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.

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 […]

What’s the Role of Sociology After Brexit?

By Zosia Sztykowski (@zosiaxyz) MSc candidate in the LSE Sociology Department

Source: Author’s own photo
How do sociological insights explain why so many millions of Britons voted to leave the European Union on June 23? What could sociologists have done differently before the referendum, and why did the result take many of them by surprise? These questions, along with the one in […]

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 […]

“We simply don’t have time”: LSE Sociology undergraduate trip to the British Museum

by Georgia Haigh – @Georgia__Haigh


“I’m sorry, we simply don’t have time, we are pushed for time and we need to make time” – such were the (approximated) words of Professor Judy Wajcman at the start of the SO230 Digital Technology, Speed and Culture trip to the British Museum. The LSE course is concerned with the ways in which technology has […]

Interviewer Identity and Reflexivity in Qualitative Research: lessons from a masters thesis

By Rabia Nasimi (@RabiaNasimi)


Understanding the position, perspective, beliefs and values of the researcher is an issue in all research: it’s bound to affect what they choose to investigate, how they investigate it, which findings are most important and even how conclusions are framed and communicated. This is particularly true in qualitative research where the researcher is often construed as […]

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 […]

Privatisation of Street Food Markets in London: curating markets and place

By Paz Concha, PhD Candidate, LSE Sociology – @pazc

In a recent edition of The Guardian, there was a story about the privatisation of Berwick Street Market, an historic London market in the heart of Soho. Stallholders are protesting at the council’s decision to bring in a “commercial operator” to manage the market. Why would the council would do that? Not only […]

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 […]

The EU Referendum and the Shaming of Leave Voters

By Anqi Chen, first year sociology undergraduate student


A day right after EU referendum result came out, my Facebook page exploded. Full of words of anger and shock, almost all of my friends were expressing their frustration and disappointment. This is very easy to understand because most of my Facebook friends are university undergraduates. Young and well-educated, they are statistically […]

The EU Referendum: a social catalyst

By Lucy Smith, sociology undergraduate at the LSE.


The fact that we have left the EU is no surprise. Nor is David Cameron’s resignation. Brexit is the price that we pay for nurturing a political class who care more about their individual careers than the people they have been elected to represent. The referendum was thus not a division between […]