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.
By Harry Blain, Researcher at LSE Cities
Why are senior Republicans describing cities as “war-zones”, security threats and spaces of total disorder?
In May, the New York Times’ Robert Draper asked Donald Trump to name the most dangerous place he has visited in the world. After initially joking “Brooklyn”, the Republican presidential nominee answered “No… there are places in America that […]
By MSc City Design and Social Science Graduand, Álvaro Orbea
So what is it like to be a post-graduate from LSE Sociology? I must clarify first that I’m not a sociologist, and I’ve been questioning the sociologist abilities that I learned in school (after I got my grades back). I don’t know if anyone is in my position, but to […]
Part II of Maria-Christina Vogkli’s interview with Suzi Hall. Part I can be found here.
MC: Being an urban ethnographer, how do you think that this methodology sheds light on the interconnection between the street, the local and the global?
S: Ethnography is always my enter point into exploring a social process. So, although migration is fundamentally about the global organization of […]
Riad Azar on ethnographic research in London’s Brick Lane
“…and then I realised that time was circular”, a friend told me after reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel 100 Years of Solitude. Our discussion was stubborn, returning to me time and again during my first few weeks in London. I was about to begin an MSc programme in Political Sociology; it was […]