Politics and Human Rights

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.

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    Book Review: For the Love of Humanity: The World Tribunal on Iraq by Ayça Çubukçu

Book Review: For the Love of Humanity: The World Tribunal on Iraq by Ayça Çubukçu

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 […]

Budget 2016: the sociology of sugar

by Alex Pickerden, University of Lincoln

As I write this blog post I am in the middle of finishing a bottle of fizzy drink. I know for many people that the consumption of fizzy drinks (Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and Sprite etc.) have become part of a daily routine. The same however, can be said for eating chocolate bars, enjoying a […]

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    Interview: “Fight with hope, fight without hope, but fight absolutely” with Mike Davis

Interview: “Fight with hope, fight without hope, but fight absolutely” with Mike Davis

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 […]

The Era of the ‘Booty’ and the ‘Burqa’

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 […]

The Refugee Struggle: an insight into the lives of refugees from Afghanistan

by MSc Sociology student, Rabia Nasimi

Source: Author’s own photo
During my university break (30th December 2015), I visited the Calais Jungle and a refugee camp inGermany. I was astonished by the living conditions. This blog aims to bring to life the reality of the refugees who are, to this day, trying to make a life in two of the most […]

Restorative Justice, Photography… And Theory

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 […]

The Lost Honour of Europe

MSc Sociology graduand, Maria-Christina Vogkli, offers her reflections on the current political situation in Europe


Last week has been a dreadful week for Europe. In Portugal, a constitutional crisis has occurred after Portugal’s constitutional president denied the anti-austerity Left-wing party to form a majority government even though it secured an absolute majority. With the aim of appeasing financial markets and satisfying Brussels, democracy […]

Fragile Future for Afghanistan’s Security and its Neighbours

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 […]

The Disappeared

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, […]

Relying on Untested Execution Drugs Raises Important Health, Safety and Human Rights Concerns

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.