Social Inequalities

This cluster brings together scholarship associated with the multiple dimensions and crystallisations of social inequality, including class, race and ethnicity, gender, and age, to critically analyse contemporary challenges across the globe. Browse the latest blog posts written on these themes here.

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    Book Review: The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged by Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison

Book Review: The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged by Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison

In The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged, Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison offer a unique and encapsulating analysis of class inequality at the top end of the UK labour market. The book is not only compulsory reading for anybody who still believes that the UK is a meritocracy, writes Liam Kennedy, but its mixed-methods approach allows […]

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    World Cup 2018: be relieved football didn’t come home, we all know it’s better off elsewhere

World Cup 2018: be relieved football didn’t come home, we all know it’s better off elsewhere

“Everyone seems to know the score, they’ve seen it all before.” The prevailing image of English football supporters as ‘hooligans’ failed to budge during the 2018 World Cup. But then, we know the score, right? We’ve seen this all before. Here, Lucy Smith considers the pervasiveness of class power in relation to ‘the beautiful game’. 
Image Credit: (Alex McGibbon CCBY-NC-ND2.0)
When a plethora of Three Lions memes […]

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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 […]

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. […]

Economic Inequality in the Islamic Republic of Iran

In this post, Yannick Schwarz explores the entwined nature of economic growth, inequality and poverty in Iran.

The twenty-first century has not exactly been uneventful for Iranians. 2009 saw protest over the surprise re-election of President Ahmadinejad. A ten-year-long painful period of international economic sanctions due to the decision to pursue a nuclear programme only came to an end in 2016 […]

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 […]

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    Park Life: Aldgate parks a public space for all the people? – Lucy Irving

Park Life: Aldgate parks a public space for all the people? – Lucy Irving

Walking around Aldgate, E1 it is easy to ignore the blatant and in this case quite literal signs of class and ethnic violence. Despite communicating a clear message, they fade into the background and hub bub of city life. It is only once you stop and stare that their message rings loud and clear ‘YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!’.

Gentrification and […]

Whitechapel Field Trip Report – Rukhsana Jahangir

In coining the term ‘gentrification’ in reference to the London housing situation in the 1960s, the sociologist Ruth Glass highlighted the precarious situation of working class Londoners, displaced by rising property prices and a lack of housing stock. The working class community of Whitechapel today faces similar challenges, as do other communities across London. Swept up in the waves […]

London’s Segregated Neighbourhoods – Wooyoung Lee

“We are being removed and dispersed from our own area, and the cheap restaurants we are going will be replaced by gastro pubs and very expensive eating places,” says Martin. Over the last 24 years, the East London resident has seen his neighborhood undergo dramatic changes. He has watched the residential area which has long been home for British […]