Political Identifications in the UK Since 2016

Bader Almutawa delves into the polarising effect of Brexit on Britain while taking into consideration psychological theories to look at the social and cultural implications of referendums that request a response from the electorate.

The problem of binary referendums in liberal democracies was investigated in an essay I submitted for the course on ‘Political Psychology: Inequality and Prejudice’. In particular, I […]

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    The Impact of Brexit on the Changing Nature of Immigration Enforcement for European Citizens

The Impact of Brexit on the Changing Nature of Immigration Enforcement for European Citizens

As the arguments continue over how, when or whether to implement Brexit, MSc student Edward Mohr looks at what research can tell us about its current and potential impact on immigration from EU countries.

According to a recent article by the BBC, the level of net-migration from within the EU has continued to decline since the Brexit referendum from a […]

A Latecomer To Political Protest

By Sian Lewin – @SianLewin

On Monday 30th January, I was compelled to do something I had never done before. I went to Downing Street to protest against the Trump travel ban and the apparent appeasement of the new White House incumbent by Prime Minister Teresa May. Despite my upbringing by a Spare Rib reading, feminist mother and a liberal, […]

February 16th, 2017|Brexit, US Election|0 Comments|

2016: The Death of the Left

By Ronda Daniel – @rondaemily_

2016 is notoriously regarded as a year of death and sadness. Donald Trump became the President-elect of the United States of America, Britain voted to leave the EU, and the government signed off social housing and called for further benefit cuts.

Who is to blame for these events? I argue that the failure of the left […]

“It was 2016 that done it, guv!”

By Lisa McKenzie – @redrumlisa

Few will be sad to see the back of 2016, as it reaches its finale. This rotation by the Earth around the sun is apparently to blame for the tectonic shifts in our social and political systems, celebrity deaths, and the general unease we all feel about the next few years. As a sociologist, I have watched […]

Trump and Brexit: beyond ‘why Trump won’

By Monika Krause, LSE

Monika Krause is a Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.


Political and academic analyses of Trump’s election victory, like the analysis of the results in the Brexit referendum, has initially largely focused on the role of class, race, gender, and to some extent […]

December 19th, 2016|Brexit, US Election|0 Comments|

Sociology has a Trump Problem

By Michael McQuarrie (LSE)


Sociology has a Trump problem. And a Brexit problem. And a Populism problem. And a white people problem, and a class problem, and a man problem. What does this mean? Confusion is expected because, unfortunately, sociology has these problems in numerous ways. For example, sociology has a real Trump and Brexit problem in the straightforward sense […]

November 17th, 2016|Brexit, US Election|12 Comments|

What’s the Role of Sociology After Brexit?

By Zosia Sztykowski (@zosiaxyz) MSc candidate in the LSE Sociology Department

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How do sociological insights explain why so many millions of Britons voted to leave the European Union on June 23? What could sociologists have done differently before the referendum, and why did the result take many of them by surprise? These questions, along with the one in […]

The EU Referendum and the Shaming of Leave Voters

By Anqi Chen, first year sociology undergraduate student


A day right after EU referendum result came out, my Facebook page exploded. Full of words of anger and shock, almost all of my friends were expressing their frustration and disappointment. This is very easy to understand because most of my Facebook friends are university undergraduates. Young and well-educated, they are statistically […]

Inadequacy May Be Useful in Withstanding Brexit Uncertainty

By Cynthia Meersohn Schmidt, Research Fellow in the LSE Sociology Department


We have heard quite a bit about the demographics of the vote in the UK referendum. Twitter saw in the hours following the referendum a wave of reactions from British youth blaming the older generation for ruining their future. It was sharply clear that ageism has not yet achieved […]

July 5th, 2016|Brexit|0 Comments|