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 […]
The Department of Sociology is sad to learn of the death of Professor Julius Gould, a prominent member of the Department for over ten years.
Julius Gould joined the Department of Sociology in 1953 as a Lecturer and a Reader in Social Institutions from 1957 to 1964, when he left the Department for a chair at the University of Nottingham.
Suraj Gogoi uses the idea of meshwork argued by Tim Ingold to explore counter publics and what microblogging sites can tell us about everyday politics.
Human correspondence comprises of a series of lines which meet and tangles in different forms. It can be a knot, or a mesh. Anthropologist Tim Ingold calls our social relationships as meshwork and we humans, […]
Sarah Ang considers the concept of wokeness in relation to Pride Month and corporate and celebrity gay ‘allies’: are they a sign of genuine progress or capitalism cashing in?
June: It is most obviously Pride Month along Oxford Street. The commercial and corporate embrace of Pride is clear when it comes to marking campaigns for what has become known as […]
In The Politics of Land, editor Tim Bartley brings together contributors to highlight the significance of the neglected issue of land to political sociology. This is a highly informative volume that explores a range of issues related to the land-politics nexus beyond the top-down understanding of its role in capitalist accumulation with much potential for future sociological research, writes Alexander Dobeson.
Drawing on material and consumer culture studies, Valerie Ng explores memes and their place in everyday life.
With the way memes are deployed on social media, discussion threads and personal conversations, it can be hard to see them as anything other than “insignificant embodiments of silliness and whimsicality” (Shifman 2014). Yet, as memes steadily entrench themselves in both virtual […]
In For the Love of Humanity: The World Tribunal on Iraq, Ayça Çubukçu illustrates how different and sometimes colliding understandings of justice, human rights, legitimacy and international law co-existed in response to the Iraq occupation through the case of the World Tribunal on Iraq, which sought to document and provide grounds for adjudicating war crimes committed by the US, the UK and their allied […]
As the arguments continue over how, when or whether to implement Brexit, MSc student Edward Mohr looks at what research can tell us about its current and potential impact on immigration from EU countries.
According to a recent article by the BBC, the level of net-migration from within the EU has continued to decline since the Brexit referendum from a […]
LSE Sociology research student and footballer Marion Lieutaud and her team-mate Eponine Howarth (Department of Law undergraduate) say we should call time on the sexism which is still a part of the culture in LSE team sports.
2018-2019 has been an incredibly successful season for women playing football and futsal (indoor 5-aside version of football) at the London School of […]
Opinion: Oxcart rather than “Snowplow” or “Lawnmower” Parents: Our Students’ Parents are NOT the Problem
Charis Thompson stands up for the majority of students’ parents who are doing their best for their children, often under difficult circumstances.
A new US poll on parental involvement in adult children’s lives is getting a lot of attention . People are drawing links between the recent US college admissions scandal known as “Operation Varsity Blues” and what is being […]