Urban Sociology

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.

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    Book Review: Handbook of Gentrification Studies edited by Loretta Lees with Martin Phillips

Book Review: Handbook of Gentrification Studies edited by Loretta Lees with Martin Phillips

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 […]

High-Rise: society through representational space

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 […]

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    Citizens of nowhere do not exist: cosmopolitans, locals and “Bellway Homes”

Citizens of nowhere do not exist: cosmopolitans, locals and “Bellway Homes”

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 […]

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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 […]

The Homelessness Reduction Bill: a piece of token legislation

By Helen Foster 

 

The Homelessness Reduction Bill proposed by Bob Blackman MP was unanimously voted through Parliament on 28th October 2016.  Its proposals originally included expanding the duty of Local Authorities to provide temporary accommodation for households that are homeless and in priority need, to include those households currently deemed to have no priority need but who have a local connection.  This […]