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


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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.

 Dr Elettra Bordonaro

Configuring Light /Staging the Social welcomes Dr Elettra Bordonara

Dr Elettra Bordonaro is starting a 2-year visiting fellowship in the Department of Sociology to help Configuring Light build on the success of the Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes project and develop an international series of workshops for design professionals. These workshops will explore and build expertise in social research in lighting design, working with actual public realm spaces to see how social research can be integrated in design processes, and how design engagements can impact social research methodologies. Her fellowship is funded by the lighting manufacturer iGuzzini.

Elettra is a lighting designer and architect, follow link above to read more about her and the Configuring Light  project.


Centre Manager, Centre for the Study of Human Rights

We are currently recruiting a full time Centre Manager for the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. For details and to apply follow the link above to the LSE Jobs webpages. The deadline for applications is 20 September.

The End-Game: how structure and culture shape our final years            

Follow link above to listen to the podcast of this lecture by Dr Corey Abramson (University of Arizona) with respondent Dr Sam Friedman (3 June 2015).

The End-Game
 (Harvard University Press 2015) shows how inequality structures social life in old age—and what examining old age can tell us about the mechanisms of inequality more generally.                    

Invitation to take part in one-on-one interviews

PhD student Katharina Hecht is recruiting interviewees for her research project, 'Economically successful individuals’ perspectives on top incomes and wealth'. Follow link above to find out more (PDF). 

Conference Call for Papers: Changing elites in Europe

 LSE, London 26-27 November 2015

A collaboration between LSE Sociology and the Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Norway, sponsored by the Research Council of Norway. The aim of the conference is to contribute to the understanding of changes among elites in and across European nation-states. It seeks to stimulate a debate about the causes and the consequences of historical and contemporary evolutions among political, economic, cultural, academic and other elites.  Follow link above to first call for papers.

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Keep up to date with all the latest news and events from the Department with our new Facebook page, LSE Sociology. Follow link above to like our page.

For information on all our programmes, including the new MSc Inequalities and Social Science, please see our Study pages.

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

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Crisis at Work: identity and the end of career

This new book by Dr Jesse Potter explores how we make sense of ourselves when work is precarious and intrinsically alienating.  Based on the narratives of men and women who underwent extraordinary work–life changes, Crisis at Work (Palgrave Macmillan, June 2015) examines how we negotiate greater meaning and fulfilment when our productive lives fail to sustain and satisfy. Follow link above for book details.


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.


Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

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.

Introducing the Class Ceiling: social mobility and Britain's elite occupations
In the first of a new working paper series launched by LSE Sociology,  Dr Daniel Laurison and Dr Sam Friedman argue 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.  Follow link above to read the paper online (PDF) and read their post for LSE's British Policy and Politics blog.

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.

Thomas Piketty at LSE 11 May 2015

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

Speakers: Tony Atkinson, Laura Bear, Wendy Carlin, Gareth Jones, John Hills, Naila Kabeer, Lisa Mckenzie, Diane Perrons, Thomas Piketty, Bob Rowthorn, Mike Savage, Stephanie Seguino, David Soskice

11 May 2015

Link to videos and podcasts above.


Race and Class: challenging inequalities

Speakers: Liz Fekete, James Nazroo, Ellie Mae O'Hagan, Debbie Weekes-Bernard

26 May 2015

Link to podcast above

Divided Cities: urban inequalities in the twenty-first century

Speaker: Professor Fran Tonkiss

6 May 2015

Divided Cities video and 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

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