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Department of Sociology
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London
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Welcome to the Department of Sociology, which has played a key role in establishing and developing the discipline since 1904. Today we remain committed to providing top quality teaching, and to research and scholarship which is leading the evolution of the social sciences into new intellectual areas and the study of the social problems and ethical dilemmas facing a cosmopolitan and fractured society.

QS World University Rankings 2017 puts the Department second in Europe and fourth in the world for sociology.

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Judy Wajcman wins Ludwik Fleck Prize 2017

Professor Judy Wajcman is the winner of the 2017 Ludwik Fleck prize for her book Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism (2015, University of Chicago Press).  The Fleck Prize is the Society for Social Studies of Science's oldest book prize, awarded to an outstanding book across the breadth of science and technology studies.

 

Sam Friedman wins 2017 ASA IPM Award for Outstanding Article

Dr Sam Friedman and former LSE Sociologist Daniel Laurison have been awarded the ‘Outstanding Article Award’ by the Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association. The award is for their article in the American Sociological Review entitled: The Class Pay Gap in Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations. Here they show that even when those from working-class backgrounds get into top professions in the UK they face a powerful ‘class ceiling’ in terms of earnings, which persists even when they compare people from different backgrounds with the same education, occupation and level of experience. Follow link above to access the article.

Rebecca Elliott published in June issue of Harper's Magazine

Dr Rebecca Elliott has published a feature in the June issue of Harper's Magazine, in collaboration with journalist Elizabeth Rush. "Stormy Waters: The fight over New York City's flood lines" traces recent contestation between the U.S. federal government and the municipal government of New York City over the boundaries of New York City's high-risk flood zones. The feature is based in part on Dr Elliott's ongoing research into how individuals and communities are adapting to a future defined by climate change.  To read the article follow link above (you will need to log in/subscribe to Harper's).

Suzi Hall on migration and super-diversity

Dr Suzi Hall has two new publications on urban migration. Her article with Julia King and Robin Finlay on ‘Migrant infrastructure’ published in Urban Studies (2017) explores how highly variegated migrant proprietors develop transaction economies within marginalised city streets in Birmingham and Leicester:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0042098016634586.

Her latest article on ‘Mooring “super-diversity” to a brutal migration milieu’ published in Ethnic and Racial Studies 40th anniversary celebration (2017), explores processes of subordination that underpin the European migration system: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2017.1300296

Bridget Hutter at the Teaching Café

On 1 June Professor Bridget Hutter presented at the LSE Summer Term Teaching Café on the ways in which research-led teaching has informed the LSE Sociology course SO425 Regulation, Risk and Economic Life and eventually the development of the MSc Economy, Risk and Society.

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Claire Moon receives Wellcome Trust Award

Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Humanities and Social Science for £385,000. The project is entitled ‘Human rights, human remains: forensic humanitarianism and the politics of the grave’ and she’ll be working on it for the next four years. Follow link above to our News and accolades page for more.

 

LSE Sociology faculty highly commended for Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2017

Dr Claire Moon has been highly commended in the category of Welfare and Pastoral Support, Professor Mike Savage has been highly commended for the award of Sharing Subject Knowledge and guest lecturer Dr Martina Klett-Davies has been highly commended in the category of Feedback and Communication, and has received the Class Teaching Award. Congratulations to them all!

The award provides the opportunity for students to offer feedback to those staff that have made a positive and significant difference to their learning journey. The process this year led to over 1100 individual nominations, with 450 members of staff being nominated. A review panel comprising of SSLC reps and Students’ Union officers reviewed the nomination feedback to shortlist nominees against criteria for excellent teaching and support. 

New and recent publications by LSE Sociology faculty (scroll down for articles and reports):

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Regulatory Crisis: negotiating the consequences of risk, disasters and crises

Bridget Hutter and Sally Lloyd-Bostock, Cambridge University Press (2017)

Using a new concept - 'regulatory crisis' - this book examines how major crises may or may not affect regulation. The authors provide a detailed analysis of selected well-known disasters, tracing multiple interwoven sources of influence and competing narratives shaping crises and their impact. Their findings challenge currently influential ideas about 'regulatory failure', 'risk society' and the process of learning from disasters.  Follow link above to read more and order a copy from the publisher's webpage.

