Road to LSE: escaping thresholds

In this piece, Sandeepan Tripathy recounts his journey to sociology: both the discipline and the Department of Sociology at LSE, exploring the thresholds he has passed along the way.

It would be sociologically inadmissible to say it was all “fate and luck” (well I share my date of birth with August Comte). Turning to Sociology was based on a desire to […]

Saying Sociology but Doing Privilege

In this piece, Tom Brookes explores the contradiction he sees, as a sociologist, in “teaching cultural capital” outside of the classroom as a tutor.

It is December, my final tutoring session before Christmas, and I tell my student I have brought one of my favourite poems for us to read together as an appropriately seasonal treat: ‘Those Winter Sundays’ by Robert Hayden. […]

Economic Inequality in the Islamic Republic of Iran

In this post, Yannick Schwarz explores the entwined nature of economic growth, inequality and poverty in Iran.

The twenty-first century has not exactly been uneventful for Iranians. 2009 saw protest over the surprise re-election of President Ahmadinejad. A ten-year-long painful period of international economic sanctions due to the decision to pursue a nuclear programme only came to an end in 2016 […]

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 […]

The ‘Poor Fetish’: sociology is guilty too

In this reflective piece, Solene Auzimour considers her experience as a researcher, the importance of asking ourselves ‘why’ and ‘how’ we carry out sociological research, and her decision not to choose squatting as a dissertation topic.

October 2017, 1am. I am on my way to a rave, cycling on the empty streets near Stratford’s Olympic desert. Four dudes I met on the way are […]

Transition: Undergraduate to Masters to PhD

In this post, LSE Department of Sociology alumnus Rabia Nasimi talks us through her journey as a student, now beginning her PhD at the University of Cambridge. 

I was one of six people studying the MSc in Sociology (Research) at the LSE in the academic year 2015/2016.  It was during my third year at Goldsmiths University that I applied to […]

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    ‘Our bodies are never entirely our own’: reflections on biopower and the case of Charlie Gard

‘Our bodies are never entirely our own’: reflections on biopower and the case of Charlie Gard

In this piece, Lucy Smith explores the power of knowledge in relation to the body, drawing on the case of Charlie Gard, the baby whose fate was the subject of a drawn-out court battle in the summer of 2017.

When I began to write this post for Researching Sociology, I couldn’t help but be reminded of LSE “alumnus” President Kennedy. Kennedy springs […]

BJS Early Career Prize Winner 2017: Umit Cetin

The British Journal of Sociology Early Career Prize is awarded to authors in the first five years of their career after obtaining their PhD. In this post, the 2017 winner Dr Umit Cetin introduces us to the research behind his winning paper. 

I was delighted to learn that the BJS Early Career Prize had been awarded to me for my paper “Cosmopolitanism […]

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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 […]

Welcome to Researching Sociology

I am very pleased to be announcing this relaunch of the LSE Sociology blog, Researching Sociology. The blog was originally launched in 2013, and quickly became a leading sociology blog. This new version of the blog has been timed to coincide with the roll-out of the Department of Sociology’s new website.

From the outset, Researching Sociology has sought to reflect the very […]