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.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill: a piece of token legislation

By Helen Foster 


The Homelessness Reduction Bill proposed by Bob Blackman MP was unanimously voted through Parliament on 28th October 2016.  Its proposals originally included expanding the duty of Local Authorities to provide temporary accommodation for households that are homeless and in priority need, to include those households currently deemed to have no priority need but who have a local connection.  This […]

Is There a Class Issue at LSE?: Episode 1

By Ronda Daniel, LSE undergraduate and Researching Sociology @ LSE blog editor (@rondaemily_)

This week, the Researching Sociology @ LSE blog will feature a series of posts about a panel discussion held at the LSE on Thursday 17th November, entitled ‘Is there a class issue at LSE?’. The event was hosted by LSE’s Social Mobility Society, a new student society founded and chaired by Mateusz Macjejewski.

This […]

Food Banks, Community Gardens and ‘I, Daniel Blake’

By Helen Traill – @TraillHelen

My research into community growing projects and the film I, Daniel Blake seem initially to have little in common. Yet they both engage with a critique of the way our society deals with people in need. The indictment of the benefits systems in I, Daniel Blake is a powerful one. In moving, simple terms, it […]

The Tangled Chain of the Social Democrats: a gold necklace and the US election results

by Lisa Mckenzie – @redrumlisa

Lisa is a research fellow in the LSE’s Sociology department, focusing on class, race and austerity Britain. She is also a prominent political activist and manages the LSE Researching Sociology blog.

I wrote a book called ‘Getting By’ about a council estate where I lived for 22 years; I wrote about the relationships and everyday lives of […]

I, Elena Nicola

by Elena Nicola, a recent LSE Sociology graduate – @elenatheolive

This is not a review, more something akin to the appreciation of a work of art. Last week, on a very rare occasion, I felt a spark of empowerment from modern film. I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach’s newest hit blockbuster – was the representation working class people have been waiting years […]

On Rabia Nasimi: how refugees from Afghanistan can find a place in British society

By Chloe Blades, a social activist aiming to uncover the reality of refugees in Britain

Source: Author’s own photo
The politics within Afghanistan is turbulent to say the least with conflict spanning centuries, mostly due to its unfortunate positioning as a pawn on the chessboard controlled by the world’s political super powers. With foreign influences entering in and out of Afghanistan from the […]

Inequality By Design? Why we need to start talking about aesthetics, design and politics

By Mona Sloane @mona_sloane


These days, ‘aesthetics’ are everywhere: we encounter them as apps, as brands, as lifestyles etc. As both ubiquitous and omnipresent, ‘aesthetics’ now do not only claim a central role in narratives about how we could/should configure our everyday lives, but have quietly become a key link in the powerful interplay of sociality, design and politics: In […]

Cathy Come Home: why it is still relevant 50 years on and why the world needs people like Ken Loach

by Ronda Daniel – @rondaemily_


TV play Cathy Come Home was broadcast for the first time in 1966. Why, in 2016, is it still relevant?

With Stand By Me playing in the background, the play begins with Cathy and Reg Ward, a happy couple, dreaming about their future. We are then taken through scenes of their wedding, their new modern home and an antenatal […]

More Harm Than Good

By Jo Gregory

A small ex-mining town in North-East Derbyshire has recently garnered an unprecedented media interest. With specific reference to two recent articles weaving stories of racial and cultural division; between the townsfolk and ‘feckless’, ‘beer swilling’, ‘criminal’ migrants from Eastern Europe. This article analyses and subsequently rejects these trajectories. It attests throughout that these publications have inflicted their […]

The Catch-22 of Psychiatry: what’s wrong with calling depression an illness, but the issue with treating it as if it isn’t

By Elena Nicola- @elenatheolive

“You’re too young to be depressed” – a saying I’ve heard far too many times when disclosing my experiences at university to my peers. Depression (or any non-normative health issue), I have come to realise, is not something that can be talked about objectively. It’s an individual experience which has complete relevance to the person who […]