Author Archives: davidgbeer

Understanding the human machine

The notion of the quantified self has been getting quite about of attention recently, particularly with mobile phone apps providing various ways of measuring the self. When searching around I came across this excellent short commentary article, ‘Understanding the human … Continue reading

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A video of Deborah Lupton talking about social media and academic research

In this short video Deborah Lupton talks about her experience of using social media as part of her research. In this instance she focuses in particular on her use of her blog and Twitter to disseminate her research. Deborah has … Continue reading

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The British in Rural France in paperback

Michaela Benson’s The British in Rural France is now available in paperback.

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Gender and Neoliberalism by Christina Scharff

We are continuing to develop the Theory, Culture & Society site. We have had a series of posts on neoliberalism, the most recent of which is a post by Christina Scharff on Gender and Neoliberalism. There are likely to be … Continue reading

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Calculating the Social

I’ve just come across this interesting looking collection Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing edited by Vaughan Higgins and Wendy Larner. The editorial introduction is available open access here.

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Audio interviews on 50 years of sociology at Goldsmiths

I’ve posted links to some of the materials celebrating 50 years of sociology at Goldsmiths. They’ve now posted four audio interviews reflecting on the development of sociology at Goldsmiths, and also how the department has influenced individual careers and broader … Continue reading

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Punk Sociology reviewed in LSE Review of Books

Dave O’Brien has reviewed Punk Sociology for the LSE Review of Books.

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A series of exchanges on participation in culture, media and politics

The International Journal of Communication (which is a free open access journal) is using its forum section to publish a series if exchanges on the topic of participation. The introductory exchange between Nick Couldry and Henry Jenkins introduces the idea … Continue reading

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Les Back on the PhD Viva

One of my favourite books is Les Back’s open access Academic Diary. I’ve posted some links to it before. Les’ book is a collection of short pieces about various aspects of academic life. This week I examined a PhD thesis, … Continue reading

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Youth Subcultures: What are they now?

There is a really interesting piece on youth subcultures by Alexis Petridis in The Guardian. He attempts to think through the forms that subcultures take today, using examples and some reflections from sociologists. The piece raises some questions about the … Continue reading

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