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: lse.ac.uk/sociology.
Books and Blogs
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March 2015: The first event of LSE Research Festival 2015 featured Dr Suzanne Hall, assistant sociology professor at LSE, presenting the LSE Cities ‘Ordinary Streets’ research project to sixth form students from Harris Academies in Peckham. Students got the opportunity to engage directly with research about an area they were very familiar with, and provided thoughtful and considered comments on Suzanne’s work.
Suzanne Hall visits Harris Sixth Form as LSE Research Festival 2015 hosts its first event
'The estate we’re in: how working class people became the ‘problem’': Lisa Mckenzie talks about the background to her new book 'Getting By' in this Guardian article 21 January 2015.
We are all affected by light, with both its presence and its absence able to influence how we feel and how we act. Yet academic exploration of light and its impact has largely been ignored by social scientists. Dr Don Slater and Mona Sloane from LSE Sociology explain why the Configuring Light programme is looking to change this, in their article for the Winter 2014 issue of LSE's Connect magazine.
Professor Mike Savage guest edits the latest edition of online journal Discover Society (Dec 2014) with John Holmwood on the topic of elites, wealth and inequality, follow link to his article: 'Social change in the 21st century: the new sociology of ‘wealth elites’
Report on Reconstructing Sarajevo publication by editors Sofia Garcia and Bronwyn Kotzen, graduates of the MSc City Design and Social Science 2014, for the LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe blog. 'Reconstructing Sarajevo: negotiating socio-political complexity' is introduced by Professor Fran Tonkiss and includes contributions from MSc City Design graduates, alumnus Gruia Badescu and Bosnian architects and researchers.
LSE Cities: 'Reconstructing Sarajevo' report
Do you like belly laughs, or does giggling 'contaminate the aesthetic experience'? Academic research finds audiences torn betweeen low and high culture. Guardian article by Brian Logan on Sam Friedman's book Comedy and Distinction.
Are you a comedy snob?
Book - Ulrich Beck - Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil. Ulrich Beck is Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at LSE.
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Book - Ulrich Beck - Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil
What does it mean to belong in a place, or more than one place? Dr Suzanne Hall, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and LSE Cities Research Fellow, contributes a chapter on 'Emotion, location and urban regeneration: the resonance of marginalised cosmopolitanisms.'
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LSE Review of Books – Book Review: Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location by Hannah Jones and Emma Jackson
‘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.
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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).
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Suzanne Hall has written a blog post for Discover Society, ‘Multilingual Citizenship’, based on her Ordinary Streets research for LSE Cities focusing on ethnically diverse Rye Lane in Peckham, south London (October 2013).
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Multilingual Citizenship, LSE resesrch project info, super relevant too all efucational, communication & 'other' social activity!
Pressed for Time: The acceleration of life in digital capitalism, Judy Wajcman (University of Chicago Press, December 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?
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Pressed for Time
The Social Life of Money, Nigel Dodd (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...
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The Social Life of Money by Nigel Dodd. -- A fresh and wide-ranging look at modern theories of money and the new currencies, such as mobile money and the Bitcoin, emerging in our time. Available September 2014.
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.
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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.
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The books that inspired Craig Calhoun: "Charles Taylor's A Secular Age has limits and problems that make you think further"
The British class system is becoming more polarised between a prosperous elite and a poor ‘precariat’: Mike Savage on the largest British class survey ever conducted for the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog, April 2013