This cluster builds on a strong intellectual tradition in LSE Sociology, exploring the social bases of political parties and movements; the theory and practice of human rights; democracy and participation in states, firms and civil society organisations; political ideologies; political violence; and the politics of cities and housing. Browse the latest blog posts written on these themes here.
In For the Love of Humanity: The World Tribunal on Iraq, Ayça Çubukçu illustrates how different and sometimes colliding understandings of justice, human rights, legitimacy and international law co-existed in response to the Iraq occupation through the case of the World Tribunal on Iraq, which sought to document and provide grounds for adjudicating war crimes committed by the US, the UK and their allied […]
When in late April Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont a democratic socialist but not a Democrat, announced that he would run for president in the Democratic Party primary no one could imagine the wide social support that he would win during his electoral campaign. If Bernie Sanders wins the Democrats’ nod, it will be the most unexpected result of the […]
by Dr Poonam Madar, University of Surrey
What’s “hot right now” – not to confuse it with Rita Ora’s track – is the ‘hype’ around ‘A Big Booty’, and this concept seems to be endlessly trending on social media. Perhaps we have Vogue to ‘thank’ (or ‘blame’?) for making that initial booty call (no pun intended).
According to Vogue, “We’re Officially in the […]
By Anna Matczak
Around this time last year I became interested in photography. I bought my first DSLR camera and began to explore things like ISO, shutter, aperture etc. While my very first photography experiences were rather random, it is only recently I started asking myself why it is that I revel in photography and what taking pictures means to […]
Rabia Nasimi , MSc student in the Department of Sociology at the LSE reports on a conference held at Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament on the 19th October 2015. The conference was titled: Afghanistan’s New Reality: the Unity Government, Development, Human Rights and (In) Security.
On 19th October, the Afghanistan & Central Asian Association (ACAA) and its sister organisation, the European […]
Doctoral student, Daniel James, describes the subject of his fieldwork in Chile and Argentina.
Death – like birth – has a time and a place. We mark each. Societies and cultures around the world have devised (invented?) an elaborate array of rituals to close the chapter of a person’s life in a way that signifies meaning. In obituaries, on tombstones, […]
In her piece for the Huffington Post, lawyer and Sociology PhD Candidate Tara Lai Quinlan outlines the consequences of using untested drugs for lethal injections in carrying out death sentences in the US.