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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 2016 puts the Department second in Europe and fourth in the world for sociology.

Sociology Research Seminar Series

The Sociology Research Seminar is the main venue for scholars from around the world to present work in progress at the department. It is open to all, and it strives to feature innovative sociological research from a variety of perspectives. The series meets every other week in the Michaelmas and in the Lent terms.

Next Session:

Wednesday 7th December
Professor John Levi Martin (University of Chicago)  
Topic: On the Other Side of Values

Social Theory Network

The Social Theory Network links the Department of Sociology and the Department of Media and Communications and provides a platform for interdisciplinary debates on social theory.  On 22 November 2016 Professor Miriam Glucksmann (University of Essex) talked about 'Working to consume: consumers as the missing link in the division of labour' with Professor Judy Wajcman (LSE Sociology) as respondent.  For more click on link above to poster (PDF).

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Are Migrants City-Takers or City-Makers?

In part one of a six part series entitled 'Six Impossible Ideas (after Brexit)', Dr Suzi Hall walks us through her research on ordinary streets in UK cities that challenges the perceptions of migrants as a burden. From Peckham's Rye Lane, a super-diverse street in South London, Suzi talks about what streets like this mean for the economy and what we can learn about the ways migration shapes modern cities. Follow link above to watch the episode.

 

Mike Savage shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award 2016

Professor Mike Savage has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) Award 2016 for outstanding research supervisor of the year. 

The annual THE awards celebrates outstanding examples of best practice in higher education. The award criteria for outstanding research supervisor of the year is for the individual who has created "the most supportive, stimulating and inspirational research environment for PhD students”.

Winners of the THE awards will be announced on 24 November 2016.  Follow link above to LSE news page.

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Resist Festival

The Resist Festival of Ideas and Actions came to LSE from 28-30 September with three days of debates, workshops, films, music and more (link to webpage above). On Monday 26th fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood got things going with a discussion about how we can resist propaganda through critical thinking, the collaboration of intellectuals and activists, and the arts. 

A podcast and video of this event is available to download: The Rotten Financial System (Rot $) is the Enemy. We are the Opposition, Part 1

More on the Resist Festival: #LSEresist.

 

Professor Judy Wajcman elected as Fellow of the British Academy

Congratulations to Professor Judy Wajcman who is one of four LSE professors to have been elected as Fellow of the British Academy. This is in recognition of her outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences, including science and technology studies, feminism and studies of work and employment.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: 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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In Defence of Housing: the politics of crisis

David Madden and Peter Marcuse, Verso (August 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.

 
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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, 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.

 

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.

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.

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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.

 
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Social Media and Social Change: analyzing debates over valuation

Speaker: Professor Walter W Powell

5 November 2015

Link to video and podcast above.

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