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Department of Sociology
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.


LSE Sociology and related public events

Save the date: on 22 March science journalist Helen Pearson talks about her forthcoming book on the longest-running study of human development in the world The Life Project: the extraordinary story of 70,000 ordinary lives (Penguin).

For information about this and other events hosted by the Department, LSE Cities and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights follow link above to our Events webpage. 


National Student Survey 2016

The National Student Survey (NSS) launched at LSE on 11 January 2016 and will be open until 30 April.  The survey is a chance for final year undergraduates to have their say about their course and experience at university.  It is completely confidential, and helps us to better understand the student experience and inform change where needed. Follow link above to take the survey.

What is your 21st Century social class?
Professor Mike Savage's new book, Social Class in the 21st Century, has been featured online on the BBC News (7 Dec 2015). Click the link above to the full article.

LSE Careers workshops for sociology students

Coming up:

One-to-one sessions for undergraduates with our dedicated careers advisor Viki Chinn, Friday 5 February, 3-5pm, STC 219 (Robert McKenzie Room) - you'll be sent a Doodle poll to sign up so watch out for it.

Marketing your Masters with Confidence, Tuesday 9 February, 3-5pm, STC 219 - What kind of things will potential employers want to know about your master's degree and how can you both sound and feel confident in your answers? Find out at this workshop, follow link above to our careers page for more information.

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

Interested in applying to study on one of our postgraduate programmes starting in September 2016?  For information on all our programmes please see our Study pages.

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

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Social Class in the 21st Century

Mike Savage, Penguin (Pelican Introduction, paperback), 5 Nov 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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The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance: reflections on the legacy of the Rivonia Trial

Edited by Awol Allo, Ashgate 2015

‘This timely and powerful volume presents the court not as a neutral instrument of justice but as a site of contestation and critique, where the normative and performative clash, and where discourses of domination encounter practices of resistance. The chapters are challenging in the best sense of the word - they contest accepted views and interrogate received orthodoxies.’ --Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College, USA

Awol Allo is LSE Fellow in Human Rights.


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.


Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

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.

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’.

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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.

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Social Class in the 21st Century

Speakers: Dr Niall Cunningham, Professor Fiona Devine, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison, Dr Lisa McKenzie, Professor Mike Savage, Dr Helene Snee, Dr Paul Wakeling

2 November 2015

Link to video, podcast and slides 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
For more events, past and forthcoming, plus podcasts and videos, please see our Events and Past Events pages.