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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

Focus: Migration 2015. This special issue of Discover Society, edited by Suzi Hall, focuses on immigration in the UK within broader realities of increased global migration.

Focus: Migration and Election 2015

'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.

'Getting By: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain' by Dr Lisa Mckenzie, Research Fellow at LSE Sociology, is published in paperback by Policy Press on 14 January 2015.

Getting By (Paperback) - published by The Policy Press

Professor Ricky Burdett (LSE Cities/LSE Sociology) contributes an essay to Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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.

LSE Sociology's Dr Lisa McKenzie on 'The Revolution: Is being Televised, Blogged, Tweeted, You-Tubed and Stood Up', for the Researching Sociology blog.

Leading sociologist of money Professor Nigel Dodd on 'Why money costs more when you're poor' for Discover Society Dec 2014.

LSE Sociology research student Katharina Hecht explains 'Why sociologists should research the increase in top income and wealth inequality' in her article for Discover Society Dec 2014.

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.

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.'

‘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

LSE Review of Books – The books that inspired Mike Savage: “The highlight of my visits to London was a trip to Collets bookshop on Charing C...

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).

Multilingual Citizenship

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?

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...

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

Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour, Sam Friedman (Routledge, April 2014). Dr Sam Friedman joined LSE Sociology in September 2014.

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.

Fran Tonkiss on 'Austerity to Audacity: On the emerging urbanism of small acts' in Issue 20 of the German digital magazine on architecture and urbanism uncube.

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.

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

The British class system is becoming more polarised between a prosperous elite and a poor ‘precariat’