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Books and Blogs

Recent books, blogposts and more by some of our academic staff and visitors. For more publications, including articles in scholarly journals and our blog Researching Sociology @ LSE, see our webpages:

Book - Ulrich Beck - Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil. Ulrich Beck is Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at LSE.

Book - Ulrich Beck - Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil

‘Configuring Light / Staging the Social’ is a multidisciplinary research programme of social science interventions into the configuration of light, led by Dr Don Slater, Mona Sloane (both of London School of Economics) and Dr Joanne Entwistle (Kings College). Sarah Adams, illumni’s European Editor, talks to Don and Mona about the ideas behind it, the aims of the programme, and its deliverables. Image of Medellin by Don Slater.

Forthcoming book, Democratizing Inequalities: Dilemmas of the New Public Participation (NYU Press, Jan 2015), edited by Michael McQuarrie (LSE Sociology) with Caroline W. Lee and Edward T. Walker. Foreword by Craig Calhoun (Director, LSE).

NYU Press - Democratizing Inequalities

Pressed for Time: The acceleration of life in digital capitalism, Judy Wajcman, forthcoming (University of Chicago Press, November 2014). The widespread perception that life is faster than it used to be is now ingrained in our culture, and smartphones and the Internet are continually being blamed. But isn't the sole purpose of the smartphone to give us such quick access to people and information that we'll be free to do other things? Isn't technology supposed to make our lives easier?

Pressed for Time

The Social Life of Money, Nigel Dodd, forthcoming (Princeton University Press, September 2014). Questions about the nature of money have gained a new urgency in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Even as many people have less of it, there are more forms and systems of money, from local currencies and social lending to mobile money and Bitcoin. Yet our understanding of what money is--and what it might be--hasn't kept pace...

Dodd, N.: The Social Life of Money (eBook and Hardcover).

Configuring Light/Staging the Social is an LSE and ESRC-funded research programme of social science interventions into the configuration of light: Being both critical material and infrastructure for social life, light is registered across a range of urgent contemporary concerns, from environmental issues and wellbeing, technology and creative industries, to urban planning and regulation.

In this podcast for the LSE Review of Books world-renowned sociologist and Director of LSE Craig Calhoun talks about the classical social theorists who inspired him early in his career.

LSE Review of Books podcast with Fran Tonkiss: Architecture and Design: Framing the urban experience

Together: The rituals, pleasures, and politics of cooperation, Richard Sennett, Yale University Press and Allen Lane, 2012

New Media, Development and Globalization: Making Connections in the Global South, Don Slater, Polity, November 2013

Cloning Wild Life: Zoos, Captivity, and the Future of Endangered Animals, Carrie Friese, NYU Press, September 2013

Cities by Design: The Social Life of Urban Form, Fran Tonkiss, Polity, December 2013