Student Voices

The LSE Department of Sociology aims to provide a teaching and learning environment in which students are encouraged to think critically and independently. Browse the latest blog posts written by our students here.

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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 […]

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    “Who will pay for the concierge?”: ‘place-making’ and its exclusion in Whitechapel – Wenn Er Tan

“Who will pay for the concierge?”: ‘place-making’ and its exclusion in Whitechapel – Wenn Er Tan

Stepping out of Aldgate East station, one is immediately overwhelmed by the implosion of new towers on every corner; the briefest of London sun bouncing off the shiny metal and glass surfaces. It is here that we begin our fieldtrip— for the study of class cannot be contained in the classroom. Recognising that the spatial and the social are […]

Classed Spaces – Harry Anderson

On Tuesday 7th February, our ‘Class, Politics and Culture’ seminar group set off exploring London’s East End. Led by Liza Mckenzie, the aim of the ethnographic walk to take us out the classroom to see the how London is changing, and look at how such changes impact on ideas of space, place, identity and belonging within the East End.

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The Invisible Poor Door – Claudia Derbez Fernández

As a foreign student, I have learned that British society is a classist society. I didn’t perceived it like that before, but from my interest in social classes, I began investigating academic theories of class stratification, which has me now studying the MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences here at LSE. As a Mexican, I have always noticed that […]

Walking in Whitechapel: a series of blogs from Lisa Mckenzie’s Class, Culture and Politics Class

Every Tuesday, about 45 students sit quietly and attentively in the class in the lecture that I teach Class, Culture and Politics in the  Sociology Department at the LSE. I show the obligatory powerpoint presentation do a bit of theory and recommend some reading. This is a good method of teaching but I wanted to bring my lecture to […]

2016: The Death of the Left

By Ronda Daniel – @rondaemily_

2016 is notoriously regarded as a year of death and sadness. Donald Trump became the President-elect of the United States of America, Britain voted to leave the EU, and the government signed off social housing and called for further benefit cuts.

Who is to blame for these events? I argue that the failure of the left […]

Juggling Studying, Work and Volunteering: is it possible?

By Rabia Nasimi (@RabiaNasimi)

Soon-to-graduate master’s student, Rabia, reflects on her experiences balancing studying with working and volunteering whilst at LSE.

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The 14th November was one of those days you count down towards, with great tension; sometimes wishing it would come quickly, and other times wanting time to drag its feet. Yes, unsurprisingly – it’s results day. For me, […]

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 […]