and passion."  —Mary O'Hara, journalist and author of Austerity Bites.

Lisa Mckenzie is Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at LSE.

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Pressed for Time: the acceleration of life in digital capitalism||

Judy Wajcman, University of Chicago Press, December 2014

"Wajcman integrates the voluminous literatures on time use and technology elegantly and concisely, a great service in itself. But, more important, she wisely leads the reader to new questions, more interesting and fruitful than the ones to which we are accustomed, helping us to think in terms not of quantities (of time or stress, of work or leisure) but of the flows and rhythms that we produce as we interact with technology and with one another. This is an essential addition to any bookshelf or syllabus on the social implications of information technology.”-- Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University

Judy Wajcman is Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at LSE.

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The Social Life of Money|

 Nigel Dodd, Princeton University Press, 2014

 "Nigel Dodd is one of the leading experts on the sociology of money. His excellent new book is a tour de force through sociological, economic, and philosophical theories of money, rich in historical examples and informed by current controversies. Highly original and broad in scope, the book will be a landmark in the sociology of money and will help us to rethink how money is organized in society."--Jens Beckert, director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

 Nigel Dodd is Professor of Sociology at LSE.


Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

Dr Suzanne Hall guest edits online journal Discover Society (February 2015) on the topic of immigration, the implications of the UK's Immigration Act 2014, and the immigration talk that provides a focus for the 2015 national election. Other contributors include LSE's Ruben Andersson on 'Border Control is out of Control' and Robin Cohen on 'More Farage, More Immigration'. Focus: Migration and Election 2015|.

An article by Dr Lisa Mckenzie in The Guardian (21 Jan 2015) about the background to her new book Getting By: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain:  The estate we’re in: how working class people became the ‘problem’|.

A special Symposium edition of the BJS (December 2014) containing eleven original articles discussing various aspects and implications of Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century across sociology as well as other social science disciplines, with an introduction by Professor Nigel Dodd as Editor and an article by Professor Mike Savage: British Journal of Sociology Special Issue: Piketty Symposium|.

Mike Savage guest edits online journal Discover Society (Dec 2014) with John Holmwood on the topic of elites, wealth and inequality, and contributes an article: 'Social change in the 21st century: the new sociology of ‘wealth elites.’' Other contributors include Nigel Dodd and LSE Sociology research student Katharina Hecht: The New Sociology of Wealth Elites|.

A chapter by Dr Suzanne Hall in Jones, Hannah and Jackson, Emma, (eds.) Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location (Routledge, 2014):  Emotion, location and urban regeneration: the resonance of marginalised cosmopolitanisms|.

An article by Dr Carrie Friese with Claire Marris (KCL) for  PLOS Biology 25 March 2014: Making De-Extinction Mundane?|

An article by Dr Don Slater in the Journal of Consumer Behaviour Vol 13 Issue 2 March/April 2014: Ambiguous Goods and Nebulous Things|.

An article by Dr David Madden in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research March 2014: Neighborhood as Spatial Project: Making the Urban Order on the Downtown Brooklyn Waterfront|.

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Literary Festival 2015: "My Purse, My Person": money and identity

Speakers: David Birch, Nigel Dodd (pictured), Tom Hockenhull, Nicky Marsh

26 February 2015

My Purse My Person podcast|


A Tribute to Ulrich Beck: what future for world society?

Speakers: Craig Calhoun, Anthony Giddens, Mary Kaldor, Terhi Rantanen,  Nikolas Rose, Sabine Selchow, Richard Sennett

24 February 2014

A Tribute to Ulrich Beck podcast|

Professor Saskia Sassen           

Extradition and the Erosion of Human Rights

Speakers: Gareth Peirce, Saskia Sassen (pictured), Jeanne Theoharis

28 January 2015

Extradition podcast|

Professor Judy Wajcman

Pressed for Time: the acceleration on life in digital capitalism

Speaker: Judy Wajcman

Respondent: Genevieve Bell (Intel Labs)

27 November 2014

Pressed for Time video and podcast|

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

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