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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. […]

Road to LSE: escaping thresholds

In this piece, Sandeepan Tripathy recounts his journey to sociology: both the discipline and the Department of Sociology at LSE, exploring the thresholds he has passed along the way.

It would be sociologically inadmissible to say it was all “fate and luck” (well I share my date of birth with August Comte). Turning to Sociology was based on a desire to […]

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 […]

Social or Material Resources: what matters most to children in Afghanistan

By Rabia Nasimi – @RabiaNasimi


The determining factor allowing a child’s potential to be realised in adult life remains a contentious issue complicated by numerous factors regarding upbringing. There are so many differing theories on how income is key to outcomes for children, particularly due to its interrelationship with many non-financial factors, such as family background, parental education, good parenting […]

What the Bangladeshi People Told Me

by Yasmin Choudhury, @yasminisyasmin

Source: Author’s own photo
It’s my birthday today. I find I want to spend it in a way that is meaningful to me. I want to talk about the Bangladeshi people I often lie awake at night worrying over.

As a lone woman, if you inadvertently start to walk the path of empowerment and then of running a business […]

Obama, Trump and the Language of Everyday Nationalism

by Michael Tavares (@mtavares2)


In recent weeks and months, Donald Trump, the property magnate and U.S. presidential candidate, has routed opponents in the Republican Party. What is the key to his success? Perhaps we will have to wait for post-campaign analyses for a satisfying answer to this question. What can be observed at this stage of the 2016 Presidential Campaign is […]

“Being Black”: what is it cool for?

By Dr Poonam Madar, University of Surrey


Dr Poonam Madar lectures in Sociology and Criminology, based in London. Her research interests include race, gender, and popular culture. She blogs at: and she tweets as @PoonamMadar To find out more, visit Poonam’s Facebook page at:

Not so long ago I began temping in an office in Central London. In the first few days, […]

Interview: Discussing PREVENT with Dr Kay Inckle (2 of 2)

Part II of interview with Kay Inckle by Ronda Daniel

This discussion surrounded both the current political climate, as well as the current state of sociology, in the discussion of Prevent, ‘The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act’, implemented in 2015.

Kay: I remember when the Prevent legislation was first being developed that I received an e-mail by accident, and which was later recalled, about staff […]

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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 […]

Love, Space-Time, and Language: a taste of Norwegian culture

by Alex Mellbye, MSc Sociology student at LSE


I would daresay that one of the reasons people are drawn to sociology is an aim for self-understanding, at least, this is certainly my case. However, as all who do sociology are aware of, the self, or to put it a different way, identity, is always contextual. For me now, the context […]