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.

EU Referendum and the Perils of #Perception

By Rabia Nasimi (@RabiaNasimi)

As coverage of post #Brexit suggests, many working class individuals voted #leave from the #EU as it was thought that #leaving would give the UK more freedom to limit #immigration. It is arguable that such individuals are perhaps more suggestible, or easily targeted, than others.

Brexit was sold as a victory for many and one should question whether […]

Divided Families: Brexit and the working class

By Reyss Wheeler, LSE Sociology undergraduate

 

I followed the debate the whole night whilst as work, discussing the results with my peers on Facebook until I was the only one left standing, and in that silence I started thinking about the broader social meanings of the results. I thought about ideas of ‘Britain being great again’, independence, ideas of migrants flooding our […]

On Post-Brexit London: difference doesn’t have to break us

By Zosia Sztykowski, MSc student (@zosiaxyz)

 

I first lived in London ten years ago and, with a few diversions, have been trying to make my way back ever since. To me, London is a place where difference is par for the course. Its much-vaunted multiculturalism leads to a kind of oblique acceptance which I can actually perceive, and have struggled to find anywhere […]

Parliament Square and Cultural Balance of Power in Britain

by Sergen Bahceci

It seems that the debate on Cecil Rhodes’ legacy in particular and the legacy left by the British Empire in former colonies in general, has now come to an end; the University of Oxford has very recently declared that the statue will remain (The Guardian 2016). The fiery debate, initiated by Oxford students in the “Rhodes Must […]

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 […]

Sociological Dilemmas and the Inequality Agenda

By Mike Savage, head of the LSE’s Sociology department and co-director of the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute.

 

The interdisciplinary study of inequality has exploded across the social sciences over the past five years. Indded inequality has become the defining issue of our times. Whether we are looking at the burgeoning fortunes of the super-rich and the rise of elite power, […]

“I feel a little bit like they don’t understand me”

by Rabia Nasimi (@RabiaNasimi ), taken from a research project she recently conducted as part of her MSc

 

The LSE ‘has been ranked second in the world for social sciences for the third year in a row’ and is often referred to as a ‘global’, ‘elite’, ‘leading’ university due to its high-ranking position. It is claimed that such universities are occupied […]

Nuit Debout: middle class protests in neoliberal France

by Laurie Wdowiak, MSc Inequalities and Social Science student

 

Since March, France has known a wave of opposition against a labour law reform. The reform plans to further deregulate labour and decentralize bargaining, among other things; it will dispose of decades of social gains. 74% of French people oppose it. It has brought more than a million people on the street […]

#HowToGetACouncilHouse: An Unfair Representation

by Ronda Daniel – @rondaemily_
Social housing as we know it is on a steady decline in the UK, with house prices in London increasing by 222% (Shelter, 2016). This, as well as the privatisation of the NHS, is one of the biggest threats and worries facing people. During a time of anger, hostility and worry in austerity Britain, […]

A Week of Black Feminism and Colourism – In Pictures

by Ronda Daniel- @rondaemily_

This week, we saw black feminist icon Beyoncé release Lemonade, in which she wore “European features”, highlighting how the femininity of black women is persistently under scrutiny at the hands of white beauty standards. This visual album also featured cameos from feminist and anti-racist icons such as Amandla Stenberg and Zendaya Coleman, and tributes to black […]