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    “Please do not touch”: what the Hoa Hakananai’a controversy tells us about museums and why more sociologists should study them.

“Please do not touch”: what the Hoa Hakananai’a controversy tells us about museums and why more sociologists should study them.

MSc Sociology student Lucy Smith reflects on a visit to the British Museum and the implications of the protests over the display of Easter Island moai statue Hoa Hakananai’a.

In his 1992 paper ‘Where Are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundane Artifacts’, Bruno Latour observed how sociology suffers from a theoretical deficit. Scholars have, in his view, […]

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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 […]

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    Applying the sociological imagination: a toolkit for tomorrow’s graduates

Applying the sociological imagination: a toolkit for tomorrow’s graduates

A group of UK sociologists believe their subject is just too important to hide away in academic departments.  They want to tool up new sociology graduates to use their degrees to improve workplaces, organisations and communities, ensuring applied sociology is a part of the undergraduate curriculum. Nick Fox explains, with an introduction from the LSE Department of Sociology’s Dr […]

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    World Cup 2018: be relieved football didn’t come home, we all know it’s better off elsewhere

World Cup 2018: be relieved football didn’t come home, we all know it’s better off elsewhere

“Everyone seems to know the score, they’ve seen it all before.” The prevailing image of English football supporters as ‘hooligans’ failed to budge during the 2018 World Cup. But then, we know the score, right? We’ve seen this all before. Here, Lucy Smith considers the pervasiveness of class power in relation to ‘the beautiful game’. 
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When a plethora of Three Lions memes […]

A sociology of home?

Housing is dominated by economic and political logics, raising fundamental questions about what, and whom, housing is for. But the need for a home is universal. In this post, Tom Brookes considers what a sociology of home could look like. 
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One year ago, I returned to the UK for the first time in eighteen months. In my mind rang […]

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    REPOST: Impact is crippling higher education. But it is still part of the solution

REPOST: Impact is crippling higher education. But it is still part of the solution

LSE Impact Blog have kindly allowed Researching Sociology to repost Tina Basi and Mona Sloane’s analysis of the “impact agenda” in universities.

Impact is crippling higher education. But it is still part of the solution

We need to talk about the ‘Anthropocene’

Why is the Anthropocene important? And what does our mass media’s presentation of the Anthropocene tell us? Professor Emeritus Leslie Sklair shares his research.

There is an enormous amount of research on how ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ are being reported in the media all over the world. However, since beginning to study the Anthropocene (the geological concept intended to measure and […]

Colourism and Amara La Negra

Student Arianna McCullough draws on the experience of artist Amara La Negra to open up a conversation on colourism in this latest post.
Y de qué color! NEGRO. Y qué lindo suena! NEGRO. Negro Soy!

Me gritaron, Victoria Santa Cruz
If you have any kind of social media account, its highly likely you’ve come across the name Amara La Negra over the past few […]

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    The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part II

The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part II

Inspired by the LSE Library’s latest exhibition on Beveridge and the welfare state, student Lucy Smith organised a visit to the LSE for her A-Level teacher and his pupils from Drapers’ Academy, Romford. Their thoughts about the visit, studying sociology and the class system – written in their own words – are detailed in this post. Find out how the visit came about […]

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    The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part I

The importance of praxis: class, social mobility and “Sociology as a Martial Art” – Part I

Inspired by the LSE Library’s latest exhibition on Beveridge and the welfare state, student Lucy Smith organised a visit to the LSE for her A-Level teacher and his pupils from Drapers’ Academy, Romford. Her post underlines the importance of praxis and reminds “all of us who say ‘sociology’ to actually do sociology”.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Tom Brookes for a fascinating blog post which inspired […]