This cluster brings together the distinctive research interests of urban sociologists and ethnographers in the Department, working alongside urban designers and planners to address global systems of power and regulation; cultural hierarchies and subversions; and forms of association and exclusion. Browse the latest blog posts written on these themes here.
The 2010s were characterised by the eruption of apparently spontaneous protest across the globe, tackling issues such as democracy, environment, corruption and other social divides. In this post Thomas O’Brien and Remus Creţan consider 2015 anti-government protests in Romania following a deadly nightclub fire in the capital Bucharest and how these combined spontaneity with the urban form to maximise […]
This book review of the Handbook of Gentrification Studies (Edward Elgar, 2018) by LSE Sociology research student Helen Traill is reposted by kind permission of the LSE Review of Books.
In the Handbook of Gentrification Studies, Loretta Lees with Martin Phillips bring together contributors to explore different types of gentrification around the world, debate the term’s utility for describing diverse phenomena […]
In this piece, Alejandro Fernández explores the genre of science-fiction through Foucault’s concept of identification and communication between artist and spectator, with particular reference to JG Ballard’s novel High-Rise (1975).
“A mere confrontation, eyes catching one another’s glance, direct looks superimposing themselves upon one another as they cross. And yet this slender line of reciprocal visibility embraces a whole complex network of […]
In this piece, Tom Brookes explores the division between locals and cosmopolitans, reflecting a common experience of millennials in the UK and beyond.
I grew up in Morpeth, a town in the north east of England, sixteen miles north of Newcastle. In October 2017, I met up with two friends from Morpeth who have relocated, like me, to London. While talking about […]