‘All future scholars of disaster, natural or otherwise, will have to consult this wide-ranging comparative study of the complex and multiple forces that aim to ignore, remediate or exploit this crucial species of public troubles. I know of no work that matches it in terms of thorough documentation and range across so wide variety of cases.’ Harvey Molotch, New York University.

 
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Safe with Self-Injury

Kay Inckle, PCCS Books, 2016

This book is an essential resource for anyone who has a supporting role or relationship with someone who hurts themself. It is equally useful for people who self-injure, to help them to explore their experiences and to keep themselves safe. Based on interviews with people who self-injure and frontline practitioners who work with them, it explores why people hurt themselves, debunks myths and misconceptions and explains self-injury in the contexts of human embodiment and a social model approach to distress.
 
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The Sociology of Speed

Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities

Edited by Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd, OUP, December 2016

Pulls together and extends the most important theoretical and empirical innovations across the social sciences, with contributions by leading scholars from the US and Europe.

 
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In Defence of Housing: the politics of crisis

David Madden and Peter Marcuse, Verso, 2016

In every major city in the world there is a housing crisis. How did this happen and what can we do about it? Everyone needs and deserves housing. But today our homes are being transformed into commodities, making the inequalities of the city ever more acute. Profit has become more important than social need.

In Defense of Housing is the definitive statement by leading urban planner Peter Marcuse and sociologist David Madden (LSE Sociology).

 

Recent articles, reports and other publications include:

An article by Dr Claire Moon entitled ‘Human rights, human remains: forensic humanitarianism and the human rights of the dead’ in a special issue of International Social Science Journal: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/issj.12071/abstract).

A paper published in the journal Sociology by Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison (LSE Sociology) and Dr David O’Brien (Goldsmiths) using data from the Great British Class Survey which reveals the extent to which actors from relatively wealthy backgrounds are dominating the theatre and film industry: Like Skydiving without a Parachute’: How Class Origin Shapes Occupational Trajectories in British Acting.

A report by Dr Martina Klett-Davies anaylysing trends and characteristics associated with single parents in the UK from 1997 to 2015 published by the Bertelsmann Foundation as part of their Families and Education programme: Under Pressure? Single parents in the UK (PDF).

Suzanne Hall’s article on ‘Migrant Urbanisms: Ordinary Cities and everyday resistance’  in the journal Sociology on their special issue on Sociologies of Everyday Life (vol 49 (5): 853-869). The article explores how migrants are active in the making of urban space and urban politics: http://soc.sagepub.com/content/49/5/853.full.pdf+html

A chapter by Dr Suzanne Hall on ‘Designing Public Space in Austerity Britain’ recently published in an edited book on Economy and Architecture by Odgers, McVicar and Kite (Routledge, 2015): http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/63143/

Three Myths and Facts about the Great British Class Survey: blogpost by Dr Daniel Laurison for The Sociological Review (18 June 2015) following the release of the Special Issue (see below).

An article by Dr Ayça Çubukçu (2015), “On the Exception of Hannah Arendt,” in Law, Culture and the Humanities, DOI: 10.1177/1743872115588442.

Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes project report: In October 2014, the Configuring Light/Staging the Social team of Dr Don Slater and Mona Sloane from LSE Sociology and Dr Joanne Entwistle (KCL) brought together 25 international lighting design professionals, architects, planners and social scientists for a week-long workshop on Peabody’s Whitecross Estate (London). The aim was to explore how social research could be better used to help designers understand the social spaces and users they are designing for, and how to better integrate social research into design processes. Follow link above to the official report (PDF).

The Sociological Review Special Issue: Sociologies of Class: Elites (GBCS) and Critiques: Mike Savage, Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison have all contributed to this Sociological Review special issue on The Great British Class Survey. The work reports new and original analyses on class theory, social mobility, universities and social closure, elites and political engagement and represents the most sustained programme of research on class in the UK in recent years.

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Do We Really Live in an Acceleration Society?

Speaker: Hartmut Rosa

12 January 2017

Link to video and podcast above.

 
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Respectable: the experience of class

Speaker: Lynsey Hanley

3 May 2016

Link to video and podcast above.

 
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New Forms of Cultural Capital

Speakers: Philippe Coulangeon, Sam Friedman, Laurie Hanquinet, Mike Savage

16 November 2015

Link to video, podcast and slides above.

 
For more events, past and forthcoming, plus podcasts and videos, please see our Events and Past Events pages.
 
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