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    Applying the sociological imagination: a toolkit for tomorrow’s graduates

Applying the sociological imagination: a toolkit for tomorrow’s graduates

A group of UK sociologists believe their subject is just too important to hide away in academic departments.  They want to tool up new sociology graduates to use their degrees to improve workplaces, organisations and communities, ensuring applied sociology is a part of the undergraduate curriculum. Nick Fox explains, with an introduction from the LSE Department of Sociology’s Dr […]

September 25th, 2018|Doing Sociology|0 Comments|

A sociology of home?

Housing is dominated by economic and political logics, raising fundamental questions about what, and whom, housing is for. But the need for a home is universal. In this post, Tom Brookes considers what a sociology of home could look like. 
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One year ago, I returned to the UK for the first time in eighteen months. In my mind rang […]

We need to talk about the ‘Anthropocene’

Why is the Anthropocene important? And what does our mass media’s presentation of the Anthropocene tell us? Professor Emeritus Leslie Sklair shares his research.

There is an enormous amount of research on how ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ are being reported in the media all over the world. However, since beginning to study the Anthropocene (the geological concept intended to measure and […]

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    The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part II

The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part II

Inspired by the LSE Library’s latest exhibition on Beveridge and the welfare state, student Lucy Smith organised a visit to the LSE for her A-Level teacher and his pupils from Drapers’ Academy, Romford. Their thoughts about the visit, studying sociology and the class system – written in their own words – are detailed in this post. Find out how the visit came about […]

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    The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part I

The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part I

Inspired by the LSE Library’s latest exhibition on Beveridge and the welfare state, student Lucy Smith organised a visit to the LSE for her A-Level teacher and his pupils from Drapers’ Academy, Romford. Her post underlines the importance of praxis and reminds “all of us who say ‘sociology’ to actually do sociology”.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Tom Brookes for a fascinating blog post which inspired […]

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    Decolonising Social Thought and Contemporary Social Discourse: the diversification and globalisation of sociology

Decolonising Social Thought and Contemporary Social Discourse: the diversification and globalisation of sociology

Do movements dedicated to decolonising sociology need to press further? Ashley Masing explores what a fully decolonised sociology could look like.

In The Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx once wrote that our political, legal, and educational systems were built on the foundations of existing structures which have scaffolded our society — and our colonial past is no exception to such influence. […]

Saying Sociology but Doing Privilege

In this piece, Tom Brookes explores the contradiction he sees, as a sociologist, in “teaching cultural capital” outside of the classroom as a tutor.

It is December, my final tutoring session before Christmas, and I tell my student I have brought one of my favourite poems for us to read together as an appropriately seasonal treat: ‘Those Winter Sundays’ by Robert Hayden. […]

The ‘Poor Fetish’: sociology is guilty too

In this reflective piece, Solene Auzimour considers her experience as a researcher, the importance of asking ourselves ‘why’ and ‘how’ we carry out sociological research, and her decision not to choose squatting as a dissertation topic.

October 2017, 1am. I am on my way to a rave, cycling on the empty streets near Stratford’s Olympic desert. Four dudes I met on the way are […]

BJS Early Career Prize Winner 2017: Umit Cetin

The British Journal of Sociology Early Career Prize is awarded to authors in the first five years of their career after obtaining their PhD. In this post, the 2017 winner Dr Umit Cetin introduces us to the research behind his winning paper. 

I was delighted to learn that the BJS Early Career Prize had been awarded to me for my paper “Cosmopolitanism […]

Welcome to Researching Sociology

I am very pleased to be announcing this relaunch of the LSE Sociology blog, Researching Sociology. The blog was originally launched in 2013, and quickly became a leading sociology blog. This new version of the blog has been timed to coincide with the roll-out of the Department of Sociology’s new website.

From the outset, Researching Sociology has sought to reflect the very […]