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Department of Sociology
London School of Economics
Houghton Street


Email: Sociology.admin@lse.ac.uk|
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7309/7708
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7955 7405


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.

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|.

Vacancy: Course Tutor, Sociology and City Design|

Full-time, fixed term position until March 2016, for more info and to apply follow link above to Jobs at LSE.  Application deadline 2 December 2014.

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

Judy Wajcman, Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at LSE, launched her new book on 27 November with a public lecture in the Old Theatre with Genevieve Bell, Vice President of User Experience Research at Intel Labs, as respondent, chaired by Professor Lord Anthony Giddens.  Follow link above for the podcast (video to follow). #LSEtime

Listen to Judy Wajcman on Radio 4's Start the Week| (broadcast on Monday 24 November).

For book details see under publications tab.  First review: read Scott McLemee for Inside Higher Ed: http://goo.gl/Vjoex7|  

The War That Was Lost|

Why did radicals retreat on the eve of the Great War, even where opposition was strongest? What are the lessons for us today? Dr Robin Archer spoke on this subject as part of the Ralph Miliband Programme ‘War and Peace’ lecture series on Thursday 20 November, 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.  Follow link above for the podcast.

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LSE Sociology and the Inequalities agenda|

Read Mike Savage on this for the Researching Sociology blog, plus Riad Azar on Brick Lane at night, Lisa Mckenzie on 'The Revolution: Is being Televised, Blogged, Tweeted, You-Tubed and Stood Up' (well-known revolutionary pictured), and our latest post by Tara Lai Quinlan on Danny Dorling’s recent lecture ‘Inequality and the 1%: What Goes Wrong When the Rich Become Too Rich?’

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The Rise of the British Comedy Snob|

LSE staff and students can listen to the podcast of this event, held on 12 November to launch Dr Sam Friedman's book Comedy and Distinction: the cultural currency of a 'good' sense of humour, with Sam Friedman, Mike Savage, Brian Logan and Lydia Hampson.  Follow link above to log in.

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What difference do you want to make in the world?|

These seminars, starting on Friday 21 November for graduate students and followed by more sessions for undergraduates, are intended for sociology students who are exploring or refining their goals.  Follow link above to our Alumni and careers webpage for more information and how to book.


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):

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The Social Life of Money|

Nigel Dodd, Princeton University Press, September 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.

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

Judy Wajcman, University of Chicago Press, forthcoming (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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Comedy and Distinction: the cultural currency of a 'good' sense of humour|

Sam Friedman, Routledge 2014

Comedy is currently enjoying unprecedented growth within the British culture industries... Despite this, academia has either ignored comedy or focused solely on analysing comedians or comic texts. This scholarship tends to assume that through analysing an artist’s intentions or techniques, we can somehow understand what is and what isn’t funny. But this poses a fundamental question – funny to whom? How can we definitively discern how audiences react to comedy?

Sam Friedman is Assistant Professor in Sociology at LSE


Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research|

Charis Thompson, MIT Press, December 2013

After a decade and a half, human pluripotent stem cell research has been normalized. There may be no consensus on the status of the embryo—only a tacit agreement to disagree—but the debate now takes place in a context in which human stem cell research and related technologies already exist. In this book Charis Thompson investigates the evolution of the controversy over human pluripotent stem cell research in the United States and proposes a new ethical approach for “good science."

Charis Thompson is Professor of Sociology at LSE.


Cities by Design: The social life of urban form|

Fran Tonkiss, Polity Books, December 2013

Who makes our cities, and what part do everyday users have in their design? This new book by Cities Programme director Professor Fran Tonkiss shows that city-making is a social process, and examines the close relationship between the social and physical shaping of urban environments.

'Tonkiss is among the most insightfully spatial of urban sociologists...' Professor Edward Soja, UCLA.

Fran Tonkiss is Professor of Sociology at LSE.


Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

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|.

An article by Dr Lisa Mckenzie for Discover Society, Issue 6, March 2014: On the Frontline: Left Out.  The Other 'Other'|.

An  article by Dr Laurie Hanquinet (York), Dr Henk Roose (Ghent) and Professor Mike Savage on The Eyes of the Beholder: Aesthetic Preferences and the Remaking of Cultural Capital| in Sociology Volume 48 Issue 1, February 2014

An article by Dr Suzanne Hall in Ethnic and Racial Studies published online 5 December 2013: Super-diverse street: a ‘trans-ethnography’ across migrant localities|.

An article by Professor Chetan Bhatt in Theory, Culture and Society published online 5 November 2013: The Virtues of Violence: The Salafi-Jihadi Political Universe|.

An article by Professor Bridget Hutter and Professor Sally Lloyd-Bostock in The British Journal of Sociology, 64 (Sep 2013): 383–404: Risk, interest groups and the definition of crisis: the case of volcanic ash|

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The Social Life of Money

Speaker: Professor Nigel Dodd

Respondent: Professor Keith Hart

23 October 2014

Social Life of Money video and podcast|  #LSEmoney

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Inequality and the 1%: what goes wrong when the rich become too rich

Speaker: Professor Danny Dorling

7 October 2014

Inequality video and podcast|  #LSEinequality


Nationalism, Internationalism and Cosmopolitanism: Some lessons from modern Indian history

Speaker: Professor Partha Chatterjee

3 April 2014

Nationalism, Internationalism and Cosmopolitanism podcast| 

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