Monthly Archives: December 2013

2 years and 526 posts

(A Lego mock-up of my office) It is just coming up to two years since I started this blog. I began around mid-January 2012. This is my 526th post. I’m actually quite surprised that it has lasted this long and … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and the ethos of competition

The new Theory, Culture & Society open site, which I’ve posted a little bit about before, has a discussion between Nick Gane and Will Davies on the topic of ‘Neoliberalism and the ethos of competition’. It’s a really detailed discussion between two … Continue reading

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Les Back on the politics of music

Les Back has continued his series of audio podcasts from his research sabbatical with two posts on the politics of music (the full series of Les’ postcards from his sabbatical podcasts is available here). The first podcast discusses Les’ attempts … Continue reading

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An invitation to punk sociology

Mark Carrigan kindly asked me to write a short piece about my Punk Sociology book (the first chapter of which is available open access here and the information about the book is here) for his Sociological Imagination site. Its a short piece, … Continue reading

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Some reflections on The Future of Social Theory

It is just coming up to 10 years since Nick Gane‘s The Future of Social Theory was published. At the time I was in the middle of my PhD and I found this book to be a real inspiration, it … Continue reading

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Stuart Elden on where to start when reading Henri Lefebvre

Stuart Elden provides a really helpful commentary on where to start when reading Henri Lefebvre. Stuart describes the various angles or themes in Lefebvre’s work, and which books might provide a starting point.

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Big Data and Geography

The current issue of Dialogues in Human Geography contains a special section on Geography and Big Data. The section follows the usual format for this journal, with a featured article followed by a series of responses. In this case the … Continue reading

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Punk Sociology…chapter 1 is now open access

Chapter 1 of my forthcoming book Punk Sociology is now available open access. The chapter (and book’s contents page) is available here and the publisher site is here. This chapter is probably the most conventional bit of the book, in that it … Continue reading

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How Shazam uses big data to predict the next big artists

Apparently Shazam are making use of the data from their app to make predictions about which songs will be hits. This article gives some description of the process and predictions (thanks to Emma Uprichard for the link). Here we can … Continue reading

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Editing the Theory, Culture & Society open site

I’ve posted previously about Theory, Culture & Society‘s new open site. Recently I’ve taken on the role of co-editor of the site. It’s a really exciting opportunity and I’m really pleased to be taking it on. The role is still … Continue reading

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