Monthly Archives: January 2014

Les Back on Christmas Lights

Les Back has written this great piece on Christmas Lights and social class. The piece is called A Fairytale from New Addington.

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The problem of shelving Punk Sociology

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Punk Sociology playlist on Spotify

The preface to my Punk Sociology book contains a playlist that can be listened to whilst reading chapter 2 of the book. The playlist is intended to help orientate the discussion for those who are not familiar with punk music and … Continue reading

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Deborah Lupton reviews Punk Sociology

I’m really pleased to say that Deborah Lupton has written a review of Punk Sociology for her excellent This Sociological Life blog.

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Current reading…Foucault and Ajana

Following the post earlier today on reading, I thought I’d return to posting about things I’ve read. I spent quite a bit of time last term working on a virtual special issue of Theory, Culture & Society on ‘Fiction & … Continue reading

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Caroline Knowles on the urban problematic

The Theory, Culture & Society site is starting to develop quite quickly now. I linked to Les Back’s recent piece on Junior Murvin and the exchange on neoliberalism, since then the TCS site has also published a tribute to Paul Cilliers , Angelo Martins … Continue reading


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Goldsmiths’ Sociology and Warwick’s Politics departments discuss books

As part of their 50 year celebrations Goldsmiths Sociology department have a new Open Books feature on their website. It features staff and students reflecting on their current reading. It features three entries so far, maybe there will be more … Continue reading

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Thinking Allowed on why music matters

I posted previously to a podcast featuring Les Back talking about the politics of music. In that podcast Les spoke about David Hesmondhalgh’s new book Why Music Matters?. A recent episode of Thinking Allowed featured David talking about his book … Continue reading

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Predicting the future success of researchers and their research…academic moneyball

A bit of a scary article on the LSE Impact blog. It is a piece about using various metrics to predict which academics will achieve future success, and also to predict which journal articles will be most successful. The idea … Continue reading

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Access and Opportunity in the Social Sciences

The PhD students in my department are putting together a big postgraduate event looking at Access and Opportunity. At the moment they have John Urry booked in as a key note with more to follow. There is more information and … Continue reading

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